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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: I'd Have to Agree
By DingieM on 11/10/2006 5:42:18 AM , Rating: 2
"Maybe produce games not as graphically pleasing due to the PS3's more powerful GPU but I have yet to see any game or gaming concept that can only be done on the PS3 that can't be duplicated on the Xbox 360 or with a big graphics drop on the Wii."

You are very wrong about this. Xbox360 has the (much) more advanced GPU but the PS3 has the (difficult to utilize) cell broadband processor that has the highest calculation power. From the beginning it was known that games as application is not that well suited for the cell.
Go read some technical articles on the net.
Look at Gears Of War now...still not impressed...well wait and see when PGR4 is here! Just an example...

And all this talk about HD-DVD versus BluRay...well video's from the internet will take over.

RE: I'd Have to Agree
By akugami on 11/10/2006 12:43:19 PM , Rating: 2
Well, I'm not as update on the GPU's of the respective consoles but from my layman's view of things, the Xbox's GPU is technologically more advanced features wise but that the PS3 GPU was maybe a bit more powerful. But who really cares, they're similar enough power wise that to me it doesn't matter. A console's graphics capabilities are not something I can control unlike a PC in which I scrutinize offerings from both nVidia and ATI very closely to see what is best for me.

As for Cell, it's the most powerful CPU out of all the next gen consoles on paper but a lot of it's power is very very limited much like how GPU's in today's PC's are very powerful but very limited in the type of calculations it's suited for.

I'm not disagreeing with anything you're saying, the post you're replying to just has me stating it from a Sony hype standpoint about how super duper uber the PS3 is and how it is amazingly more powerful by factors of 100 over it's competition. Sadly the fanboys are eating it up.

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