Oh Sony… And you were doing so well.

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Lately, I have found more and more faith being is being placed in Sony as a company. They seemed to have stopped doing the ridiculous things they did before, like Katuragi talking about the broken square button on the PSP or the original pricepoint of the PS3, and finally getting their act together. Especially after playing Metal Gear Solid 4 recently, I thought Sony were preparing an all-out assault in trying to get back into the game in 2009.

Until I read their most recent press release.

Read it after the jump.

Here is the full release, retrieved from VGChartz 

Keeping Gaming and Entertainment Simple

The 2008 holiday season was an exciting time for video gaming and the Blu-ray side of the interactive entertainment industry, and 2009 promises to follow suit. As consumers continue to invest in their entertainment needs this new year, the feature sets of the three multi-functional gaming systems — PLAYSTATION 3, Xbox 360 and Wii — become that much more important to consider.

PLAYSTATION 3 has always been about streamlining the gaming and entertainment experience by giving consumers the most features and functionality out of the box, there is no immediate need to upgrade anything to get a rich entertainment experience, as the console comes standard with:

  • Built in Blu-ray drive for HD movies and mind-blowing games
  • Built in Wi-Fi for wireless gaming and Internet access
  • Huge hard drives for storing games, movies, music photos and more
  • Free online gaming and entertainment access through PSN
  • Ten year’s of value with a future-proof system via firmware updates that offer new services and features

The Xbox 360 and Wii offer a set of features in their own right. However, when you take a look at the feature offerings side by side, there is only one true winner in delivering total value and price.

We’ve compared the lowest entry points from each manufacturer — PS3 80GB – $399, Xbox 360 Arcade – $199, Wii – $249.

 

Functionality Playstation 3 80gb Xbox 360 Arcade Wii
Out of the box console $399 $199 $249
Wi-Fi YES $100 add-on YES
Harddrive YES (80gb) $100-150 (60-120GB) Not available
Online Gaming Service YES $50 a year Limited
Blu-ray gaming/movies YES Not Available Not Available
HDMI Output YES Not Available on Earlier Models Not Available
Total Cost $399 $449-499 $249

 

The PS3 is the perfect example of a product featuring superior technology and a sophisticated design creating an ideal all-in-one entertainment product. The Xbox 360 requires additional money, multiple upgrades and additional external devices, putting a burden on the wallet and adds clutter to the entertainment center. And the Wii’s lack of enhanced features comes at the expense of a comprehensive entertainment solution. So as PS3 continues to evolve without the need for additional parts or expenses, expect the competition to continue peddling add-ons in an effort to keep up with the Jones’.

 

Surely there is something more important to put in a press release other than stuff we already know? A price-drop is a good start, or the release date of a high profile game? Come on Sony, this is petty, you are capable of much more than this.

Source: VGChartz 

[Ed] Microsoft’s Aaron Greenberg has responded to this bizarre Sony Press release by stating

“First, I would say we absolutely would not want to trade places with Sony,”  and “We feel like being half the price of the PS3 served us quite well this holiday”

Personally I am surprised that Sony stooped to using a flawed comparison grid that has been floating around the Internet for ages, they seemed to be getting back into the swing of things nicely and have now shot themselves in the foot again

Last Updated: January 13, 2009

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