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Next-gen leaders talk about their consoles

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Next-gen leaders talk about their consoles
Corporate mudslinging between game console makers begins as leaders on all sides size up the competition.

The,Electronic Entertainment Expo marked the start of the next-generation,console war. With all sides gearing up for full conflict, opening,volleys of insults and predictions are starting to surface in the media,at large. The Japanese newspaper Asahi Shinbun's Friday edition,featured an article with comments taken from the heads of the three,console makers: Microsoft senior vice president and chief Xbox officer,Robert J. Bach, Sony Computer Entertainment president Ken Kutaragi, and,Nintendo president Satoru Iwata. All three contenders talked about the,strategies behind their own consoles and tossed harsh words over the,corporate walls toward each other.

Microsoft senior vice president and chief Xbox officer Robert J. Bach--

(NOTE: Bach's comments are translated from Japanese and not directly quoted from his English statement.)

Asahi Shinbun: What do you think of the competitors' machines? Will Sony continue to dominate the gaming market?

Robbie Bach:,The other two companies' presentations weren't surprising.,Sony's capabilities are the same as ours. Nintendo is aiming,for the niche market . The current-generation Xbox,sold more than the PlayStation 2 in North America last Christmas. We,will become the market leader with our next-generation console.

Sony's, will be able to use seven controllers simultaneously and connect,with two high-definition TV sets. But it's hard to share a single,screen with seven people, and it's also difficult to imagine a room,with two high-definition TV sets. We don't know about the selling price,yet, but to say the least, our cost of manufacturing is,less than Sony's .

AS: Why doesn't the Xbox 360 adopt a next-generation disc format?

RB:,The next-generation disc standard hasn't been solidified yet. Sony is,taking a risk. We can decide after the standard has been created.

AS: What has Microsoft learned from its previous game console release?

RB:,We'll basically be starting again from square one in the Japanese,market. Our current Xbox console didn't have enough software for,Japanese consumers. This time, we're teaming up with powerful Japanese,game makers, including Square Enix, the maker of Final Fantasy. As for,Microsoft's overall game division, we plan to get out of red ink by,June 2007.

Ken Kutaragi, Sony Computer Entertainment president--

AS: What do you think of the competitors' machines? Will Sony continue to dominate the gaming market?

Ken Kutaragi:,Microsoft is trailing behind us, but they are not a threat. They are,good at improving , but we will be advancing to the next,level with revolutionary technology. Beating us for a short moment is,like accidentally winning a point from a Shihan (Karate master), and,Microsoft is still not a black belt. Just like with their operating,systems, they might come out with something good around the third,generation of their release.

It isn't a bad thing to have a high,price. When we released the original PlayStation at 39,800 yen ($368),,Nintendo's Super Famicom was in the 10,000 yen range ($100 range).,Still, everyone went for the PlayStation. This time, ours ,will be like a BMW that's equipped with a Ferrari engine. Nintendo's, will be something like a new model of a family car. Some,people might want it, but if it was me, I'd want to advance to the next,level.

AS: Why is Sony's next-generation console adopting a next-generation disc format?

KK:,The current DVD had a slow growth during its first three years,of release, but it dramatically penetrated after,the release of the PS2, and its software prices had gone down. By using,Blue-ray in the PS3, we hope to boost the amount of available ,software and sales of high-definition TV sets. With enough product , the Blu-ray will be one step closer to becoming the,standard format.

Satoru Iwata, Nintendo president--

AS: What do you think of the competitors' machines? Will Sony continue to dominate the gaming market?

Satoru Iwata:,It's questionable what the "horsepower" of the two other companies',consoles will be used for, such as fast calculations and,high-definition resolution. Creating game software in high definition,will require everything from the models to the background,to be redone, and it will bloat up development costs. And yet, it has,no use for people that aren't playing with a high-definition TV set.,Game consoles are not an essential product in life, so we want to make,ours as compact, thin, and as inexpensive as we can so that it won't be,viewed with hostility by family members.

AS: What has Nintendo learned from its previous game machine release?

SI:,We launched the Nintendo DS last year, and the release of our,Nintendogs, which came out this April, is being called the second,launch . We want to push the DS's sales with the release of,game software during the first year. There's a big gap between people,that enjoy games that take time and playing skills, and people that,don't. I'm feeling a real sense of danger about the decline in the,Japanese gaming population. Patting a dog and telling it to stay is something that anyone can enjoy. We're aiming to,increase the population of game players with these new kinds of games.

AS: Sony's PS3 is adopting the Blu-ray next-generation disc format. What about the Revolution?

SI:,It will be more beneficial to the consumer if we took the money for, a next-generation disc format and used it,somewhere else where we can present more new fun. Nintendo is a company,that likes to see smiles on the faces of people that love,entertainment. We're not about selling new kinds of TVs or taking,control of the living room.


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Ken Kutaragi is Funny... Read that part...
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:,Microsoft is trailing behind us, but they are not a threat. They are,good at improving , but we will be advancing to the next,level with revolutionary technology. Beating us for a short moment is,like accidentally winning a point from a Shihan (Karate master), and,Microsoft is still not a black belt. Just like with their operating,systems, they might come out with something good around the third,generation of their release.

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It isn't a bad thing to have a high,price. When we released the original PlayStation at 39,800 yen ($368),,Nintendo's Super Famicom was in the 10,000 yen range ($100 range).,Still, everyone went for the PlayStation. This time, ours ,will be like a BMW that's equipped with a Ferrari engine. Nintendo's, will be something like a new model of a family car. Some,people might want it, but if it was me, I'd want to advance to the next,level.

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Dronde wrote:
just wanna share this with u.....

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Robbie Bach: The other two companies' presentations ,weren't surprising. Sony's capabilities are the same as ours.,Nintendo is aiming for the niche market . The,current-generation Xbox sold more than the PlayStation 2 in North,America last Christmas. We will become the market leader with our,next-generation console.

Sony's will be able to use seven,controllers simultaneously and connect with two high-definition TV,sets. But it's hard to share a single screen with seven people, and,it's also difficult to imagine a room with two high-definition TV sets.,We don't know about the selling price yet, but to say the least, our,cost of manufacturing is less than Sony's .


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I find this very hard to believe, considering that,it's definite that the next generation wont truely start until the PS3,is released. Sony also has the bigger market share (about 43 percent),,and considering that the PS2 made a bigger bang this generation, the,PS3 might make an even bigger bang next generation. Just because MS,took a lead over PS2 sales in Christmas doesn't mean that they'll be,the market leader. In fact, that really isn't an important factor,considering that Sony has been in the lead for years, statistically,speaking. Of course there might be a change in this. MS could sell more,in the early months before the PS3 is released, but I'm sure Sony will,be able to catch up or come close to the figures that they produce.
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AS: Why doesn't the Xbox 360 adopt a next-generation disc format?

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RB: The next-generation disc standard hasn't been solidified yet. Sony is taking a risk. We can decide after the standard has been created.


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Thats one reason Not to get a 360!!!!!
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was XBOX worldwide... Just like the PS2?
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,Was it available in every country?
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Getting a PS3 is like getting a BDRom's  player... No need to buy,an extra one.. Takin risk sometimes is good..... U are right @ Pshy....

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Dronde wrote:
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AS: Why doesn't the Xbox 360 adopt a next-generation disc format?

RB: The next-generation disc standard hasn't been solidified yet. Sony is taking a risk. We can decide after the standard has been created.


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Thats one reason Not to get a 360!!!!!



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was XBOX worldwide... Just like the PS2?

Was it available in every country?
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Yes it was.......,
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I thought it wasn't. Well, the PS2 sold like 90 million. what about the Xbox? how much did they sell ?
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,Ps.: I think I read it somewhere it was 90 million. If I am wrong. Can ya come up with the right number?
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Wats that microsoft guy said is bs.  The reason for 7 blue tooth poarts is to interact with other bule tooth stuff.  Most games, if any, will probably have no more than 4 controlls compatible.  And earlier, microsoft said they wern't adopiting blu-ray or hd-dvd was because it would be too expensive, yet PS3 and X360 games have the same price.

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AS: What do you think of the competitors' machines? Will Sony continue to dominate the gaming market?

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Satoru Iwata: It's questionable what the "horsepower" of the two other companies' consoles will be used for, such as fast calculations and high-definition resolution. Creating game software in high definition will require everything from the models to the background to be redone, and it will bloat up development costs. And yet, it has no use for people that aren't playing with a high-definition TV set. Game consoles are not an essential product in life, so we want to make ours as compact, thin, and as inexpensive as we can so that it won't be viewed with hostility by family members.


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I find that a bit puzzling
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