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Why Sony Won't Lose The Next-Gen War 228

GamesDaily has up an opinion piece, talking about why author James Brightman sees Sony walking away with the next-gen crown, again. From the article: "Sony is well aware of the power of its brand and it will do everything it can to leverage the PlayStation name. Providing backwards compatibility with both the PS1 and PS2, as well as offering full PS1 titles for download through the PS3, can only help to reinforce that brand and remind gamers of the PlayStation games they hold so dear. Selling over 100 million units, twice, has its advantages. In fact, there are a number of people who have probably owned nothing but PlayStation consoles, and those consumers are likely to stick with a brand they know and trust. Before they've even learned anything about Sony's new console, many consumers have already made up their minds that they want the next PlayStation no matter what. A strong brand should not be underestimated." Relatedly, the company released a few more details on its online plan via its Japanese office. That article touches on AV chat, a puzzle games service, and downloadable games.
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Why Sony Won't Lose The Next-Gen War

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  • by kinglink ( 195330 ) on Friday October 27, 2006 @05:09PM (#16615446)
    You can play PS2 and PS1 games on your PS2 still, why go out and buy a 600 dollar system that does the same thing.

    Sony isn't going to win this round on name recognition, they COULD have, if it was a 400 dollar console, and would have at 300, but going to 600 dollars makes it less likely.

    Sony needs to win this round, and they might pull it off if Microsoft still can't break Japanese markets after Christmas next year (give them time). If Blue Dragon doesn't make a huge in-road for the 360, Sony will not have to worry.

    However sony is already running scared, dropping the price of the 20 gig model in Japan, low numbers (now saying they might not make 2 million consoles by the end of the year), a almost constant hype session, at least one a day. And all for one reason. The 360 is already here, and already getting better and better.

    Will the 360 be perfect? no. But the PS3 is looking worse as the launch window comes up, they'll sell out, but the 360 has 6 MILLION consoles out there. The PS3 has 2 million at the end of the year if they are lucky. Developers know this, and know the score.

    Which will win though? Who knows, it all rests on Japan right now, and even there people arn't thrilled with Sony.
  • by wolfing ( 1007041 ) on Saturday October 28, 2006 @10:54AM (#16622086)
    Actually the controller is chargeable. When it's dying just plug it in and keep playing 'wired' while it's getting recharged.
    Also, HDTVs are a lot cheaper than 'thousands of dollars' 955&type=product&productCategoryId=pcmcat951000500 15&id=1130981752759 [] for example

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