I see that the NYT article was posted above, but this is a really nasty piece for Blu-ray. Its bad for a couple subtle reasons that I thought I should share.
Monday is also a bad day for its publication as every NYT business subscriber person reads the Monday paper for agenda setting conversations through the week.
Its significant when the main stream press like the NY Times takes a visible disapointed take on a major product launch. They don't usually try to be trendsetters in opinion setting for consumer products, they usually reflect consensus.
One thing that happens in PR circles is that a negative review from the NYT or the Washington Post, LA Times, Chicago Tribune or San Jose Mercury News really hurts because other press outlets tend to use them as a guide to what is mainstream consensus and it becomes a liscense for for other criticism.
Expect to see some other bad press articles on the PS3 performance as other outlets jump on the bandwagon.
Sony needs to get some positive press quickly.
It's interesting that they noticed the lack of cables.http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/20/ar...gy&oref=slogin
A Weekend Full of Quality Time With PlayStation 3
By SETH SCHIESEL
Published: November 20, 2006
Howard Stringer, you have a problem. Your company's new video game system just isn't that great.
Sony blithely insisted that the PS3 would leapfrog all competition to deliver an unsurpassed level of fun.
Put bluntly, Sony has failed to deliver on that promise.
Measured in megaflops, gigabytes and other technical benchmarks, the PlayStation 3 is certainly the world's most powerful game console. It falls far short, however, of providing the world's most engaging overall entertainment experience. There is a big difference, and Sony seems to have confused one for the other.
Over the weekend a clear sense of disappointment with the PlayStation 3 emerged from many gamers.
With the PS3, 12 minutes after opening the box I realized that Sony inexplicably does not include cables to connect the machine to a high-definition television. Keep in mind that one of Sony's main selling points has been that the PS3 plays Blu-Ray high-definition movie discs. But high-definiton cables? Sold separately. The Xbox 360, by contrast, ships with one cable that can connect to either a standard or high-definition set.
By contrast, one of the things I've always enjoyed most on the Xbox 360 is being able to listen to my own music while playing Pebble Beach or driving my virtual Ferrari. Doesn't seem too complicated, but the PS3 can't do it.
In that sense it often feels as if the PlayStation 3 can't walk and chew bubble gum at the same time
But the list of the PS3's disappointments remains, from its undersupported voice chat to its maddening cellphone-like text messaging system. (In frustration I ended up plugging in a USB keyboard.) Overall, Sony seems to have put a lot of effort into cramming as much silicon horsepower under the hood as possible but to have forgotten that all the transistors in the world can't make someone smile.