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No more rumbling controllers
Other topics include rumble, HDMI, 1080p, shortages, and more

Following up on the first part of GameDaily’s interview with Jack Tretton of SCEA is Part 2, which focuses mainly on the PlayStation 3. For the most part, Tretton gives the company line in regards to a wide array of topics, including his interpretation of Ken Kutaragi’s statement that Sony’s strength in hardware is in decline, PS3 controller’s lack of rumble, HDMI, 1080p, shortages, and more.

 

Of particular interest is to most gamers would be SCEA’s stance on PlayStation 3’s relatively high price. Sony announced at the Tokyo Game Show that the 20GB variant of the PlayStation 3 will carry a 10,000 yen price lower than originally expected (making it about US$430 equivalent). Unfortunately, Sony made it clear that this price reduction will not affect its pricing structure for the upcoming North American launch.

 

When asked if concerned about PlayStation 3’s high price and how soon consumers can expect a price drop, Tretton reasoned that consumers don’t make buying decisions on price alone without taking value into consideration. Tretton believes that the PlayStation 3 is “the machine that is going to drive gaming for the next ten years” and thus represents a good value.

 

In response to publisher attitudes (for example, from Sega) that the PlayStation 3 isn’t at a “family friendly” price point, Tretton reasons that it is a natural reaction. He explains that a lower-priced console would be in the publishers’ best interest as the lower cost of ownership promotes adoption rate, and thus increases software sales. Even with that in mind, however, Sony still stands firm on its stance that the consumer is willing to pay more for PlayStation 3 hardware and its higher-priced software.

 

Still on the hot topic of price, Tretton brings up an interesting point as he draws a parallel with other consumer electronics, such as televisions. Some gamers are spending thousands of dollars on new high-definition televisions capable of displaying a 1080p picture, but are unwilling of spending several hundred dollars more than usual for the game machine. Perhaps the consumer reasoning is that television technology has steadily improved at constantly more affordable prices, whereas the PlayStation 3 doesn’t follow the usual trend of ‘more tech for less money.’



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interesting
By Loc13 on 9/25/2006 12:19:42 PM , Rating: 2
The gamedaily article is pretty interesting. I think the guy is right about the importance of console being future-proof and how it's not possible to take advantage of all PS3 potential from day one.




RE: interesting
By splines on 9/26/2006 12:46:07 AM , Rating: 3
Future-proofing technology is false economy. It depreciates so fast there's no point looking beyond a couple of years.

When someone starts talking about future-proofing hardware, it makes me nervous. It usually means they've over-engineered something.


RE: interesting
By Dfere on 9/28/2006 1:00:28 PM , Rating: 2
It obsoleseces. Accountants depreciate.

Nevertheless, I agree. "future proof" technology is a marketing term for the masses aimed at commanding a higher premium for nothing.

While I am sad to see Nintendo drop any pretense of pushing the envelope, I do wonder if they will do as the above post suggests and drop a new console out a year or so later, with most of the needed features, for less price????

Sounds like a good business model to me.


Umm, where to start
By Trisped on 9/25/2006 3:36:02 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, SOME PS fans spend thousands on new TVs, while MOST don't spend more then a few hundred. And don't forget, they use the TV for watching (drum roll please) TV! Amazing, a product that is used by every family in America fetches higher sale prices then a piece of gaming hardware that will be used by males 10-35. And then there is the fact that most people keep their TVs for a long time, while consoles are "old" and often replaced after 5-6. Who would have thought that a consumer would rather have a nice TV that will last 5-15 years (the two main ones in my parents house are at least 15 years old) then spend a fortune on a console?




RE: Umm, where to start
By One43637 on 9/25/2006 5:47:05 PM , Rating: 2
quote:

by Trisped on September 25, 2006 at 3:36 PM

Yes, SOME PS fans spend thousands on new TVs, while MOST don't spend more then a few hundred. And don't forget, they use the TV for watching (drum roll please) TV! Amazing, a product that is used by every family in America fetches higher sale prices then a piece of gaming hardware that will be used by males 10-35. And then there is the fact that most people keep their TVs for a long time, while consoles are "old" and often replaced after 5-6. Who would have thought that a consumer would rather have a nice TV that will last 5-15 years (the two main ones in my parents house are at least 15 years old) then spend a fortune on a console?


actually you'd be suprised that there are a lot more people spending money on high end TVs for their entertainment center. i don't agree with everything he said, but regardless i think it has merit.

and for the record, i own a 360, a HDTV and i am pre-ordering a PS3.


RE: Umm, where to start
By jskirwin on 9/26/2006 9:23:49 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
and for the record, i own a 360, a HDTV and i am pre-ordering a PS3.


No offense dude, but you're a freak. I'm a freak too, as are most people here.

All of us could buy the PS3 as soon as we got our hands on it, but how many units would that be? 10,000? 100,000? A million?

Sony has alot riding on this unit, but dang if that guy still doesn't sound arrogant to me.

10 years? With the ever quickening pace of technological development, that 10 years is most likely 6 - 8 at best. There is simply no way you can "future proof" a product in such an environment. What scares me is that this guy even believes its possible.


Next Ten Years?
By Spivonious on 9/25/2006 2:05:24 PM , Rating: 3
The PS3 is the basis of gaming for the next 10 years? I highly doubt that. By the year 2016, TVs will be at 2048P and Blu-ray will have been dead for 9 years, replaced by Gray-ray, or SWHDVDRD (Super-wide high-definition versatile data regurgitating disc)




RE: Next Ten Years?
By Murst on 9/25/2006 3:09:36 PM , Rating: 2
In 2 years Nintendo, MS, and Sony will be able to make a system more powerful than the PS3 for prob $99 or less.

But hey, it should still be able to play blue-ray in 10 years time, assuming it hasn't broke yet and blue-ray is still available.


????????? No Cool Subject to put ??????????
By nerdboy on 9/26/2006 4:53:24 PM , Rating: 2
It's crap, sony sucks, to much money.

THE END




By nerdboy on 9/26/2006 4:58:49 PM , Rating: 2
Plus I hear the games are going to be $79.99 a game, When I get the link for this i will post it.


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