PS3 : The Red-Headed Step Child of Consoles
The PS3 is suffering; November’s NPD results from the USA revealing that the expensive console is slipping behind its bitter Xbox 360 rival, while the Wii is stretching off into the distance.
What is worrying for Sony is that the PS3 actually fared better in the run up to Christmas 2007, even though Nintendo and Microsoft have smashed last year’s respective performances (Nintendo, in particular).
According to CNN, who have been taking a long hard look at the platform’s performance, pricing could be key. While gaming is regarded as “recession proof” in some quarters, the PS3 is much more pricey than its rivals, and this could be pushing money-worried consumers elsewhere.
The new report also sees would-be purchasers unconvinced by Blu-ray, and consumers unfussed by HD media in general, while the system lacks “game changing” killer apps.
The Washington Times is similarly unimpressed by Sony’s pricing and its obsession with Blu-ray, suggesting that the format could die as people move to downloadable HD movies.
The way I see it, Sony could turn it all around for themselves if they only make the PS3 a bit more affordable for the average consumer.
Not to mention releasing games exclusive to the PS3, like this one:
Heavy Rain is from the same developers as Indigo Prophecy, and this game will be my reason for spending my hard-earned cash on a PS3 in 2009.