Peter Moore has, somewhat bullishly, gone on record earlier today, stating that Sony’s whopping $600 price tag for its PS3 is more than the combined cost of a Wii and an Xbox 360.
It’s an interesting move, and the strategy is clearly to encourage gamers and consumers to buy into the two fairly different gaming experiences provided by Microsoft and Nintendo, whilst forgetting about the PS3 option.
Moore told the Washington Post: “Tell me, why would you buy a $600 PS3? People are going to buy two consoles – they’re going to buy 360 and they’re going to buy Wii – both for the price of one PS3.”
“We have 100 per cent market share of the next-generation, and their job is to take that from us. When I think about everything that we’ve got going right now that is real, versus what Sony promises to do in six or seven months from now, obviously we feel very good about where we stand.”
Well, don’t pull any punches Peter! SPOnG is not sure that he has taken the extra cost of the 360’s HD DVD add-on drive into the equation, but it has to be said that he is making a valid point.
Speaking about Nintendo to another Reuters interviewer earlier this week, Moore had commented: “People will always gravitate toward a competitively priced product… That’s what I believe Wii will be. It has innovative new designs and great IP such as Mario, Zelda and Metroid.”
SPOnG has a meeting with Nintendo and Microsoft rep’s at E3 this afternoon, so we will be sure to quiz them both on this interesting new strategic partership move, which Moore seems to be taking.