Japanese Negative on PS3

Japan's development community shared anonymous thoughts on the PlayStation 3 in the latest issue of Japan's Ge-Maga. The magazine asked developers throughout the nation a number of questions regarding Sony's next generation platform. While the number of responses was not revealed, Ge-Maga is pretty well-connected (name changes aside, Ge-Maga is the oldest videogame magazine in Japan), so we're going to assume the survey reached a good portion of Japan's development community.

Of course, the big question concerned price. 90.29% of the surveyed feel the PS3 is too pricey, compared to just 9.71% who feel that it's priced just right. One developer commented, "It's more expensive than my rent."

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bernie5803d ago

This makes for really interesting reading, it does show that the Japanese are just as frustrated as the rest of the world.


nobody likes the PS3 price, except Sony CEO's.

jedicurt5803d ago

I live in central Oklahoma, and my rent is about the same as a PS3, so how cheap is it to live in Japan?????

THAMMER15803d ago

I pay $640.00 amoth for my 2 brm home in OHIO. That dose not include utillites and ins. and on and on. $600.00 is just toomuch and I do not see to many people who really want this thing any more in my area at all. The 360 or even a freaking Super Nintendo would be a better choice.LOL

TheMART5803d ago

90.29% of the surveyed feel the PS3 is too pricey, compared to just 9.71% who feel that it's priced just right. One developer commented, "It's more expensive than my rent."


For sure even Japanese will not get the PSZero. Or they will get a Wii or maybe a 360 if the strange Japanese games will arrive. They don't get horney from Gears of War, only from strange games with little childeren sexually abused.

Well as long as Wii will be big in Japan, let 360 have the rest of the world then

Moostache5803d ago

but they flock to the Kojima quotes (a few stories up) and go ape-shiit about how grea the PS3 will be.

The question is this - if $600 in the US is going to curtain demand significantly after the launch sell-out, and if the Japanese say by 9-to-1 ratio that it is too expensive for what it does, how exactly does Sony overcome this? Europe? I haven't seen too many people happy about the ADDITIONAL premium they will be charged to own the PS3 (over and above the Japanese and US markets).

I think Wii is going to storm the Japanese market (it has the potential to cater to the wierd Japanese gaming tastes and the price and the buzz to make the PS3's Japanese launch very disappointing for Sony). I think Microsoft remains a very distant third in Japan (mainly because the Japanese have proven themselves to be zealot-like ideologues that refuse to support an "american" offerign in what they perceive to be a 'Japanese' industry. It does no good to argur that point, because basicaly the Japanese have spoken with their wallets - they don't do American.

Sony and Microsoft will battle it out to a near stalemate this time around. The overall console market is going to SHRINK NOT GROW this generation - think about it, 'hardcore' gamers make up about 35-40% of the total videogame market - these are the only people who will even think about upgrading their systems now. That group is very split between the two camps. Sony dominated the "casual" gamer market with PS2, but that market does not come into play for the new consoles until after a few price breaks.

Bottom line - a 'draw' is as good as a 'win' to either Nintendo or Microsoft. They don't have to beat Sony's sales to "win" anything. They just need to keep on bleeding the company by forcing them to compete (at a $400 per unit laucnh loss) and in general weakening the company further.

I keep saying it, but the truth is the "winner" is whoever comes out of the scrap in better shape to fight tomorrow.

The real gaming bombshell is going to be when Microsoft and Apple announce a partnership to unify the computer and video gaming worlds in 2011. The I-Pod and XB360 experience, software and online distributuion channels married to a holographic-media based, multi-core processing and refiend graphics capability plus XBL-anywhere connectivity? Makes you drool

G_CodeMonkey5803d ago

What's he going to say, "I love the 360 more!" when he's developing for the PS3 and has been in bed with them forever? (so to speak--bad picture).

On the other hand, Carmack has been very favorable on the 360 vs. the PS3. In the latest Game Informer, he says there won't be any difference in game quality -- check it out- I can't find it online (even on their site), but its in the latest on-the-street edition. Not surprising, he's said similar (though not as declarative) comments before. Still, I trust the word of THE programmer who started the FPS generation versus only a game designer when discussing hardware.

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