Microsoft hasn't reached beyond FPS fans, says Sony
- Posted March 6th, 2008 at 08:05 EDT by Mike Harradence
- 46 Comments
Sony’s Scott Steinberg has said that Microsoft has failed to capitalize on its one-year lead over the PlayStation 3, stating that the Xbox 360 has been unsuccessful in its attempts to “reach beyond the core first person shooter player.”
"The time that they had to create huge distance and build a massive install base before the PS3 could really take root; that opportunity is over and there's no real capitalization of it," said Steinberg, Vice President of Product Marketing for Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA)
"They had a great crescendo moment with Halo and it helped catapult them into a pretty strong position towards the back end of last year, but they were still within a stone's throw of where they were with the original Xbox”, he continued.
"To me that speaks of a failure to broaden their reach beyond the core first person shooter player who was in their back pocket for Xbox.”
As such, Steinberg feels that Sony is in no danger of having shares swept from under its feet, adding, "The question for us is 'are they really going after the PS2 demographic? Are they stealing share from us?' And the answer is no."
"That's the secret weapon, that's what goes unreported. It's this 41 million universe of PS2 owners that will be targeted very, very soon to upgrade to a PS3 Blu-ray machine," he concluded.
- 3:07am EST - March 6th, 2008
Okay, PS3's only good games are FPS's. Oh, and PES.
- 3:15am EST - March 6th, 2008
Do I hear a price drop coming soon to get those ps2 players moving to ps3? I initially was ashamed of having bought a PS3 after getting a Xbox 360 since the PS3 was getting dusty. But now Sony has made a amazing comeback and has recovered month by month.
- 3:16am EST - March 6th, 2008
yeah fighting talk love it!! tho its premature try getting the games out first!
still waiting on littlebigplanet, metal gear, killzone, god of war, wipeout, home and gran turismo aint even gonna make it in 2008 its pushed back to 2009 in europe oh and at least xbox has RTS games i would have loved command and conquer for my ps3, ps3 will win i think but its gonna take another year before sony can claim a victory, but i hope they do!
- 3:26am EST - March 6th, 2008
Actually I think Sony is right in this one. Microsoft really only excels at first person shooters, where Sony has all kinds of game genres. And now when PS3 has surpassed Xbox 360 in worldwide sales, their statement of Xbox 360 only having 1 year of lead is indeed true.
And it's nice to see Sony attack Microsoft. Microsoft has been the agressor all the time, so it's nice to see Sony bites back.
- 3:27am EST - March 6th, 2008
- 3:35am EST - March 6th, 2008
PS3s best genre's are third person games. Whether its shooting, action, adventure or RPG. I feel at home when I play a 3rd person game on a playstation controller..... and also any 2D fighters.
- 3:36am EST - March 6th, 2008
Those are fighting words. I like fighting words. LOL
- 3:40am EST - March 6th, 2008
@NeutralMilkAjC The only good games are FPS's, huh? You play Eye of Judgement or Uncharted or the #1 baseball game three years running, MLB the show? It sounds like you are the demographic he was talking about. I've been saying this for EVER. NA gamers have shifted back to western gamer tastes. Remember this, when people say "PS3 has no games", what they're really saying is "PS3 doesn't release a FPS game a month like the X360 does". Thisis why I got rid of my 360...they had the PERFECT opportunity to be the "everything box" but stuck to being "the back up console for primary PC players". Yeah, there are a lot of people like that, but I'm not one of them.
- 3:42am EST - March 6th, 2008
I want to see action not empty words!! Where are RPG games, flight simulators, RTS and sci-fi simulators?
- 3:48am EST - March 6th, 2008
You guys need to shut up cuz all those games you wish PS3 had no one plays on the crapbox.NeutralMilkAjC youre an idiot. So you mean to tell me that Resistance is good but Warhawk isnt? Orange box is hot but Uncharted isnt. Are51(wow) is but Heavenly Sword isnt? Lay off the smack!
- 3:49am EST - March 6th, 2008
F*** yea, about time Sony steps up to the plate. I can only imagine what the Xbots are going to say in response to this. The fact of the matter is that the truth hurts.
- 3:50am EST - March 6th, 2008
What the heck is a "sci-fi simulator"? Anyway, I've always felt that the PS brand represented gamers with broader tastes. I play everything. The BEST of everything. Yeah, I play COD4, but you wouldn't catch me dead on Resistance or Unreal. I've always gave people the advice of if you want mindless bullets, by all means, go green and get an Xbox. No fanboy junk...I just know those types will be happier there.
- 3:58am EST - March 6th, 2008
Yep, Warhawk, Uncharted and Heavenly Sword are all s**te. Cheers for pointing that out.
- 3:58am EST - March 6th, 2008
Its true, they have failed to reach beyond the first person shooter player. I think this will come back to haunt Mr. Scott Steinberg. And I agree with 'killercop', Sony does have a lot of genres were Microsoft only really speicialize in FPS henre.
- 4:03am EST - March 6th, 2008
@ deusthousand i would have played nothing but command and conquer if it had been on the ps3 especially if it came with keyboard and mouse support ok i might (ok for sure) have given a flight simulator a miss but others like it, its about variety
- 4:12am EST - March 6th, 2008
lol i love when Sony fight back... for too long has Microsoft criticised other companies. Im not gonna lie; i own a 360. I only own it cause there are some cool exclusives on it, but when it comes to whos the better of the two - and who actually knows what they're talking about - Sony with the PS3 have the upper hand. Blu-ray is gonna skyrocket within the next couple of years (2008-2009) and things are gonna be a looooot different. 10.5+ million already.. the PS3 is catching up RADILY.
- 4:17am EST - March 6th, 2008
im not a real big fan of fps on console i like a lot of other games too. like tekken and gt5
- 4:24am EST - March 6th, 2008
Someone would rather play Area 51 than Heavenly Sword?What is this world coming to?C&C is okay but not my tpye of game. But PJ:Monsters is addictive and original.
- 4:25am EST - March 6th, 2008
Actually you are right. I need some more simulator games also, like Ace Combat, but also more sci-fi ones. RTS' could also be awesome!
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- 4:32am EST - March 6th, 2008
MGS4 will KILL any Xbox360 Game!!!!
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