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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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By danskmacabre on 4/26/2007 2:12:27 AM , Rating: 2
I currently own a gamecube.
TBH, I'm not really much of a console fan and prefer to play games on my Pc.

After saying that, I have a 6 year old son (nearly 7) and a 4 year old daughter (nearly 5).
I bought an old gamecube 2nd had for next to nothing with some games.
The kids love it and I enjoy playing on it with them.

Every now and then I consider getting a Wii, but TBH don't see the point ATM, we're still enjoying the Gamecube.
I would definitely not buy a PS3, PS3, Xbox or Xbox360 or a Wii at this stage.

For me (and I'm not saying ppl are stupid for buying consoles) I just don't see the point in buying a new console (or a quite old one for that matter), then have to buy more controllers, then games that only work on that console etc, you may as well buy a Pc and you can play the games on whatever PC you want.
Of course you have to upgrade your Pc every now and then, but then the PC is so much more than a games machine.

I only bought the Gamecube because it was dirt cheap and came with games and controllers.
Although I have to say, the kids love it and the one advantage of consoles is you just put in a game and it fires up straight away and you can play.
Then again, my son is quite capable of using, Windows and Linux and plays games on both platforms as well and enjoys them just as much.

The point of this post is, I prefer not to buy NEW gadgets and stuff, if you wait a good year, it'll be cheaper and will be more reliable and have more accessories for it as well (in the case of consoles, games).
Maybe that's what a lot of people are think with the existing new consoles, and maybe even with the Wii, that's why sales will be brisk for years to come.
(I may well buy a Wii in a couple of years).

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