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PS3 Then and Now

Dee Yun Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2007-10-08 01:42:37

Politicians > Sony Executives > Used Car Salesmen

Today's strip is a mishmash of decrees issued by various Sony executives over the past year or so, augmented by my reading between the lines. Every bit of dialogue in the blue panels are direct quotes from Sony bigwigs like Jack Tretton and Phil Harrison.

The first set deals with the superbloated $599 price tag of the PlayStation 3. The line I didn't use in the strip is the infamous Ken Kutaragi quote, "we want for consumers to think to themselves 'I will work more hours to buy one'. We want people to feel that they want it, irrespective of anything else." Sony's machine was forged with alloys wrought from pure arrogance.

Now, faced with irrelevancy, Sony is slashing feature sets to bring out a $399 version of their machine. It's a step in the right direction, and losing 20GB of storage space and some extraneous ports isn't a big deal, but after excoriating the Xbox 360 for its limited backward compatibility, releasing a $399 PS3 with no backward compatibility whatsoever is just ridiculous. I strongly suggest that anyone with significant interest in the PS3 should purchase the discontinued $499 60GB model now, before it sells through. Think of the extra $100 as a PlayStation 2 built into the same box. Don't bother with the 80GB version either; the backward compatibility in that model is software based, resulting in bullshit like this:

"JACK AND DAXTER: THE PRECURSOR LEGACY - Throughout gameplay, when the user's character collects a precursor orb, the title freezes for approximately 55 seconds."

I realize today's strip isn't anywhere near funny "ha-ha", but something in me snapped when Sony announced the DualShock 3 controller. I had to use this soapbox to respond. Compelling their consumers to repurchase controllers is the true disservice. Frankly, the PlayStation 3 wasn't anywhere near ready to launch. The electronic components of the machine were too expensive. We'll have to plunk down extra cash for the proper PS3 controller in the spring. The continuously delayed Home operating system was necessary at launch to provide a real alternative to Xbox Live.

And the most cloyingly obnoxious Sony quote is from prez/CEO Kaz Hirai, "The next generation doesn't start until we say it does," referencing the so-called future proof, high-definition gameplay of the PS3. In that case, may I please get a firmware update enabling the PS3 to upscale 720p games (like MotorStorm, Heavenly Sword and Resistance) to 1080i? You know, so I can get a high definition picture from my Sony PS3 to my fucking Sony high definition television?

As far as I'm concerned, the "next generation" starts when the UPS guy delivers my repaired Xbox 360 back to me.

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