Sony echoes Microsoft, commends Wii

Sony Computer Entertainment Executive Phil Harrison has echoed a statement made by Microsoft's Peter Moore last week about the upcoming Nintendo Wii console. Moore claimed few people would buy a PlayStation 3 if they could purchase an Xbox 360 and a Wii "for the price of one PS3." Sony's Phil Harrison claims Moore is "exactly right," but he thinks "[the Wii] will be the second system consumers purchase after PlayStation 3," and not the Xbox. Harrison also defends the PS3's high price point:
"I know what Peter [Moore] was getting at with his price point issue," Harrison admitted, "but he's not comparing apples to oranges. He's not even comparing the same kind of food products at all. It's clearly a case that PlayStation 3's price is justified by PlayStation 3's value. That's what consumers base their purchasing decisions on -- value."
Again, it looks like Sony is playing on the PlayStation 3's inclusion of a Blu-ray disc drive, which makes even the $599 PS3 look cheap in comparison to set-top Blu-ray players that are expected to retail for around $1,000. Meanwhile, Nintendo's Wii is expected to sell for just $199 according to a Sega VP and an analyst for Merrill Lynch. Nintendo says its console will not compete with the Xbox 360 and PS3 on the next-generation front, but that it will instead emphasize gameplay and ease of use in order to become more accessible to non-gamers. Both Sony and Microsoft appear to be banking on people purchasing the Wii as a second system by default, which certainly bodes well for Nintendo. Thanks to DailyTech for the tip.
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