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Microsoft Pri0

Welcome to Microsoft Pri0: That's Microspeak for top priority, and that's the news and observations you'll find here from Seattle Times technology reporter Matt Day.

May 9, 2006 at 8:20 AM

E3: Reactions to Sony’s news

Sony said it will begin selling the PlayStation 3 in the U.S. on Nov. 17 at two price levels. A system with a 20-gigabyte hard-drive will cost $499, and a 60-gigabyte version will cost $100 more. See this story for more from the company’s E3 press briefing yesterday.

Reaction to the high price has been predictably harsh. Here are some other opinions on the news:

Several blogs are pointing to a chart in the PlayStation 3 press release that suggests the lower-priced, $499 model will not have built-in Wi-Fi or SDMI and memory-card support.

With the PS3’s graphical prowess on display at E3 looking sadly analogous to the 360’s rendering abilities and the Wii likely to price at less than half of what a jacked PS3 costs, not to mention that there will only be a million consoles available worldwide in November, it certainly appears that Sony is doing absolutely everything to foul up this launch. — Kotaku

Joystiq wonders about the loud rumbling at Sony’s briefing after it announced a motion-sensitive controller:

The source of the noise was undoubtedly the countless gamers rolling their eyes in unison at a new ‘”innovation” that, if you’re at all interestied in gaming, is unlikely to have struck you as very innovative at all.

Gamespot’s E3 blog:

I can only imagine what Microsoft and Nintendo are thinking at this moment. I just can’t believe anyone could think that was a slam dunk for Sony. Compared to the sheer excitement from last year’s conference, the reaction this time around was a lot more subdued.

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