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Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Kojima/Konami Backs their Vested Interest, the PS3

If it's honesty you want, don't ask the folks who have already shoveled more money (save Sony perhaps) into an upcoming system. It's interesting to see that the novelty of the Wii is totally lost. He is right that the PS3 is a movie theater, and it costs a lot to make a movie that looks good. In terms of production costs, he's probably right on. In terms of what gamers are hoping for, he might just be wrong. It's also interesting to see someone sneering at DVD as a medium when it's fairly mainstream. Reminds me of Nintendo sneering at CD's back around the time of the PS1. Mainstream tech will often get you further than you realize. I understand he's using Theater, DVD, TV as a metaphor in this case, but it's also what's fundamentally wrong with Sony's next-gen strategy, which is to demand too much for what will be next-gen tech, but before it's had any kind of maturity. By the time DVD was put into PS2's and XBox's it was a proven technology. UMD and Blu-Ray are not proven technologies.

I'm also curious about the number of people with "Movie Theater" ready homes. But I suppose anyone able to plunk down the cash for a PS3, likely has the cash for that home theater. I can imagine justifying it to my wife already.

"See sweetie, we NEED the new TV, reciever, and speakers, so I can play the PS3 that you got me. Oh, and new games, they only cost $80.00."

GameDaily BIZ: Kojima Backs PS3, Says It's Like a "Movie Theater"
"The PS3 is a movie theater. You pay 1,800 yen and view a movie with great sound and a huge image. These aren't movies that are remade directly from television, but video that's been made for the movies, and everyone comes wanting that. Xbox 360 is watching a DVD at home. It's for people who want to watch a movie, but anything is okay. The Wii is a television program. You turn on the television, and you can watch soccer or watch a variety show -- enjoy a program lightly," he said.

He continued, "If you think about the future of the industry and game creators, I get the feeling that the winner had better be the movie theater -- or, the PS3. No one will say that the price is cheap. However, the PS3 is 'the future.' The Wii is interesting, but in terms of functions, it's a machine with past concepts."

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