Sony and Microsoft up the ante

Written by Ryan Garside

May 17, 2006 | 13:34

Tags: #360 #peter-moore #phil-harrison #ps3 #wii

Companies: #e3 #microsoft #nintendo #sony

A massive amount of speculation is revolving around the console wars as both Sony and Microsoft talk up why their console is your best option. So far the majority of the post E3 debate has been targeting Sony’s Playstation 3 and its pricing scheme.

Many have jumped to criticise Sony’s over their lack of innovation for their new console, claiming that it was attempting to rip off the ideas of both Microsoft and Nintendo. However, this report claims that with the PS3s integrated Linux software, Sony will be supporting ‘homebrew’ games – made independently by home users. Sony executive Izumi Kawanishi had this to say on Japanese website Impress Watch:

"Because we have plans for having Linux on board [the PS3], we also recognize Linux programming activities... Other than game studios tied to official developer licenses, we'd like to see various individuals participate in content creation for the PS3."

Sony also hit back at Microsoft’s claim that buying a Nintendo Wii and a 360 will be cheaper than a PS3 on its own. Phil Harrison of Sony retorted:[/i]

"I think Peter Moore is exactly right. I think Nintendo will be the second system consumer’s purchase after PlayStation 3. I know what Peter was getting at with his price point issue but he's not comparing apples to oranges. He's not even comparing the same kind of food products at all. It's clearly a case that PlayStation 3's price is justified by PlayStation 3's value. That's what consumers base their purchasing decisions on -- value."

Another interesting article attempts to demonstrate how the PS3 is actually not the most expensive console to have hit the market when you take into consideration inflation. Apparently, the Neo-Geo uber-console would cost an astronomical $993.65 if it were released today. Unfortunately the fate of all the most expensive consoles, such as the Intelivision (1979), the 3DO (1993) and even the Sega Saturn (1995) does not bode well for the Playstation 3.

After all that information you’re probably as exhausted as I am, so take a break and then head over to the forums to let people know what you think of this titanic struggle between Microsoft and Sony.
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