I Wonder How Sony And Microsoft View The Wii U Launch
It's time like these when I really want to be a fly on the wall at various executive meetings at Sony and Microsoft.
While I'm certain they've got plenty on their own plate to consider, I'm also pretty sure that head honchos in the gaming divisions at Sony and Microsoft are watching the launch of the Nintendo Wii U quite closely.
...and I wonder what they're thinking at this point.
We've heard of a variety of problems associated with the launch, and just a general discontent echoing through the gaming community. But then again, isn't that the case with any new hardware launch? Admittedly, it's a little unexpected to see so many technical issues plaguing a new machine of Nintendo's; historically, that hasn't really happened much. Then you've got developers slamming the Wii U's supposedly under-powered architecture. At the same time, there do appear to be plenty of satisfied owners out there. That is also obvious.
So how do Sony and Microsoft view the situation? They likely don't consider the Wii U to be direct competition as their consoles will be targeting a different demographic and indeed, a different audience altogether. I'm not saying gamers won't want all three systems again, but both Sony and Microsoft have made it clear that they don't consider Nintendo to be a direct competitor. That being said, they still have to keep an eye on what Nintendo is doing...after all, didn't the other two sorta copy the Wii's advances in motion sensing to some extent? And what about the rise of social/multiplayer gaming that appeals to the formerly non-gaming masses?
I'd just like to know what the PlayStation and Xbox camps are thinking right about now. It'd be interesting to hear...
11/20/2012 9:55:46 PM Ben Dutka