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Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2005-11-30 01:09:20
I know I want one, but is Sony crazy? The silly looking controller is just the tip of the iceberg. The Playstation 3 design specs are packed to the gills with Duck Dodgers technology. I consider myself an early-adopter, but this console just seems silly.
Supporting Hi-Def standards is one thing, but TWO 1080 Progressive outputs?! This is a HD standard whose future is in doubt. Televisions that support it cost upward of 3 grand - so who has TWO such monitors?
Then there's the Blu-Ray DVD drive. It currently seems to be waging a successful war against its competition (HD-DVD), but if the tables should turn (will consumers pay $30 for DVDs?), the PS3 will become the next Betamax player. This thing'll jack up the price even higher.
The Cell processor with its NINE multi-threaded cores seems outrageous enough, but they've got a deal with nVidia to pack in a custom GPU purported to be as powerful as two current top-of-the line PC graphics cards. That's at least another thousand bucks of hardware right there.
The list of PlayStation 4-esque features goes on and on, but what truly frightens my wallet are these statements from Sony Computer Entertainment president Ken Kutaragi, "Our ideal [for the PS3] is for consumers to think to themselves, 'OK, I'll work more hours and buy it.' We want people to feel that they want it, no matter what," and "I'm not going to reveal [the PS3's] price today. I'm going to only say that it'll be expensive."
No matter how much of the production cost Sony eats, this thing will be an expensive brute. I know a lot of things could change before it launches, but given the information Sony has released thus far, I seriously doubt I'll be picking up the PS3 until several price drops into its lifespan.
(Oh, and before I'm charged with being a Nintendo or Microsoft fanboy, I'm writing this post sitting next to several thousand dollars worth of Sony hardware.)
David Vargas: (dave-deleteme[at]-deleteme-squishycomics [dot] com) 2005-11-30 07:59:11
Man, I miss the days when I didn't worry about the specs. I just saw that the games where prettier, saw the better games, and then decided on getting the system.
Eventually I had to learn just enough about technology to know what I was getting.
Now? I have NO idea what any of the previous meant. Then again, I think so long as I understoond "it's gonna cost a LOT of money," then I more or less got the message... heh, guess I'm waiting out on the next gens for at least a year or two.
Enjoy the strip,