Copied and pasted from MCV:
[quote]PS3 concerns ignite Xbox 2 support
26 November 2004 by Johnny Minkley
Tecmo president Junji Nakamura launched a fierce attack on Sony?s strategy for PS3 this week, slamming an apparent dearth of information available to third-parties, while commending Microsoft on its relative openness with Xbox 2.
?There?s not much information from Sony (about PS3) ? the situation with Microsoft is very different,? Mr Nakamura told a conference in Japan. ?Microsoft should be able to use its experience of the current machine’s failure to succeed, even in Japan.?
But while these comments were met with little surprise, given the Dead or Alive publisher?s current favouritism towards Xbox, further investigations by MCV have revealed a nascent and widespread concern over Sony?s next-gen plans - leading some of the biggest players in the business to reassess where their loyalties lie.
?There is a lot of uncertainty amongst Japanese companies that Sony is unsure of what direction to take with PS3,? said a senior figure at a major Japanese developer and publisher. ?Everyone?s business model has traditionally been built around Sony hardware, but given the lack of info, people are nervous about putting all of their eggs in one basket.?
Highlighting the difference in approach between Microsoft and Sony, the source added: ?If we ask Sony technical questions, we don?t hear back for four-to-six weeks; Microsoft answers (Xbox 2) queries there and then.?
What will be of most concern to Sony is that an apparently groundswell of support for Xbox 2 emerged between Japanese companies at Tokyo Game Show: ?The vibe between most of the major parties was: ?Is PlayStation such a safe bet? Maybe we should take Xbox 2 more seriously?,? the source added.
These feelings were echoed by a source at a separate Japanese games company, another strong Sony supporter, who said: ?With Microsoft there?s a clearer indication of what?s going on ? Sony is being sketchy about a lot of things. We?re now planning joint releases on PS3 and Xbox 2 for next-gen, where we have always lead on PlayStation hardware in the past.? [/quote]
Has Sony’s time finally come? Will Sega help hammer the final nails into Sony’s coffin?
It seems that Microsoft may have recruited quite a few new allies in the form of Japanese developers to help it wage war on Sony thanks to Sony’s unwillingness to ease Playstation 3 hardware concerns, but will they be enough? I was discussing this article with a few Sega fans at another forum, but I wanted to know how you guys felt about the imminent clash of these two titans.
I’d also like to know why Tecmo has decided to more or less ostracize Sony. What were the motivations behind that decision? Although the games industry is a place of business, it is not a place devoid of conflicting agendas. Lest we forget, some developers sometimes hold grudges against other companies that they never let go of. For example, Camelot was so disgusted with how Sega treated the Saturn Shining Force III trilogy that the people there vowed never to work for Sega again, and they were once Sega employees (I love watching Sega pretend like it did nothing wrong).
What’s Tecmo’s grievance with Sony?