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MMOs critical for PS3 success?

MMOs critical for PS3 success?

Sony reckons that MMOs like The Agency will play an important part in the future of the PS3.

Sony Online Entertainment President John Smedley thinks that as the PlayStation 3 moves forward that Massively Multiplayer Online games will play a major part in the success of the console, according to comments given in a recent interview.

Speaking to the Seattle Times, Smedley outlined how PS3 exclusive MMOs like The Agency will be of critical importance to the PlayStation 3 platform. He also indicated that it is by no means the only MMO the company is working on bringing to the PS3.

"I think MMOs are going to be a real strong selling point for the PS3 long term - there's going to be some great ones on the PS3," Smedley said.

"You're not going to find The Agency on the 360," he added wryly.

Microsoft meanwhile seems to have abandoned any efforts to bring MMOs to the Xbox 360, despite having a focus on online activities and making Xbox Live the centre point of the console. Both Final Fantasy Live Online and Marvel Universe Online were planned for the Xbox 360, but are no longer in development. Microsoft also looked at bringing a Home-like service to Xbox Live but has apparently abandoned those plans too.

That said, it is heavily rumoured that Microsoft will be brining Funcom's Age of Conan and Realtime World' APB MMOs to the Xbox 360.

Are console MMOs an important genre for you, or should they stay on PCs? Let us know what you think in the forums.

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cjoyce1980 15th May 2008, 11:17 Quote
MMO are great, but there great for PC's.

Console gamers are just to casual for this to work properly. OK, it might be a hit from day one, but will people be still play 6 months later.... of course not the next MGS4 or GT5 will be out.

Unless great content is release every 3-6 months and then there is the issue of HDD space. Just how much content can you force on a 40GB PS3 owner. I'm well aware that the HDD can be upgraded, but will the average casual PS3 owner be willing too?... of course not.

Yet again, great idea, but this should be a PC release
koola 15th May 2008, 11:21 Quote
MMO's imo will always be better on a PC. The best a console got to a MMO (although technically not a MMO, but RPG) was Shining Force 3 on the Saturn which had me playing ages.

Will be interesting to see how much MMO's affect PS3 sales though.
cjoyce1980 15th May 2008, 11:28 Quote
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Originally Posted by koola
MMO's imo will always be better on a PC. The best a console got to a MMO (although technically not a MMO, but RPG) was Shining Force 3 on the Saturn which had me playing ages.

That game was amazing, shame that europe never got parts 2 & 3 of that series.
Mentai 15th May 2008, 13:36 Quote
We said the same thing about fps, and while I still agree that they're miles better on PC, they are still very successful on console.
I think it could work out fine for Sony. Especially since the console MMO market doesn't have a wow yet. Anyone know which system had the most FF11 players on it? That would show an inkling of how successful future console MMO's would be.
proxess 15th May 2008, 22:10 Quote
is it me, or the ps3 doesn't have anti-aliasing? thats what i saw on a demo in a store running sega rally... and it was on a hd tv...
talladega 16th May 2008, 01:16 Quote
it all depends on how the developers use the systems resources. some devs just dont do AA in their games. the PS3 is very capable of it.
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