While Nintendo fans across Europe and Oceania will be out
looking for a Wii this week, Sony fans will have to wait
patiently for PlayStation 3’s release in March. The
Sydney Morning Herald speaks with Nic Foster, general manager for Sony
Australia and New Zealand, about the waiting game the company’s loyalists must
Despite the delay, Foster doesn't believe this delay will
have a significant impact on the PS3's position in the Australian market thanks
to Sony’s console having far more uses than just as a gaming machine. “The
Wii-type functionality is more just a sub-element of what the PlayStation 3
offers,” he said in an interview.
Foster then goes on to describe Nintendo’s product. “Wii is
a core gaming device. It's a more fun, intuitive sort of product to pick up,
where the PS3 is a broader entertainment solution; so you can have your fun,
enjoyable gaming ... but then you have a whole suite of other applications ...
such as Blu-ray media playback, the ability to access your music, access your
photos and the interoperability with the PlayStation Portable.”
He then concludes that gamers who are looking for the
complete experience will eventually own both devices. Given the tone of Sony
leaders in Japan and America, the rather benevolent attitude expressed from
Down Under comes as a bit of a surprise.
Make no mistake though; Sony in Australia still firmly believes
its machine has a huge leg up on the Xbox 360 thanks to its inclusion of the
Blu-ray drive – the very device that is causing the system’s short supply. Paul
Holman of Sony Europe shared the same sentiment, saying that adding
high-definition storage as a peripheral instead of out-of-the-box is a messy
The Nintendo Wii launches in Australia and New Zealand on
December 7th and in most parts of Europe on December 8. The PlayStation 3 is
expected in those territories in March 2007.
quote: Although, I did have $300 for the Wii + TP.
quote: This is going to sound retarded, but Wii and toilet paper?
quote: Peter Jackson was the Director. Not the Producer for LOTR series. He really doesn't have a lot of say in distribution. Producers do have quite a bit of say though. Just my understanding of the Film Industry.
quote: Wii is a core gaming device. It's a more fun , intuitive sort of product to pick up