Kudos on joining us for our second discussion. Well, actually you’re not joining us because it’s already over and you weren’t invited. But thanks for reading. The format may look a little confusing but shouldn’t be too hard to grasp for anyone who has ever held a conversation (which may not be all of you, I know gaming is a harsh mistress).
Dan – Really just wants to talk about the Wii.
Christian – Is slightly upset with Sony.
Golden Jew – May be secretly working for Sony.
Jay – Forces others complex arguments into black and white.
Pat – Will never make it through a whole discussion.
Stefan – Is planning to buy his first new console since the Dreamcast.
Jay: In this coming generation of consoles, who will sell the most systems? Who will have their ass handed to them?
Golden Jew: I’ve long predicted that this next generation would be viewed as a turning point for gaming. However, it’s starting to be more diverse and covering more topics than I initially expected. First, we have the question — can Sony really flourish at such a high price point? And if so, what does that mean for the rest of the industry? Second — Can Nintendo totally change the ways games are played, literally, with the controllers? And third — with such a diverse set of console offerings, will we see PC games rise as they become more cost effective as platforms?
Stefan: Honestly, in my mind the PS3 being priced so high almost makes it seem like it’s catering to children. Children of fairly wealthy families, but children. Because, at least in the US, all the 20’s-30’s non-hardcore gamers I know who still spend tons of money on plasma screens and don’t really care how much their systems cost have all been hooked on Xbox. Microsoft did a good job of expanding the market of older US gamers, and I’m not sure the PS3 is going to be able to challenge that market in the coming generation.: Which leaves the less gadget-oriented casual gamers, who won’t spend $600, and kids. And that concludes my drastically oversimplified and myopic marketing analysis.
Jay: It also leaves the Japanophiles, but I think they may go with a Wii if it’s $400 cheaper.
Stefan: Yeah, and at this point the Wii is more Japanese in its strangeness.
Dan: I think the Wii has a certain amount of “American-ness” to it, as shown by its gigantic balls.
Jay: I am convinced Sony came to the design of the PS3 by a department other than their games department. Sony as a whole said, “We need the Blu Ray to be the next standard, how can we do this? You there, games division, you will make it so.” And now they are in an absurd position: they need the system to sell well to make Blu Ray succeed, but the Blu Ray player costs so much they can’t sell the PS3 cheap enough to make them sell well.
Stefan: If the Blu-Ray succeeds, though, it changes what I was talking about above, since suddenly people will be buying it as a media center, and then happening to play games on it rather than buying another console.
Jay: I doubt it will succeed without the PS3 being the reason it succeeds, though.
Golden Jew: Well, Sony has the sort of balls though to create a Blu Ray/PS3 gambit… the question is are they smarter than we think, or suffering from idiot groupthink?
Dan: I don’t think people are going to dish out 600 to get an expensive DVD player. We aren’t talking about the VHS in the 80’s.
Stefan: Even in the 80’s they didn’t dish out $600 or equivalent…that’s why Sony’s format died.
Jay: What are the ramifications if the PS3 sells well? Will all new systems go for $500 or more?