By Jonathan Charles | Oct 06, 2012 10:24 AM EDT
Wii U's launch this November will ensure that Nintendo's latest gaming console is made available to consumers in time for the holiday season. However, Sony, speaking to Eurogamer, does not think the demand for Wii U will affect PlayStation 3's success.
"They [Nintendo] certainly laid a broad church in terms of the list of features hopefully trying to have a broad appeal in the device. I don't think there will be huge volumes in the market this side of Christmas. I think they will pull in early adopters. It's probably one to be concerned about far more and watch more into next year. But we feel very confident in the PlayStation and we won't be going after the same niche early adopter market they'll be going after this Christmas. I think we're sitting at separate camps at this stage, so it won't be head to head," Sony UK's Feral Gara said.
Gara added Nintendo will be a threat if Wii U "gains traction." The real test will be when Sony and Microsoft launch next-generation consoles and some consumers move from Nintendo. Nintendo is pushing third-party titles like Rayman Legends and the exclusive Bayonetta 2. With Wii's motion control phenomenon fading away, Nintendo needs other differentiating factors. Wii U's Game Pad also aims to provide new ways of interaction, providing two screens.
Sony, like Microsoft, is still talking current consoles. Most recently, the company unveiled the new PlayStation 3 Slim, reducing the cost with cheaper design but a significantly smaller form factor. Microsoft unveiled Xbox 360 'Slim' in 2010. Whether it will introduce a new model remains to be seen. Considering the 250GB and 4GB Slims are available, and the latter is also available in a $99 subscription, a new model seems unlikely. Microsoft has released game-branded console in the Slim form factor, with probably a year to go before the next Xbox's release.
Wii U launches Nov. 18 in the U.S. and Nov. 30 in the UK, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.
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