PS3 == Minidisc
so, i’m just sitting here, working, and a strange analogy just struck me. it’s the similarity in music media and game consoles.
for the geeks out there:
ps3 : minidisc :: xbox 360 : cd :: wii : itunes :: pc : cd-r
a bit of explanation.
ps3 : minidisc
- both are hardware sexy.
- both are content pliable.
- both are “proprietary, yet make it your own.”
- both have a strong hardware proposition but a weak paid content proposition. (meaning, the hardware is very valuable without the “official” games/music — aka a pirate’s wet dream)
xbox 360 : cd
- both are unmaleable. (compared to the original xbox or the ps3, for example)
- both work well with your current supporting technology. (i.e. pc, mce, ALL tvs and audio outs, ALL plug and play devices — all kinds of tertiary tech — it still doesn’t play those damn cassette tapes tho!)
- both have relatively uneditable content from a delivery perspective. (once you get it out of context tho, it’s a different story)
wii : itunes
- both are radically unlike the others.
- many people will play both, but not very deep.
- both have strong “everyman” support but not a lot of supergeek support.
- well… apple and nintendo. peas in a pod.
pc : cd-r
- both play, hold, run whatever you want them too.
- both are applicable outside of the industry.
- it’s the wild, wild west where anything goes.