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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.

8 Comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    i read somewhere that sony loses money on each ps3 it sells…dunno if its true

  2. If they built it . . . says:

    I refuse to buy a PS3 until they make a game that demands I buy one. That being said, unless they remake FF VII, No PS3 for me.

  3. Chubby Rain says:

    Would have been a better title.

    Bowfinger ftw.

  4. Mike says:

    Microsoft has said it loses money on each Xbox it sells too. I think something like $100 per console.

  5. Lynn says:

    http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20081116-npd-software-top-ten-list-the-360-is-a-publishers-best-bet.html

    That article takes a look at game sales across all consoles for January through October of this year and draws the conclusion that if a third party game publisher wants to make the most money, they should make their games for the Xbox 360.

    If publishers start making fewer games for the PS3, especially exclusive ones, that’s definitely going to hurt the PS3’s sales as well.

    Personally, I think Xbox Live is what makes the 360 so much better than the PS3. Pretty much everyone I know with an Xbox plays on XBL. No one I know with a PS3 plays online. Video games are so much more fun when you’re playing with others, and I’d much rather play with people online than with people in my living room because split-screen blows. I don’t like to share.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I would really like to play Metal Gear Solid 4, but I’m not paying that much money to play one game. Period.

    With a price drop, this game, and God of War 3 comming soon, I still may not miss out on this iteration of the Playstation.

  7. Anonymous says:

    The trailer for that game demands to be in HD. The amazing detail that is in this game is amazing. I’m not 100% sure about the story, but I might be tempted to give it a chance. Indigo Prophecy was a unique game and I’m glad to see that the developers are still working to push the envelope in gaming.

  8. Jesse says:

    I already bought a Sony PS3 just for Warhawk last year and its the most addictive online game in years.

    like i said before if you dont own a Sony PS3 by now you are missing out on the best games the gaming industry has to offer.

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