Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Microsoft React to PS3 Announcements

Speaking to IGN, Shane Kim, who is Microsoft Game Studios General Manager, and Chris Satchell, who is a general manager of Microsoft's game developer group, the following comments were made:
In general

Satchell - "From a gamer's perspective, I'm pretty disappointed in Sony's lack of innovation. I mean, they didn't deliver anything terribly new, and at the cost of $600, $200 more than our system, it's hard to get excited about it. The 'new' controller was even disappointing. It's basically the same design. It doesn't seem good for consumers, just good for Sony."

Kim - "Our top-priced premium system is $200 cheaper than theirs. And when you look at the whole package, our innovative online service, our price structure, the high quality of games, and the leadership we have provided, it's really hard justifying the price difference. We're in a real sweet spot with our pricing tier. We're really confident about where we are pricing-wise."

On Sony's committment of 6 million units by March 2007

Kim - "We can't speculate on Sony's production capabilities. We're not experts on that. But as you know, getting six million units on the market place by March 2007 is a very challenging task. Based on what we know about launching a sophisticated system with many complicated parts, it's going to be very challenging."

On Sony's online service

Satchell - "They provided no real commitment to actually delivering on their online service. They provided no innovation and leadership in that respect. They gave little time and effort to their online space."

Scathing to say the least... Stay tuned for Microsoft's press conference which is scheduled for today.

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