It’s been over 2 years since each console manufacturer has given us the consumer a choice of a system to buy. You have Microsoft’s white behemoth the Xbox 360, the Sony George Forman grill and well the family oriented Nintendo Wii, which is easily trumping the competition and has the biggest lack of software out of both the PS3 and the Xbox 360.
Each console does offer something unique to the gamer though. The Wii gives you an experience unlike any other where even the oldest come together to share the fun gaming moments from their early days of childhood. The Xbox 360 offers a great line up of games that are multiplatform and some great exclusives such as critically acclaimed Gears of War 2 and Lion Head’s Fable II. Than there is Sony’s PS3, everything that it was meant to be but falls short of peoples confidence to take the money out of their wallets and buy a PS3. What could Sony be doing wrong that’s not making the consumer want to buy a PS3. Let’s take a look.
You may have remembered when Sony first brought us the concept of the PS3 at E3. It sounded like it would be the next greatest thing a human being invented. The system offers the best hardware out of all three makers; you’d almost think it’s a dream for the developer to develop for the PS3 with all it’s capabilities you can’t go wrong but to put your game on a system like the Playstation 3. At least this is what Sony thought when it developed the console, but it wasn’t quite what they expected. It turns out that most developers had a hard time developing games for it, just not enough men power and time to develop for the PS3 and it seemed like the games that were developed for the PS3 were just ports already made on the less capable Xbox 360. It really makes you question here whether Sony went beyond what was necessary to develop the console or is the developer lazy not to invest the time and money into making a quality game for the PS3. Either way Sony is in trouble when it comes to putting their console into peoples homes.
Now why is the PS3 not in first or second place? Why is the console in second place when it comes to attachments? Simple answer here is, it’s too expensive for the consumer especially because of today’s economy, they don’t have a strong software library. The PS3 is still the highest priced console on the market at $399 being the lowest model. Now it wouldn’t be such a bad idea to spend over $300 on a console, but it must have something worth it’s price, which no doubt about it Sony does. No other console gives you a Blu-Ray player, a Internet Browser and a Sims like virtual world “Home”, which is all a good addition to a gaming console, but Sony is forgetting about the true hard core and casual gamer here. Yes the system is all nice and techy, but the games library is thin and weak at the moment. Metal Gear Solid 4 gave them a boost of confidence that will carry over to this holiday season, but is that enough. Resistance 2 doesn’t seem to be making that much impact placing on bottom of the list of Top 10 for the week on many gaming websites. Could Little Big Planet bring the console to all it’s glory or will we have to wait until next year when Killzone 2 and Final Fantasy XIII come out? This is a good question that none of us can really predict at the moment.
The Playstation 3 is an excellent console that I truly think excels any other on the market, offering you the most for your money. The potential the PS3 has is more than the competition can even dream of, but that potential is being limited with poor developer communication and support and a high price. Clearly the system is more dependable than the Xbox 360, the failure rate of the PS3 is almost non-existent. Sony is lucky to have such a big fan base behind it’s Playstation products because eventually when the price on the PS3 drops to where a consumer will be confident enough to spend their money and many will be able to afford the system it will climb back on top, by than developers will be confident enough to develop true quality titles, after all the PS2 did sell over 200 million units. Now is the time for Sony to make the changes, cut the price before Christmas so that more household can own a PS3. Also something I wish they’d do better is set some expectation for the developers and work amongst each other to make a kit to more easily develop games for the PS3. It hurts me to see the Playstation brand the way it is now, we all know this is a system that can do better.
The Xbox opinion coming soon…