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Jack Tretton: PS3 Would “Be a Great Success” if it Ended at 80 Million Units Sold

Now that the PlayStation 4 is out in the US and Canada, the PlayStation 3′s sales are likely to slow down considerably from now on, but it did manage to sell-through 80 million units during its first 7 years. - PSLS (Jack Tretton, PS3, PS4)

Abash  +   513d ago
But we all know it'll hit 100 million at this rate.
AngelicIceDiamond  +   513d ago
I thought they did hit 80mill sold?

GrizzliS1987  +   513d ago
sigh. he means if sales were to stop all of a sudden, and all they sold was the 80 million that they did, it would still be considered a success...
FlameHawk  +   513d ago
I like to just read the titles.
darthv72  +   513d ago
80mil is good. If the price is competitive with the wii then there is a chance it too could see triple digit sales like the PS1 and PS2.

sony says games will still be released for it so anything is possible.
UltimateMaster  +   512d ago
But the PS3 won't stop at 80 million, it's going to sell over 100 million, barely beating the Wii.
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turgore  +   512d ago
Well remember, poorer countries might still buy the ps3 since the ps4 is mad expensive there.
TrendyGamers  +   513d ago
I'm expecting a good price drop at E3. Should help it get there faster.
RPG_Lover  +   513d ago
it will never hit 100, sales are already tanking
SoapShoes  +   513d ago
Yeah and I remember people saying GT5 would never hit 10mil like the others too. hahaha It still has 3-4 years to do 20 million, very very plausible, especially considering it will likely drop in price once or twice in that time.
MysticStrummer  +   513d ago
They'll drop the price and sales will spike again for awhile. Just like with PS2 when PS3 released, Sony will continue to sell and support PS3 for years to come.

EDIT - @below - PS3 will still be sold for another 3-4 years if not more. People who wait that long to buy a console at that price will be happy to be able to play online for free too.
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RPG_Lover  +   513d ago
1) THE system has been price dropped twice this year to no impact

2) sales as they are now, next year the system wont hit a million sold globally
SoapShoes  +   513d ago
There has been no price drop this year, the last drop they had was last year when it went from $299 to $250. Then the Super Slim came and the price stayed the same. In the US they introduced a cheaper 12GB model but no price drop.
DonMingos  +   513d ago
@ElementalKnight And yet PS3 has sold 5% more in 2013 than in the same period in 2012 with Black Friday and Christmas yet to come
Magicite  +   513d ago
be positive!
DialgaMarine  +   513d ago
Yes, because 255K units in the same week that PS4 launched is sales "tanking". People seem to forget that PS2 sold 30+ million units after the release of the PS3. With more price drops, the PS3 should have no problem reaching 100M. The 360, on the other hand... Probably not.
HighResHero  +   512d ago
So if it does hit 100m, which is likely, will you admit your mistake? Or are you one of those people that just says wtf you feel like and doesn't take responsibility for it?
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Jay70sgamer  +   513d ago
No it won't because the new systems are out ....follow me .....for the playstation 3 to reach 100000000 they would have to sell 555,000 ps3 a month for the next 3 years that's not gonna or will happen when they are averaging less than that amount now ...just saying ...that7th generation is over as far as big sells .........wii first ,ps3 and xbox back and forth 2nd and 3rd 80,000,000 is great
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DialgaMarine  +   513d ago
You forget to take into account holiday seasons, where the system on average sells millions a month. Unlike previous PS systems, PS3 hit it's stride later on the game, which means it'll have longer so long as it continues to stay on store shelves the way PS2 did.
calis  +   512d ago
"555,000 a month"

If it sells 200 - 250k in the USA a month, that leaves 300k for the rest of the world in that month. Entirely plausibly.
Jay70sgamer  +   512d ago
Do yall really believe it will sell 550,000 a month for the next three years when there new system is out and holidays season is only 3. Months after that it will hardly sell in the hundreds of thousands the ps4 will ....sorry it's not gonna happen ...do you really think ps3 is gonna sell millions of ps3 hell no ...and even if they sell lets say 4 million they are still at least 16 million consoles behind .."not gonna happen ..look at vgchartz as a source it only sells about 200000 to 300000 a month world wide right now ......that's gonna get smaller in the next few months ...sorry not gonna happen
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Hicken  +   512d ago
It's entirely possible that the PS3 will be close to 83-84 million by the end of the year. Remember, the holidays are coming up, and that's pretty much a guaranteed boost of a few million. It will also actually see some benefit from being cheaper than the new generation of consoles, as some people will opt to spend the lesser amount of money.

And that's BEFORE it hits the $199 price point.

So, let's assume a maximum of 84 million sold by the end of this year. That means it'll need 16 million over the next three years, or 5.33333 million a year. If we assume the minimum of 82 million, that'd be 6 million a year for a total of 18 million over the next three years.

With ten million likely for this year, do you REALLY think that averaging 6 mil for the next three years is unlikely? Again, keep in mind that it hasn't dropped to $199 yet, and could maintain momentum sometime after reaching that price by further dropping to $149.

Rather than improbable, I'd say the odds are extremely likely that the PS3 will see 100 million sold before its production run is over.
AgitatedOcelot  +   513d ago
I'm sure it will get another hardware shrink and eventually a drop to $99 sometime in the next 3 years before it's retired. And I expect it will easily top 100 million units.

I don't doubt it will go for another 3 years. The 360, I expect it's going to be taken out behind the shed and shot by MS.
gerol  +   513d ago
yeah 80 Million is not bad.. considering its "bad launch and media"..

i still find the PS3 as a good investment, since there are still exclusive games coming to the platform :)
ftwrthtx  +   513d ago
PS2's would still be selling if they still made them. They did stop making them, right?
Blackdeath_663  +   513d ago
yep, the remaining units were still being sold for a month or two after they ended production though
GT67  +   513d ago
@ ftwrthtx

YOU RIGHT they did stop, long as ps3 is supported no need to rush buy ps4 yet. current games i play is dev. for ps3--ps4

when sony stop dev. GT,R&C, NFS for ps3 then it would be time to move to ps4.
dbjj12088  +   513d ago
It'll sell easily 100 mil. Still one of the cheapest and best bluray players to own thanks to updates direct from Sony, 3D support, etc.
MASTER_RAIDEN  +   513d ago
come on man, 100 and up is what were aiming for!
Software_Lover  +   513d ago
Like I have always said, its not always about who sells more. Both consoles are a success at this point IMHO.
NeloAnjelo  +   513d ago
The PS3 will drop in price even more at the next E3. Not to mention exclusives are still coming to the platform.
RPG_Lover  +   513d ago
It will NEVER hit 100. Sales have already tanked basically. I know its fun to pretend but look at the financials and how many they are shipping.....

The ps3 is usually third in the US, third or fourth in japan, and that is BEFORE the ps4. Sales will only get worse from here
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SoapShoes  +   513d ago
You realize WW it has been selling significantly better than the 360 right? I'd mention Wii but that tanked years ago. It hasn't tanked at all, it's just not a huge powerhouse anymore.
KiRBY3000  +   513d ago
the inevitable price drop will boost the sales.

100M units sold is really not that far fetched. its not like they have to reach that number by the end of 2014. heck, PS2 was still in production not that long ago.
Narutone66  +   513d ago
Didn't Sony recently starts selling in Brazil? The PS3 is cheaper than ever, has a vast library of great games and is a great Blu-ray player.
Magicite  +   513d ago
just chill!
Unreal01  +   513d ago
I guess a congratulations is in order then. Well done Sony.
Belking  +   513d ago
yes, he is right when you look at where it started, but not for overall success. You want to do better than you did the last time, and clearly they aren't gonna match those ps2 numbers. He is just basically saying that ps3 wont reach ps2 numbers. Just more smiling pr that they do.
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SoapShoes  +   513d ago
Since when has 80 million not been a success? It puts it in the top 5 best selling consoles of all time...
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MysticStrummer  +   513d ago
Don't bother. Guys like Belking call this "smiling PR", but when MS says XB1 is the most powerful console they think it's gospel. He probably still thinks MS knocked Sony out of first place all by themselves, when in reality it was a combo of Nintendo, MS, and Sony's own mistakes.
pyramidshead  +   513d ago
Shouldn't you be playing your XB1?
Bathyj  +   513d ago
And youre just doing your frowning, teeth gnashing, ear smoking antiSony PR like you do.
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CaulkSlap  +   513d ago
Considering the bad launch period it's a massive success. It's really hard to turn things around when the first couple years were so far in favor of 360 and the Wii was the big fad. But Sony worked like crazy and ended up with the best games library and a fully featured system at a reasonable price. Now they're in position to dominate from day 1 with PS4 and things will only get better as their games library expands.
JHONSTEINER  +   513d ago
In my opinion PS3 has the best catalog ever made for a gaming system.
BlackTar187  +   513d ago
better then ps2?

I mean by volume they have over n54 but n64 has some of the very best games ever made.

I would say my favorite system was ps2 but n64 was amazin and SegaCD had my favorite game ever in snatcher
memots  +   513d ago
Why would i suddenly consider it a success if it hits 100 Million sold ?

My Ps3 i have is a success to me. It is/was a great console and apart for 2007 i have no complaints about this console.
Bathyj  +   513d ago
Drop the crap out of that price Sony. Its cheap now be it should be CHEEEEEAAAAPPP! and watch it fly orr the shelves faster than you can make them.

In Australia a PS4 is $550. A PS3 is still $399 (with an awesome bundle) but even alone theyre $369. Drop a hundred bucks off and differentiate the price difference between PS3 and PS4.

PS3 was a success to me the second they sold 1. The 1 I bought.
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Felonycarclub8  +   513d ago
I see ps3 selling more than the PS2 or close to it as long as the make it and sell it cheap for the same amount of years they did with the PS2 which I believe it Was 12 Years.
calis  +   512d ago
It's going to be hard to double the sales over the next 3 - 5 years, even with a price drop.
Felonycarclub8  +   512d ago
Yeah i know but I think when the PS3 starts selling for 150 it would pick up in sales and then when it's 99 it would sale like hot cakes. But who knows only time will tell
Veneno  +   512d ago
It will be very surreal for me when the PS3 hits $99 in the U.S. LOL
Felonycarclub8  +   512d ago
Yeah that's going to be crazy lol
Maldread  +   512d ago
It`s going to be over a 100 millions before they`re done. A great achievement considering how they started out.

The PS3`s got easily 3-4 years left and many games and price drops left to go as well.

Heck i`m picking up a PS4 as soon as possible, but i still have to get Castlevania and GOW:A before i`m done with PS3 :)
Veneno  +   512d ago
I'm having the same issue with Dark Souls 2. I want a PS4 NOW but I need to play Darks Souls 2 before I go out and buy a new console. At least.... I think I do haha.
Maldread  +   505d ago
Veneno, a very late reply here, but yeah i get what you`re saying :)

I do think Dark Souls 2 could come out on PS4 as well though :) http://n4g.com/news/1359485...
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MultiConsoleGamer  +   512d ago
Tretton just confirmed that ps3 is still in third place.
Hicken  +   512d ago
No, he didn't. Trying too hard.
MultiConsoleGamer  +   512d ago
I guess you don't know the latest figures.

Why don't you check vgchartz? Oh wait, lol.
CGI-Quality  +   512d ago
He actually didn't, but as we see, you believe what you want to believe. Hicken is right, you're trying way too hard!

OT: Yep, a success indeed, and it was MORE than a success with the gamers who just wanted a bunch of stuff to play!
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MultiConsoleGamer  +   512d ago
^Alt account.

>"Notably, Sony will be combining sales of the PS4 hardware with the PS3 and PS2 figure starting from this quarter, potentially meaning that we won't be able to see exact hardware sales figures for the PS4, unless Sony separates them out elsewhere."

Sony has been combining ps2 and ps3 shipment numbers for over three years in an attempt to fluff up their public numbers for PR reasons. This tactic worked on the Sony faithful because it was exactly what they wanted to hear.

Meanwhile, when it comes to consoles sold the ps3 is ps third.

Now actual WORKING units is a totally different story. And PSN vs XBL user data suggests ps3 is ahead in functioning units.


^quote source

And kids, I don't have to try at all to disprove bullsh**. Most of the time the fanboys do all the work for me.
CGI-Quality  +   512d ago
Continue to believe what you want, it's comical watching you scramble. ;)

As for "Alt account" - that's ironic considering most of your post history here!
Hicken  +   512d ago
I thought about making a whole new account once. But I'm not like those clowns that bubble themselves up. I'm just me. And I have just one account.

The PS3 has surpassed 80 millon. That was reported as far back as January.

Now, there's reports that the 360 hit 80 million last month, but doesn't it seem odd that, if they're being outsold this year by something like 1-2 million, that they'd reach 80 million first when the two were so close before? Even VGChartz, notorious for undertracking the PS3 even in the face of actual numbers, finally placed the PS3 ahead earlier this year. So exactly when would the 360 have had time to take the lead back?

Oh, and Jack's quote was, "But you know… 80 million units in, if it ended tomorrow, I think would be a great success." It doesn't tell us any new numbers, it doesn't imply anything. It doesn't CONFIRM third place for the PS3.

You're just continuing your usual stupidity and seeing what isn't there, reading between lines that don't exist.
MultiConsoleGamer  +   512d ago
"The PS3 has surpassed 80 millon"

Oh so now you're calling Jack Tretton a liar. You are actually claiming that you know more than the President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment of America. A man who I have met in person.

Wow. You have sunk to pathetic new lows of desperation. All to defend the honor of your favorite toy.

People like you represent everything that's wrong with certain types of gamers on the Internet. Your impotent rage is comical, as is your stalking and your use of alt accounts. Your personal disorder is the byproduct of an Internet that profits by shi**ing up the industry by catering to fanboy mania. You're a type of pollution that makes the industry a worse place for everyone.

tl:dr = third place
azshorty2003  +   512d ago
I think not only was it great success, but more importantly, it was an Amazing turn around. The PS3 launch stumbled so badly, I remember it being listed as one of the Top 10 Worst Tech Devices of 2006.

And even in its first 18 months or so it just couldn't hit stride. Then some major changes and updates came, and so did the games. And after that, it became an unstoppable train.

Not only did it close the gap Microsoft had from launching a year early, but it overtook it in sales.

I think, no matter what sales end at this point, it was a success. And we see that every lesson they learned along the PS3s life cycle, was used to make the PS4 the beast it is/will be.
Picnic  +   512d ago
Yes, the PS3 turned out to be not a white elephant but a great, if initially bumpy, stepping stone between the PS2 and the PS4. And in the meantime they have really laser beamed their focus on not having to rely on consumer loyalty in the early days but instead on having a gaming machine that is solidly reliable on turning out a certain quality of gaming, not just in exclusives but in multiformats as well.
It doesn't sound as exotic as the PS3's mysterious early aims (I slightly miss some of its early wacky marketing) but they're more easily straddling mass popularity and niche charm nowadays.
And I don't easily forget their generosity with allowing free online gaming on the PS3 and giving such good offers with Playstation Plus. It means that few could reasonably begrudge them now charging for PS Plus. Whereas Microsoft have always left a bad taste with me purely because they claim that their servers are better so everyone, no matter how many online games they play, has to pay a premium for services that you were introduced to for free on PS3.
But Microsoft are sometimes good at picking early exclusives so I give credit for that.
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ironmonkey  +   512d ago
Wait when it hits 99$

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