Japanese electronics giant Sony should stay away from comparing the Playstation 3 with the ubiquitous personal computer if it is to survive the game console wars, according to game industry analysts from DFC Intelligence.
In a report, DFC Intelligence rebuffed statements from Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) Chief Executive and the original developer of the Playstation Ken Kutaragi who said that the 600-US-dollar PS3 is more like a PC and a home theater system than just a game console.
Kutaragi claimed in previous statements that the PS3 is capable of upgrade parts, particularly the removable hard disk. Kutaragi had even compared the PS3 with Apple, which price their products higher than ordinary computers even if these use the same parts.
However, DFC Intelligence pointed out that the problem with such a strategy is that prices of upgrade parts do not come down as fast as stand-alone game consoles, which depreciate over time.