D’oh – this just a lovely bit of bad PR. According to Microsoft’s Xbox exec for the Netherlands, Sony’s motion control efforts are about as sincere as Microsoft’s little foray into HD-DVD. Sony doesn’t care about PlayStation Move according to the Microsoft exec (oh, and ex-Sony PlayStation manager by the way).
“I’m convinced that Move for Sony is, what we call, fudding. Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt. They don’t give a shit about Move, but it takes the wind out of Kinects sails, or it could.”
When asked if he thought this was the same as what Microsoft did with HD-DVD (ie. trying to take the wind out of Blu-ray’s sails) Naber replied:
“Voila! Exactly the same as we did with HDDVD and Blu-Ray. When people are unsure of a new technology, they won’t get on board. And that doesn’t bother them as far as Move is concerned, because they don’t care about it anyway. But if people get on board with Kinect and it’s a runaway success, then they’ll have Wii on one side, Kinect on the other and of course they will lose.
“Simple, I mean, I still think their response, last year, was ‘Oh sh*t, Microsoft is onto something, we have to pull something out of the cupboard quickly, let’s get developers up there with even stranger lollipops!’ But if you look at how far along they are, what kind of support they have and things like that… They’re launching in September with how many titles? I think it’s too vague for words.”
Well we already know how many titles are launching with PlayStation Move – 13, with 34 by the beginning of 2011. But Naber is convinced Sony is a ‘fudding’ company:
“Yes, I do worry about it because Sony is very — I’ve worked there for five years! I know what they do! Dropping the price even though there’s no stock, why? Because you know your competitor will stop selling. They are really good at that, at Fudding.
“The future will tell if Sony is serious about Move or that they really use as FUD. To date, the retailers in NL enormously to talk about our strategic approach Kinect around and they’re, like, surprised at the complete lack of any story whatsoever from Sony about Move. They have a folder containing five titles and a release date and thats (sic) it.”
By the way, everything Naber has said is out of personal conviction and not as the Netherland’s Xbox boss (yeah, it’s too late now Paul.)