Ever since Sony announced the $600 price tag for its next-generation video-game console in May, Stringer and his team have been busy deflecting criticism from analysts and hard-core gamers that the PS3, despite glitzy features such as a Blu-ray disc, is just too darn expensive. Potential buyers, say the critics, won't be impressed enough to haul one to the checkout counter.
That might not be such a big deal if Sir Howard & Co. didn't have such grand ambitions for the PS3. But Sony has tied nearly every piece of its expansive operations-movies, music, chips, and high-definition television-to the console's success. The company plans to use the console as a Trojan horse to dominate the living room and, by extension, much of the entertainment industry.
The machine will have an Internet connection to let users send instant messages, talk to other PS3 gamers, and surf the Web on a built-in browser. And its hard disk and slots for plug-in memory cards will make it a cinch to sift through and play downloaded music or movie files-and allow Sony to funnel buyers toward its vast library of games, films, and music.
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how sony can expect to charge 600 bucks for a machine, pushing yet another new media type, and yet it's quality build history (ps1+ps2), are notorious for the terrible laser quality?!?!?
having gone through 3 ps2's myself, having to try and load a game or cd/dvd after the 5th attempt gets f*cking irritating and is a problem i've never come across before in either the entire history of nintendo, sega, or pc for that matter, until i bumped into playstation (or a cheapo cd player)!! The only way i could solve my ps2 loading probs,was to absolutely destroy the thing!!!(great feeling)
and so, my point is, for $600, sony better on-track!!!!!
I've bought the two previous playstations, but this time you can forget it. Sony have made arrogant comments at consumers, increased the price beyond whats reasonable and not shown anything that resembles last years E3 fakery.
I have no interest in the inferior 'bluray' (mpeg2 compression, what year is this?) so will be buying HD DVD anyway.
Sony, get your act together and maybe I'll pick up a PS4 :)
PS3/Buray are the future.
Once the PS3 games or good and next gen graphics + good online - the ps3 price will pay off.
Im getting mines at launch.