Sony issued a ‘console comparison chart’ at its Gamers Day event in the States last week, claiming that Nintendo’s online functionality for Wii would only be free to consumers for the first six months.
It seems the confusion over the Nintendo Wii online service stems from the fact that Nintendo has stated that the Opera web browser for Wii is going to be free to consumers for the first six months, which means Sony has been, at best, disingenuous in making such claims about its opposition, clearly in order to justify the initial high price-point of the PS3 when compared to the Wii and 360.
Never fear Nintendo fans! SPOnG has spoken with Nintendo UK reps this morning who have assured us that Wii is going to be totally free to play online, just as with the DS’s wonderful (and also free) online WiFi service.
As President and COO of Nintendo of America, Reggie Fils-Aime, told USA TODAY back in August, "We view online gaming as essentially an enhanced way to enjoy the gaming experience and drive more sales of hardware and software...We will offer online-enabled games that the consumers will NOT have to pay a subscription fee for. They'll be able to enjoy that right out of the box. The Wii console is going to be Wi-Fi enabled, so essentially, you'll be able to plug it in and go. It won't have hidden fees or costs."
Sony’s price comparison chart – which you can see online right here
also seems to claim that the Xbox 360 requires the add-on external HD-DVD drive – when in fact this is merely an optional extra for those 360 gamers who want to use their console to view HD-DVD movies.
SPOnG suspects that Nintendo’s lawyers may well be looking closely at this issue of misrepresentation. Again, we’ll bring you further word from all three of the big players on this issue as soon as we get it.
It is rumoured that Microsoft is planning on taking legal action against Sony over the comparison chart. SPOnG will bring you concrete news on this if and when it happens.