Home is merely 1 feature. Its goal is not to attract customers as much as it is to attract game developers. As a game developer, you want people to buy your games. Home encourages the buying of games through unlockable content that comes with game purchases, and your game scores. It offers accessable advertisements and demos of both games and their movies. Home is merely a feature to make Game developers have greater success in their titles as well as push their games beyond what they are limited to at the moment. Single player games can still have bragging rights in a multiplayer world.
PS3 is not losing at all. In fact there really is no winners and losers in this market.
Imagine 3 marathon runners in a line. The signal is sent and all three start running. 1. the nintedo wii starts off very fast, out distancing the other two. 2. The xbox starts off a bit slow but picks up a lot of speed and falls in close to the wii. 3. The last one, Sony's PS3 starts off very slow, jogging at a leisurely pace and not caring how far ahead the other two are.
Now, the 1. Wii begins to slow down, it ran too fast right from the get go and is losing momentum. Its was fast due to its low price and launch games, but now the games are not as plentyfull due to the inability to share cross platform titles. Its graphics are incredibly outdated, and developers are looking for more long term investments with their titles. 1. is tired and slows down, it gets passed by 2. The Xbox360. The Xbox was a rough start due to both games and accessability, but it picked up fast due to its ability to throw money left and right to secure game titles as well as have an easy game kit to develope games for. They picked up a lot of speed. Then because game sales were going higher, they were able to lower the price of their system, their speed increases more. The wii is lagging behind now, tired.
3. Sony, is still jogging but its stamina is unaffected. They still retain the rights for some popular exclusives such as the FF series and Metal Gear, they have no worries, its just a matter of time. Their internal department is nearing completion of a lot of forms of software. Their operating system (firmware) is the most advanced and adapaptable of all the consoles. Their PsP has become one of the most amazing portable decives in the world with an OS thats copletely changeable. It can play most games out there short of anything passed the n64. Blue ray is still young and slowly gaining popularity. IT will be the next ROM commonly used. CD->dvd->blueray. Finally Sony begins to pick up speed, they are not rushing it but the wind at their backs is pushing them foward. Then their exclusives hit the market, they drop the price of their multimedia device, and their firmware offers plenty of sources of revinue from music downloads (singstar) to movies and indemand goods, to the online purchases and blueray sales, more and more developers are releasing their products for the system. Sony is running full on and catches up with 2. Xbox. The xbox is relying purely on its exclusives now and a simple feature called xbox live. This limited ability is strong but it might not be strong enough for the long haul. 3. Sony with its many functions and options begins to out pace the others. They caught in a current thats taking them even faster.
They are able to run OS like linux and programmers are developing their own HOMEBREW for the system, like the psp, theres a huge modding community. Sony continues to move faster due to its moddability, its OS full of newly added features, games that play both in the game itself and in programs like HOME, their movie studio is releasing pleny of bluray movies, their music studio will do the same with online music and mp3 sales. Sony has a lot of momentum now and everyone sees its ready to run for a long long time. Like the energizer bunny.
This is all an analogy of course, but based off facts and predictions based on facts. What you think you know, and what you really know might be far far apart. The fisrt step is to look at the bigger picture. Sony has a movie studio behind it (their movie studio owns a lot of smaller studios also), a music studio for popular artists and a growing format called Blueray. All this stuff is young, but its growing up fast. When it hits, it will hit hard.
For those unfamiliar with the PSP, i suggest really doing some research on it. It uses a mini firmware that the PS3 uses, currently that piece of hardware and OS have allowed a small hand held device to play movies perfectly, music, webpage, radio, remote controlling, homebrewed games (meaning player made software). It has an ebook reader, a paint program, a comic viewer, the list goes on. It feels limitless. Even better are its games, games that include all nintendo games up to the N64, all retro systems and PS1 games. Its completley amazing if you really know and utilize its potential.
The PSP is like a prototype for the PS3, rather its the big daddy version of it. Sony doesnt plan on changing anything, rather making even more adaptable.
Ok im done here, time for lunch.