I know it's somewhat hypocritical to cite a quote I'm terribly tired of seeing myself, but I can't quite rant about it without doing so:
Tell me why you would buy a $600 PS3? People are going to buy two (machines.) They're going to buy an Xbox and they're going to buy a Wii ... for the price of one PS3...-- Microsoft's Peter Moore
#1 - He works for Microsoft. Did we expect him to say he was going to run out and buy one?
#2 - The "good", or decently bundled, version of the 360 costs $500. That's not exactly cheap itself. Why would I buy a $600 PS3? Why would I buy a $500 360? Oh right! I saved $100. That will buy two ... no wait 360 games cost $60 ... one extra game. Gee, thanks Mr. Peter Moore. Clearly, Microsoft's pricing structure is far and removed from Sony's.
#3 - Can I borrow Moore's crystal ball that tells him the Wii will only cost $99? Because that's how cheap it will be before I would decide to get both a 360 and a Wii instead of one PS3. Last rumor was the Wii costing $250. The cheapest I can find the 360 right now is a core for $450. $450 + $250 = $700. Or you know, more than $600.
Hey Microsoft: your console is damned expensive too. People aren't going to buy a 360 and a Wii simply so that they can blow even more money. Wow honey, after spending several hundred on this one toy and all it's peripherals ... I believe I shall spend a couple hundred more to have another one laying around. Yeah, that will go over well. Personally, I'll probably just get a Wii, some games and I dunno ... a nice steak dinner. A steak dinner is a lot better than having to send your console back when it overheats and dies anyway.
So in short ... what the Microsoft uber-evangelist has to say about a competitor is rarely ever all that important. Or sometimes even moderately realistic.
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