Sony owes me $14,000

I’ve been spending an increasing amount of time playing console games recently, so I’ve been watching Sony’s PlayStation 3 launch with rather keen interest. And my what a show it’s been. Fanboy bickering has hit a new high—or perhaps low—with this latest round of consoles, with Sony loyalists vehemently defending their platform of choice against venomous volleys hurled by Xbox fans who have had a year to develop meaningful relationships with their 360s and Wii devotees wielding nunchuks.

Of course, I expected to see fanboys waging flame wars in forums. That’s what they do. I didn’t expect to see the same kind of petty attacks coming from Sony itself, though. Sony has caught flak for saying all sorts of petty, silly, and flat out incorrect things over the last couple of months, and their latest gaffe is quite a laugh. In the latest issue of EGM, Sony Computer Entertainment America president Jack Tretton said the following:

If you can find a PS3 anywhere in North America that’s been on shelves for more than five minutes, I’ll give you 1,200 bucks for it.

That, of course, prompted numerous sites to seek out stacks of PlayStation 3s lining store shelves. They didn’t have to look far, and even I bumped into a palette of consoles over the weekend.

At least a dozen PS3s were sitting just inside my local Costco, surrounded by throngs of shoppers who couldn’t have been less interested. No one so much as approached the display in the five minutes I stood there trying take a cameraphone picture that didn’t suck, and wandering the crowded aisles didn’t reveal anyone with a PS3 in their cart, either.

So Sony owes me round about $14,000. And a new Reality Distortion Field is born.

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    • Snake
    • 13 years ago

    I wonder if Sony will have l[

    • Philldoe
    • 13 years ago

    heh you think that’s somthing? I saw 20 PS3’s stacked up on a shelf at the local best buy. Hey Sony where’s my 24grand?

      • Krogoth
      • 13 years ago

      That would be 18,269 Euros. ๐Ÿ˜‰

        • eitje
        • 13 years ago

        offer not valid outside of the US or in areas where it would be prohibited.

        ๐Ÿ˜›

          • Philldoe
          • 13 years ago

          I live in America ๐Ÿ˜›

    • Jigar
    • 13 years ago

    Mind to share some $$$$ with me ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Dposcorp
    • 13 years ago

    Make sure you read the editor’s note in the article, that says the interview took place in early January.

    I am not saying he still isn’t a dumbass, just that time can distort things and he may have been a tiny bit closer to the truth back then.

      • jss21382
      • 13 years ago

      Nope, we’ve had PS3’s in similar quantities since shortly after christmas as the costco here

    • eitje
    • 13 years ago

    i think this story should really be about how much camera phones suck.

    i have a phone w/ a 1.3 MP camera on the end, and i SWEAR that, back when i had a 1.3 MP camera, it never took pictures as bad as this thing does.

    well done on the photography, mr geoff. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • IntelMole
      • 13 years ago

      Different motives = different methods.

      Cameras aim for quality at that given pricepoint. Phones generally aim to save battery life – some of the frame rates of the higher MP cameraphones are downright shocking and nigh-on unusable half the time, but they have to be this way to save on processing power.

      In the same way, a lot of cameraphones skimp on stuff to save on cost (for a phone that probably costs $300 before the camera, this is even more important) and battery life.

      So whilst I agree that the picture from cameraphones is nothing short of rubbish, there is at least some reason behind it all… Maybe they’ll catch up eventually though ๐Ÿ˜€

        • eitje
        • 13 years ago

        psch. i say “that’s no excuse!”

        when i switch my phone into camera mode, i’d rather sacrifice an hour of talk time to get the picture i want the first time. ๐Ÿ˜›

          • Dissonance
          • 13 years ago

          … but would you rather carry around a much heavier, bulkier phone just to get a better integrated camera?

            • willyolio
            • 13 years ago

            i think the best idea is still just to have an actual camera, and carry a smaller, slimmer phone without any camera at all.

            • eitje
            • 13 years ago

            i think if they’re going to sell something integrated, it needs to work well. how many times have i seen things in TR reviews that are integrated, but integrated poorly? motherboards & systems trying to get the “one up” on their opponents by throwing in all kinds of integrated nonsense… bleh.

            in fact… looping back to the actual topic, isn’t that one of the biggest complaints about the PS3? it’s got EATKS syndrome, trying to be everything but excelling at nothing.

            same thing’s happening with cell phones, but everyone’s just okay with it. ๐Ÿ˜› except me, dagnabit!

      • grug
      • 13 years ago

      And there I was thinking there were other parts of the camera that had a big impact on image quality — sensor size and quality, lenses, etc.

      But no, megapixel counts are where the camera quality distinction ends!

      Complaining that your 1.3MP phone isn’t as good as your 1.3MP camera is like complaining your 2GHz Celeron with integrated graphics isn’t as good as your 2GHz Athlon64 X2 4000+ with an GeForce 8800.

        • d2brothe
        • 13 years ago

        Agreed, the average photographers knows that megapixels are very far from the be all and end all of quality. Their as much a marketing tool as they are a factor in the camera. Granted, that when you get down to the <2 MP range, quality drops of quickly, but still lense etc are at least as important. Your camera phone likely does’nt even have autofocus, which is a major factor.

        • eitje
        • 13 years ago

        jesus, man, it wasn’t a measure of quality! i was talking about age! technology is supposed to improve over time, and in the last decade, i’d think that the technology could be improved. instead, what i’ve gotten is a smaller, lighter imaging device that takes worse pictures.

        isn’t that a step back?

      • PetMiceRnice
      • 13 years ago

      Really, what’s the big deal? The picture is big and detailed enough to convey the point of the blog post. I have no trouble seeing what needs to be seen.

        • eitje
        • 13 years ago

        when i try to take pictures of my puppy, there’s a 1-in-10 chance he’s going to moove before the camera has finished capturing its image. ๐Ÿ™

    • somegeek
    • 13 years ago

    “And a new Reality Distortion Field is born.”

    That’s one thing Xbox 360 owners will never have to worry about. There’s no RDF from Microsoft because the Xbox 360 is boring.

    • Bensam123
    • 13 years ago

    Nooo don’t give into the consoles!

    It’s sorta funny… It looks like there are more copys of Quick Tax missing then PS3s from that pallet.

    • FireGryphon
    • 13 years ago

    I’m surprised that no one has yet purchased a couple dozen PS3’s and tried to sell them to Sony for $1,200 each, then sued Sony when they refused. to buy them. It was obviously just a dumb comment, but in our litigous (sp?) society, I really did expect it.

    • radioactive21
    • 13 years ago

    Whats funny if anyone had said the PS3 was going to flop big this time last year (well before the battery recall and the numerous stupid mistakes) everyone would have called that person crazy.

    Sony a year ago looked strong on its promise. Stupid human errors caused them to hurt their most valuable asset that’s their name and reputation.

    Sony is becoming a joke much like Microsoft….if not already…then even more so.

    • Sargent Duck
    • 13 years ago

    Sony should keep a closer eye on their execs. If they honored this deal, they would, quite literally, go belly up. Of course, who actually expects Sony to be honorable?

    • Hance
    • 13 years ago

    I could go out and in an hours time have well over $14,000 worth of PS3’s. Every store around here has 5 or more colsoles sitting on the shelves. I am friends with the electronics guy at a local Wal Mart and according to him they have only moved 2 systems in the last 6 weeks.

    • tempeteduson
    • 13 years ago

    Sony seems to have had a problem executing lately. Even executing on, uh, words. Their glory days… well, that ship has sailed.

    • blitzy
    • 13 years ago

    it was a dumb way of expressing confidence in his product

    • toxent
    • 13 years ago

    I love Penny Arcade. Their response to his comment was hilarious.

    This debacle also goes to show quite well, you don’t have to be smart, to be rich. I mean seriously, what the hell was he thinking?

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