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Sony's Jamie MacDonald believes that he has the pulse of the European buying public

We've heard some pretty bold claims from Sony in the past regarding its PlayStation 3 gaming console. One of the more famous ones came from Sony CEO Ken Kutaragi when he said that the price of the PS3 was "probably too cheap." This time, it's Sony European VP Jamie MacDonald's time to shine.

McDonald was quoted as saying, "European consumers have shown that historically they don't mind [the delays], because they end up buying as many PlayStations, if not more, than the US and Japan."

If you may recall, while the United States and Japan will fight over 400,000 and 100,000 consoles respectively during the official launch next month, European customers will have to wait it out until March 2007 to get their hands on a PS3.

McDonald's comments seem somewhat perplexing with regards to European customers. Could it really be said that European customers "don't mind" or is it a matter of they don't have any choice but to wait? Then again, there's always the XBOX 360 as an alternative and Nintendo has been getting a lot of positive press for its $250 Wii console. The latter console will launch on December 8 in Europe.



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Back when there was no internet ...
By psychobriggsy on 10/6/2006 2:09:51 PM , Rating: 5
People didn't really know if, nevermind when, new consoles would be launched.

So the fact the Playstation was delayed compared to the US and Japan wasn't a big issue - all the other consoles were as well. You dealt with it, if you even cared.

Even with the PS2, it was out before the GameCube and XBox, so being late wasn't a major disadvantage, even if some people knew about the delay.

Now the PS3 is out after the competition, and everyone knows about the 1/3rd of a year delay. They can look elsewhere, and anyway the PS3 has loads of issues, so it's probably good to get it later. Of course most people will get one console per generation, so if the parents buy that XBox360/Wii because there's no PS3, then that's a lost PS3 sale, full stop, for at least a couple of years.

Given the horrendous price of the PS3 in an area suffering from increased costs of living (massive hikes in power and tax bills) it will be even harder for the PS3 to be a justifiable purchase.




By therealnickdanger on 10/6/2006 2:22:47 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
PS3 has loads of issues

To be fair, the PS3 production, development, and demo-ing of the PS3 has had "loads of issues". It remains to be seen if the full production model will have problems.


RE: Back when there was no internet ...
By Griswold on 10/6/2006 3:20:35 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
People didn't really know if, nevermind when, new consoles would be launched. So the fact the Playstation was delayed compared to the US and Japan wasn't a big issue - all the other consoles were as well. You dealt with it, if you even cared. Even with the PS2, it was out before the GameCube and XBox, so being late wasn't a major disadvantage, even if some people knew about the delay.


I dont want to nitpick, but at the time the PS2 launched, the intarweb was very much alive and kicking. Hell, it was, even before pony entered the console market with the original PS. So, if you wanted the info, you could get it (also and especially, through print media).

Anyway, this will bite them in the ass, thats for sure. Poor sony.


By UserDoesNotExist on 10/7/2006 2:14:00 PM , Rating: 3
I fully agree. Ponies will be the real victims of the coming console war.


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