Originally Posted by mdotdubz
I don't hate the PS3 at all
I wouldn't buy one, but I don't hate it.
Even if Nintendo is intentionally keeping shipments slow the demand is still shy high, as supplies fly off the shelves as soon as they come in. At least what Nintendo might
be doing, if it is, is still better than stuffing the channels and having your units sit on the shelves collecting dust like M$ and Sony.
Oh, and if this "lack of stock" strategy works so well for Nintendo, why don't M$, Sony, and even Apple try it?
Demand for Wii is sky high, and much much higher than PS3, you can't deny that.
Well, you write as though you hate them. Perhaps you can avoid the pejoratives.
no one is denying the popularity of the Wii. But the reality of the PS3 is that it was very late, and difficult to program. You might remember that the PS2 was also accused of being difficult to program, and new games ran late.
The PS3 will never have the dominance the PS2 did, but it will do much better over time. I firmly believe that it will challenge the Wii in the long term.
Don't forget that new complex technologies have more room to drop in price than do more basic devices using more standard technologies.
For example, both the the Wii and 360 use standard DVD players, which cost them about $5 in the quantities they buy them in. The PS3 uses the BD player, which was estimated to cost Sony at least $300 in the beginning.
Which of those components do you think would drop in price more, over the lifetime of the product? In a year from now, the BD player will cost Sony $50, but the DVD players will still cost $5. A year later, assuming that both MS and Nintendo still use them, the DVD players will still cost $5, but the BD player will cost $15.
The same think is true of the chips. The Cell is a monster to design and produce, but the price is already dropping greatly. It's been expensive. Much more than the simple cpu for the Wii, and more than the fairly expensive chip for the 360.
We all know how chip prices fall, particularly when moving to a smaller process.
But the cheap and simple cpu for the Wii hasn't got much further to fall as it's already cheap.
I can easily see the PS3 dropping to $349 later this year, and to $299 by the end of the year, or early next year.
It will continue to drop.
With the price dropping faster than Nintendo can drop theirs, as they depend upon making high profits from every unit sold, the prices will begin to converge, even if the Wii is always a bit cheaper.
Once the prices are close, and cheaper, the extra capability of the PS3 will be seen as being much more valuable.
The Wii will be relegated to the teen market, as the Cube became.
Nintendo will have to release a more capable model.
The fact that the Wii only does 480p widescreen through a component cable, vs 1080p through HDMi as does both the PS3 and 360, will make a difference as more people continue to get Widescreen HD sets.
While my daughters Wii looks good on my set playing Pitman, other games don't look as good, but both the 360 and PS3 look far better.
Considering how much gamers seem to care about this, the Wii will be at a long term disadvantage from this alone.
Once the other systems catch up with their wireless controllers, as you know they will, the last advantage the Wii has will disappear.