Sony's PlayStation 3 has been in the news a lot in the past
year. First there were issues with its Blu-ray support and then
there were the reports on the console’s delay and finally
the fallout from the
$499/$599 pricing structure. Well, it appears that that high price of entry
is not only turning away potential buyers, but also developers.
Sony has received overwhelming support in the past two
generations for its PlayStation consoles from 3rd-party developers, but that
support may now be in question. From GameDaily
In the PS3's native
Japan, the reaction has been less than pleasant, with more than 90 percent of
developers in a recent survey stating that the price of the console is just too
high. And indeed it seems that this high price is affecting whether or not certain
developers decide to develop for the PS3. Sony's PlayStation business has
always been backed by incredibly strong third-party support, but now for the
first time that could be in jeopardy.
Sony's loss comes to the benefit of its two chief rivals. BusinessWeek reports that developers are
taking their business to the Wii and even Xbox 360 (which hasn't been an
overwhelming success in Japan in its current or previous form). Gaming giant Electronic Arts has also been
showing favoritism to the less expensive Wii when showcasing upcoming games. BusinessWeek goes on to say:
EA announced six
Nintendo Wii launch titles and showed long working demos for two of those. But
it offered only a short clip of a car-racing game for PS3. EA says it's still
testing the potential of the PS3. "Many developers think the console's
initial high price will lead to slow sales and are holding off on creating
games for Sony," Hamamura says.
Sony has a lot of work to do this generation to keep its #1
crown. It may have been easy to bowl over the competition with the PlayStation
and PlayStation 2, but it looks like the tides are changing. When you have a
$200 higher price of entry than your next closest competitor that turns away
customers, high licensing costs to offset the cost of development and Blu-ray drive technology
that drives up the cost of the console without a 100% guarantee of wide-spread
adoption, you know that you’re in for a bumpy ride.