SONY PLAYSTATION 2:
King of the Hill… for now
E3 EXPO 2001 COVERAGE
Reported by: Kyle Suggs
ThotMedia Freelance Writer
Last year Sony launched their second-generation Playstation system called the PS2. Due to several mistakes on Sony's part, the system could not be manufactured fast enough to meet the growing demands of eager fans. Nonetheless, the PS2 kept chugging along with a minimal install base and unhappy developers. Software makers claim the system is extremely difficult to develop games for and thus the quantity of games was nowhere near Sony's projections.
All this and they are still managing. In fact, here at E3 they have the most playable games on display; they should. They have been out for nearly a year now. The pressure for them will heat up quickly as winter nears. Sony is going to have some serious competition from two fronts.
So the Sony PS1 was King of the Hill. In this business it is all about momentum. So as not to sit on their laurels, Sony booted the management staff that made the PS1 so successful, hired new execs and began the process of launching their next system: The PS2. If you are scratching your head trying to figure out why Sony got rid of the first management team, then you are not alone. Ever since then, the project has been riddled with problems.
You may recall last year the chip shortage due to design flaws. This caused a major CPU recall, which cut the number of PS2s that were to launch in half. This shortage of machines lead to massively long lines and a PS2 price tag of 1000 bucks or more on eBay.
To compound this blunder, the fact that the system comes with a DVD player (and a very nice one I must add) lead many software developers to be reluctant to push full support to the system. The game designers were afraid that people were buying the system simply for it's DVD features. Since there is no way to really tell, Sony lost out on many 3rd party titles. In fact, after seeing this, Microsoft scraped its out of the box DVD capabilities on the XBOX. Microsoft requires you to buy an additional $29 remote control for DVD.
Aside from all of this, it is momentum that counts. By the time the new systems arrive in November, the PS2 will have enjoyed a full on exclusivity. They may not have the install base they had hoped to by now due to the shortage of systems and quality 3rd party games, but Sony is slowly picking up the pieces and putting things back together.
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Here are what I feel to be the TOP games that will be coming down the pipe this year and next for the PS2.
(Family friendly - a good romping, fun time)
The PS2 by far had the most horrific titles at E3. Just realize that with most systems, you can find that “diamond in the rough” game that is suitable for Christians and that provide quality entertainment the whole family can enjoy. With the PS2, you will just have to look a little harder.
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