There is a nice feel good story about the PS3 doing the rounds that appears to be fundamentally flawed.
According to Todd Greenwald, an analyst of some sort, the PS3 now has the upper hand in terms of pricing and exclusives for the first time.
Lets ignore the obvious at first that the PS3 is still the most expensive title around and look at what he is saying. Apparently the new price cut on the 80GB model of the PS3 far outweighs the Microsoft $50 firesale since Microsoft are bringing out that new 60GB model.
Wait… something is wrong there since Sony aren’t dropping the price of the current 80GB model and are in fact just upping the storage of the 40GB model without a price cut, or did I miss something along the way?
Where I do agree with him is that the $399 PS3 is possibly more value for money than the new 60GB 360 at $349. But then again I think Microsoft’s plan to add a bigger hard drive and not cut the price is just insane.
He then goes on to say that the PS3 exclusives are superior to the 360 line up and mentions MGS4, LBP, Resistance 2, Killzone 2, GT5 and God of War 3. The only problem being that Killzone 2 is only coming next year sometime, GT5 in 2010 and God of War 3 has no date. While the 360 side has Fable 2, Gears of War 2, Alan Wake (hopefully), Too Human and a pile of other titles.
While the Todd might have had a point he lost it by getting the base facts wrong and even had his editor happily point out one of his flaws. I wonder how Todd’s employers, Signal Hill, feel about him getting that one wrong?
So is the PS3 better positioned at the moment? Well it’s way better positioned than it was last year but at the moment I don’t think it holds any distinct advantage over the 360. This holiday season is going to be a major decider in the war, if the 360 holds on then the PS3 won’t win the war. I do not however see the 360 really winning either at this point in time.
They had the advantage and didn’t use it properly.
Last Updated: July 22, 2008