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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.

November 20, 2006 at 2:09 PM

Dust settles from wild gaming weekend

Looks like things are finally starting to calm down after a crazy weekend of PlayStation 3 and Wii snatching. Some people had lined up all night last week in hopes of reselling their PlayStation 3 for thousands of dollars, but a check on eBay today shows the console isn’t quite breaking the $1,000 mark in most cases.

Sony surely must have been disappointed in the New York Times’ harsh review of the PS3 out today. The reviewer has plenty of praise for Microsoft, however.

And so it is a bit of a shock to realize that on the video game front Microsoft and Sony are moving in exactly the opposite directions one might expect given their roots. Microsoft, the prototypical PC company, has made the Xbox 360 into a powerful but intuitive, welcoming, people-friendly system. Sony’s PlayStation 3, on the other hand, often feels like a brawny but somewhat recalcitrant specialized computer.

At least PC Magazine likes it, giving the system 4.5 out of 5 stars. Meanwhile, Bloomberg is quoting analysts who think that Sony missed its goal of having 400,000 PS3 units out the door by the time the console debuted Friday.

The launch of Nintendo’s Wii seemed to go more smoothly, and the reviews range from the all-out positive to the who is this made for, anyway?

Thousands gathered at the Times Square Toys R Us and chanted “Reggie! Reggie!” at the sight of Nintendo president Reggie Fils-Aime. (Don’t understand why? Read this profile from last week). The first person in line was someone who was such a gaming fan that he had his name legally changed to his gamer name, “Triforce.”

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