Playstation 3 Mania in San Francisco

I’m sitting on a sidewalk with the first 30 people who’ve been waiting in line since yesterday (PlayStation 3′s go on sale at midnight). There are about 700 people in line at San Francisco’s Metreon. The lines are longer than most of the Xbox events I remember. Supposedly they have 500 for sale, but no one is releasing the real number.

They are closing four streets for a concert in front of the Metreon at 6 p.m. tonight. They aren’t releasing the names of the bands, but it’s pretty clear this won’t be a high school band playing.

The Sony marketing machine is here in force. It’s all out mania.

If anyone tells me HDTV doesn’t have economic power all they have to do is come to the Metreon. $600 a piece. You are already too late to buy one.

I’m not in line. I’m going to interview Ross Mayfield, wiki pioneer.

64 thoughts on “Playstation 3 Mania in San Francisco

  1. If 1 class you did not complete was at most 0.015 % (100 – 99.99 with best possible for you rounding rules) – then you claim you have finished at least 6666 others classes during your study ?

    Either this – or 99.99% is not correct number.

  2. If 1 class you did not complete was at most 0.015 % (100 – 99.99 with best possible for you rounding rules) – then you claim you have finished at least 6666 others classes during your study ?

    Either this – or 99.99% is not correct number.

  3. @24. As always, you miss the point. I don’t drink, but thanks for the concern.

    The point was Edwards is a boob by association. You’d think his staff members would be clued in. The question on might ask is: If Edwards was successful in using his position to obtain a PS3 from WalMart (that fact that the staff member did it on his behalf is irrelevant)would he have kept it?

  4. @24. As always, you miss the point. I don’t drink, but thanks for the concern.

    The point was Edwards is a boob by association. You’d think his staff members would be clued in. The question on might ask is: If Edwards was successful in using his position to obtain a PS3 from WalMart (that fact that the staff member did it on his behalf is irrelevant)would he have kept it?

  5. I think you’re mistaking hardcore gamers for the masses. I think its just the opposite of what you’ve suggested – HD quality is not yet a priority for most people. Take the XBOX 360, the only next-gen system on the market before today. There was a lot of frenzy in the beginning, but sales since then have been pretty mediocre. After getting the early adopters, they seem to have struggled with attracting the average consumer.

    I am one of those sought after 18-25 year old males and a lot of my friends play video games. I don’t know of anyone who owns an XBOX 360 or is standing in line to get a PS3. Too expensive. On the other hand, I know of at least 3 people who are planning on buying a Wii and I am starting to think about it as well. So if anyone deserves marketing credit (or just overall design and strategy), give it to Nintendo.

  6. I think you’re mistaking hardcore gamers for the masses. I think its just the opposite of what you’ve suggested – HD quality is not yet a priority for most people. Take the XBOX 360, the only next-gen system on the market before today. There was a lot of frenzy in the beginning, but sales since then have been pretty mediocre. After getting the early adopters, they seem to have struggled with attracting the average consumer.

    I am one of those sought after 18-25 year old males and a lot of my friends play video games. I don’t know of anyone who owns an XBOX 360 or is standing in line to get a PS3. Too expensive. On the other hand, I know of at least 3 people who are planning on buying a Wii and I am starting to think about it as well. So if anyone deserves marketing credit (or just overall design and strategy), give it to Nintendo.

  7. Yes Robert HD TV is TEH SAVYOOR. All hail HDTV and $4K televisions.

    It really is a good thing there are a lot of people like you in the world, i.e. more money than sense. Because otherwise, the gales of laughter that greet the idea of spending $4K or more on a TELEVISION would probably kill the self – esteem of the prats pushing this like it’s right up there with food and shelter on Maslow’s hierarchy.

    le sigh.

    You really need to de tech for a couple weeks man, you’re like a heroin addict with a more socially acceptable habit.

  8. Yes Robert HD TV is TEH SAVYOOR. All hail HDTV and $4K televisions.

    It really is a good thing there are a lot of people like you in the world, i.e. more money than sense. Because otherwise, the gales of laughter that greet the idea of spending $4K or more on a TELEVISION would probably kill the self – esteem of the prats pushing this like it’s right up there with food and shelter on Maslow’s hierarchy.

    le sigh.

    You really need to de tech for a couple weeks man, you’re like a heroin addict with a more socially acceptable habit.

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