Sony: PlayStation 3 is Still in the Early Adopter Phase
The PlayStation 3 is "still in its early adopter phase", Sony has claimed, despite the console being out for over two years.
Speaking in an interview with Gamasutra, John Koller, director of hardware marketing at SCEA, said that the kind of person who was interested in the PS3 was "tech-oriented" and that for them, the console's main appeal was its "multi-functionality".
Sony's PS3 has come under fire from a number of analysts in recent months, many of whom have pointed towards its high price as explanation of its current third place sales position behind the Nintendo Wii and the Xbox 360.
Sony, for its part, has continued to resist calls for a price cut, pointing towards the PS3's high-value as a Blu-ray player and powerful games machine.
What do you think about Koller's comments on PS3? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
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Well, most of the interview is about the PS2. The PS2 caught the DVD bandwagon, and that helped a lot, drawing in more games early on. The PS3 is trying to create the "Blu-ray bandwagon", though, and that's a tougher proposition.
The PS3 probably is somewhat limited in its demographic appeal. By itself, it's a nice game platform, but - at least for now - similar gaming experiences are available for less with the 360. People who only care about games will go for the lower price (everybody's price-conscious in an economy like this).
People who care about HD media and games get more value out of the PS3, but it's still an open question if there's enough of that group (or if that group's growing fast enough) to make the PS3 anything like as successful as the PS2.
Having not read or seen the interview, I can comment on my purchase of the PS3.
Yes I and "tech-orientated", and I still own a Xbox-1, PS1 and PS2, but the reason for purchasing PS3, All the goodies are in One Box!
No purchasing of add-ons to complement the package. One Price for Gaming, Blu-ray, Wireless, HDMI etc.
Yes, Dual-shock would have been nice, but not necessary. It's a Fantastic machine (look at the clusters being built with the PS3, not X-360)..dig dig.
Costs more? not when you add on all the extra's needed to the X-360 to match what is already included in the PS3.
I believe that the PS3 has more potential and look forward to seeing amazing games coming out in 2009.
My two cents worth.