Sony: Overpromise and underdeliver

Sony: Overpromise and underdeliver

Summary: Is Sony looking for a new company motto by any chance? If they are, I've got one for them - "Sony: Overpromise and underdeliver."

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Is Sony looking for a new company motto by any chance?  If they are, I've got one for them - "Sony: Overpromise and underdeliver."

PS3Yes, I'm back on Sony's case, and once again I'm ranting about the PS3. 

Remember how the Sony PS3 production line ran out of steam last year and as a response Sony decided that the gamers from Europe, Middle East, Africa and Australasia didn't really want the chance to buy a games console before Christmas?  Well, now it turns out that the PS3 which will be unleashed on these markets (which goes on sale on 23 March) has a different design to the Japanese and American consoles will not play as many PSone and PS2 games as consoles sold in other markets.

“PS3 is first and foremost a system that excels in playing games specifically designed to exploit the power and potential of the PS3 system,” said David Reeves, President of SCEE. “Games designed for PS3 offer incredible graphics quality, stunning gameplay and massively improved audio and video fidelity that is simply not achievable with PS and PS2 games. Rather than concentrate on PS2 backwards compatibility, in the future, company resources will be increasingly focused on developing new games and entertainment features exclusively for PS3, truly taking advantage of this exciting technology.” [emphasis added]

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So, reading between the lines, Sony wants gamers to chuck away their old games and buy new ones.  Is backward compatibility so hard?  I don't believe it.  The official line from Sony is that these latest PS3 consoles make use of a new combination of hardware and software emulation in which software takes over some of the functionality that was previously handled by dedicated chips.  In other words, even though these PS3s will be the most expensive in terms of price, they are cheaper to manufacture.

Here's another rub.  How do you know which games work and which don't?  Well, Sony's set up a website specifically to answer those questions.  It's here.  Problem is, the site doesn't go live until 23 March - they day the reduced-compatibility PS3 is released. 

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That's just nasty.  Sony must have an idea of which games work and which don't by now and rather than be clear it's choosing to sit on this information. 

What if your favorite game's not supported?  According to Sony support for some games will be added by software updates, but given that statement by Reeves, I wouldn't hold my breath.

So, if you're planning of picking up a PS3 in Europe, Middle East, Africa or Australasia, unless you're willing to bin (or eBay) your old games, don't sell your PS2 to fund your PS3!

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  • Are you retarded?

    First off, you are posting for a popular site like ZDNet and you can't even spell "your". Secondly Sony are letting people in Europe know NOT to get rid of their PS2's so that they can continue to play their old games. Everyone has been saying that the PS3 needs a price cut, well the only way to achieve that is by scaling back the hardware in the machine while still keeping true to the next-gen graphics and media convergence. Also, why is it they your memory is so bad that you can't remember that the XBox 360 used to have many backward-compatibility issues because they used software instead of hardware. Yes, I understand that Sony "bashed" Microsoft for not using hardware for backward compatibility. The point is that there is quite a bit of unwarranted bashing of Sony just because they are trying to provide top of the line technology for a price that many people can afford (even if they have to save up for it)
    theshoe23
    • That is a joke, right?

      "The point is that there is quite a bit of unwarranted bashing of Sony just because they are trying to provide top of the line technology for a price that many people can afford (even if they have to save up for it)"

      You have seen the price, right? You do know that markets outside the US and Japan are paying far more for the consoles?
      Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
  • How is this different from the XBox 360?

    First off, you are posting for a popular site like ZDNet and you can't even spell "your". Secondly Sony are letting people in Europe know NOT to get rid of their PS2's so that they can continue to play their old games. Everyone has been saying that the PS3 needs a price cut, well the only way to achieve that is by scaling back the hardware in the machine while still keeping true to the next-gen graphics and media convergence. Also, why is it they your memory is so bad that you can't remember that the XBox 360 used to have many backward-compatibility issues because they used software instead of hardware. Yes, I understand that Sony "bashed" Microsoft for not using hardware for backward compatibility. The point is that there is quite a bit of unwarranted bashing of Sony just because they are trying to provide top of the line technology for a price that many people can afford (even if they have to save up for it)
    theshoe23
    • Reality check

      Hey, I can tell that you're probably a PS3 owner (or you want to own one) and you don't like to read people bashing the console but you're missing the point. Sony is changing the goal posts on customers outside of Japan and the US and creating a double standard where these customers pay more for a device and get far less. Also, you neatly dodge the point about Sony not letting on which games it knows will and won't play. That's an underhand tactic to say the least.
      Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
      • Gotta give you credit

        I recently purchased a PS3, and I've had a 360 since the last May, I really like both of them and I just don't want to see either of them getting bashed. I totally understand the concern that the US version of the console will see these exact same changes and that is why I am trying to get all of my friends that even think that they want one to get one before they do this. I really appreciate your intelligent and thoughtful response to my post. Thanks mostly for not calling me a fanboy :)
        theshoe23
  • how soon in U.S.A.?

    How soon will this "downgrade" come to the USA?

    I would think the compatibility chips would be among the cheapest parts of the system. Maybe there's too much cost in making software shims for localized content?

    If it really is all they promise, I would think the cell processor would make a darn fine host for a robust software emulator, but who knows?
    impala_sc
    • Good question!

      Officially I don't have an answer but unofficially it seems that this isn't something that's planned for the near future.
      Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
  • Cost of the "Downgrade"

    I've seen on other websites that the cost to Sony of the chip they're removing is about $27. So for the cost of less than one PS2 game, they're crippling the backwards compatibility of the PS3 in Europe, the Middle East and Australia.
    brilang
  • nintendo wii and gamecube

    Its great that I bought Nintendo Wii. It plays Gamecube games flawlessly. The only caveat is you need Gamecube controllers to play the games (wii-mote doesnt work for Gamecube). My only regret is I did not invest in Nintendo stock from Oct to Jan 2006 (it doubled)! Of course I would have had to sell it before yesterday. Sony delivers a lot of garbage product lately like the DRM fiasco, PS3 etc. They arent as good a product as they used to be unless you are buying a television.

    -Paulie
    IT Consultant
    paulieshere2