Greenburg: Sony Does Not Deliver On Promises, PSN is Like Quickie-Mart and XBLM is Wal-Mart
posted on 05.26.08 at 10:33 AM EST by (@salromano)

Xbox 360 director of product management, Aaron Greenberg has assaulted Sony once more today. He claims the company has a history of not delivering on promises to gamers.

“I was basically expressing my frustration at a lot of specific things that they had promised over time,” he said, speaking in the latest Major Nelson podcast.

“I think Sony has had a history of over-promising and under-delivering. [I was] just using actual facts of all the things that they had promised. I think I talked to some folks about this afterwards, but I think as an industry, we owe it to our customers to be straight with them. I think that some of the stuff we’ve talked about, while the reaction may not always be positive, we’re going to tell you… People just want you to be straight with them. We know titles slip, we know things happen, and there’s little we can do to control that, but if we promise something – I think as an industry – we need to start living up to our promises. As an organisation, i think Xbox has a pretty good track record of doing that.”

He also went on to say that the Xbox Live Marketpalce is like Wal-Mart while the PLAYSTATION Store ris like Quickie Mart.

“We’re at 17,000: the PlayStation Network is just around 600 items,” he said. “This is like comparing a Wal-Mart superstore or a Cost-Co to your local Quickie Mart, right? It’s at extreme ends… In the first year we had more than 600 items. We were way ahead of that.”

Those 17,000 items include GamerPics, TV Shows, Movies, Demos, and everything else in the service in the US.

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  • Fiddlesworth

    PLAYSTATION 3’s overtaking and Microsoft are coming to realise they can’t match the content that really matters. Desperation kicks in and they feel the need to comment on the competition as just doing their own thing isn’t enough.

    North America is their final stronghold and even there they’re neck and neck with the PS3 despite two significantly cheaper console SKU’s and a year headstart of software offerings.

    They’re so desperate in Europe that their cheapest 360 is cheaper than a Wii!

  • incredibilistic

    @Fiddlesworth:

    While I agree with you I also agree with Greenburg in that Sony has a lot of baggage when it comes to making promises and delaying them.

    I think the biggest problem they have right now is Home. Everyone can accept games being delayed but when it comes to offering more content that compares to XBLM it seems like Sony’s not telling us everything. Home looked all but done almost two years ago and yet the beta is only a fraction of what Phil showed off.

    I’m still holding out for Sony to impress me but with their track record it’s hard to stay optimistic. If they just gave us in-game XMB I think we’d all be more patient but for some reason they just continue to make us wait for a reasons they don’t want to share.

    Pisses me off.

  • Eric

    While I agree somewhat, the Xbox execs seem to bash Sony to keep the heat of themselves a bit. There is just to criticize over XBL as there is Sony’s setup.

    The 360 has the RRod, times when Live goes down, a crapload of crap games on it, restrictions, etc…

    While I still think Sony needs to stop showing stuff off so early and only when its ready, I find it funny when the MS guys try to come off so big when its clearly not the case.

  • Fiddlesworth

    I wonder what they’ll do to distract everyone from the fact they’ve forced Ninja Gaiden II out the door early, lacking polish and a decent story. Itagaki seemed so confident NGII was the next-gen evolution everyone was expecting yet it has most of the same niggles Ninja Gaiden had. Arrogance, putting down the competition, this is what Sony got shit for 2006-early 2007.

    Sorry but I don’t need reminding of Sony’s old problems, some like incredibilistic above may work themselves up over it but I just enjoy the great games and movies.

  • Skittles

    eh the ps3 will be on top again just like it’s predecessor. really this is nothing new if you’ve been with sony, first they start out slow and everyone says the console sucks(ps2), then 3-4 years later it’s on top kicking ass with great games. we’ll see if greenburg changes his tone come mid 2009

  • Shibbs

    I dunno about you guys, but I prefer the Quik-E Mart to Walmart(which is a evil corporation, but that’s a topic for another day), so, yeah sony has failed to carry out promises, but in the end, I still enjoy sony’s lineup compared to Microsoft’s.