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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: Change of Mind
By ViperROhb34 on 11/9/2006 8:55:32 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah I didn't mean it that way. If you read the whole post you would've gotten the idea -- I think everyone here including myself knows the jack itself works.

Upconversion, which is also known as line doubling, reduces the visibility of horizontal scan lines, which become more noticeable on large screens. The resolution upconversion does, will not actually add any real picture information to the image, as you cannot create real picture information where none existed before.

What upconversion "theoretically" does is create a smoother look for non-HDTV signals. Since Widescreen DVD's are 480P the HDMI really isn't doing shit, except being a signal carrier. Most regular DV players manufacturers could've just as easily made upconversion happen over component cables, but they were considering the few digital tv's with 1080p and pushing HDMI of course.

If you own a Xbox 360 and watch a 480P Widescreen movie & also own a HD-TV you're getting an upconversion because the signal is being upgraded thru the Xbox 360 ( you have the 360 set on 720P or higher broadcast) - is broadcasting an HD Signal so it looks much smoother.. while even Regular 480P DVD players hooked up with Component cables still only outputs a 480P signal.

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