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PlayStation 3 Year One

by December 05, 2007

Sony Computer Entertainment American (SCEA) CEO Jack Tretton talks about PlayStation 3 year one:

"I don't think there's any question that there were missteps…”

“The biggest miss for us was the launch…”

It’s already been a year since the launch of PlayStation 3, and Jack Tretton was invited to discuss the occasion with MSNBC. You’ve got to give him credit for acknowledging the missteps, even if it is a bit of an understatement.

Thanks to GamePro for the inspiring picture. The site posted details of an interview with Jack back in March, see how they differ. I think back in March Sony was still hopeful PS3 would bounce into competitive sales glory at any time.

Tretton says that at launch there were one million North Americans ready to take home a PS3, but they only had some 200,000 units available. Remember the blue laser diode shortage? It robbed Sony of a successful launch in North America and forced a delay on the European launch.

Microsoft may trumpet an early victory over PS3 today, citing that Xbox 360 outsold PS3 at a rate of 2:1 in the US during the week of Thanksgiving. But Tretton maintains he’s coaching a playoff team - they’re in it for the long haul.

Tretton says he expects PS3 to enjoy a life cycle of 10 years. It might not be so difficult to believe if you consider the rate at which PS2 is still selling internationally.

Perhaps we should liken PS3 to a slow-maneuvering behemoth of technology, with staying power to outlast Wii and Xbox 360. It has everything built right in, from Bluetooth to Blu-ray and even wifi, at no additional cost.

Things might be looking up for Sony and PS3 already. Reuters reported that PS3 outsold Wii for the very first time in Japan during the month of November.

During his interview with MSNBC, Tretton took a couple of shots at Microsoft for lack of free online play and other built-in features. He says the competition talks the talk of consumer choice but charges extra for every piece you need for the full gaming experience.

He could be right – is it possible Microsoft will be pimping Xbox 720, while Sony remains confident it’ll stay in the console game with PS3?

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Wayde is a tech-writer and content marketing consultant in Canada s tech hub Waterloo, Ontario and Editorialist for Audioholics.com. He's a big hockey fan as you'd expect from a Canadian. Wayde is also US Army veteran, but his favorite title is just "Dad".

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Recent Forum Posts:

Sheep posts on December 10, 2007 22:48
The lack of wifi definitely disappoints, it should at least be on the Elite. Blu-ray is a plus too. BC was really important to me, so i picked up a 60g before they went out of stock. I don't think anyone is arguing the PS3 is much better hardware. What people seem to forget sometimes though is a game console is an ecosystem…hardware+software+services.

I agree. But when you look at PS3 services, they're free. If I was paying $30 a month for online, I would expect it to be hassle free. I think the PS3 network just has bugs. If they iron those out and have it work well, it will really hurt the Xbox.

SheepStar
j_garcia posts on December 10, 2007 11:57
abboudc, post: 340089
What people seem to forget sometimes though is a game console is an ecosystem…hardware+software+services.

That is it in a nutshell right there…great hardware with lousy or no games is useless. Great games with average, unstable or simply poor quality hardware is also a waste of time. Services is something a bit new for all of them and while PSN isn't perfect (not as nice as XBL), it isn't too bad either.
abboudc posts on December 09, 2007 20:45
NeverSeen, post: 339997
Compair only the features of the $400 360 and the $400 PS3, and you really can't justify buying the 360. More games (older console) and better online play (you get what you pay for…) is all the 360 really has going for it.

I think you hit the nail on the head here.

Sony overinvested in the hardware, and neglected software/services. Awesome hardware and a clunky interface and online.

Microsoft overinvested on the software/services side, and neglected the hardware. XBL is great, and the hardware dies randomly.

Nintendo, well, they did what Nintendo always does – whatever they want The Wii came out around a year ago too, and there are 3 awesome first party games – Zelda, Metroid, and now Mario Galaxy. The third party support was really weak, but with it still sold out everywhere, third parties are coming around.

Sheep
I think the PS3 is better.

-Built in WiFi
-Built in Blu-ray
-BC (not on the 40gig, but it's cheaper)
-A better console power wise, that is taking technology a step farther. The Xbox is a glorified PC, that doesn't run.

The lack of wifi definitely disappoints, it should at least be on the Elite. Blu-ray is a plus too. BC was really important to me, so i picked up a 60g before they went out of stock. I don't think anyone is arguing the PS3 is much better hardware. What people seem to forget sometimes though is a game console is an ecosystem…hardware+software+services.
NeverSeen posts on December 09, 2007 16:05
You know that I recommend SVS subs.

I think the PS3 is better.

-Built in WiFi
-Built in Blu-ray
-BC (not on the 40gig, but it's cheaper)
-A better console power wise, that is taking technology a step farther. The Xbox is a glorified PC, that doesn't run.

I have played the 360 and Wii, and still would rather have the PS3.

SheepStar

I've owned all 3.

I find the Wii is a great console for all but the hardcore gamers. You can download all the games you grew up with for cheap, anyone from 2-100 can play, and its good fun with any amount of people and at any level of intoxication.

I perfer the home screen of the 360, but that is only because i'm still getting used to the PS3.

I like being able to connect to all differant countries on the PS3 store and download the asian content. Its also a great all in 1 machine. I play my SD DVDs, Blu Rays, and some games on it. I bought it mostly because it was a blu ray player, and I could play games. I like the fact that you can also download old school PS1/2 games for it on the cheap as well. I'm not concerned about the BC. Cost wise, you can't get anything near it in the 360 now.

Compair only the features of the $400 360 and the $400 PS3, and you really can't justify buying the 360. More games (older console) and better online play (you get what you pay for…) is all the 360 really has going for it.

Ramble ramble ramble /end.
Sheep posts on December 09, 2007 04:40
abboudc, post: 339340
Let me ask you this. If they had the same reliability (which they admittedly do not), which would you consider the better game machine?

Why does every PS3 or Xbox 360 thread degenerate? Gosh, you'd think this was the sub forum and somebody didn't recommend an SVS sub…

You know that I recommend SVS subs.

I think the PS3 is better.

-Built in WiFi
-Built in Blu-ray
-BC (not on the 40gig, but it's cheaper)
-A better console power wise, that is taking technology a step farther. The Xbox is a glorified PC, that doesn't run.

I have played the 360 and Wii, and still would rather have the PS3.

SheepStar
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