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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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What about the wii?
By Xavian on 10/6/2006 4:07:54 PM , Rating: 3
The Wii is going to launch worldwide in the space of 1 month. Why can Nintendo do what Sony cannot?

Anyways, i certainly do mind, remember a lot of people pre-ordered a PS3 in europe, they will know for sure that the PS3 is delayed and they wil care.

However, launching the EU marketplace some 6 months after the Wii and some 18 months after the Xbox 360 will hurt the PS3 greatly.

Also Sony just reeks of arrogance in every PR statement they make nowadays. Softra like Nintendo in the N64 days, this generation will be Sony's fall from grace and they dont even see it coming :/

RE: What about the wii?
By Xavian on 10/6/2006 4:08:56 PM , Rating: 2
softra = sorta, dunno how that happened.

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