Ngmoco: Sony’s hardware is in ‘trouble’


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Ngmoco, the developer and publisher whose previous work includes Rolando and kingdom simulator We Rule, has a less than positive view of Sony’s position in the gaming market.

Neil Young, Founder of Ngmoco, said, “In the hardware world, I think Sony’s massively out of position. I think they’re in trouble. I think Microsoft’s in much better shape.”

“They understand cloud computing; the Xbox Live service is a world-class service, and they’ve got a foothold in mobile, albeit a tenuous one. I think they’re in better shape”, Young told Industry Gamers.

Does Young have a point? If you consider the cloud online storage for Playstation Plus users get, compared with Microsoft’s downloadable Gamertag feature, it actually doesn’t ring true.

Also the mobile division of Sony, Sony Ericsson, has what is essentially a ‘Playstation Phone’ on the horizon. It may be late to the party, but the Xperia Play, as it’s known, is surely going to do well amongst the gaming crowd.

Of course, Young may be referencing Sony’s forthcoming portable handheld, the NGP, which some sources have harshly claimed is dead in the water. The original PSP was self-admittedly never the success story Sony wanted, and mobile gaming has certainly been stealing away chunks of the gaming industry, perhaps making it a harder ecosystem for the NGP to thrive.

And there’s no denying the commercial success of Microsoft’s Kinect over the Playstation Move. Ten million units compared with 4 million is quite the gap, even if the average of games per peripheral for the Kinect is likely one per consumer.

So what about Nintendo? Young concluded with, “I think Nintendo always has the benefit of its franchises, but I don’t think it ends up being a really rich ecosystem for third parties.”

Considering the pre-order records the 3DS has apparently generated, maybe the portable market is still happy to shell out for physical games?

We’re sure someone has rang the hyperbole police already, dobbing Young in for a somewhat sensationalist opinion, but we can’t help but feel he has a point, even if we think it’s just a tad controversial.

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