In an interview with Eurogamer
, Sony's president of Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida said he'd like to see both the PS3 and Xbox 360 succeed in Japan. "I'd really like to see both PS3 and 360 succeed here ... What Microsoft is offering and what we are offering are closer, compared to what other platforms are offering. Because of that commonality, the new games coming out on 360 and PS3 help to get consumers more interested in this generation of gaming." These statements might sound shocking to the typical fanboy, but with the Nintendo Wii trumping the combined sales of the PS3 and 360 week after week, Yoshida might be onto something here.
Yoshida even praises the new Xbox Experience
, set to launch November 19th. Some see the Xbox Experience as a rival to Sony's own Home
service. "I think it's quite nice. I like the avatar designs they're working on. Personally, Microsoft's work is closer to my personal preference. The Miis are very nice, but everybody looks cute, like Japanese-style characters."
Do you guys think Yoshida's logic is sound? Will interest in the 360 or the PS3 lead to a higher interest in high-def gaming in general? Or do you think consumers are generally happy to choose one over the other? Or are they already satisfied with their Wiis? For the full interview, head over to Eurogamer