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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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RE: Mass Market versus Key Users
By mars777 on 4/27/2007 10:39:02 PM , Rating: 2
But, guess what?
You get a PS3 next.... or a Xbox760.
(since i think the PS3 will have a longevity way more than the X360)

The PS3 is a console that will potentially (if the BlueRay wins) have a very long user base in the long run because of it's longevity.

Microsoft is targeting to sell more generations of consoles in that time-span (to increase profit - and satisfy more fanatic users).

It something about gambling. If BlueRay wins the PS3 wins, if not it falls. In the days of the PS2 it was simple because there was only Dvd-rom.

If BD falls, Microsoft wins.
Its all about the media not about the games. Games are only a consequence. Since modern consoles are anything but consoles. Starting from the X360 that is nothing more than an Xbox 360 with better graphics but has the 'wow' HDDVD player. The PS3 has the 'wow' BlueRay (and the less 'wow' motion sensing controller), while the Wii has the 'wow' new controller. From all of these the Wii is a cheap console and the other two are pricy media playing consoles.

But, remember what is the most selling console today: a cheap media playing console, the PS3.

Its all about longevity(which means beeing cheap after a two year period and make money) and media playing.
That is what makes the user base and ultimately the game base.

If sony targets the PS3 to what the PS2 is now it will make money. That is all they care.

RE: Mass Market versus Key Users
By mars777 on 4/27/2007 10:41:19 PM , Rating: 2
But, remember what is the most selling console today: a cheap media playing console, the PS3.

Lapsus. PS3 should read PS2.
Sorry it's late here :)

RE: Mass Market versus Key Users
By jadedeath on 4/29/2007 11:34:07 AM , Rating: 2
Are you kidding?

360 doesn't have an HD player without the 200 buck add-on that makes the price comparable to PS3.

I've had friends buy the 360 {at release prices which in case people forgot was closer to PS3 prices than what the cost is now} AND an HD player for it which put his price at about 100 bucks more expensive than the PS3, and he still lamented that the Price of the PS3 was WAY too expensive.

Blu Ray is only helping the PS3 but it's not the most important thing, if you're using the Blu-Ray for the game content great, if you're using it for the movies, even better.

The gloom and doom about PS3 is pointless, 360 is at 10 million consoles, bully for them, it took them a year to do it, and PS3 is lagging a bit behind, but we have yet to see the new stuff come out for it, like MGS4 and the FF series, once those are out there might be a little bit of a shift.


"I want people to see my movies in the best formats possible. For [Paramount] to deny people who have Blu-ray sucks!" -- Movie Director Michael Bay
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