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Webush anaylsts believe new hardware will boost games industry

Sunday, 20th June 2010 16:15 GMT By Joe Anderson

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The game industry’s set to bounce back thanks to the latest technology from Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo, according to Wedbush Morgan analysts Michael Pachter and Edward Woo.

While that statement may seem obvious to all but the most highly paid  analyst, it hasn’t stopped the Wedbush Morgan duo from voicing their opinion.

Speaking to Gamasutra, the pair said that 2010′s new hardware introductions “have great potential to reinvigorate the video game market,” if manufacturers can surmount major pricing hurdles.

The pair seemed most impressed by Nintendo’s 3DS, saying that it was “truly impressive” and a device that “appears to be the ‘must have’ consumer electronics product over the next few years.”

Pachter and Woo predict the 3DS will run high, around the region of $250, though they are still confident that Nintendo will sell “many millions of them in the first full year of production.”

Microsoft’s Kinect and the PlayStation Move may struggle a bit more than the 3DS if the Wedbush duo are to be believed, with the pair saying that Microsoft in particular is “struggling with a pricing strategy.”

“We are not yet convinced that the hardcore Xbox 360 user, who typically ‘controls’ decisions about his/her console, will find the game lineup for Kinect sufficiently compelling to purchase the device at a price point over $100, and think that pricing at the higher point would severely limit sales,” said the analysts.

As far as Move was concerned: “Some games can be played with the PlayStation Eye camera and a Move controller, some with the Eye and two Move controllers, and some with the Eye, a Move controller and a Navigation controller. In order to be safe, consumers wishing to participate in the Move experience will have to purchase the Eye ($29.99), two Move controllers ($49.99 each) and the Navigation controller ($29.99), plus a game.

“If purchased as part of a bundle, the all-in cost to play with Move will approach $180, which we think is beyond the reach of the typical household. We think that Sony’s Move is truly impressive, but remain concerned that initial sales could disappoint.”

When it came to software at E3 both Patcher and Woo thought it “was perhaps the most impressive in years.”

The pair seemed to think that MTV’s Dance Central would be the Kinect’s “killer app,” while Activision’s Call of Duty: Black Ops will be this year’s top overall seller.

Move, which is dated for this September, is the first of the three devices to launch, and will be followed by Kinect this November.

Nintendo’s 3DS is not yet been priced or dated.

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10 Comments

  1. Erthazus

    “”"consumers wishing to participate in the Move experience will have to purchase the Eye ($29.99), two Move controllers ($49.99 each) and the Navigation controller ($29.99), plus a game.”"”

    Jesus, they are so fucking stupid. I’m sorry. Is it Patcher or the whole Wedbush securities?

    you need to buy Playstation eye and just (!) ONE (!) MOVE controller, not two. Just ONE and thats enough. If you want to have a bow type experience buy NAVIGATOR and thats it.

    That idiot saying that you need to buy TWO Move controlers that each cost 49$ and Navi. What a retard… *facepalm*

    #1 5 years ago
  2. polygem

    But theyre right about the 3ds. This piece of technology will probably even bring people into gaming that hated it before. It just seems to be too cool to miss out on that. Since you will also be able to watch movies on it it will sell like crazy. I will definitely pick it up just to play mario and some cool japanese games you will probably only find on this system. That and a 360 and my gaming life finally reached perfection.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Erthazus

    ” Since you will also be able to watch movies on it”

    you can watch movies on PSP or smartphone. Cool feature. WOW.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. polygem

    Yes sir but not in 3D…

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Benjo1981

    @1

    What if two people want to play against each other using Move? I.e the fighting game they announced. They’ll need two controllers.

    Isn’t that Sony’s strategy? To lure in the more casual audience who like to play together?

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Lord Snow

    @1 There are many videodemos where they used 2 Move controllers.
    So for the Full experience you need 2 I think.

    How else should the PS Eye know where your second hand is. With a subcontroller it just knows how it moves but not where it is.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. polygem

    I really start to think ms and nintendo will win this both. Maybe even japan will like kinect more than move just because it has a more futuristic appeal. The japanese like that. The casual gamer doesnt want a lot of equipment and the hc gamer isnt that interested in the movement control thing at all. I cant see any improvement for hc games with move. It will work but it wont make a better gaming experience i think. Right now i think ms’s strategy could work better. Nintendo will own the handheld sector for years to come. Psp2 or not…I havent tried any of these devices yet so i cant judge it. Its just what i think of it after watching shitloads of videos and reading tons of marketing bla bla…

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Benjo1981

    @6

    Yep, it does seem that for the ‘full experience’ you need to have the Eye, two controllers and the nunchuck thing. Which is costly.

    I still don’t see the appeal of playing a hardcore game (i.e. Socom 4) using Move rather than the dualshock. What is gained? How is the experience improved over and above the experience with a dualshock?

    I can just about see Kinect being used for certain things in hardcore games (like, for example, throwing a grenade, or something) because it doesn’t require you to hold anything, unlike Move. But even with Kinect, I see the value lying in unique experiences not possible using a standard controller, rather than it replacing the controller.

    Maybe the value of Move can be found in much the same place..

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Blerk

    Blerk believes the 3DS will boost the games industry, but not those other guys.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Filofax

    @10 Have to agree with you on that matey, all we need now is a price and release date.

    #10 5 years ago

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