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Morning Hangover #56: Patrick Ponders Sony's Motion And Raymond Thinks On Xbox 360 Peripheral Gouging
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Patrick Klepek: At Tokyo Game Show, it's widely believed that Sony will be releasing concrete details about its motion controller that was announced at E3 2009. A number of developers have expressed interest in it, especially because it might allow them to create games for the Wii and PlayStation 3 simultaneously (or at least open the door to proper ports).
What do you want to see from Sony's controller? Are you already tired of the motion control revolution? Scratch that. It doesn't even matter if you're tired of it because it isn't going anyway. Motion control is just getting started. It's only going to get bigger from here.
Raymond Padilla: Yesterday, I wrote about Microsoft's upcoming 802.11n adapter for Xbox 360. Considering that the original 802.11b/g adapter carries a ridiculous price of $100, I wondered how much the new model would cost. (I'm guessing it'll probably be $100, while the older model's price is slashed...but that's not really the point. The point is...) First-party console-accessories often have huge markups to help make up for the money lost on consoles themselves. While it's easy to hide these markups in controllers or memory cards, it's harder to do it with things like wireless adapters and hard drives -- parts that have PC equivalents. There are a lot of educated customers out there that know it's ridiculous to charge $100 for a wireless adapter or $150 for a 120GB hard drive. Microsoft gets away with it by wrapping inexpensive PC parts in proprietary enclosures. It's a little evil and a little silly, but as long as people keep buying these horribly overpriced accessories, Microsoft will keep serving them up.
How do you feel about these expensive Xbox 360 peripherals? Have you bought either the hard drive or the wireless adapter? Knowing that the price is inflated, why did you "play ball" and encourage the practice?