||Wednesday, March 15th, 2006
Let me make this insane promise right now: If the PS3 really does ship with Linux
preinstalled, and it comes with a useful dev environment (whatever extensions/libs I need to program the GPU and SPUs), I will buy one as close to the release date as humanly possible.
Writing any homebrew software on a machine like that is irresistable to me!
The thing I constantly see with this "improved realism" is more realistic pre-rendered cut-scenes. Like the big deal about Madden 06 or whatever with the screenshots of snowflakes and sweat during tackles, etc. It was a bunch of smoke and mirrors.
The big question I have for Sony is how will the delay hurt them in terms of games. Sony has often had better selection in games than the Xbox, and MS's launch of the 360 had pretty weak titles. But come a full year later... MS's array of games for their console could significantly dwarf Sony's.
MS knows that it's not often a quality issue in people's minds, but a first-come first-served thing. You always have your die-hards on all sides. But Sony is going to lose out on many of the fence-sitters when the PS launches in the fall, and on the other side is the big-gun game releases for the Xbox 360.
I agree with you, but only so far as the American market. Its strange but we often look at the consoles and consider the American market to the most important (since we're american and all). But to Sony the Japanese market is the most important and they will buy the ps3 regardless of what microsoft does, for the simple reason that microsoft does not make enough japanese games.
I mean right now several months after release the closest thing to a japanese game on the xbox360 is Dead or Alive: Beach Volleyball.
That is a good point. But I really don't care about the japanese market. :P
I've never been interested in japanese games, movies, anime, etc. Well, I've liked Gundam Wing. But it wasn't something that really got me excited about it.
But world-wide is different than America. Nintendo has the same sort of advantage. But I'm sure Sony and Nintendo don't want to become anything less than 1st or 2nd in America to Microsoft.
2006-03-16 08:24 pm (UTC)
Actually, I think one of the reasons they're delaying the release is BECAUSE of games. They saw MS's launch, with only 2 or 3 decent games, and wanted to launch with more and better games. At least, that could be theoretically true. We'll see.
If it launches with linux (and thats a very big if from sony standpoint) then I highly doubt it will come with any game development abilities. The entire history of sony is about making one horrible proprietary format after another, charging crazy prices to the dev houses to get access to it and cranking down on anyone else who tries to get around it.
I think that if linux then it will most likely launch with only application building abilities. Sony has been trying to market the ps3 as the electronic living room. Essentially your one stop box for everything. And since they probably don't want to make the applications that could make that a reality, they are considering opening it up for other people to do the work for them.
That's why I feel comfortable making a promise which could cost me $500. The Sony I know would never give a consumer something like that.
Of course, the problem with relying on consumers to make the apps is that the kinds of apps that people will want to build on a PS3 all involve its awesome graphics power. It would make a mighty fine HDTV myth frontend!
I also think this might be a case of japan vs america in terms of thinking. I really don't think Americans would buy a single box for their living room and have it do everything.
My living room has atop my TV my Tivo, My DSS receiver, and my DVD player. I don't own any consoles, but if I did, I'd have consoles there too. I just don't see people eliminating these specific boxes for one Sony box.
Americans tend to think "That box does EVERYTHING averagely. Or does games well, with a DVD player as a poor imitation. I better get a REAL dvd player!"
I even think it. Even though I know that there's no reason why the PS2/3 would play my DVDs any better or worse than my Sony DVD Player.
My brother hated his PS2 for playing DVDs. It was his first dvd player though, he just didn't like the interface or the noises it made.
I don't think sony is trying to replace every box in the living room (though I'm sure they would like to). Your DSS isn't going to be replaced anytime soon though. But they are going after the living room pc crowd.
The 360 interfaces with windows vista to do all sorts of nifty media center functions. The ps3 is aiming for that same kind of functionality with this linux babble they are throwing around. Only rather then make the program that would work with people's computers, and allow that kind of functionality. Sony is sorta dumping it on the public and saying here's linux.