Monday, January 07, 2008
Ho-hum start for gamers
Bill GatesMicrosoft Chairman Bill Gates showed off his gaming chops on Sunday by rocking out with real-life "Guitar Hero" Slash, but if you were hoping for major gaming news from Microsoft or Sony, our colleagues at GameTap.com say you might be disappointed.

Gates did make some news -- including a new HD programming deal with Disney-ABC and MGM -- but GameTap's Curt Feldman said it was "not exactly scintillating or terribly sexy."

Sony execs barely mentioned the PlayStation 3 and the PlayStation Portable at their news conference on Sunday, Dana Jongewaard said. They mentioned a few new products, like the Rolly, a portable music player that moves and scoots across the floor to the beat of your favorite tunes.

Jongewaard said Sony spent most of its time announcing new versions of their existing lines.

"There will be 16 new Handycams, two new Walkman phones, a Blu-ray PC drive, a mainstream entry into the Alpha camera line, new Mylo models, some new Vaios, a bunch of new Bravias -- although I missed the exact number, apparently 10 of them are 1080p," Jongewaard said.

"How on earth can it be profitable to have this many different products?" she added. "Think about Apple, with its streamlined offerings, or Nintendo, which has a ridiculously small product lineup -- only two primary pieces of hardware. Then look at Sony's smorgasbord of offerings, and it just seems unnecessarily bloated and confusing. Does any consumer really need 16 different video camera choices from a single company as opposed to three or four solid, distinctive options?"
I completely agree with the last paragraph.
A ho-hum start?! Some of us are still trying to come up for air after this past holiday season! Mass Effect, NBA 2K8, Call of Duty 4, Assassin's Creed, Halo 3, Mario SunGalaxyBlastPartyKart something or other...

I mean, did we need anything BUT a ho-hum start at this point?
Apple? LMAO. If they sold a PS3 it would cost 3 grand.
Idk what you mean a boring start, as a PS3 owner, I would be very happy today, because it looks like the BD player thats embedded in the system isnt going to be Trash at all if you saw what happened last week with Warner.
Yo, people, CES is not a Games convention show, so why is everyone expecting games news from it, sheesh.
Most people covering Sony fail to realize they are a consumer device manufacturer not just a computer company. If this was realized by the article writer then his last paragraph would have never been committed to print. CES is called the Consumer Electronics Show for a reason, not Computer Electronics Show. Your Sony hate has left you weak CNN.
The last paragraph is pretty absurd - how on earth does the gaming market apply to televisions or cameras in regards to something like that?

Canon has dozens of models and variations to its product lines from copiers to digital cameras, does the fact that Nintendo only has 1 version of the Wii to sell in any conceivable way make Canon look bad? Of course not. Would it be somehow better if Sony only made 1 or 2 sizes of television instead of, naturally, having all the standard TV sizes covered?
I agree with this whole article. For the ps3, there were barely any good games last year, which were playable for more than 12 hours. The only exceptions were COD4, ORange box and UT3, the rest...wayy to short
All these choices and they all are bogged down by Vista. (Yes I'm sure I want to send this)(yes I know I know) (really, send it) (Yes I'm sure...)
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