I found this very interesting article speaking about PS3's current position in the next gen (or should I say, current gen.) Just wanted to see what you guys made of it and whats your view on the PS3.
Article written by Roger Hargreaves
"We're not sure who first described 2008 as the "year of the PS3" but we very much doubt it was anyone at Sony.
There have been some interesting exclusives this year, but none are unqualified successes and – more importantly – none seem to have broad enough appeal to turn the PS3 around.
So is this it? Has Sony effectively lost the battle for the next gen?
LittleBigPlanet is still an unknown quantity in terms of mass appeal, but we're sticking to our guess that it'll only enjoy a moderate level of success.
Metal Gear Solid has always been one of the most divisive franchises around and that leaves Sony only with bland but competent exclusives such as today's MotorStorm and Resistance 2.
Which doesn't seem nearly enough to make this the console's breakout year.
If trying to appraise the PS3's current position sounds like we're just repeating ourselves, it's because Sony hasn't fixed any of the problems that have dogged it since day one.
The PS3 is still too expensive, the multiformat games are still generally inferior and there still aren't enough high quality exclusives.
These faults were obvious from day one, never mind two years later.
With Blu-ray movie sales still slow, the PS3's greatest appeal in the eyes of many is simply its reliability.
But even that is simply a negative on the part of the Xbox 360, rather than a positive for the PlayStation 3.
All of which paints a pretty bleak picture, especially since the Xbox 360 is now outselling the PS3 in Japan as well (although sales for both are still pitifully low compared to Nintendo).
So is there any hope at all for Sony?
Plenty, although a lot of it relies on the PlayStation name – which is still very strong, particularly in Europe.
Sony is also making the right priorities – concentrating on its own internally developed exclusives. They're slow in coming though and it may be at least another year before this new focus starts to pay dividends. By which point it may be too late.
The other priority for Sony is ensuring multiformat games look at least as good on the PS3 as they do on the 360.
Ideally they want the PS3 to become the lead format for the majority of new titles, but this will never happen until either the PS3 becomes more popular or easier to develop for.
It's a Catch-22 situation that seems increasingly impossible for Sony to break, either this year or next..."