Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) has put an end to Christmas and its seasonal friendliness with a press release entitled: "Keeping Gaming and Entertainment Simple".
Using the kind of bombast that we here in Europe have learned to fear and mock, someone at SCEA has decided that rather than announce sales figures, it is a better idea to attack the Xbox 360 and Wii with a full frontal attack.
First up, it's marvellous to see that SCEA finally accepts the Wii as competition. Previously it's CEO, Sir Howard Stringer had said
, "I've played a Nintendo Wii. I don't see it as a competitor. It's more of an expensive niche game device."
Secondly, "Keeping Gaming and Entertainment Simple"? Since when was gaming not entertainment?
Thirdly, it's fun to see Sony's US wing dealing with its rivals head-on. You see, according to SCEA, "The Xbox 360 and Wii offer a set of features in their own right. However, when you take a look at the feature offerings side by side, there is only one true winner in delivering total value and price."
In order to aid us in understanding this simple message, "We?ve compared the lowest entry points from each manufacturer -- PS3 80GB - $399, Xbox 360 Arcade - $199, Wii - $249".
Before we get to that comparison, here's some actual bitch-slapping from SCEA:
"The Xbox 360 requires additional money, multiple upgrades and additional external devices, putting a burden on the wallet and adds clutter to the entertainment center.
"And the Wii?s lack of enhanced features comes at the expense of a comprehensive entertainment solution."
Wait for it, here comes the coup de grace:
"So as PS3 continues to evolve without the need for additional parts or expenses, expect the competition to continue peddling add-ons in an effort to keep up with the Jones?"... we think SCEA means "the Joneses", but whoever wrote the release had probably worked up one hell of a head of steam by then.
Being reserved and British, we can't help but wonder if SCEA could have attracted less derision by simply putting out the comparison table to stand on its own without the need for cheap insults. The comparison table is below.
|Functionality||PS3 80GB||Xbox 360 Arcade||Nintendo Wii|
|Hard Drive||Free||$100-$150 add-on (60GB-120GB)||Not Available|
|Online Gaming Service||Free||$50 per person/per year||Limited|
|Blu-ray Gaming/Movies||Yes||Not Available||Not Available|
|HDMI Output||Yes||Yes (No in earlier models)||Not Available|
It's worth noting that, if you so desire, you can get a wireless adapter
for $69.99 from GameStop, rather than £100. Similarly for the $100 Sony puts a 60GB hard drive at, GameStop will give you
said hard drive, three month gold membership for Xbox Live, a headset and an Ethernet cable. Basically - if you shop around, you don't have to pay as much as Sony says on the Xbox front.Source: gamingevolution