Sony Goes 3.0
Game 3.0 has elements of Everyone Else 1.0, as it includes expanded content downloading: videos, songs, and so on. The promise of MySpace -like communities and user-generated content sounds interesting, though.
Sony has to do something big, because PS3 is getting pummeled. Wii stole all the Christmas thunder. And Xbox is getting the good online/IPTV buzz while Sony's online efforts with the PS3 are flagging. The San Jose Mercury News suggests Sony suffers from a plain old lack of content, which "Game 3.0" apparently addresses.
One metric of Xbox Live's success: Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) this week is saying it's chalked up 6 million members for the service, getting there a few months ahead of schedule. Those folks send an average 2 million text and voice messages per day via Xbox, Microsoft says.
Numbers like that just beg to be taken down a notch. So, Rob Fahey of GamesIndustry.biz points out Microsoft isn't saying how many of those 6 million are Gold subscribers, the kind who actually pay to get features like multiplayer gaming.
— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading