SCEE's David Reeves: We Are Committed To "Quality Hardware"
Well, it's true: shoddy products typically don't go over well with consumers.
In a recent MCV interview, SCEE president David Reeves said it's important to release "quality hardware" if one wishes for the video game market to grow. At no point does Reeves refer to Microsoft's problems with the "Red Ring of Death" on the Xbox 360, but it's tough not to infer the meaning of his comments. Reeves said:
"... Another thing we have committed to for supporting market growth is putting out quality hardware - you don't grow the market by putting out shoddy machines. So we try to make sure that PS3s have a failure rate of just two to three percent, which is very low by industry standards."
While Microsoft and its fans will claim the RRoD system failure catastrophe is behind them, the defective numbers issued by most major retailers indicate that this isn't entirely true. At last check, they were down from the abysmal 20-30% defective ratios we saw last year, but they're still much higher than any consumer would like right now. Most gamers will tell you that while ten of their friends are still on their first PS3, those same ten have gone through at least two or three 360s already. But Reeves wasn't all about taking potshots at the competition - holiday spirit and everything - and he added the following:
"On the competition, I will say Nintendo have only done good things. They have expanded geographically and dramatically extended demographically. They have never been afraid to try new products, be that hardware, or software or peripherals. For Microsoft, again, I can understand that, again, they have put money into the market and have initiated growth. In some ways what they have done is brought forward consumers from next year into this year. By bringing the price down they are trying to establish themselves quickly, as they did with the first Xbox. But they have built online in a meaningful way and the competition they have brought to the market place is great."
There, see? They should all just learn to put aside their differences and work together in perfect harmony for the good of the gamer. Er...or maybe insane, mud-slinging competition begets quality, just 'cuz one guy works desperately hard to top the other guy? Whatever school of thought you adhere to, though, everyone admits there are pluses and minuses to every system available. Let's just say the 360's reliability is a definite minus and the PS3's reliability is a definite plus at this point.
12/19/2008 Ben Dutka