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Playstation 3 failure a myth

December 21, 2006

I was cruising through Digg today and came across several negative posts concerning the early demise of Sony’s Playstation 3 console system.

PS3Early demise? I can’t even find one for sale yet in stores! And those places I ask about the system say not to get my hopes up until February.

Does that sound like a system that’s dying?

That’s why it stuns me to see articles like the one Time Magazine wrote recently:

The big story in computer games this year was HOW TO BLOW A HUGE LEAD, by Sony. Its PlayStation 2 was the champ in the last round of the console wars. This time Sony bet on a chip called the Cell and a disc format called Blu-ray. They’re probably awesome, but how would anybody know?

The PS3 is hideously expensive–it goes for up to $600–and Sony manufactured only a piddling few hundred thousand for the U.S., fewer for Japan. Plus it’s hard to write games for; the launch titles were lame. You know you’re in trouble when you get beat by something called a Wii.

Despite the high price, it sold out Day 1, and people still want the system and buy it up as soon as they are available.

That’s not a failure. That’s just supply and demand. Not enough supply and too much demand makes the system scarce.

The only failure was Sony’s production issues that couldn’t create the 2 million PS3s they promised North America.
But still, with all the bad press, PC World still thinks PS3 was a top tech failure of the year, lumping Sony’s system in with exploding laptop batteries and the HP spying scandal as the worst stories of the year.

PlayStation 3: Late, expensive, and incompatible

When it was announced in spring 2005, the Sony PlayStation 3 was going to be the greatest thing to hit home gaming since a hedgehog named Sonic. Then came the delays. By the time the PS3 arrived, it was six months late, and Nintendo’s cheaper and more innovative Wii had stolen much of its thunder. At $599 for the 60GB model, the PS3 is twice the price of the original PlayStation 2, yet research firm iSupply — which describes the PS3 as having supercomputer qualities–estimates that Sony still loses more than $200 per unit.

Thanks to manufacturing delays, Sony shipped an estimated 150,000 units for the North American launch, or less than half the number it had originally planned. And the PS3 was incompatible with more than 200 PlayStation and PS2 games, though Sony is addressing that problem through online updates.

The good news? Game-crazed youth are buying up PS3s and reselling them on eBay for double the asking price. And unlike, say, Sony batteries, they don’t catch fire…at least, not yet.

Big mistake: Trying to turn a supercomputer into a gaming device.

Bigger mistake: Failing to drive a stake through the heart of Nintendo when the opportunity offered.

And another, this one off of PRWeb, pushes the notion that because PS3 prices are slipping on eBay, and claims that shows demand for the product is waining:

Online services such as NotifyWire.com, which track online retailers and sends “in stock” alerts to members via email and cell phone text messages, have been surprised at the amount of availability online.

“I wasn’t expecting this much volume before Christmas,” said Ian Drake, the entrepreneur behind NotifyWire. “I think we’re already at the point where many people won’t pay a premium for the console or be forced into buying bundles,” he continued, explaining the common practice of bundling consoles and games to force anxious buyers into higher margin items.

Compared to last year’s Xbox360 release, Ian says the PlayStation 3 has been available at more retailers, more often, and for longer periods of time. “Last year, at NotifyWire.com, we tracked several one thousand dollar Xbox 360 bundles which would sell out in less than two minutes after becoming available.”

When asked about PlayStation 3 availability this year, he sited a recent example. “Just today, a one thousand dollar PS3 bundle was in stock at eToys.com for over 12 hours. This sort of thing didn’t happen with the Xbox 360 until well after Christmas.” Perhaps Sony should be worried.

More evidence that suggests waning demand for the PS3 is available on eBay. Days after the PS3 was released, consoles purchased at retailers for six hundred dollar were consistently flipped on eBay for over two thousand dollars. As of this writing, the same console is selling for slightly above retail and in some cases not at all.

Although Ian said he’s not currently tracking eBay auctions, he did comment “I think people are tired of being gouged on eBay and services like NotifyWire.com are making it easier for the every day person to buy the PlayStation 3 online from a retailer they know and trust.”

While the Playstation 3 is not readily available from retailers online or off, it looks like level of enthusiasm for the console is moving closer inline with the supply and this is clearly not what the industry was expecting.

What’s frustrating about the above post is that the blogosphere is taking it completely out of context.

  • This PR release is an ad for Notifywire.com and it’s sales-tracking services, and not meant to be authoritative information. I’d rather hear from Wall Street industry analysts for a more complete view on the situation.
  • Of course PS3 prices are going to drop on eBay after the launch, after all the fanboys bought their must-have system at premium prices (some at $2,000 or more). To think that the systems would keep selling at that high pace is just ludicrous.
  • To say that the system is available online in bundles and not being bought up is not helpful at all, since most gamers just want the system itself at retail price, not all the high-profit-margin accessories and games that others are mandating that you buy. (Toys R Us already is in hot water over this with the Better Business Bureau)
  • Many Internet users will not buy any high-priced item off of eBay due to possible fraud. For that matter, there are still many adults that are wary buying anything over $100 on the Internet, for fear (however misinformed) of getting credit-card or bank-card numbers stolen.
  • Because of the huge demand and related stories about Sony’s production woes, many would-be PS3 buyers are already resigned to waiting until Spring to get their PS3s. Maybe that’s why some stores are getting them in stock, but are seeing them linger for a while before being sold. The big-box stores don’t even advertise having them in their circulars anymore, because they can’t guarantee having them in stock.

Want further proof that PS3 is still in high demand online? Amazon.com recently did a PS3/Wii sale through their “customer vote” page. You entered your name in a pool, and names were selected based on supply to get the right to buy a PS3.

Here were your odds of being picked:

  • Sony PS3 20GB = 22 to 1 ($500 each)
  • Nintendo Wii = 28 to 1  ($250 each)
  • Sony PS3 60GB = 44 to 1!!!!  ($600 each!!!)

Again, read between the lines. Does that sound like a dying system to you?  If the supply is there, and there are no strings attached, people WILL buy PS3s.  Give it time.

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44 Comments
  1. dazzer permalink
    December 21, 2006 11:20 am

    Having a sold out system doesn’t mean much. Wii may not have sold out, but they’re totally selling MORE than the PS3.

    Seriously… 100% of 200,000

  2. December 21, 2006 12:49 pm

    But are they selling more just because there’s more units to be had? The demand for PS3 is still high and any units are bring gobbled up. Wii is doing better because it’s saturating the market with consoles.
    And yes, Sony should have done this too, but those Blu-ray manufacturing issues nixed that.

  3. December 22, 2006 1:25 am

    I still believe that sony has not put in billions of dollors of research into the PS3 for no avail, the hrdware is much superior to either Wii or X360 hardware , further all the analysts need to realize that the programming model for the cell processor is different , lets give sony some more time and see what they have to offer in the days to come

  4. dazzer permalink
    December 22, 2006 2:42 am

    And that’s why they blew a potential huge lead.

    I love vgcats. This strip sums it up nicely.
    http://www.vgcats.com/comics/?strip_id=212

  5. December 22, 2006 7:28 am

    I hate this “Sony blew their lead” line of thinking. The PS3 is new, and had no lead….it’s not a $149 system like the Ps2 is, so you really can’t say there’s any “lead”.
    This system, much like the ill-fated PSX, is meant for a different, older type of consumer — one looking for a high-end, high-performance, high-def DVD player component. It’s not meant for the “kiddies,” and that’s where Wii will capitalize, picking up the slack on that segment of Sony’s market share.

  6. dazzer permalink
    December 22, 2006 9:43 am

    But as a system being the “champion” of the blueray format, its definately not getting enough systems out there into the “mainstream”, I think. That’s surely going to put major studios off the Blueray. And IF they lose support for the blueray, then you got yourself an obsolete format. That’s Booboo 1.

    Booboo2: promised backward compatability turns out to be a half-hearted attempt (the PS2 renders games better than the PS3 version). So it loses to the Wii in both quality, and library size. (I don’t include the Xbox, because backward-compatability was never a selling point for the Xbox)

    Booboo3: Absolutely dismal launch titles that fail to emphasise the strength of the console. At xbox launch, they had PDark, Ghost Recon, Gotham. While not exactly being ground-breaking technical feats, the Xbox didn’t have anyone to compete with at that time. And they timed Gears of War well together with the PS3 launch. What exactly did PS3 launch with, that could be said as technically ground-breaking over the xbox360?

    Again I don’t mean to make it sound like its the end for the PS3, but they got an uphill battle ahead of them. But I don’t see myself getting a PS3 anytime soon (but only because its not launched here yet =D )

  7. Matt Langdon permalink
    December 23, 2006 11:20 am

    Don’t you think the Wii is going to have a short term appeal? How long can people keep interested in gallivanting around the living room? With a couch and a PS3 people are going to be happier longer.

  8. December 23, 2006 5:47 pm

    I do think, in some ways, that the Wii’s greatest asset and shortfall is the packing-in of Wii Sports with the system. People are going to play this game, and “go thru the motions” of baseball, bowling, etc. and expect this in every game.
    The question is: will those same people fascinated with Wii’s movement controls be just as fascinated when it’s not “fun” innocent games, but violent first-person shooters or fighting games? That’s the question!
    Personally, I’m eager to see Super Mario Galaxies!

  9. Wendy permalink
    January 16, 2007 6:17 pm

    You guys are crakin me up!! Ok, so PS3 sold out on the release date but so did the Wii and now that’s in January all i see a are PS3’s in stores not being bought because they are way to over priced. Sure they are worth the value but who has $600 laying around to buy one?? But guess what?? there isn’t a Wii in sight! not one in fact i haven’t even seen one in any store!! and i’m not even sure when they’ll get one and trust me i’m looking becuase i majorly won’t one. Hell, when i went home for Christmas i heard on the news how every store in town had a PS3 so it’s not like there aren’t enough of them.

    Even with this said, you can’t rule out the PS3, it’s only year one for it… give it time but to already say it’s doing better than the Wii is crap! I want a PS3 to but i can’t afford it and if i could i’m still not sure i would buy it right away… which reminds me… people who bought this system the day it came out wanted braggin rights to say they had it first, just like many people did with the Wii. It’s common sense that ANY system will sell out on the release date!

  10. January 16, 2007 7:15 pm

    Where are all of you finding these PS3s?!?! I still have not seen one here in the Harrisburg-York-Lancaster (PA) area. And the only ones online are in high-price bundles.

  11. Mike permalink
    January 20, 2007 11:41 am

    I have seen PS3 available here in the Bourbonnais/Kankakee area of Illinois. Just 1 hour south of Chicago. I have seen them in Wal-mart and K-mart. I haven’t been in any of the video game stores so I don’t know about those places. There are PS3’s to be bought.

  12. January 28, 2007 12:43 pm

    I have to say that this article is totally biased. People are unable to say whether PS3 is doing badly or well, because of the huge shortage. Your “Amazon.com” number pool thing doesnt really make sense in your context, unless we know how many PS3s Amazon.com has; you have given us incomplete information. Amazon could’ve received one PS3, and only had 22 people wanting to buy it (we know that it was more than that, but do you see my point?).
    Now that time has passed, and PS3s are still sitting on the shelves of stores like Walmart and BestBuy, it is possible to see that the 600$ price tag is too much for a console that doesnt have any good exclusive games. Who will put an exclusive game on PS3 when it has to sell 500,000 copies to make them a profit due to high production costs because of poorly designed hardware, especially when Sony has a hard time selling the console.

  13. January 28, 2007 2:35 pm

    I was in Philadelphia yesterday and stopped in Best Buy there. No PS3s in stock.
    As for the $600 tag on a PS3, for all the system can do, and considering Blu-ray players run $1000, I’ll pay $600 easily. The good games will come for PS3. Metal Gear 4 is just around the corner.
    And still, in my home area of Lancaster-York-Harrisburg, the Wii and PS3 are both selling out as soon as they are in stock. There are none on the shelves anywhere, and I have yet to see one “in the wild” with my own eyes.

  14. Dick permalink
    February 3, 2007 9:53 pm

    It’s way too soon to call an end to the race. That being said, I can find both Wiis and PS3s in Salt Lake City. I think $600 is too much for the casual consumer. You will get the hardcore gamer that will pay whatever it takes, but with energy costs going up, rent going up, car payments, and whatever else, a PS3 isn’t high up on the list for everybody else. For a console to be successful it must appeal to a wide base of consumer, and be attainable by that base. On another topic, I think the race will be won by first-party games. All three consoles are being sold well enough that developers would be crazy not to make games for all of them. So it comes down to what Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo will develop for their own systems. It’s the only thing that will seperate them from each other. That and the porn industry choosing HD-DVD.

  15. February 4, 2007 12:46 am

    Exactly. Way too early to say anything is dead. And the news came on Digg this week that Blu-Ray is outselling HD-DVD 3 to 1 (Dec. results). That’s probably a direct result of PS3 sales.

  16. Beth permalink
    February 6, 2007 2:21 pm

    The PS3 is a new system, true, but Sony DID have a lead coming into this. And yes, they’ve blown that. Yes, already.

    The PS2 won the last generation’s console war, in spite of it being fairly common knowledge that the Xbox’s hardware was generally better. But still, Sony won — because of the size of its market.

    Most people who preferred Xbox used the technology as their bragging right — “sure, we don’t have the support or games that you do, but just LOOK at our GRAPHICS” — and it seems like Sony somehow let that get to them. They are using the strategy that cost Microsoft the last time and they’re already losing exclusives because the cost of their system technology is too high to catch as much of the market as the PS2 did.

    Sony wanted to be the best at everything and that cost them their near strangle hold on the industry. Good for Microsoft and Nintendo — bad for Sony.

  17. Kasey permalink
    February 7, 2007 2:28 pm

    Look, the fact is sony is in big trouble with ps3.
    You can and will deny but the fact remains. Top execs from ign and many other companies have all been debating this topic. While the demand for ps3 was big at first the launch was a disaster. There where not nearly enough consoles for north america, and the release titles were crap. Also sony is using many hand me down games from 360. such as Oblivion, and rainbow six Vegas. The online capabilities (although free) are outdated, and not being able to download games while you play is a major flaw. And the controllers, no dual shock? C’mon… and everyone knows sony only threw in the six axis controllers because they seen what nintendo was doing. This whole ps3 campaign is becoming a flop, and sony knows it.
    its going to take more than a few updates and metal gear 4 to save this console, hell playstation even lost the exclusive rights to their to biggest games square enixs’s Final Fantasy, and GTA.
    Look my opinion is that nintendo and microsoft did a much better job with their consoles. And if sony doesnt have a few good games and lower prices by next holiday season they are ruined.
    and ide prefer it if hardcore playstation fanboys such as yourself stop trying to hide the huge failure that ps3 possibly can become.

    also about the demand…
    at my local best buy, there are ps3s in stock.
    and guess what they are not selling!

  18. February 7, 2007 8:06 pm

    Kasey, I did see my FIRST PS3 “in the wild” yesterday at the local Wal-Mart Supercenter. I went and bought groceries, and while passing by the video game section … it was being SOLD!

    Despite me being a “fanboy”, I think the 360-PS3-Wii war has a lot of life left in it. PS3 banked on the Blu-Ray being the big selling point (for me it is), and it’s hurting them a bit. But, Blu Ray discs are selling, making Sony profits on them. It’s just a matter of time until it all evens out. And Sony has the deep pocket to wait … for that matter, they all do, and can suffer and withstand setbacks at launch. This isn’t a Dreamcast …

  19. February 8, 2007 8:59 am

    Who has the money to afford a PS3? Surely not kids. Everyone I know has a Wii or an Xbox 360 right now. I have alot of friends who are gamers and not a single person has a PS3. I don’t want one right now since every game out for it is garbage, and I think everyone else feels the same way. If I am going to spend near 1000$ to play games I am going to buy a new computer before I buy a frigging console system. The price is just too high, it is going to end up like the NeoGeo.

  20. February 8, 2007 9:44 am

    I agree. It’s not a system for kids. Get the kids a Nintendo DS. This is a high-end, high-def DVD player, and much like I would never let my kid play with my home stereo setup, I wouldn’t buy them a PS3 so that it could be trashed much like other toys they have.
    I had a NES system way back when, and my little brother stuck a peanut-butter sandwich in it. It was years before we could have another game console (the Genesis).
    That’s not happening to a PS3 in my home, I’m sorry. I’m sure that’s not covered under warranty. 🙂

  21. Saiya-Man permalink
    February 12, 2007 6:59 am

    I don’t know how the playstation fanboys can be so much in denial. I’m not saying that PS3 is not in the race anymore, they still have their much too loyal fans and uninformed consumers who believe that Sony is always the best. But Sony blew it big time with the PS3, and they already lost in the handheld wars. It looks like it’s gonna take a miracle for Sony and their PS3 to recover from this. Sure they still have time, new and better games will come out, hopefully. But the fact that it is so much harder to develop for PS3 is gonna hurt them even more.

    Purchasing a PS3 right now would be foolish, unless you plan on only using it for its Blu-ray. Which is kinda sad, considering which industry it’s supposedly in.

    “oh hey check out my new videogame console.”
    “sweet! what games do u have?”
    “nothing.”
    “….”

    I kinda feel sorry for the people who bought PS3 at ridiculous prices on eBay. If they only waited a few weeks, they would’ve been able to pick one up at a regular price from practically any store. Well, maybe not, they probably would’ve realized PS3 wouldn’t be the way to go, at least not right now anyways.

  22. February 12, 2007 7:26 am

    I don’t think it’ll take a “miracle”, just the great games coming down the road.

    I think anyone who wants a Blu-Ray player and doesn’t buy a PS3 instead of the $1000 stand-alone player is foolish.

    I agree that anyone who bought on eBay early on was also in that foolish camp.

  23. Bomberman permalink
    February 13, 2007 12:27 pm

    Yeah, I work at Target here in the Orlando, FL area and we have had 6 ps3’s in stock for a couple of weeks now. Two are in our backroom collecting dust(which made a few of us laugh). Just yesterday we had a shipment of 15 Wii’s. We STILL have people waiting outside to get there hands on one. I hear all these people saying Sony didn’t blow their lead but really, they did. PS2 was amazing. At launch and throughout it’s entire life which isn’t even done yet(God of War 2 🙂 ) so many people were expecting another ps2 but with super amped graphics, more online gameplay, and well GAMES. Sony had a horrible lineup, and everyone keeps saying down the road… Well down the road Sony probably will do well for themselves, especially when they drop the price. But the point is, they definitely dropped the ball and will be hurting until they get some better games out.

  24. BoomShot permalink
    February 18, 2007 1:41 pm

    For those of you who still think that Sony’s launch was a success or a myth about is failure…let me vent a little. I work in the gaming industry. A “success” is not about how many systems you sell (Sony is taking a loss for each one sold) its about moving software as well. Ask anybody who was reselling their system for a profit…did they buy any games…no. DEMAND for the system far outweighted practicallity for a userbase at launch. If someone says “Tickle me Elmo is the hot new thing” people will buy it…just to say they have it. Sony’s mistake was slapping the number 3 on the system, and think that everyone will buy one because…well….they bought PS2??…right? I actually sat down with a few people from Nintendo recently and they have a great plan on how to move the industry forward. It’s almost like they have a working respect for Microsoft. Hell….even Peter Moore said he was going to get a Wii at one of our conferences. And lets not forget the whole “we took the rumble feature out of our new controller because it interfered with…blah, blah, blah” SONY LOST THEIR LAWSUIT. They were FORCED to take it out. They didnt own the rights…simple. Its this type of arrogence that makes Sony dangerous for the gaming industry. A lot of small developers will go bankrupt once their titles dont sell on the PS3 and thats…sad. Sony’s product while technologically superior to all the other systems will fail….because….its NEVER been about graphics…..it never was….its about “ARE THE GAMES FUN TO PLAY” If Sony can answer that with a system thats affordable and developers are willing to make games for the system that are innovative, then they might find a home. If not…it will be a VERY SHORT lifespan, one that they might not recover from.

  25. rolando depp permalink
    February 18, 2007 4:29 pm

    I heard are local walmart has a month until they clearance there sitting ps3 s , (doesnt putting an item on clearance mean its not going to be sold agian?)

  26. Chris permalink
    February 18, 2007 11:09 pm

    I have a Xbox 360 and a Ps3 and have been loyal to both companies for a while. I had the last two consoles from sony and was incredible happy with those, but it makes me uneasy to see that such a bigh name such as Sony seems to be losing it’s grasp in this bout of the console wars. It just really sucks to see the Ps3 lose the vast majority of their exclusive titles to Microsoft, because it just solidifies the idea that there is no real hope left. I’m not one of those people who hate the Ps3 and cling for dear life onto the Wii or anything, I actually don’t much care for the Wii, but I just am looking for any kind of saving grace or light at the end of the tunnell for the Ps3. I because the COO or CEO in Sony was recently replaced, it could call for a change, but all I really hear is waffling and avoidance from Sony that there is any kind of hardship whatsoever and it feels like there is no more trust to be had from Sony. I just think it’s such a shame because I thought Ps1 and Ps2 were great systems and that know the Ps3 seeems to be floundering because of common sense mistakes that should not have been made under any circumstance by such a veteran company in the gaming industry such as Sony.

  27. February 21, 2007 5:19 pm

    Here in Montreal Quebec, you will have *ZERO* problem finding a PS3. They’re available everywhere. Nobody is buying them. On the other hand, almost every videogame store here has a sign that reads something along the lines of “We don’t have any Wiis, and we don’t know when the next shipment will arrive.”

    Also, see:
    http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2007/02/10

  28. Kaitain permalink
    March 2, 2007 5:45 pm

    Saying that the PS3 is more powerful than the 360 is a difficult claim to evaluate. You have to do so much more work to get the same quality on the PS3 compared to the 360 (I’m a game developer). Is it possible that while the PS3 has a much lower bang for buck “acceleration” than the 360, its “top speed” is slightly higher? Yes, it’s possible, but I for one don’t much care to find out. Sony basically passes the burden onto the developer, safe in the knowledge that their system will outsell the rest and thus that developers will have no choice.

    Well, now that the PS3 isn’t exactly breaking sales records, quite a few of us are reconsidering. Should we put in all those months of extra work trying to get all those little cell chips to co-ordinate with each other, while also having to deal with crackpot runtime errors cropping up everywhere unless you specify the byte alignment on the simplest of structures? It’s awfully tempting not to. The 360 is a dream to work with compared to Sony’s monstrous machine.

  29. Wally permalink
    March 7, 2007 7:26 pm

    If you’re looking for PS3 systems, there’s a whole stack of them down at my local Target. The guy working in the electronics department tells me that they’ve been there for weeks.

    Sony’s biggest mistake was thinking that people would actually be willing to pay $600.00 for the damn thing. You think they’d know by now that a huge portion of their market – teenage boys – don’t have any money.

    Meanwhile, they’re still taking numbers and standing in line for the Wii.

    Who’da thunk it?

    Wally

  30. zach permalink
    March 12, 2007 12:53 am

    “As for the $600 tag on a PS3, for all the system can do, and considering Blu-ray players run $1000, I’ll pay $600 easily.”

    Let’s not forget that the Blu-ray format was created by Sony and that the price of Blu-ray players could very likely just be to make the $600 dollar price of the PS3 seem not-so-expensive.

  31. March 12, 2007 6:08 am

    Zach, you’re probably right. I’ve seen stories recently hinting at Sony production improvements that will trim the cost of PS3 significantly. Hopefully, those will lead to lower-priced PS3s in time for Holiday 2007 sales.

  32. March 14, 2007 12:15 pm

    I agree that yes it has a blue-ray player that could run up to 1000 in stores, but is the player necessary? I am buying the system for the games and right now my ps3 is collecting dust while my xobx and wii are giving me my money’s worth. also if you inform yourself to latest reviews and specs hd and blue-ray are practically the same when comparing two movies; better yet hd has proven to deliver better quality. As for Disk space hd are up to around 50gigs right now while hd is currently able to produce 42 which will increase when they stabalize their developmental 4-layer version. So is it really worth the price?? when you can get an hd for a fraction of the price of blueray?
    As for the games right now they are pathetic, and the common games between systems are better polished on the 360. As for the comment on ps3’s launch success; they were only succesful because of their shortage of supply. If you read the last quarter sales report from both the wii and the ps3 you will see that the wii beat the ps3 by four times. You may say because it is cheaper, but then you have to consider if it is 1/3 of the price of a ps3 that they must have slaughtered ps3 in the amount of systems sold.

  33. ryan permalink
    March 25, 2007 3:31 pm

    What the hell is the point of blue ray?? It has a read speed slower than its competitors. Are people honestly paying 300 dollars more so they don’t have to buy games or movies with multiple disks?

  34. March 26, 2007 8:58 pm

    Uh, I don’t know what you guys are on… but PS3’s are easy to find here in Toronto.

    Wii, on the otherhand, is next to impossible.

    It was easy to find PS3’s right after Christmas.

  35. roro permalink
    March 27, 2007 3:05 pm

    do u know how much sony is already losing on every system they sell, there is now way, the can afford to cut the price, they mine as well just make um free, then they will be able to make up the difference in software sales and such, as there plan was in the begining, sony should just recall, and start fresh. the more dust my ps3 collects the more pissed i get at sony, screw them!

  36. March 27, 2007 5:18 pm

    Alright Alright…. it’s been 3 months since this post started… let’s let it go, OK guys? LOL!
    Besides, we all know PS3 is going to pick up steam as soon as they start selling ads on it, making the console look like NASCAR racers.

  37. Alex Squire permalink
    March 30, 2007 12:09 pm

    Its too late for Sony; every company declines after an initial climax in sales, its hapenned before and it’ll happen again. Sony got too cocky and confident with the huge success of the PS2 that they assumed the brand-loyalty would be enough to justify a half-grand price tag. They were wrong and they’re paying for it now, painfully. Microsoft and Nintendo (Nintendo for petes sake! I thought they were a gonner) have taken over and Sony has failed; the only entertainment they’re providing for their customers at the moment is the hilarity when one of their CE’s or CEO’s makes a comment through fake sang-froid composure along the lines of ‘ah, we planned this lack of sales, its a new marketting strategy.’

  38. Derek permalink
    April 11, 2007 12:03 am

    I despised Microsoft for a long time. Im not a fan of Windows and I hated the original xbox most of it’s lifecycle.

    I planned on getting the PS3 for years. I planned on getting it and Wii and not getting the 360. When the PS3 launched I was excited until I played it… Then I did the research.

    Sony screwed themselves. I wound up getting the 360 in early December (there were both models of the PS3 at the Walmart).

    The Reality is if you are not into Blueray Movies the 360 is superior in every way, for gaming. I never thought I would say it, but the PS3 sucks.

  39. Tom A. permalink
    April 12, 2007 6:56 pm

    Actually, people don’t care about Blu-Ray.
    Actually, people don’t care about HD.
    Actually, people don’t care about SD/CompactFlash.

    Actually, people just want to play…

    That’s why PS3 is not a success (in Europe).

  40. CWR permalink
    April 25, 2007 9:10 pm

    THANK YOU ZACH!!!! As I read over this atrocious blog I thought to myself… (if Sony is the sole marketer of bluray..) OF COURSE SONY IS GOING TO MAKE A CRAPPY BUG RIDDEN ‘player’ MORE EXPENSIVE THAT THEIR ‘flagship’ THAT’S MARKETING!!!!
    When I first heard about the new tech years ago, I was actually elated! COOL! More memory in the same space! Then I thought to myself… “what exactly will happen if you get a scratch on it?” OOPS! Blu-ray in the trash… and what’s this I’m now hearing about VAST QUANTITIES of PS3’s blu-ray reader drive FAILING?
    guess they planned that too…
    I was ABSOLUTELY a die hard Sony fan… until I opened my mind and shut my mouth.
    Let’s just call it what it is people?
    DONE. SET. MATCH.
    Oh, what’s the latest in Japaneses sales again? I rest my case. And I feel bad for the recent euro market… quick, what’s the conversion of the pound right about now from dollar and yen? OH! that makes the PS3 a STAGGERING 900 bones for the BASE model… you guys are getting SCREWED.

  41. Ruroni Kenshin permalink
    May 28, 2007 3:01 am

    Not gonna lie at first, I wanted a PS3 because I still own PS2 and owned in the past a PS1. I didn’t even want a Xbox 360, so one day I had a PS3 in hand with Resistance: Fall of Man and was gonna go for it until I saw Gears of War. I’m not a fanboy anymore because I play systems for the game and never own a Xbox but Gears of War is a phenomonal game. so I put down the PS3 and picked up the cheaper Xbox 360 with Gears, Lost Planet, Madden, and Ninja Gaiden Black and all that cost me $600 bucks total. don’t get me wrong Ps3 isn’t a bad system actually I’ve played one it is pretty cool but the drawback is there are no good games period. PS3 isn’t a failure just yet sure I still want one but paying 600 bucks for one never and besides I’m loving my 360 and the games. Still want a Wii but can’t find it anywhere. I’m not bashing Sony but what made the Ps2 a success was the games and it was affordable. Sony should have did that in the first place if a price drop isn’t coming soon for the Ps3 then yeah it’s over for Ps3 before it really begins. The Ps3 does have potential and have the ability to come out with great games but so far it’s not happening I think the owners of 360 and Wii’s are happy because of the games that’s the reason Sony is lacking and the Price is outlandish for it also that’s why I still play Ps2 and at this rate Ps2 is the True Ps3 the way it seems play God of War II it’s excellent on Ps2.

  42. mike permalink
    June 16, 2007 3:08 am

    Well now with a lot of time to see what has actually happened, we know the answer. The only reason PS3s sold out were because of those gougers trying to sell their PS3s. 30-60 days after release, there were floods of PS3s in stores from all the returns. At target it was after 90 days. LOL, what’re you gonna do?

    What happened to your Wii comparison now? Nintendo is killing MS and Sony. Shoot, even MS is beating Sony. PS3 is the Dreamcast.

  43. vega permalink
    June 27, 2007 2:43 pm

    I really wanted a PS3, but I was hoping to get it as soon as Virtua Fighter 5 would be available. However, the price was high and only one game was not enough for me to get it.

    I got a Wii, however, as the price was very competitive and the gameplay experience very fresh. I wthink it was a very good investment. Obviously, this would drain my resources for some time, so I would have to wait a little to get my PS3.

    However, it is clear now to me that I don´t want a PS3 anymore, as almost every game I wanted, will get released on X360, a much more affordable system.

    Gundam Musou
    Virtua Fighter 5
    Soul Calibur 4
    Devil May Cry 4
    Virtua Tennis 3

    Not to mention I get to play NNN, Space Giraffe, etc…

    It´s just a matter of time to Tekken 6 and MGS4 to become multiplatform.

    I mean, it´s so clear to Japanese developers that X360 is doing better than PS3 outside Japan, that almost any new japanese game will be released for both consoles. Having a PS3 will be more a matter of taste that a necessity.

    It isn´t a must have system anymore. And videogames have never been about hardware. The NES wasn´t the best system, SNES wasn´t the best system, PS1 wasn´t the best system, PS2 wasn´t the best system.

    In the end these systems prevailed for their great software, not because of hardware.

    I´m getting a X360 soon.

  44. FOOTSKRAYZIE permalink
    July 23, 2007 11:26 pm

    This article was written by a sony fanboy. Wait all you want, the more time goes by the more your gonna have to eat your words- bon apetite

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