Sony is Watching Wii U Results
Launching the first console in a next gen series is always a risky move. Going first always allows your competitors to evaluate the market and consumer response. So far things seem to be looking great for Nintendo. The Wii U has sold out of nearly all preorders and early reports indicates that Nintendo can look forward to a great launch.
However that will not stop competitors like Sony from keeping an eye open. The following, recent statement, by Fergal Gara of Sony, indicates that Sony will be looking at how the market responds to the Wii U and may adjust their plans accordingly.
We respect Nintendo as a highly successful competitor. Of course we will watch what they’re doing with interest. It’s a very interesting product they’re bringing to market. I don’t have a clear view on how successful it will be. And to a large extent it doesn’t matter what I think. It matters what the great British public think. So we will see.
They certainly laid a broad church in terms of the list of features hopefully trying to have a broad appeal in the device. I don’t think there will be huge volumes in the market this side of Christmas. I think they will pull in early adopters. It’s probably one to be concerned about far more and watch more carefully into next year. But we feel very confident that in the PlayStation and we won’t be going after the same niche early adopter market they’ll be going after this Christmas. I think we’re sitting in separate camps at this stage, so it won’t be head to head.
If they gain real traction next year it becomes a more important factor in the mix. They’ve been a very key player in the market overall as you well know in recent years. So we have to respect that, watch that and do our best to compete with that.
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