Posted June 12 2007 - 08:36 PM
| Originally Posted by Adam Gregorich |
I don't buy this at all either. If MS wanted to tank the PS3, they could have taken the money they have put into HD DVD an lowered the price on their console by $150. Faced with the choice of a $199 console or a $499 console that would ahve sunk the PS3. If they wanted to just push live they could have come out with a $30 mindows media extender that would have had live access.
No guarantee of success, they needed PS3's sitting on shelves, and with BR as a "Rationalization feature", the price cut likely wouldn't matter. As long as people can look at a $450 or a $600 box, and say "Well, the BR player in there alone costs $700 and it's well worth it", the price cuts wouldn't make a significant dent in sales. They need that feature to be seen as mediocre or a liability, and the only way to do that is through HD-DVD.
Alot of people flocked to PS2 on release because of the DVD drive, they needed a format war to make sure that didn't happen again.
| 5-10 years is the NEXT console generation as well. Neither the 360 nor the PS3 will matter in 10 years. So why would MS be putting their eggs in the 360 basket in 2005? |
There's no guarantee there will be a next console generation, there's some pretty major problems to overcome first.
The biggest being heat dissipation given a Console's small size. The next largest being Power. The newest generation of GeForce's recommend a PS over 450w and seriously suggest getting closer to 600w. None of these things are getting any cooler either, and it doesn't look like it's going to change any time soon.
If some major development's don't occur in power reduction and heat dissipation, IMO, they won't be able to put this stuff in another console box.
Plus, IMO, MS wants the X-box to be the "Poor-man's computer" and the PC to be the media center for the more affluent. Then they'll hit you for Live, the OS, subscriptions to Office, and get you through Micro-payments and Movies/TV.
MS has a grand plan here, and it's pretty easy to see when you consider Vista, Live, the 360, and the rest. They're converging everything, and with MS, it's not for our convience(Though convient it will be).
So they lay the groundwork now, eliminate their only real competition, start converging the two formats(XNA, C#, Vista, Games for Windows, Live Anywhere), get experience with download delivery, and slowly proceed.
(This is why Intel's on their side as well, Intel stands to gain through Processor sales if MS wins. If Sony wins, and takes over the living room and becomes the "New computer!", Intel loses big.)