Sony: Wii is a core gaming device. It is a more fun, intuitive sort of product to pick up

Sony: Wii is a core gaming device. It is a more fun, intuitive sort of product to pick up

Summary: This should be put in the "did they really say that" category.Nic Foster, general manager for Sony Australia & New Zealand: "Wii is a core gaming device. It's a more fun, intuitive sort of product to pick up, where the PS3 is a broader entertainment solution."

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This should be put in the "did they really say that" category.

Here's a quote by Nic Foster, general manager for Sony Australia & New Zealand that was published in the Sydney Morning Herald:

"Wii is a core gaming device. It's a more fun, intuitive sort of product to pick up, where the PS3 is a broader entertainment solution." [emphasis added]

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That seems like a very odd thing for Sony to come out and say. Foster goes on to describe the PS3 as:

"... you can have your fun, enjoyable gaming…but then you have a whole suite of other applications...such as Blu-ray media playback, the ability to access your music, access your photos and the interoperability with the PlayStation Portable."

It goes on:

"Gamers are extremely aware of what they're after and what they want. So gamers will already have a very good understanding of what PlayStation 3 offers versus what Wii offers and many of them will probably have both devices." [emphasis added]

So the PS3 isn't the ultimate games console that we all believed it would be.  This goes to prove that Sony is seeing the PS3 more as a media center than a games console and this could be where the PS3 has gone wrong.  In an earlier blog entry I made here I linked to an article by Seth Schiesel of the New York Times who had this message for Sony:

"Howard Stringer [Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Sony Corporation of America], you have a problem. Your company’s new video game system just isn’t that great."

Sony's PS3 is certainly a technological marvel, but it seems that in a desire to create a media center system, Sony forgot to pack as much fun into the box as users expected.  And they know it.

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  • Sony's Mistake

    Sony's only mistake was trying to take on Microsoft using the "Bigger and Better" approach. What they failed to realize is that PS2 beat the Xbox not by technology, but by having exclusive game releases, by having more of a gaming base, by being first to market. Sony assumed that the little Nintendo company was using the same old tactic as it did last time. "Be cheaper and dedicated to gaming." Last time Nintendo had nothing else to offer but that. Now Nintendo has a whole new gaming experience.

    I think right now Sony should focus on getting second place and not worry about Nintendo Wii. XBox 360 is the thing to beat. They have a better product and the blu-ray standard is a good one.
    nucrash
    • Huh?

      "Sony's only mistake was trying to take on Microsoft using the "Bigger and Better" approach."

      "I think right now Sony should focus on getting second place and not worry about Nintendo Wii. XBox 360 is the thing to beat."

      It's all about content, and 360 has them beat at the moment.
      Oknarf