“Everybody knows” the PS3 "isn’t as good of an entertainment console" 
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Geoffrey Tim
February 15, 2013 at 7:45 am

Mehdi

Yes, we know the Xbox 360 is trying take over your living room as a dedicated entertainment hub – but did you know that Sony’s PlayStation 3 “isn’t as good of an entertainment console?” According to Microsoft’s Yusuf Mehdi, everybody knows that.

Speaking to AllThingsD’s Peter Kafka, he and Corporate Vice President at Microsoft’s entertainment focused LA Studios Nancy Tellem spoke about the Xbox 360’s transition "from a gaming console to an entertainment console."

"Yes, we started with video games, but we have been on a journey to make Xbox the center of every household’s entertainment," says Mehdi, claiming that The PS3 "isn’t as good of an entertainment console" — something he believes that "everybody knows"

Funnily enough while Xbox is trying so hard to focus on entertainment, I really feel that the Kinect-driven  interface is holding them back. I use Netflix on both consoles, and the PS3 version is far, far superior – offering better video quality and a much more intuitive interface (one that’s essentially the same on the Wii U). Others seem to think so too, because according to Netflix, the PS3 is the machine most used for that purpose. 

Of course it helps that PS3 users don;t need gold accounts just to use a service they’re already paying for.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/johann.strauss.10 Johann Strauss

    A statement like that will get either support or spite, Mr. Mehdi. I prefer the latter.

  • http://twitter.com/Otto_ki Otto_ki

    It’s always hard to choose something other than the beloved Play Station that I supported since I was a toddler, but in all honesty between the 2 consoles i was definitely using the Xbox more over the last 3 years.

    • Banana Jim

      Wow dude… now I feel old. You were a toddler when the first Playstation came out…? I need to take a nap….

      • Admiral Chief Erwin

        If you need to take a nap, I need to hibernate :P

        • Brady miaau

          Yeah, me too. Crud. Mid thirties and counting rapidly.

  • The Guest

    PS3 Media Server has served me with more HD content than my xbox could ever dream of doing

    • Tarisma

      yup same here. best invention ever

  • Deon Steyn

    Screw gold accounts!

    • Banana Jim

      SIlver for life?

      • Deon Steyn

        Nah PS+ for life. You?

        • Banana Jim

          High 5!

  • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

    Yeah sure. Because we al know the x-box plays blu-ray amiright?

    • FoxOneZA

      It plays Blu-Ray but there’s no picture and sound :P

      • Admiral Chief Erwin

        XD
        This comment is awesome!

        • FoxOneZA

          You shall have an awesome upvote Chief!

          • Admiral Chief Erwin

            :D

        • Brady miaau

          It is just a pity can only up vote once!

      • Banana Jim

        LOL!! Ok that had me chuckling. +10 Master Fox… +10!!!

      • Admiral Chief Erwin

        Man, still loving this, still laughing. Epic comment. Bells of the day!

  • Hondsepop

    Yeaa, If I want to listen to AC/DC I put the CD in my hi-fi. If I want to watch movies I put the CD in my Blue-ray. If I want to watch photos I look at my photo albums – must be getting old.

    • Brady miaau

      If I want to listen to AC/DC I can use my laptop, tv, computer (wife uses her Blackberry and now her Lumia 920). We copied all our 400+ CD’s to the computer and just stream to whatever device we care to use.

      It is awesome. No hi-fi required.

      Please do not ask how many of the CD’s is classical music……

      • Hondsepop

        Sometimes I use LP’s or even tapes (obviously with a pencil in hand, just in case). Once my wife brought back this thing called “iPod”, but I couldn’t figure out how to copy music to it….so, now the 4 year old use it as her play-play cell phone.

        • Brady miaau

          Well, fair enough. I own no Tapes or LP’s (did own loads of tapes, trashed them all a few years ago, tape machine ate them)

          At least the iPod is used

          Music, in the background, is great. Make life more, well, peaceful.

      • Banana Jim

        Please tell me you have Puccini… the Banana loves Tosca!

  • Admiral Chief Erwin

    *mumbles PC superiority*
    Lets see how many downvotes this gets :P

    • Admiral Chief Erwin

      Yeeeeeeeees, feed me feed me feed me NOMNOMNOM your downvotes :P

    • Jacques Jooste

      Let us as pc games unite our swords once more to defeat the evil which is console gamers. Bring forth your charisma and superiority and we will let the rivers flow with the blood off the mouseless minions. Some of us will fall, some of us will quit, BUT WE WILL BE VICTORIOUS

      • Deon Steyn

        Master Race indeed…….

    • Brady miaau

      I do not agree, but I upvoted you.

      I think the PC is superior in many ways, but I still like my dedicated piece of kit, for playing games on the big screen.

  • http://twitter.com/MSouthA Mark Treloar

    Looks like Microsoft are going for the jackpot on stupidity for the week. Here is a quote from Xbox senior regional director Jonathan Grimes – ‘Majority of consumers’ won’t know about PlayStation 4 announcement’

    • Banana Jim

      It’s retard central at Redwood…. But I get why they’re doing it, even stirring a little means, they get some publicity prior to SONY’s big reveal (well… unless Sony is merely trolling and unveiling the new 4G Vita in 5 days).

      • CaptainNemo42

        I think that those chaps over at MS HQ are a little bit nervous over next week.

        • Banana Jim

          You know, I’m getting that impression as well. There’s some sweat on the foreheads…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=654211497 Robert Infy Hart

    How do you watch netflix on your console? I thought we couldn’t get it here in SA without using dodgy proxies?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dawid-Gericke/600069119 Dawid Gericke

    Streaming media to my PS3 compared to my XBOX? No comparison, PS3 better by a long way. Also as said, don’t need to get PS Plus to access Netflix on PSN. PS3 FTW!

  • Grant Hancock

    PS3 for the win ! … I run everything off of mine

    • Admiral Chief Erwin

      Toaster too?

      • Banana Jim

        Mine looks like a George Foreman grill, and yes… the thought has crossed my mind to make supper while playing my games…

        • Admiral Chief Erwin

          TOASTED BANANA!!!

          Also, gross, Admiral Chief does not eat banana

      • Grant Hancock

        was thinking of Shaleen Surti Richards “And it makes tea too !” ..but couldn’t find an associated meme :P

        • Admiral Chief Erwin

          XD

      • Deon Steyn

        My USB Toaster yes. Plugs straight into my PS3. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xz3u8IsHCB8

  • Sir Captain Rincethis

    Hahahhaa. What silliness.

  • ALKi1234

    wait WHat?????since when can we watch netflix in SA???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

  • FoxOneZA

    I never get why people waste time and power streaming media to the PS3. Just get a media player and anyway most modern TV’s can play your junk of a flash drive.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dawid-Gericke/600069119 Dawid Gericke

      Use it because PS3 media server transcodes media if the TV’s encoder/Xbox cannot play the file. Works like a champ

      • Banana Jim

        Yep, that’s what I do.

  • http://digitalliquorrsa.blogspot.com/ riaan

    I miss out on a lot on Xbox because of that stupid subscription fee that you have to pay.

    • Andre116

      Prices are not that bad. Go check out mspoints.co.za or evopoints.co.za.

      • http://digitalliquorrsa.blogspot.com/ riaan

        thanks I will go and take a look.

  • Gavin

    Geoff! How do you use Netflix in South Africa? Is there an online guide you can point us to?

  • Banana Jim

    This Yusuf guy speaks the truth. Did you also know that gnomes steal your socks? I think Yusuf might have the same problem. That or a drinking problem….

    • Admiral Chief Erwin

      …they only steal the left one.

      What’s up with that?

      • Banana Jim

        You know, my theory is that you know how our banana turn to the right, gnome bananas might turn to the left, and EVERYBODY knows socks make excellent banana and ball warmers.

        • Admiral Chief Erwin

          …but mine goes left…and my imaginary friend’s one goes right

          GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA brain is wired weird

          • Banana Jim

            See I live in the mirror so obviously it makes sense. My right is your left and my left is your right, and… and.. mirror tea tastes like toe jam.

          • Admiral Chief Erwin

            *World makes sense again*

  • http://twitter.com/mathuthe Mathias

    How can he say that about a Blu-Ray player that ocassionally offers decent games?

    • Admiral Chief Erwin

      XD

  • http://twitter.com/D4RKL1NG Martin du preez

    Yup, PS3 is a gaming console.

    360 is for people who want to pay to play no games.

  • Tarisma

    I thought I bought a console to play games on?

    • Brady miaau

      Funny. me too. Oh well.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=686751624 Darren Peach

    Strange, I prefer my Ps3 to My Xbox………Guess I didn’t get the memo. Way too busy watching Blue rays.