Analyst: PSP2 & Handheld Market Is "Dead On Arrival"
Sigh. I usually endeavour to keep Wedbush Morgan's wannabe-celebrity out of our news roundups, but every 0nce in a while, Michael Pachter does make an interesting point that's worth expanding upon. Speaking in the latest episode of his Pach Attack show, he prophesied that the PSP2 will completely fail... as well as the entire portable market as we know it.
We’re way approaching saturation on the handheld market. We’re starting to see DS hardware sales crack, I think the big woody of the iPod Touch is cutting into the handheld market, I think the PSP is dead on arrival and I think the PSP2 is going to be dead on arrival.
Pachter joined the growing segment of the pundit community who believe that mobile gaming and app-style sales models will soon dominate the handheld market. Apparently even the 3DS will only enjoy a brief moment in the sun before competition from Apple drives it into obscurity.
It looks to me like young kids are just as happy playing with an iPod Touch or a Nano. The Touch is cool, it plays games, plays music, they’re going to put a camera in it and you’re going to get all kinds of cool stuff.
It's far too soon to tell whether the PSP2 will fail, but we all ought to be concerned about the state of the handheld market. Do you support a portable console... or do you have an app for that? Have your say in the comments!
Microsoft Denies Kinect Shortage Accusations
The left hand doesn't seem to know what the right hand is up to. Despite claiming supply strains and crying wolf at every opportunity, Microsoft has now denied claims of artificially inducing a Kinect shortage this holiday season. According to Microsoft UK boss Neil Thompson, any problems are "a function of coming to market with a brand new innovation."
In an interview with GI, Thompson explained that Microsoft had the option between releasing in the new year with a supply surplus- missing Christmas in the process- or gearing up for a holiday season release and hoping that manufacuring would eventually catch up to demand.
We want to give people the product as soon as we can, but you can’t switch on the manufacturing like water. It takes time to scale. - Neil Thompson to GI
We'd be interested to know if you're having problems picking up a Kinect sensor... or if your local stores are full of 'em on the run up to Christmas.
Leaked Killzone 3 Footage Shows Epic Boss Battle
Having played and previewed Killzone 3, we were more than a little excited about Guerrilla's upcoming FPS sequel... but a string of great holiday season releases knocked our enthusiasm off of the boil. Luckily, ten leaked minutes of singleplayer campaign footage has emerged and gotten us completely re-psyched. These ten minutes seem to be taken from somewhere in the middle of the game; featuring trench warfare, a little unimportant story and a massive boss battle with a honking great war machine. The titanic MAWLR is set to be a very nasty adversary...
This doesn't look like a final boss or anything particularly plot-related, but just in case, consider this a spoiler warning.
In other KZ3 news, analysis of the preview code suggests that split-screen multiplayer will be making an appearance in the final version. Which is good to know.