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Sony rushes off PSX for the holidays

By Julio Franco
Dec 9, 2003
  1. Masque

    Masque TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,212

    Well, I'm tending to agree with agrav8r more on this side. Flashing a mobo is one thing....as geeks (or pseudo-geeks) we fully expect to have to handle certain things like this ourselves when we build a system.

    I don't agree on the mp3 player side. This is end-user equipment and should be handled/sold as such without any necessary firmware upgrades necessary. Many people just wouldn't have a clue if they were asked to do this.

    My $.02
     
  2. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,652   +323

    I agree with Mr. G on this :)

    Its not like the thing doesn't work out of the box, its just that some of the features that it is capable of are not functional until there is an update.
     
  3. MrGaribaldi

    MrGaribaldi TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,802

    Well, if I don't miss my guess, chances are the update isn't as firmware'ish as flashing a bios, meaning that it won't have all the side effects that a bad bios flash has...

    Sony is, I guess, quite well aware of the fact that most people aren't "geeks" (I hate being labeld that btw!), and that the update will have to be usefriendly, meaning that it won't damage the system if the power goes off nor that it will be more than just starting a program and clicking ok...

    Besides, one can allways make the argument that the system being released now is the "proper" one, but that Sony will include more functionality to it as time progresses...

    That way it won't be a "neccessary" update, but rather a free upgrade to those who bought the system when it first became available...


    SNGX> Thanks! Allways nice to have someone agreeing with me :)
     
  4. agrav8r

    agrav8r TS Rookie Posts: 103

    My argument is this:
    Have you ever had to flash a non PC game system before( or get software updates)?
    No
    Do you currently have to upgrade your toaster?
    No
    Would you buy one if you had to?
    No
    The reason I say they are the same isthat both should have no changing parts- what you buy is supposed to be the end all be all.
    With computers there are tons of added parts that need to communicate and work, and one machine cannot know all the varied configurations
    However with a game system, there is no risk of components sprouting from the air. All parts that are to be added were known at conception of the product, and so cannot use the software excuse of too many variable. What does that leave us?
    They had a christmas deadline and did not make it and sent it anyway. Perhaps the pacemaker people can do the same with the new batch of synthetic hearts.
    They have no excuse- they did it to make Xmas money and shipped an unfinished product. End of story. If you want more of your products to come out unfinished , than rationalize away, but as far as I am concerned this is worse than $5 walmart software sold for 45.99.
     
  5. chuonthis

    chuonthis TS Rookie Posts: 38

    You may be looking at the situation from a wrong point of view, agrav8r. It's not like the PSX doesn't work or crashes or blows up. As long as the box states the lower specs and everything works, then the product is finished as far as the buyer is concerned. And it's not like people are dying to burn DVDs at 24X. Sony could've just left it at that but they were nice enough to offer a free upgrade when everything is tested. Also, it's not necessarily for their own financial gains that they rushed the PSX. People probably wanted to give the PSX as a gift so they are probably happy that they don't have to tell the other person that their gift is not out yet.
     
  6. agrav8r

    agrav8r TS Rookie Posts: 103

    Thanks for proving my point, had it not been out( and available to buy) people would have spent their money elsewhere. However because it was rushed out incomplete, they spent money on it.
    You right as long as they don't put specs on the box it is legal- despite the fact that they hyped it up to all the journalist that it would be something else, so that they could garner more sales from electronically clueless relatives and friend to buy for others on Xmas. BTW i hear sony is looking for a PR guy, perhaps you have your resume handy?
     
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