Sony takes swipe at the internet community

PS3 criticism caused by "a vocal minority" on the internet and driven by the media, says Sony

The PS3 has come under an awful lot of criticism both in the run up to and after its launch, but Sony says that the negative perceptions of the PS3 are unjustified and are mostly thanks to "the proliferation of the internet."

Director of SCEA's corporate communications, Dave Karraker, remains confidently positive about the PS3's reputation, speculating: "I am pretty sure if you asked just about any real gamer out there if they would like to have a PS3, their answer would be a resounding 'Yes.'"

He goes on to tell GamePro, "I think a lot of this [criticism] goes back to the proliferation of the internet, where a very vocal minority can make a lot of noise and potentially alter perceptions of the masses, whether they are accurate or not."

"I remember people bagging on the original PlayStation when it first came out, and look where it ended up," recollects Karraker.

"A lot of this, naturally, is driven by the media who seem focused on taking swipes at us lately, without taking in the full picture," he adds, testifying that that much of these perceptions are "not justified and seem fuelled by people who don't have all the facts or have some kind of axe to grind."

He justifies the price of the PS3, the most criticized aspect of the console, by saying: "Yeah, the price of PS3 is higher than other system[s], but look at what you get - the Cell processor, Blu-ray Disc, built-in hard drive, HDMI 1080p, Wi-Fi, the SixAxis. That is a lot of truly cutting-edge technology in one box."

At least all our PS3's work. This writer has just witnessed his THIRD 360 take the plunge with the dreaded "three red lights of death," a week after another editor's 360 blacked out.

May 23, 2007

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