After the official announcement of the PS3’s Playstation Home feature, Nintendo and Microsoft have wasted no time hitting back, labeling Home as the "Mii-too", and calling it "not very game-centric."
Playstation Home, the new social networking feature for the PS3, which allows users to create online avatars, as well as decorate their own private space, also includes the ability for players to earn achievements, much like the Xbox Live system.
A spokesman for Nintendo called Home Sony’s "Mii-too", stating, "As Mr. Miyamoto states, Nintendo years ago considered and rejected the type of approach Sony is now taking."
General manager of Microsoft’s Game Development Group, Chris Satchell, expressed his thoughts on Playstation Home by saying, "I think they’ve definitely taken some concepts that we originated like achievements, but I think they’re pushing in a different direction and we’ve sort of fundamentally got two different approaches going on here… It’s a cool world but it’s like a little game by itself. Out approach is the other way around; it’s that games are the center and that’s the star of the show, that’s what people buy the console for."
So, predictably enough, Nintendo and Microsoft are coming off "unimpressed" by Sony’s latest attempt to recover from a less-successful-than-expected PS3 launch. What do you think? Is the Home the wave of the future? Is it still too directed toward hardcore gamers like Nintendo thinks? Is it not game-centric enough like Xbox Live?
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