I haven’t really dedicated any posts to videogames (excluding WoW), for a while now here, and it’s not making much sense to me since it’s one of my biggest interests.
Anyway, by now the whole gamer world has read the news about Final Fantasy XIII being released for the XBox 360 and not only for PlayStation 3. As you probably know, one of the biggest assets to get people buying the still very pricey PS3 would be the exclusivity of FFXIII. Now, though it seems that the only exclusivity of FFXIII will be in Japan, though not even that is 100% confirmed. This is a huge blow for Sony, who recently stated they’re not going to lower the price of the PS3 anytime soon.
How are they intending to gain market outside Japan? I mean, sure, Metal Gear Solid 4 was a big hit, and even so I know several fans of the Metal Gear series who still didn’t buy MGS4 due to the 399 euros they’d have to cash in for just the console, but it’s part of the small handful of decent games the PS3 has.
I’m puzzled. What’s going on in the Sony managers’ minds? They apparently didn’t bother paying Square Enix enough to assure an all over the World exclusive. And why? Are they really relying on people buying the PS3 because it’s currently the cheapest BlueRay player in the market? Do you see people rushing to buy stuff in BlueRay in your country? Because here in Portugal, and I know we are often not an example, the big movie sales are still just in DVD format.
I’m not a big fan of JRPGs for a couple of reasons (they’re still using save points, and they have a turn-based combat system *yawn* ), but my boyfriend is and was thinking of getting a PS3 to be able to play Final Fantasy XIII. No need anymore. Sony made sure we’re still uninterested in their overpriced console. Good news for us. It’s 400 euros less spent in the near future.
What I’m finding amusing most of all in the middle of all this information, are the reactions of PlayStation fanboys. One of them was saying something like ‘don’t count on those graphics being in the XBox 360’. I guess he doesn’t realize that, even though the PS3 does win in terms of graphical processing (the xbox 360’s graphics are still very good), it fails miserably regarding price and in number of available decent videogames. Plus it’s a lot harder to develop video games for PS3 than it is for the XBox 360.