Published on September 22nd, 2007 | by Deejay Knight, Editor/Founder
Kaz Harai: No PS3 Price Cut This Year
I’ll admit freely – I’m not a public relations employee for Sony Computer Entertainment (this shouldn’t be surprising). If I were, though, the last thing you’d ever see me doing is referring to software availability when asked about a price drop.
You might not understand what I’m talking about, so I present ‘Exhibit A’:
“Going aggressive only on price without being able to back it up with content doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me,” he said. Hirai added that a price cut would have a “real impact” on hardware sales only if Sony also provided enough software titles to support the PS3.
Now, I’m not crazy or anything, but I’m wondering why they don’t consider games like the following enough:
- Heavenly Sword
- Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune
- Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction
- Unreal Tournament 3
- Gran Turismo Prologue
- Eye of Judgment
When you look at the fact that the above titles are only the PS3 exclusive titles for this year, it’s not a bad year for Sony when you think about it. I think the problem stems from the fact that there aren’t any major Sony titles to combat the Halo 3/Mass Effect juggernaut on 360 and the combo of Nintendo releasing no less than three of their major franchises this year as well.
I could live with the excuse of Sony not being able to afford a PS3 price drop. I could even live with Kaz suggesting that they don’t feel there to be a need for a price drop, but when you say there’s not enough software when you have eight exclusive titles releasing in the next three months in combination to the multitude of multiplatform titles is just a bit absurd.
You’re not exactly comforting your user base with comments like these. And I doubt the devs are much happier with them either.
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