Submitted by DPAD Dave 1108d ago | news

Sony may 'struggle to stimulate demand' with new Super Slim PS3

Sony may struggle "to stimulate demand" with its new Super Slim PS3, an industry analyst has suggested. (Industry, PS3, Sony, Tag Invalid)

GribbleGrunger  +   1108d ago
Why don't they just add 'We're hoping...' to the headline and be honest about it.
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chukamachine  +   1108d ago
Your not wrong.

People are waiting for the WII U, With all the new games.


Plus all the other multiplats coming to every system near you.
decrypt  +   1108d ago
How would a super slim PS3 stimulate demand?

Its not like the hardware is any better, its essentially the same specs as the orignal PS3 launched 6 years back.

edit- I stand corrected the original PS3 had BC to PS2 and it had Other OS option plus extra USB slots. So the super slim infact is not the sae specs its a downgrade.

No way a downgrade can stimulate demand.
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pixelsword  +   1108d ago
@ decrypt

I wouldn't say that if I were you.

Many people saw the Wii as a downgrade compared to the PS3 and 360, and see the Wii U as a future downgrade to the next PlayStation and XboX, and the Wii sold the most consoles this gen.

So you never know what might happen.
WrAiTh Sp3cTr3  +   1108d ago
Sony "screwed the pooch...". What a wasted opportunity.
sjaakiejj  +   1108d ago | Intelligent
I don't think the SuperSlim model was ever intended to stimulate demand, but more as a means of cutting costs for Sony...
eferreira  +   1108d ago
ape007  +   1108d ago
+bubble ......"Intelligent"
Psychonaughty  +   1108d ago
I bet you it was both.
THC CELL  +   1108d ago
The Wii u is coming out too soon Sony has stole Nintendo thunder
SleazyChimp  +   1108d ago
You are very close to being right. The WiiU is not too soon, it's just that Sony has played their hand well. Just scan this website and a few others and you will notice this thing is stealing all of the headlines. I don't think they wanted to play all of their cards either, that's why the price cut was not announced. If they wait till the end of OCT. to announce a price cut then they can steal head lines again just before the launch of Halo 4 and the WiiU. It's a very clever distraction that has eveybody talkin PS3 instead of WiiU. Now I wonder what MS is planning if anything at all.
Captain Tuttle  +   1108d ago
Using N4G is not a very good way to measure demand for Sony products. Read up on "Confirmation Bias"
Ju  +   1108d ago
Sony dropped the ball on their own game. Mainly because of pricing. What's the point of a cheap top loader if the price doesn't go down. A bigger HDD is useless. $199 would have been a strategy. This it is not. It's a ridiculous cheap console now - for the same price. There won't be any price drop till Christmas. Never that short after an announcement.

The only thing which can save Sony this Christmas - in the US - is actually releasing the 12GB version there for $199. Technically not a(nother) price drop because it hasn't even been announced there.
GrahamGolden  +   1108d ago
who cares ?
let the wii u shine for a year or two cause once ps4 and xbox 720 will be release it will be forgoten
talisker  +   1108d ago
I thought games stimulate demand for gaming devices, not plastic cases they're put in.
Shane Kim  +   1108d ago
Obviously not, otherwise Wii and xbox wouldn't be ahead of PS3. It's all about pricing, end of story.
bahabeast  +   1108d ago
its just a way for sony to make some cash from ps3 sales finally. no expensive bluray drive and a cheaper body, i just wish they added wireless n to it and a $199 model. i think ill get one just to try it out but i love the original slims with lighted buttons and indicators.
vikingland1  +   1108d ago
I will stick with my origonal PS3 slim. You get more bells and whistles for the same price.
lsujester  +   1108d ago
I'm still playing on my launch PS3. Other than having to replace a power supply, she's still going strong.
GreenRanger  +   1108d ago
If the different plastic and that top-loader thing are cheaper, why didn't Sony just use them in the first place?
Hicken  +   1108d ago
Because the INSIDES are now cheaper to produce. And they can be made smaller than before. If you took ALL the extraneous space out of original PS3s, I don't think it'd be quite as small as the Super Slim. And I'll wager there's STILL space you can take out of that one.

It's not about the casing being cheaper. It's about production being cheaper and easier for the parts INSIDE the casing.

Simply put, Sony didn't make a Super Slip off the bat because they couldn't.
HarryMasonHerpderp  +   1108d ago
It needs to be cheaper and it will sell a lot better.
Right now you might as well just get a better looking Slim.
abzdine  +   1108d ago
Super Slim is made to make it easier and cheaper for Sony. Then up to the retailers to put the price they want for it.
chrisarsenalsavart  +   1108d ago
Sony is in prime position to have a good holyday season.
By now, they are more concern to make a better profit on each machines than trying to catch the competition. They made the mistake last year when they underestimated people interest in ps3 and cut the price way to early and therefore lost a lot of revenue because of that.
And just a little reminder to all NA gamers. What you guys pay for gaming is nothing compares to what the rest of the world pay for .
ex : vita wifi uk=$349.00 ps3 160g=$403.00 xbox250 g=$369.00

And now you compain about the fact that you won,t get the ps3 12g.?!?
Seriously America, that sense of entitlement is one of your weakness but having said that you re still the coolest country in the world.
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plmkoh  +   1108d ago
"Sony may struggle "to stimulate demand" with its new Super Slim PS3"

Global sales
Two months before announcement of the slim: 160k
One week before original slim release: 88k units
One week post original slim release: 628k units
Two months post slim release: 280k

No, the Super slim doesn't need to reproduce those gains, but you'd be pretty stupid to think new stuff doesn't induce hype/sales.

And yes I did pull those crappy numbers from VGchartz, but the trend speaks for itself.
IHateYouFanboys  +   1108d ago
You're forgetting one very big thing - the original slim came with a massive price drop. Here in australia they dropped like $200 with the release of the slim

This slim one? Price increase.

It was also 2009 back then, when the ps3 had sold around the 30 million mark, and many people were just waiting for a price drop before buying. It's 2012 now, nearly 2013, and 35 million sales later there aren't hundreds of thousands of people still waiting for a price drop.

Completely different situations.

@GrahamGolden: "its no brainer why the ps3 outsells the xbox worldwide for 3 years straight"

The 360 actually outsold the ps3 worldwide in 2011. Both Microsoft and Sony confirmed this with official yearly sales figures.
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NotSoSilentBob  +   1108d ago
People still wait till the end of a console cycle to get the best hardware and all the games in one big bang.
plmkoh  +   1108d ago
"This slim one? Price increase. "

Really? because I just checked EBgames Australia prices:

12gb PS3 Super slim: $298 (+ random from any Comp store 160gb HDD $30) = $328
160gb PS3 original Slim: $348

And no prices aren't everything, new things will always sell more.
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GrahamGolden  +   1108d ago
i have my original ps3 80gb and a 60gb so i dont care anw
but its a good deal for who do not have one yet

the ps3 have the best exclusives AAA games and more inc this year and next..there so no better time to get one.

its no brainer why the ps3 outsells the xbox worldwide for 3 years straight
Lvl_up_gamer  +   1108d ago
"its no brainer why the ps3 outsells the xbox worldwide for 3 years straight"

Not to say that you have no brain, yet your own quote would imply that you don't....but FYI the 360 did outsell the PS3 worldwide in 2011.


"the ps3 have the best exclusives AAA games and more inc this year and next..there so no better time to get one."

I guess those AAA exclusives didn't make any difference to consumers outside of N4G. They still chose to go with the 360...you know...the console with no games....
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DivineAssault  +   1108d ago
They dont need to stimulate demand.. The games are enough to make any serious gamer take notice.. Casuals may overlook it & thats not good but hey, u get a bluray player & vast media marketplace. The casual & shooter market is effin huge.. Sony needs to release some games for them too if they want to appeal to everyone.. Im fine with what they have tho.. I dont give a damn what sales they have, only the games & theyre doing a damn fine job tho its taken a very long time
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ChunkyLover53  +   1108d ago
This is the tail end of this console generation, next generation is kicking off this November, the PS3 has piqued with the core group Sony was after. This slim is intended to draw families and casuals to the PS3, Sony wants the console to continue to sell after they release their next console. In order to do this, they need it to appeal to families, the new slim has a plastic and kind of sturdy look, so that will probably appeal to the new demo they are after, but the numbers wont be huge.

This is just Sony putting out a cheaper version, so they can make more money on the consoles they do happen to sell. The current generation is saturated. Wii, Xbox 360 and PS3 have all hit their targets long ago. We should have seen new consoles by now.

I would hope that people wouldn't think just because Sony is releasing a new slimmer model that all of a sudden millions of people were going to rush out and buy one.....that would be foolish thinking.

Its the same when people keep asking Sony and Microsoft for price cuts on their consoles, that isn't a real fix, it might increase sales a month or two, but its a band-aid on a bullet wound.
3-4-5  +   1108d ago
Anybody who already wanted a PS3 probably has one.

Some people will definitely buy one for sure just because of the amount of games available already, but it won't sell as good as people are hoping.

PS3 fans really just want the PS4....at least that is what I've gathered from reading online.

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