Thursday, March 11, 2010

What Will Sony Need To Do To Make Playstation Move Successful

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At the Game Developers' Conference Sony has unveiled their answer to Nintendo's Wii Remote and Nunchuk.  The Playstation Move is due to hit stores before Christmas shopping season and cost less than one hundred dollars.  Sony hopes to lure casual gamers currently attracted to Nintendo's Wii.  For Sony to take just a little bit of market share away from Nintendo they have a pretty daunting task ahead of them.  Many Wii players are the kind that just don't care about high definition graphics or a BluRay player.  Sony will need to do a lot to convince these gamers to spend double the money on a Playstation 3 and the Playstation Move.

Sony will need to see the popularity of sports and driving games on the Playstation 3 and work with developers such as EA and 2K Sports to get support for the Playstation Move into the next versions of the popular franchise sports games.  Final Fantasy a long mainstay on Playstations, should get even better with a motion sensing device such as the Playstation Move.

Sony has to keep an eye over their shoulder at Microsoft's Project Natal, their attempt to knock Nintendo down a notch.  Playstation Move will need to arrive before Project Natal and for a lot less money.  Although the Xbox has never appealed to anybody outside the mature rated shoot em all crowd, although if Microsoft can attract developers of family friendly games then it will an even more uphill climb.

1 comment:

Steve said...

Sony and MS also don't have the Killer App's that the Big N does, the 1st Party IP's like Mario and Zelda. Those account for the vast majority of Wii sales. But people will like the Wii Play / Wii Sports / Sports Resort type games that they need to produce to go with their motion controllers, but will they be enough to make people switch?

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