Enterbrain President Comments: Wii vs. PlayStation 3
The President of Enterbrain, publisher of Japanese videogame magazine Famitsu, predicts that it will take the PS3 some time to catch up to Nintendo's Wii in sales. Citing a lack of software and the infamous price-tag, Enterbrain's president states that it is the Nintendo's array of available software and price that makes the Wii so appealing to the everyday, casual gamer.
"There could be a price cut for the PS3 by the end of the year, and more software titles will hit the market. I expect the PS3 to be doing better after a while," Enterbrain President Hirokazu Hamamura said. "Of course, the Wii will keep running ahead all the while." To date, the PS3 has sold close to 650k units in Japan, while the Nintendo Wii has sold 1.4M.
Many feel that the comparisons between the Nintendo Wii and PlayStation 3 are trivial, as neither console can do what the other can; they're two different machines. Which is entirely true – they’re not quite playing in the same ballpark. The Wii is simply incapable of rendering visuals like the PS3's. Likewise, the PS3's motion-sensing controls don't measure up to the Wii's. The Wii can't play Blu-Rays, but the PS3 doesn't have the Virtual Console -- and so forth. The Wii is completely different console with a different agenda in mind -- unlike the Xbox 360, which is realistically Sony's prime competitor at the moment.
This news should further push Sony to seriously consider a price-cut, or some sort of promotional pack-in to get the sales boost flowing. I'll reiterate this for the twentieth time, but as soon as the new software begins to roll (which will be at the end of February), sales of the console should become healthier.
2/6/2007 Arnold Katayev