Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Wii keeps on trucking, PS3 continues to dissapoint

I know that this counts as dogpiling at this point, but making fun of Playstation3 is like eating potato chips, it's hard to stop once you start.

Regardless, things aren't looking good according to the analysts:

GameDaily BIZ: Pachter Estimates Just 100K PS3s Sold in April

In February Sony sold 136,000 PS3s in the U.S. In March that total dropped to 130,000. So what does April hold for Sony's new console? According to Wedbush Morgan Securities analyst Michael Pachter, the PS3 may have had its worst month yet.
In his latest NPD video game sales preview (data is expected by the end of the week), Pachter estimated that the Wii sold 300,000 units in April compared to just 100,000 for the PS3. He believes the 360 sold somewhere in between, around 175K. The Nintendo DS is expected to dominate once again with 450K units sold. Meanwhile, the PS2 may have outsold both the PS3 and 360 with 250K. He thinks PSP sold 200K.

Sony has been talking tough, claiming that they may have lost the battle, but still haven't conceded the war:
Sony executives stress that the game is just starting. They say the PS3's technology is so advanced that it won't be considered obsolete for another decade, giving them plenty of time to catch up in sales."We didn't get into PS3 for the first six months of 2007 — we're into this for the next 10 years and beyond," said Jack Tretton, president of Sony's U.S. PlayStation unit. "A million units one way or another at this point isn't going to worry us."But so far, Sony is in last place.

But their bravado entirely begs the point that if console sales fail to gain critical mass, the incentive for software firms to engineer titles for PS3 will not be there, and the lag in unit sales could turn into a death spiral. If that happens, PS3 may end up as a case study in a product that was great (or at least sort-of-great) but still didn't succeed.

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1 comment:

Flatland Pastor said...

Perhaps the PS3 continues to under perform in sales because the marketing department continues to sacrifice animals to the wrong god(s). Might we suggest that it's time for a marketing junket to Haiti for some consultation with sacrificial arts professionals?

Surprisingly, that wouldn't be the craziest thing Sony has done recently.

Hey, dogpiling is fun!