Sony's PS3 launch fails miserablyMikey 6 comments
Apparently some people care to buy a PS3. Sony's latest entertainment foray into the living room launched last week to the silence of distant crickets.
More than 500 store owners around Australia opened their doors at midnight anticipating a frenzy of eager buyers. But it wasn't so.
The official launch event at Myer only 40 people turned up to collect their pre-ordered consoles. The media who rocked up to film what they thought would be typical console launch mayhem like that which occurred internationally, asked the crowd to fake excitement for the cameras. A radio crew let out fake cheers to convince the listeners that console launch mayhem was under way.
This should not come as a surprise to many, as the PS3 had difficulty selling in it's homeland, and has become somewhat of a laughing stock among gamers partly in thanks to some posted on youtube.
Sony have a lot of work to do to convince the average gamer the $999 asking price for the PS3 is justified. But we all know the PS3 is an over priced gimmick which should never have seen the light of day. Forcing BlueRay onto the consumer is a well documented bad move. That alone forced the price of the console up by hundreds of dollars.
"The PS3 is a total disaster on so many levels, I think It's really clear that Sony lost track of what customers and what developers wanted. I'd say, even at this late date, they should just cancel it and do a 'do over'. Just say, 'This was a horrible disaster and we're sorry and we're going to stop selling this and stop trying to convince people to develop for it'.'
"There will be developers that pour their heart and soul into this and make development twice as difficult as it should be..."
For me, and this may sound a bit fanboy-ish, but the Xbox360 is the better way to go.