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PlayStation3: Too Little, Too Late
Brian Caulfield, 08.18.09, 06:45 PM EDT
Sony slashes the price of its console by $100, but Xbox 360 and Wii are still cheaper.

BURLINGAME, Calif. -- Not only has Sony gone from first to last in the market for videogame consoles, it has done so at the worst possible moment. Nintendo's Wii and games such as "Rock Band" and "Guitar Hero" have pushed the on-screen action into the living room, turning console gaming from geek to chic.

Now Sony's ( SNE - news - people ) latest move, slashing the PlayStation3's price by $100 to $299 and offering a thinner version of the ginormous console, has almost no hope of making a difference. That's because Sony's technology-packed console will remain more expensive than either the Xbox 360, which starts at less than $20,0 and the Wii, which sells for $250.

Not a good place to be, with price cuts for those consoles almost surely on the way. And while Sony's offering is packed with expensive technology, it's the least mature where it matters most: motion-sensitive controllers and online gaming.

Both Nintendo ( NTDOY.PK - news - people ) and Microsoft ( MSFT - news - people ) are pressing their advantage in those areas. Nintendo is bundling its latest game, "Wii Sports Resort," with an add-on that allows its WiiMote controller to pick up an even wider range of motion. Microsoft, meanwhile, is larding its Xbox Live online gaming service with movies, videogames and even live, interactive game shows.
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I just read this....LOL. These are the same people though who said Nintendo won E3 2008 last year.
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SDF prepare your battlestations!
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Also conveniently forgets to mention that Microsoft's main console also is priced at $299.
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I just read this....LOL. These are the same people though who said Nintendo won E3 2008 last year.
No one 'won' E3. Everyone had a pretty crappy showing IMO. Some might have been a little better then the rest, but it was a total motion-snore fest.
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Lmfao

Apparently ps3 pricecuts aren't sitting well with some people
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Silliness.. PS3 is now a very serious threat to both Nintendo and Microsoft.
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Silliness.. PS3 is now a very serious threat to both Nintendo and Microsoft.
Shall we paint up for the impending clash in September?
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I also like how they called it the least mature where it matters most, motion sensing and online.

Current use of motion sensing:
1.) Wii
2.) PS3 (axis use)
3.) 360

Online:
1.) 360/PS3
2.) Wii

or at the very worst

Online:
1.) 360
2.) PS3
3.) Wii


The article is quite off base.
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The PS3 will definitely move more units simply because of people waiting for this price drop.

What remains to be seen is whether Sony can capitalize on the momentum once that initial surge of "waiters" is exhausted. Only some aggressive marketing can do that, and they've been pretty weak (thus far) in that department compared to their rivals.
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