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PS2 showing no signs of slowing down despite being in its silver years
Mass market not ready for high-def gaming, says analysts

Before the two new console launches in November 2006, it was popular belief that supplies of the Nintendo Wii would be ample and consumers would be able to secure one without much hassle or worry. Today, a full five months following launch, Wiis are still hard to find, and those who do find them can resell them for a greater profit than the retailer.

According to one analyst’s opinion noted by Home Media Magazine, the demand for the Wii could outstrip supply all the way to 2009. “I believe the Wii will continue strong growth although supply continues to be a problem,” said Billy Pidgeon, video game analyst, IDC. “I’d like to see Wii hardware shipping in larger quantities or mass market consumers may cool on it. Having said that, I don’t believe supply will meet demand for the Wii until 2009.”

“Xbox 360 and PS3 need system-selling games ASAP. Halo 3 will help, as will Lair and Heavenly Sword, but that leaves a hole in Q2 which will be filled by Wii, DS and PSP hardware and software. We’ll also see more PC and PS2 software picking up the slack,” added Pidgeon.

Apparently he isn’t the only analyst who feels that the mass market isn’t quickly taking to high-definition gaming. Michael Pachter at Wedbush Morgan Securities thinks that the PlayStation 2 will remain a strong seller thanks to movie license games such as Spider-Man 3 and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

“It still seems to be the year of the PS2,” said Pachter. “Notwithstanding all of the other choices, consumers keep buying PS2 games, with barely any drop off. Virtually all of the year-over-year growth is attributable to a slower than expected decline in PS2 software sales.”

These analyst comments came immediately following the release of March video game hardware and software sales figures from NPD, with a particularly strong showing for Nintendo DS and PlayStation 2.



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Silver PS2?
By Goty on 4/25/2007 7:40:15 PM , Rating: 2
I didn't know they made a silver slimline PS2. That's kinda sexy.




RE: Silver PS2?
By Zoomer on 4/25/2007 11:34:42 PM , Rating: 2
It's probably japan domestic only. I think they had them in quite a few colors, from yello, green to pink.

These limited edition units do fetch a price premium.

Anyway, to keep this on topic, I have personally seen a few friends with wiis and don't comprehend the need for it. I think Wii sports is a joke. If not for the wii-mote, it looks like something you would expect to see as a flash based game, or free/shareware back in the days.


RE: Silver PS2?
By jadedeath on 4/26/2007 1:58:19 AM , Rating: 2
untrue, I've seen them all over the place up here in Canada.

Logan


RE: Silver PS2?
By Zoomer on 4/26/2007 7:01:39 AM , Rating: 2
I just hit up google and it seems to for europe/aussie. http://www.google.com/search?client=opera&rls=en&q...

I think I was thinking of the first colored limited editions, when the ps2 was bigger.


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