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Sony reports rise in weekly PS3 sales following price cut

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 16 Nov 2007 10:07 User comments (23)

Sony reports rise in weekly PS3 sales following price cut Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) is delighted with the boost in unit sales of the PlayStation 3 (PS3) console since the company cut the price of the 80GB model and offered up a 40GB model. In the week of October 29th, the company sold 75,000 PS3 units, and then the following week sold 100,000 more units. Compare that performance to previous weekly sales between 30,000 and 40,000 units.
The boost is a result of cutting the 80GB model by 17%, to $499 in mid-October, and then going on to sell a 40GB model on November 2nd for $399. Also assisting in sales is the shortage of Nintendo's hot-selling Wii console. This indeed is good news for the PS3, which has suffered under-performance all year long, and comes just ahead of the holiday season.

A high price tag and scarcity of titles led a lot of potential PS3 buyers to Microsoft's Xbox 360 or the Wii console. The PlayStation brand is a very strong brand across the world, but the name alone did not drive gamers to purchase the console in adequate numbers while it was the most expensive console and offered the least alluring software line-up.

Now with the new price points and more promises for the game line-up, the company is hoping that the dark times for the PS3 are coming to a close. This holiday season, the PS3 will take aim at both the Xbox 360 and the Wii, and it will be interesting to see what the numbers will be in January after a bad year in the United States for the console.

In October overall, Nintendo's Wii was number 1, selling 519,000 units, followed by the Xbox 360 with 366,000 and then the PS3 with 121,000 units, according to data from NPD. Looking forward to the November numbers.

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23 user comments

116.11.2007 10:29
nobrainer
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Considering how close to xmas it is, and the price drop, this is not good for sony as sales are still very lacklustre for their game machine offering.

hdcp hdmi, is just another anti consumer corporate mpaa screw over!

respect goes to the nintendo wii, truly a next gen machine, not just more of the same, with better effects!

what sony need to do is convince more ps2 owners to "upgrade", but with no more ps2 compatibility in the new and "improved" ps3's and no more updates for B/C on the older ps3's with the emotion engine, can this actually be done with the poor line up of games that are currently offered up for the ps3

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 16 Nov 2007 @ 10:40

216.11.2007 10:33
odb992001
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Thats good they are starting to sell now. I might get one, but i'm happy with my xbox360. The only game i want to play on the ps3 is metal gear 4, and i think that also will come to the 360. becaues the games sell more on 360. maybe in two more years at 199.99.

316.11.2007 12:08

Originally posted by nobrainer:
Considering how close to xmas it is, and the price drop, this is not good for sony as sales are still very lacklustre for their game machine offering.

hdcp hdmi, is just another anti consumer corporate mpaa screw over!

respect goes to the nintendo wii, truly a next gen machine, not just more of the same, with better effects!

what sony need to do is convince more ps2 owners to "upgrade", but with no more ps2 compatibility in the new and "improved" ps3's and no more updates for B/C on the older ps3's with the emotion engine, can this actually be done with the poor line up of games that are currently offered up for the ps3
You are clueless, the emotion engine is a chip.
Only the old 60gb US ps3 have it, all the other ps3 have software based emulation.

80gb still has backward compatatability, but yes no updates on b/c, but lets face it, pretty much every game works fine anyway.

Tbh, i have not played a ps1 game on my ps2 for many years.

I thinkk bwc is a gimmick, but they could have still put it in anyway!!! probably some unknown cost to it tho.

416.11.2007 16:26

Originally posted by nobrainer:
Considering how close to xmas it is, and the price drop, this is not good for sony as sales are still very lacklustre for their game machine offering.

hdcp hdmi, is just another anti consumer corporate mpaa screw over!

respect goes to the nintendo wii, truly a next gen machine, not just more of the same, with better effects!

what sony need to do is convince more ps2 owners to "upgrade", but with no more ps2 compatibility in the new and "improved" ps3's and no more updates for B/C on the older ps3's with the emotion engine, can this actually be done with the poor line up of games that are currently offered up for the ps3
Dude cmon you always wreck posts about your dis like for DRM...We know already,how about bring something else & not the same old material.

516.11.2007 16:32

Originally posted by odb992001:
Thats good they are starting to sell now. I might get one, but i'm happy with my xbox360. The only game i want to play on the ps3 is metal gear 4, and i think that also will come to the 360. becaues the games sell more on 360. maybe in two more years at 199.99.
Don't get your hopes up for MGS4 to 360, it is being specifically developed to maximize the PS3.

616.11.2007 16:57

Originally posted by nobrainer:
Considering how close to xmas it is, and the price drop, this is not good for sony as sales are still very lacklustre for their game machine offering.

hdcp hdmi, is just another anti consumer corporate mpaa screw over!

respect goes to the nintendo wii, truly a next gen machine, not just more of the same, with better effects!

what sony need to do is convince more ps2 owners to "upgrade", but with no more ps2 compatibility in the new and "improved" ps3's and no more updates for B/C on the older ps3's with the emotion engine, can this actually be done with the poor line up of games that are currently offered up for the ps3

My first question is do you own a PS3? If you do not how can you even comment on a system which you havent played. Furthermore if you havent seen the current games on the PS3 are definitely getting better and better. Its real funny how people always dogging them for the things they dont care for or play. I give Sony their props for making sure their product is working before selling it to millions of people. Their slow start is basically due to poor marketing with not dropping all the titles mentioned at E3. As for their online play that will get better with H.O.M.E once its out. M$ went through the same issues except people were getting bagged with the famous 3 rings of death, overheating systems and so forth. This isnt no attack on M$ or Sony its just stupid for people always to jump in on a thread on something you dont like or hate and always got something to say.

716.11.2007 18:00
hughjars
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So they sold some more eh?

But it's still well and truly in 3rd (last) place tho, isn't it?

816.11.2007 19:47

Originally posted by hughjars:
So they sold some more eh?

But it's still well and truly in 3rd (last) place tho, isn't it?

The reason they didn't sell more since launch because Sony did a piss poor job of pricing & games.But for Sony to be in third place & not have any of the PS2 major titles out on the PS3 & with H.O.M.E coming things are going to get alot better for Sony quick starting this holidays.Just think Microsoft was at 9 million at this point last year.Now there at 12.5 million thats horrible they only sold 3.5 million consoles in one year even with the Halo launch which they moved 500,000 consoles.With MGS4,Killzone 2,GOW3,GT 5,Socom coming and many more titles like this coming that are exclusive Microsoft will fall to third by next Holidays thats a guarantee.There no way Microsoft going to have any 2nd or 3rd party studio combat Sony 1st party studio.

916.11.2007 20:50

Originally posted by odb992001:
The only game i want to play on the ps3 is metal gear 4, and i think that also will come to the 360.

Uh, no its been confirmed a few months back that its staying an exclusive better luck next time.

1016.11.2007 20:52
saltynuts
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Quote:
Originally posted by hughjars:
So they sold some more eh?

But it's still well and truly in 3rd (last) place tho, isn't it?

The reason they didn't sell more since launch because Sony did a piss poor job of pricing & games.But for Sony to be in third place & not have any of the PS2 major titles out on the PS3 & with H.O.M.E coming things are going to get alot better for Sony quick starting this holidays.Just think Microsoft was at 9 million at this point last year.Now there at 12.5 million thats horrible they only sold 3.5 million consoles in one year even with the Halo launch which they moved 500,000 consoles.With MGS4,Killzone 2,GOW3,GT 5,Socom coming and many more titles like this coming that are exclusive Microsoft will fall to third by next Holidays thats a guarantee.There no way Microsoft going to have any 2nd or 3rd party studio combat Sony 1st party studio.



at first i have to say i did not like you.but you make some damn good points most of the time but this is not one of them there is no way sony will move that many units in one year.and the 360 will still sell even when the great sony games come out in 2010 and home in 2012.but ie owned a ps2 and killzone was not that good it was supposed to be a halo2 killer.Boy was sony wrong on that one.but there are some titles coming out on the ps3 that i also want to play.iam starting to worrie that my ps3 wont work from all the dust build up.

1116.11.2007 21:05
hughjars
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Nevermind the predictable diversion to silly guessing games and the predictions & claims about what is supposed to be coming next year (which is really just a retread of everything that was said this time last year anyways).

The point stands, does it not?

Despite the claims about some increased sales the PS3 remains still stuck in 3rd place and trailing both the XBox 360 & the Wii, right?

1217.11.2007 1:23

Quote:
Originally posted by nobrainer:
Considering how close to xmas it is, and the price drop, this is not good for sony as sales are still very lacklustre for their game machine offering.

hdcp hdmi, is just another anti consumer corporate mpaa screw over!

respect goes to the nintendo wii, truly a next gen machine, not just more of the same, with better effects!

what sony need to do is convince more ps2 owners to "upgrade", but with no more ps2 compatibility in the new and "improved" ps3's and no more updates for B/C on the older ps3's with the emotion engine, can this actually be done with the poor line up of games that are currently offered up for the ps3
You are clueless, the emotion engine is a chip.
Only the old 60gb US ps3 have it, all the other ps3 have software based emulation.

80gb still has backward compatatability, but yes no updates on b/c, but lets face it, pretty much every game works fine anyway.

Tbh, i have not played a ps1 game on my ps2 for many years.

I thinkk bwc is a gimmick, but they could have still put it in anyway!!! probably some unknown cost to it tho.
Yopu are clueless the BWC on the 80GB unit is emulation and its as good as the 360s BWC maybe just a tad better,that begin better than crap, BWC is not a gimmick but a part of the PSX brand if they lose it they will lsoe consumers, for me the BWC hardware is worth 100$+ making the 40 and 80 units 200$ more than what I am willing to pay for lost features and promises.

1317.11.2007 2:13

The price cut was mid-October, so adjust the overall sales or wait until mid-January to see how December (which is where things really matter) turned out. My point is, we need a closer race between Sony, MS, and Nintendo. As far as the MPAA, you know how I feel, but seriously, if you think Nintendo, a large corporation, is any more magnanimous than Sony, you are smoking more and worse dope than I am. Sony also has a music division, which is caught up in its own wrong-minded jihad against consumers and has managed to dictate policy to Sony hardware.

Don't you just love synergy?

For Nintendo, I am still baffled they would drop MP3 (cost of licensing?), because to my mind, MP3 playback is indispensible if you're talking about a wannabe multimedia machine. If not, then drop the photo and AAC nonsense. Well, they'll get DVD playback someday soon...

1417.11.2007 9:52

Originally posted by DieMPAA:
The price cut was mid-October, so adjust the overall sales or wait until mid-January to see how December (which is where things really matter) turned out. My point is, we need a closer race between Sony, MS, and Nintendo. As far as the MPAA, you know how I feel, but seriously, if you think Nintendo, a large corporation, is any more magnanimous than Sony, you are smoking more and worse dope than I am. Sony also has a music division, which is caught up in its own wrong-minded jihad against consumers and has managed to dictate policy to Sony hardware.

Don't you just love synergy?

For Nintendo, I am still baffled they would drop MP3 (cost of licensing?), because to my mind, MP3 playback is indispensible if you're talking about a wannabe multimedia machine. If not, then drop the photo and AAC nonsense. Well, they'll get DVD playback someday soon...
Nin dosent need media gimmicks and they might have decided to make a media enabled WII in a year so they are putting it off.

Really tho the WII dosent need media crap on it,what it needs more is full button remapping to let people reconfiging their controls,motion and sensitivity for any game/pad.

1517.11.2007 23:21

Quote:
Originally posted by hughjars:
So they sold some more eh?

But it's still well and truly in 3rd (last) place tho, isn't it?

The reason they didn't sell more since launch because Sony did a piss poor job of pricing & games.But for Sony to be in third place & not have any of the PS2 major titles out on the PS3 & with H.O.M.E coming things are going to get alot better for Sony quick starting this holidays.Just think Microsoft was at 9 million at this point last year.Now there at 12.5 million thats horrible they only sold 3.5 million consoles in one year even with the Halo launch which they moved 500,000 consoles.With MGS4,Killzone 2,GOW3,GT 5,Socom coming and many more titles like this coming that are exclusive Microsoft will fall to third by next Holidays thats a guarantee.There no way Microsoft going to have any 2nd or 3rd party studio combat Sony 1st party studio.
You forgot one of the biggest games in your list there, Final Fantasy. One of the top selling series of all time and it will have two more installments on the PS3 by this time next year.

1618.11.2007 0:43

Quote:
Quote:
Originally posted by hughjars:
So they sold some more eh?

But it's still well and truly in 3rd (last) place tho, isn't it?

The reason they didn't sell more since launch because Sony did a piss poor job of pricing & games.But for Sony to be in third place & not have any of the PS2 major titles out on the PS3 & with H.O.M.E coming things are going to get alot better for Sony quick starting this holidays.Just think Microsoft was at 9 million at this point last year.Now there at 12.5 million thats horrible they only sold 3.5 million consoles in one year even with the Halo launch which they moved 500,000 consoles.With MGS4,Killzone 2,GOW3,GT 5,Socom coming and many more titles like this coming that are exclusive Microsoft will fall to third by next Holidays thats a guarantee.There no way Microsoft going to have any 2nd or 3rd party studio combat Sony 1st party studio.
You forgot one of the biggest games in your list there, Final Fantasy. One of the top selling series of all time and it will have two more installments on the PS3 by this time next year.
And only fanboys (of FF) and the unknowing will give a damn...FF died 2 or 3 games ago....

Sure it will rally alot of sells but frankly FF is not value added since the series has fallen in the tolite.

1718.11.2007 15:13

Originally posted by hughjars:
Nevermind the predictable diversion to silly guessing games and the predictions & claims about what is supposed to be coming next year (which is really just a retread of everything that was said this time last year anyways).

The point stands, does it not?

Despite the claims about some increased sales the PS3 remains still stuck in 3rd place and trailing both the XBox 360 & the Wii, right?
I don't think your statement is acurate. Just look at the sales boost Halo3 is making for the xbox360. There are a ton of people waiting for Socom Confrontation from slant6 and another Socom from Zipper. Socom is the PS equivalant to Halo. You have the MGS fans and the FF fans waiting as well.

The Wii Sports game, in my opinion, was the greatest first release game since the NES Super Mario Bros. Nintendo always has a decent release lineup compared to MS and $ony. They are always playing catch up.

1818.11.2007 21:49

Quote:
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Originally posted by hughjars:
So they sold some more eh?

But it's still well and truly in 3rd (last) place tho, isn't it?

The reason they didn't sell more since launch because Sony did a piss poor job of pricing & games.But for Sony to be in third place & not have any of the PS2 major titles out on the PS3 & with H.O.M.E coming things are going to get alot better for Sony quick starting this holidays.Just think Microsoft was at 9 million at this point last year.Now there at 12.5 million thats horrible they only sold 3.5 million consoles in one year even with the Halo launch which they moved 500,000 consoles.With MGS4,Killzone 2,GOW3,GT 5,Socom coming and many more titles like this coming that are exclusive Microsoft will fall to third by next Holidays thats a guarantee.There no way Microsoft going to have any 2nd or 3rd party studio combat Sony 1st party studio.
You forgot one of the biggest games in your list there, Final Fantasy. One of the top selling series of all time and it will have two more installments on the PS3 by this time next year.
And only fanboys (of FF) and the unknowing will give a damn...FF died 2 or 3 games ago....

Sure it will rally alot of sells but frankly FF is not value added since the series has fallen in the tolite.
We all know you think a game not named Final Fantasy 6 sucks Zippy, but the rest of the world thinks that there are good games still being made.

EDIT: Even though I can't find the website right now, I do remember seeing that even the "worst" Final Fantasy to come out, (at least considered to be so on these forums) Final Fantasy X-2, sold over 8 million copies, which happens to be more than I remember seeing for Halo sales.
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1918.11.2007 21:57

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Originally posted by hughjars:
So they sold some more eh?

But it's still well and truly in 3rd (last) place tho, isn't it?

The reason they didn't sell more since launch because Sony did a piss poor job of pricing & games.But for Sony to be in third place & not have any of the PS2 major titles out on the PS3 & with H.O.M.E coming things are going to get alot better for Sony quick starting this holidays.Just think Microsoft was at 9 million at this point last year.Now there at 12.5 million thats horrible they only sold 3.5 million consoles in one year even with the Halo launch which they moved 500,000 consoles.With MGS4,Killzone 2,GOW3,GT 5,Socom coming and many more titles like this coming that are exclusive Microsoft will fall to third by next Holidays thats a guarantee.There no way Microsoft going to have any 2nd or 3rd party studio combat Sony 1st party studio.
You forgot one of the biggest games in your list there, Final Fantasy. One of the top selling series of all time and it will have two more installments on the PS3 by this time next year.
And only fanboys (of FF) and the unknowing will give a damn...FF died 2 or 3 games ago....

Sure it will rally alot of sells but frankly FF is not value added since the series has fallen in the tolite.
We all know you think a game not named Final Fantasy 6 sucks Zippy, but the rest of the world thinks that there are good games still being made.
9 was not half bad either :P
LOL

2019.11.2007 7:38
hughjars
Inactive

Oh dear.

Sony have been caught lying about the numbers, again.

No, not by some fanboy magazine but by the serious financial people.

Nov 16th 2007

Earlier this week, we reported on an Associated Press story, which seemed to indicate that the PlayStation 3 was finally on a nice sales pace after the introduction of the $399 model. GameDaily BIZ and other media outlets were led to believe that Sony CEO Howard Stringer's 100,000 sold figure for the week ending November 11 was specific to the PS3. Apparently it was not.

Bloomberg.com found out from Sony Computer Entertainment corporate spokesperson Kimberly Otzman that the 100,000 actually was inclusive of all PlayStation consoles, which we would assume means PS2 and PSP as well not so impressive.

We've followed up with Otzman for further clarification and to inquire about an actual PS3 specific sales total. In a release regarding the PS3's birthday earlier today, Sony did note that "since the availability of the new 40GB and 80GB PS3 models, sales have increased by 192% at the top 10 retailers in North America."


http://www.gamedaily.com/articles/news/p...fter-all/18578/

There was a short lift in sales but these have now flattened off again
(and at all times since it's launch the PS3 has trailed the Wii & the XBox 360, firmly stuck in 3rd place).

http://www.xbitlabs.com/news/multimedia/...0_Down_NPD.html

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219.12.2007 16:41

This should not be seen as surprising due to the fact that we have been saying this all this time that if you drop the prices then you will see a growth in prices the only thing you will see less of is the fact that your profit margins will be less.

2210.12.2007 11:39

One of the articles actually was updated and the Sony chick said that she was misquoted and it was 100,000 for just ps3.

Anyhoo, it doesn't matter, ps3 is going to trail behind both systems until they release some good exclusive games, and the only way to make sure they stay exlusive is to have a bunch of systems floating around, it's a vicious cycle for sony.

I don't care for FF or MGS anymore, but those games are what sony needs to get back into the race, they sell like hotcakes

2310.12.2007 16:37

i dunno why people complaint about no games for ps3.. last thing i remember when i picked up the 360 the day it launched was that all the games sucked balls!!! for god sakes i played 6 months halo 2 before i even picked up a decent game for 360. then gears came along and thats a different story.. Now i sold the 360 and picked up the original ps3 60gb.. yes the ORIGINAL!! y?? well is simple... playstation seems to have a more reliable machine. just look at the PS2 the sucker still selling like hot cakes.. Ps3 just had a slow start but the games will come. specially when the figure out how to maximize the performance of the cell processor. Not sure f you guys try encharted but the games is sweet. ans its only been a year. imagine the power of that machine in 3 yrs ... it will be insane. at the same time Microsoft will eventually come up with a new system while the Ps3 will still be in the market.. Lets face it Halo 3 was a HUGE let down. i play it at my buddys and is exactly the same as Halo 2. ridiculus.. and now they are being suit bc is not even HD ... lol.. if they loose the lawsuit they are going to give back all the cash for every single copy of the game.. which could be the downfall of the green machine. anyhow y in the world im writing this crap here. im off to playing some call of duty on my precious PS3.. cheers

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