If the latest figures from Nomura Securities are any
indication, Sony is having a bit of trouble moving its $599 and $499
PlayStation 3 consoles in North America. The Nomura report simply reiterates
what many Americans are seeing at electronics retailers across the United
States: store shelves filled with PS3s looking for a home.
Sony had originally forecasted that it would have 2 million
consoles available globally for the November 2006 launch with another 2
million entering the channel before the end of 2006. Those figures were then
halved to just 2
million units globally for all of 2006. According to Sony's
own figures, 1 million PS3s were shipped in the U.S. during 2006 with
another 470,000 shipped in Japan. That puts Sony 530,000 units short for 2006.
Sony does appear to be making up for some lost ground, however, as it announced
today that it has now crossed the 1
million units shipped mark in Japan.
Nomura reports that for the fiscal quarter ending in March,
PS3 shipments will total 4.5 million units instead of Sony’s forecast of 6
million units. For the next two fiscal years, Nomura is cutting its PS3
sales forecasts from 16 million to 10 million and from 18 million to 11 million
In other news, Sony is expected to launch the PS3 in Europe
on March 23 according to GamesIndustry.biz.
If you may recall, Sony delayed the launch of
the PS3 in Europe because of component shortages.
Agreed. The more mature gamer crowd -- are the highest % group least likely to drop $600 on a game console. Its the obsessed PS fans and the younger people who have no issue dropping this much money on these systems. Things after all are much different when you don't support yourself, don't pay mortgage, don't pay your own bills, have to put food on the table, etc.
So all the "uber" features of the PS3.....means nothing in the end to a large portion of the populace -- who think only of the hefty price and that's the end of that decision
quote: resent the fact that you chose to label those that bought it as people that don't support themselves, pay bills or put food on my own table. i not only support myself and my chosen lifestyle, but don't come to forums and throw absurd blanket statements on those that choose what they want to do with their money.
quote: And I hear shop rite has a special on Kleenex tissues....might want to pick up a box. ;)
quote: honestly, think Sony could've priced the PS3 more aggressively. I realize that they lost money on the first hundred thousand or so consoles, but so did Microsoft.
quote: Please check the following site, HD DVD is not winning this war. It is loosing it. In the next 4 months of so, Blu-Ray has about 4 times the number releases. Also the Studios are backing Blu-Ray. Why do you think Warner is coming out with TotalHD - in hope to get some Blu-Ray studios on the HD DVD format.
quote: !!!FALSE!!! PS3 with out any question outputs 1080p. I have both 360 and PS3 and only the PS3 outputs 1080p.
quote: For other issue, check updates. I also have a 720p projector and notice no problems with HD Modes on it.