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The battle of console release is now over...and now we're at what is probably the most stale months for gamers. Spring is the slowest for highly stunned and anticipated games, as we all have to wait for the summer and fall to even get a taste of what's in store. But with the release of the Ps3...there's been some cons about the system itself, in which has been turning many consumers away from the system. The following will contain on how Sony made their mistakes in moving a step back to victory on the console wars.
1. The price of the system over all. Since Sony has decided to make all their discs Blu-ray, they've been losing more money than they've been making, and as a result, they hope to break even by accessories and Sony exclusive games (i.e. Resistance and Motor Storm.). As it looks right now, Sony seems to be holding it's fair ground, but if you count fair ground as being placed third in the war with Microsoft on top, followed by Nintendo, then fair ground isn't anywhere you should be comfortable with.
-Speaking about systems, having two systems out confuses the average consumer. How does the average parent know to choose a 60 gig over a 20 gig, and what else does it contain besides the storage capacity? If Sony had decided to be smart about this, they would of at least came out with one system, more than likely a 20 gig, with a 40 gig storage to purchase for the true hardcore gamers.
2. The rumble feature. Plain and simple, need I elaborate? Sony has claimed, in which this is verbatim "Rumble is last gen.". Now, the truth is that Sony and Immersion (who have pattened the rumble feature) got into a bit of a dispute over the feature, and Sony had to leave it out. Yet, the ironic part is that now that Sony and Immersion happen to be lessening the heat, Sony is thinking about making other SixAxxis controllers that have the rumble in it. If Sony is going to go last gen, how do they expect to win this war? I'm sorry, but if I can't feel the vibration of my car flipping into a 180 and back on asphalt, then that loses it's own experience by missing that one feature.
3. The loss of Sony exclusives is going to truly hurt the system in gaining success. Sony has failed to make Rockstar a Sony exclusive as they have constantly been laid back, and when Rockstar announced Manhunt 2 for the Wii (as well as the Psp and Ps2), and even the newest Grand Theft Auto (currently just titled IV) for the 360 as well, with exclusive content. It's only showing consumers that they can have a less expensive system, and still play some of the hottest games on other next gen systems.
-Sony has also lost the Capcom exclusive Devil May Cry 4, as it is also appearing on the Xbox 360 and the PC. So PC modders can even find ways to play as Dante and maybe even Virgil. Also, Resident Evil for the first time will be appearing on the Xbox 360 (as well as Resident Evil Umbrella Chronicles appearing on the Nintendo Wii.). Also with the rumor of Virtua Fighter 5 coming out to the Xbox 360, with downloadble content is not good news for Sony.
4. The Ps3 store is nothing like the Xbox Marketplace. Although you may be paying monthly for the Marketplace, it truly does have quality, while the Ps3 store feels like using a Linux browser and feels quite tacky. The content that you see in the store (such as movie trailers) can be found if you have digital cable, so it's practically no use waiting 2-4 minutes to download something you can watch by pressing a couple buttons on your digital cable/satellite remote. The speed of the downloads are relatively long as well, as it can take quite some time to download demos, not to mention the amount of KBs the files are. The only game that seems to be worth downloading on the Store is Tekken 5, but with a hefty 19.99 price tag for a 1080p picture, with just the boss unlocked and nixing other features, is it truly worth the price? Only for the die hard Tekken fans. Hopefully Sony doesn't lose this Namco exclusive to the competitors. (FYI: There's rumors about adding acheivements, but there has been no confirmation by Sony.)
5. Over priced accessories. Now I understand that the Next-Gen accessories mean quite pricey items, but when you have to pay 60 dollars for HDMI output and there's a nonexistant Nyko HDMI's for 24.99, that will only get the customer to turn irate and irritated.