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Rumor says Wii will get a big price cut

For a long time Nintendo was riding high on the gaming market with the Wii and the DSi portable console. The hardware sold well and the games sold well along with the hardware. Over the last several months, Nintendo has found itself facing dropping profits and some big losses as the sluggish economy reduced sales and the soaring yen hurt its financials.

Nintendo is trying all sorts of things to get the consumer interested in the Wii again as they were then the console first launched. A new rumor is circulating that the Wii may be getting a price cut soon. ZDNet reports that Engadget claims Nintendo will be cutting the price of the Wii to $150 on May 15. That is only about a month ahead of the E3 gaming show in California.

Another possibility other than just trying to increase sales of the current Wii is that Nintendo may be ready to unveil a new console at E3. However, that is not likely by most accounts. A new gaming console would help spur the sagging sales that Nintendo is facing and get the gamer interested in the Nintendo console for their home again. Nintendo is also going after non-traditional gamer categories with advertising featuring Helen Mirren to attract the over 50 gamer crowd.

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PS3 Hardware
By edge929 on 4/15/2011 3:48:14 PM , Rating: -1
This is exactly the reason Sony puts high-end hardware in their consoles, for a longer life-cycle and therefore lasting revenues. The 8-core CELL processor is still considered high-end for 2011. To my knowledge, there isn't even a consumer-level 8-core processor that can be purchased right now (the $4000 Xeon X7560 is NOT consumer-level). Sure the price is astronomical at launch and Sony still takes a hit on it, they make it up on the software side over the longer life cycle.

RE: PS3 Hardware
By Myrandex on 4/15/2011 7:48:20 PM , Rating: 2
How can you even compare the cores in the PS3 to the cores in the Xeon. The PS3 has a general purpose CPU (1) plus the measely little SPE cores. This would be like purchasing a modern single core processor and tacking on 8 more 486 CPUs running at a faster clockspeed specialized for certain tasks. So sure you have cores, but again those cores are not even in the same league as the cores you are talking about with the Xeon.

RE: PS3 Hardware
By jay401 on 4/18/2011 7:34:23 AM , Rating: 2
"The 8-core CELL processor is still considered high-end for 2011."
This is a joke, right?
"To my knowledge, there isn't even a consumer-level 8-core processor that can be purchased right now"
Aside from it not being apples-to-apples because it's not really eight CPU cores in that thing, every quad-core CPU with hyperthreading is much nearer an 8-core processor than that thing.

RE: PS3 Hardware
By chick0n on 4/20/2011 11:32:45 AM , Rating: 1
That means you have zero idea of how CPU works.

it all comes down to what the CPU was designed for.

Cell-BE is a number crunching monster,but for general purpose its garbage.

and PS3 has only 7 SPE activated. not 8. when PS3 first released IBM had problems with yield.

RE: PS3 Hardware
By dark matter on 5/7/2011 7:56:14 AM , Rating: 1
I have you credit card details here courtesy of Sony.

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