Microsoft throws jab at PS3 price, sides with Wii

— 3:03 PM on May 11, 2006

Microsoft has already taken sides in the upcoming next-gen console war, which will see both Sony's PlayStation 3 and Nintendo's Wii competing with the existing Xbox 360 in the fourth quarter of this year. According to Microsoft Corporate VP Peter Moore, faced with the Xbox 360 and Wii, few gamers will buy the PlayStation 3:

"Tell me why you would buy a $600 PS3?" Peter Moore, a Microsoft vice president, said in an interview. "People are going to buy two (machines.) They're going to buy an Xbox and they're going to buy a Wii ... for the price of one PS3."
Moore has a point. The PlayStation 3 will retail for either $499 or $599, while the Xbox 360 is between $299 and $399, and the Wii may sell below $200 according to Sega's VP of Marketing Scott Steinberg. If Steinberg's claim is correct, a $199 Wii could complement the $299 Xbox 360 for $1 less than the cheapest PlayStation 3. Of course, neither the Wii nor the 360 feature a high definition optical drive, while the PS3 will include a 2x Blu-ray drive as standard. Considering the expected $1,000 launch prices for set-top Blu-ray drives, Sony's console could attract those seeking a cheap Blu-ray player rather than a game console. Thanks to Digg for the link.
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