A somewhat unexpected backlash has continued against the PlayStation Portable (PSP), with Atari CEO Bruno Bonnell leading the complaints at a consumer conference yesterday. "Yeah, it's cool. It's nice, like a nice car. But we have no idea if the PSP's pricing is going to be $250, $350 or $500,” complained Bonnell.
"What about the breakable aspects of it? If it breaks, can you bring it back and get another one for free? What about the movie strategy? The wireless strategy? The MP3 downloading? We don't know. What about the connectivity issues? We don't know. What about the video output? We don't know."
At the same conference THQ CEO agreed that Sony was doing a poor job of positioning the console, acknowledging that his company has not yet received any development hardware for the PSP - despite being the largest independent developer of handheld games.
Further bad publicity was generated for Sony with Japanese analysts once again speaking out against the device. UFJ Tsubasa Securities analyst Takashi Oka has suggested that the PSP will inevitably be used more for movies and music, rather than games. He commented that, "Nintendo's power in creating game software is still going strong. I don't consider the PSP as a game machine so its arrival won't affect Nintendo.''
Source: CNN Money