After years of defending Sonys poor decisions in the gaming market and hoping they would regain their focus I acquiesce. Sony appears to be adamant on continuing on the same path that has in recent years only hurt them. I'll list below just a few of the reasons why I have lost faith in Sony and now look to the Xbox 360 for my gaming console entertainment.
1. Lack of online community features such as Cross Game Voice Chat, unified party system, and a highly functional website that ties in with the PSN (in game messaging, community features etc).
2. Poor performance of 3rd party games on the PS3 in comparison to the Xbox 360. Multiplatoform titles consistently perform poorly on the PS3 compared to the same games performance on the rival system.
3. Poor hardware design choices beginning with Blu ray but also including bluetooth, lack of a built in scaler, and low amount of system ram just to name a few.
Lets face it recent years for Sonys video game division have been pretty bleak. It started with the major design flaws and quirks of the original PSP then continued with the PS3 followed by the abysmal failure that is the PSP Go.
Sony relied on Blu Ray being this great thing that everyone would want and that has turned out not to be the case. Blu Ray is not a selling point for most gamers as more often than not multiplatform titles look and play better on the 360 (which doesn't have Blu Ray). About the only advantage Blu Ray offers over the 360 is higher audio quality on the PS3 (7.1 vs 5.1).
The latest NPD data shows that the PS3 is clearly in last place in the US and is actually selling worse now than it was at this time last year. Is it time for Sony to abandon the PS3 and release the PS4? Would you like to see Sony pull a Sega and just become a publisher?