Nevertheless, even with the next Final Fantasy (a franchise, along with Dragon Warrior/Quest that all but assured Sony's dominance in the region for the last 2 generations of consoles according to many gaming analysts) installment announced for the system, only 22.6% of those Japanese surveyed felt Sony would "win" the next gen race. To me, that says either one of two things: 1) The survey was incredibly unscientific and, like often happens in the US, was flooded by Nintendo fanboys. (Very possible) 2) Sony really is in for a rude awakening in Japan. Sony's out would have been to offer a $299-$399 "core" package with a DVD drive and the $599 "premium" package with a Blu-Ray drive. This would have given the masses a more reasonably priced next gen gaming console, while still aiding in the proliferation of Blu-ray for those gamers and A/V enthusiasts who see a $600 Blu-ray player with gaming capabilities as a deal.