As if the fact that Blu-Ray was dead in the water wasn’t bad enough, it seems that the PS3 is becoming obsolete in serving its main purpose, as well.
The Activision chief Bobby Kotick had the following to say to The Times:
“I’m getting concerned about Sony; the PlayStation 3 is losing a bit of momentum and they don’t make it easy for me to support the platform. It’s expensive to develop for the console, and the Wii and the Xbox are just selling better. Games generate a better return on invested capital on the Xbox than on the PlayStation.
They have to cut the price, because if they don’t, the attach rates are likely to slow. If we are being realistic, we might have to stop supporting Sony.” When asked when Kotick replied, “when we look at 2010 and 2011, we might want to consider if we support the console – and the PSP [portable] too.”
Now, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater is no longer relevant but in boasting a certain musical game title—with a Hip-Hop version on the way—Activision now occupies the same space that SquareSoft, Konami and all the once-untouchable game developers once held. Sony should be scared shitless.
Nothing should be surprising about the PS3’s failed performance. The PS2 faced similar problems at launch, offering a mere handful of titles (SSX, Madden 2001) people were interested in playing, forcing folks to wait a full year until the big wave hit (GTA III, THPS 3, Jak & Daxter, MGS 2). Back then, companies complained about the expense of producing for the platform, but with Dreamcast dying and the GameCube a niche for younger folks, they had to play ball with Sony.
At the time, it was hard not being a Sony fanboy if you were on the bandwagon early, as the PS offered legendary titles and the PS2 seemed to follow suit. Naturally, things should’ve continued with the PS3. But besides MGS 4, what’s been on offer that the Xbox 360 didn’t have? And why fuck with second-rate shooters when there’s Halo?
As someone who waited in line in the rain damn near 18 hours for a friend to cop a PS3—buying one myself was out of the question due to the ridiculous price tag—it pissed me off to see that three years down the road, my friend’s library stretched less than ten titles and the system itself was mostly used sparingly as a Blu-Ray for Transformers, The Dark Knight and that’s about it.
And so it becomes a two-horse race. As a video game purist who doesn’t even fuck with them much anymore, I’ll ride with Nintendo off of sentimentality dating back to my NES and N64 days. But, no hate for Xbox—they have the superior titles and online community.
Maybe Sony can holla at Sega and make something rather cracktastic. Not. Because if you’re holding out hope for Sony at this point, you’d have to be as delusional as a Sega fanboy.