Kaz Hirai Feels Faint, Needs To Lie Down

We saw some fairly conclusive evidence last night that Kaz Hirai needs a good lie down. Today, though, we got some more, as the rest of his Official PlayStation Magazine interview hit the internet.

You'll find two things of interest. Here's one:

This is not meant in terms of numbers, or who's got the biggest install base, or who's selling most in any particular week or month, but I'd like to think that we continue official leadership in this industry.

And here's another:

We don't provide the 'easy to program for' console that [developers]want, because 'easy to program for' means that anybody will be able to take advantage of pretty much what the hardware can do, so then the question is what do you do for the rest of the nine-and-a-half years?

Shine on, Kaz, you crazy diamond.

Hirai: We're the "official" industry leader [Eurogamer]


    I have had both the PS3, Wii, and 360 since their launch dates back in 2005 and 2006. I can tell you right now that the next gen console that needs the biggest overhaul is the PS3. Wii has online problems, but that's it! I can overlook that for the most part. The PS3 has officially FAILED with online. The release of Home was supposed to be the XBL killer. Turns out it doesn't even come close. The PS3 has a severe problem with system accounts. You can't individually sign into your own account online if you're playing with more than one person. Sure PS Online is free, but XBL is most assuredly worth the $50 a year price tag. Controller options and prices are more dynamic with the option of plug and play, wired, rechargable, and regualr alkaline batteries. The only controller option for the PS3 is rechargable. Not only that, but the controller costs an obscene amount and if you want to use your PS2 contrller you have to purchase a $20 hook up and you lose the PS3 XMB function. The failure rate is the only thing the PS3 has on the 360, but the 360 has a fantastic warranty plan. The failure rate of a PS3 was 0.2%. Mine failed within 3 weeks and I became apart of the 0.2%. However, I have had two 360's fail on me all within a 5 month period, and I became a part of the 30% failure rate, at the time. That rate has drastically dropped over the past few years. You do have to wait two weeks for your system to be returned, but who doesn't need a little time off of the games, right? The PS3 finally has some good games out for it and I had to clean the thick layer of dust off of the top of my PS3. Warhawk, MGS4, Little Big Planet, Resistance 1 & 2, and Uncharted are the best game out for the system. The 360, I could go on for awhile.

    This whole thing about prices is still in favor of the 360. The lowest priced model for the PS3 is $399. The second highest for the 360 is $299. $100 less than the PS3. The PS3 version has a built-in 80GB Hard Drive, but alot of that will be taken up, due to game needing to install themselves on the hard drives to play better (MGS4, I'm looking at you). It has free online multiplayer (In my opinion, pales in comparison to XBL). It comes with one controller and usually Uncharted. It has built in WiFi (which is helpful unless you are looking for a stronger connection, then you need to get an ethernet.) A Blu-RAy disc drive (which I believe is only good for DVD's, but for gaming is not much of an improvement, from what I've seen so far, graphically). No headset included (Must be purchased sperately for $40. Only first-party option is wireless). This version is NOT backwards compatible (You'll need to find a MGS4 bundle or a 160GB PS3 for this feature and that'll run you another $100 or $200 possibly).

    The Xbxo 360 Pro goes for $299 and comes with a 60GB HDD (about 7GB are reserved for system functions), a wireless controller, a wired headset (essential for online play), a 3-month card for XBL Gold (Silver is free and offers all the benefits of Gold except online multiplayer, on most games, and some special download offers), and ethernet cable, (whcih is what most people should use, because it costs near to nothing and is better than wireless), and it comes with two quality game (Kung FU Panda and LEGO Indian Jones, or Forza 2 and Marvel: Ultimate Alliance). This version is backwards compatible with most original Xbox titles.

    When you line the two up, the choice is pretty obvious. Make the right choice and get an Xbox 360. The PS3 still has some catching up to do.

    "This is pretty good reason not to buy a PS3. They've just admitted to manipulating the development process so that they can get a longer life cycle out of the product."

    No. Thats a brainless interpretation of what he meant. The architecture of the PS3 is intended to support a hell of a lot of number crunching in a way that people arent used to. Ive heard people say its useless, yes, but I have also talked to PS3 devs who understand this architecture and see its potential. The PS3 is hard because it is intended to have untapped potential that will eventually be tapped. You can argue whether or not they succeeded in providing this potential all you want, but the intent wasnt as you have interpeted it.

    @ Caleb.... fanboyism at it's finest.

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