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
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
"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.