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Creator of Pong and the man behind Chuck E. Cheese gives thumbs up to Wii and Xbox 360, but thumbs down for PlayStation 3

Nolan Bushnell, founder of all things at one point joyous to children, is featured in an interview with Red Herring where he is asked for his opinion on the state of the video game industry today.

Bushnell, who started Atari, is one of the grandfathers of the video game industry. When asked about about which areas he still follows of his former industry, he said, "I’m very curious and interested in the Nintendo Wii. I think it may expand the market beyond the hardcore [18- to 24-year old]." 

He also expressed fondness for Microsoft's online strategy, saying, "Xbox Live is interesting because it potentially becomes the platform for the living room."

But the tuned changed to a less positive note when it came to PlayStation 3. 

"I think Sony shot themselves in the foot… there is a high probability [they] will fail. The price point is probably unsustainable. For years and years Sony has been a very difficult company to deal with from a developer standpoint. They could get away with their arrogance and capriciousness because they had an installed base," Bushnell said.

Bushnell explained that ease of software development could be a deciding factor: "They have also historically had horrible software tools. You compare that to the Xbox 360 with really great authoring tools [and] additional revenue streams from Xbox live… a first party developer would be an idiot to develop for Sony first and not the 360. People don’t buy hardware, they buy software."

The interviewer then gave a counterpoint, stating that Sony must have been doing something right in order to sell over 100 million units of each PlayStation generation.

"It wasn’t anything brilliant that they did. With the PS and PS2 it was timing. They had the right pricing at the right time [and were] almost the accidental winner," answered Bushnell. "It would not surprise me if a year from now they’ll be struggling to sell 1 million units. [Factoring in the PS3’s price], I think in the U.S. the number of early adopters you have is actually around 300,000."

Sony is targeting to ship 400,000 PlayStation 3 consoles to the U.S. for its launch window, and a considerable portion of the allotment already sold out via pre-orders.



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RE: COME ON.
By raisinbrainMMM on 11/9/2006 9:54:13 AM , Rating: 5
I'd listen to him before I listed to anyone of Sony's/Microsoft PR team.

He's a third person and has a pretty obvious argument. I can't see the PS3 doing any better than the PS2. Its hard to see that because the competition from other consoles is so strong right now. At the same time the price point is horribly high and the only reason you see this huge demand for the PS3 is because most people that are itching to get their hands on one are thinking of being able to sell the machine for a profit in case they aren't happy with it.

I'm sure that if the Ebay factor did not exist, the demand would be much lower. Most people would be much more weary before investing 600 dollars on a machine if they knew they would be stuck with it if it sucks. RIght now they can turn around and sell it for more than they bought it for to a bunch of hungry rich, early adopters.


RE: COME ON.
By plonk420 on 11/12/2006 6:09:53 PM , Rating: 2
i see two target audiences being a bigger draw: Home Theater Crowd (for flashy console system) and, to a lesser degree, the gaming crowd, at least at launch.

i'm not sure i see (some) people doing the math to see that 360 being the same price as PS3 if you're wanting a next gen HD movie format...


RE: COME ON.
By edge929 on 11/15/2006 11:05:57 AM , Rating: 2
/agree

Good price + FUN games = Successful console

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