So it looks like Sony might be in for some rough times, Analysts are predicting a complete restructuring of the entire company with many divisions being completely cut.
How's about you use the full original title ;) ?
You are about to lose your job Nathan.
I certainly feel like SCE has been making stupid decisions, especially regarding European prospects. I really hope the Restructure the gaming division. And put in people, that actually have an Eye for business.
A restructuring is a must, and it's also a big red flag. When a company is forced to abandon the things that made their legacy is never a good sign. I don't know their plan, but the fate of the current Playstation brands are likely in the hands of Microsoft and Nintendo. A few chess moves and it could be checkmate for every Playstation brand platform on the market.
get ready to avoid 3 stories from separate amateur websites claiming this a conspiracy, and or not true. On topic, something about the ps3 will be on the chopping block. There are alot more hdtv,movie goers, and blu-ray owners than ps3 owners. Sales for the playstation brand are down across the board. I just wonder what it will be, a hardware revision, loss of exclusives and 3rd party support, or just canning the ps3 all together?
Lol at the doom and gloom article. I seriously doubt things are as bad as these guys are making out.
I have a 360 and i wouldn't trade it for a ps3 for anything.The fact is that sony wont drop the ps3,i'll admitt it because it's the truth.I'm not a childish fanboy. Fact is fact.Some ps3 fanboys are saying that the ps3 sold more then the 360 did in the first year they both came out.The truth is that they are right.On the other hand the 360 sales been picking up big time and the ps3 droped off a little. Some ps3 fanboys are saying that the ps3 is selling more software in some countries then the 360 and they might be right i don't know.The fact is that overall sells count not just 1 or 2 countries.the fact is that over all the 360 is selling a lot more software then sony and nintendo.The ps3 comes in 2nd and the wii comes in last in software sells and this is fact. Some ps3 fanboys are saying that the ps3 is really selling more then the 360 and it's not true.The fact is that sony is loseing a lot more money then microsoft ever lost on the 360 on each sell.If it wasn't for the ps2 selling like it is they wouldn't be a ps3 today and that's a fact.Ps3 fanboys don't want to admitt it but the ps3 is doing the worse out of the 3 and that's a fact.
Is in serious trouble. With Sony going in the red and their games not selling well, a lot of money is being lost. MS 360 is looking better and better!
Full of BS. People seems to not understand what the hell they are talking about. First of all, the Playstation division is making money. The PS division is also the most profitable devision of Sony so I have a hard time seeing that they will can this all together. Second, Sony does not contain only of the PS division, they are involved in movies, music, telephones, cameras, TV's you name it. Has anyone ever thought that perhaps any of these companies, like columbia pictures is getting canned? No you haven't.
Like someone mentioned above, there are alot more hdtv owners, and movie goers than PS3 owners. I doubt they will touch those divisions. I would say their camera and playstation divisions will take the brunt of this restructuring. The PS3 would seem like a likely target, due to it's smaller install base and the fact that it isn't profitable.
Whatever makes Sony more efficient and ruthless. Communication between Sony's different branches is non existent. Like Sony Pictures made movies appearing on Live and not on the PSN and crap like that. They obviously didn't handle the launch of the PS3 very well either. But if you think that they're gonna abandon the PS3 you're wrong. Launching a console is a huge investment and it would be a waste to just stop supporting it. Its not like the gaming division is killing them anyways. Saying that Sony won't make another console (they will just not soon) would make more sense than saying they'll stop supporting the PS3.
and totally misinterpret it. It's unfortunate that the poor economy will probably have a determental effect on companies like SONY. Although trying to act like they are going to let their gaming division go shows ignorance. The Playstation division is one of the most succesful divisons for SONY. If they were in a desperate situation we have already seen a price drop which is always a sign of a console failing. SONY is banking on 2009 being a great year for the Playstation brand. SONY has invested a lot into some major games. Despite high profile games like Resistance 2 and Little Big Planet not exploding with sales does not mean they are not profitable. Although game development is more expensive than it was in the past it can still me more profitable that other entertainment divsions... I think this is only the beginning for the PS3
how everyone and their grandmother thinks they know whats best for sony!!!! has anyone ever stopped to think and asked themselves how they know better than Multi billion dollar company which can hire enough analysts to decided whats good or bad for them?!?!?
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PS3 could have been great, but Sony made so many mistakes in so many levels that it's doomed now and current situation of the world economy does not help at all... Well, there's always other choices for gamers.
Most companies restructure from time to time. Getting rid of old production lines too make way for new lines/expansion, eg VHS to DVD/Blu-ray.
Sorry droids, but the cell isn't any good when the PS3 is dead.
Why do people still think the PS3 is going somewhere?
Sony has completely fallen apart it seems ps3 needs to start doing a lot better or else the money counters over at sony may decide enough is enough NEWSFLASH disagrees: this article is by the LONDON FKING TIMES, this isn't a fanboy blog
Y does it need to be doing a lot better, im sorry but i have to say that you are one of those people who dk about the history of hardware sales. Xbox had 13mil in 23 months while PS3 got 17 mil in 23 months so ? How can it be doing bad ? Its even selling more software than xbox is in many companies and u don't have to take my word for it. Google it and you'll see it.
Maybe they should put you in charge...since Sony is on the verge of collasping. You could probably save it from teh impending doom and gloomz.
First of all, know your damn facts. Sony did not lay off 15,000 people...from what I read. They laid off 8,000 workers. I wish I could use a capitalization thing here but I can't so let me point to an article. http://www.belfasttelegraph... They could lay off more because of the economic turndown but let's just see what happens. Second of all, this article is reiterating what the other articles JUST MENTIONED about Sony's restructuring plans. This is not new. People know about this already and there HAS been some restructuring going on. http://www.reuters.com/arti... This was reported on December 9, 2008. Your article was late in delivering the news. No one knows which divisions would be cut but I HIGHLY doubt Sony would cut the gaming division, especially when it's being profitable. 360 fans want the PS3 to fail so badly and for Sony to drop out of the gaming industry that they hold on to every single negative thread tightly. It's basic common sense to see what you people actually want to occur. And as usual, the cowards bark the loudest as they slam the disagree buttons repeatedly.
This smells of FUD: the only named analysts talk about what Sony DID and what Sony SHOULD do: "Koya Tabata, a Credit Suisse analyst, recently warned investors that the restructuring of Sony is perilously overdue and must be radical." "Deutsche Bank analysts described the restructuring plans as “insufficient in scope and scale”" Apart from that it's "Company sources" or "many analysts" that tell what Sony WILL do ("job cuts and sweeping changes", "to be announced early next month"). Can we have names? Anyway the article gives some time frame: "The restructuring is expected to be unveiled after this month's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas." Let's wait and see.
His new avatar is Hancock. Do we really have to acknowledge that he still exists? Hancock was, quite possibly, Will Smith's worst movie. It took old premises', unmemorable music, and "meh" special effects...blended them up...and it came out looking like Hancock. I don't think you should be able to talk anymore.
Where did you get that Sony lost 15 billion in one quarter? I just checked Wikipedia they say Sony's profit for 2008 is 3.694 Billion.
The Playstation brand is about to go under. I just wonder if it will immediately be cut, or if it will linger on for a couple more years. I guess it will be up to Nintendo and Microsoft whether or not they want to strike the fatal blow.
Why would you WANT something like that to happen?
I didn't say I wanted that to happen. But I'm not a fanboy in denial either. Sony is in trouble. And in their weakened state, Nintendo or Microsoft could end Sony's run in the console war if they chose to do so. It's not want or wish, it's truth.
in denial much?
...PS3 is doomed! :o This is a combination of mismanagement and the economy itself taking a toll on Sony. I'm pretty sure they're not the ONLY ones going through this. They just need to get their priorities straight.
Japanese Pride... It helped bring Sega Down. They need to let Sir Howard do what's best for the company. Don't worry, It's not their gaming division that's bringing them down, it's every other division. Though Sony looses money off each PS3, sales of PSP's and PS2's make up that money. So they break in even there. For those that want to support Sony, just buy their games. Those numbers count. There is always the danger that 1st party games that are in development could get the axe due to poor sales of some of their heavy hitters this past Christmas. I'd imagine that's the only thing to worry about.
Yeah, the 1st party could be a major concern. Hopefully it doesn't come down to that. Reorganization would be the step in the right direction so their company could survive this rollercoaster. But one should never hope for Sony's demise in the gaming industry.
It's not in danger though since losses have been reduced to the point they should start to atleast break even and start profitting soon. I'm a little confused by his call to focus on software though. WHile it's nice to have a robust first party, doing so also alienates third party support to a degree. Sony has always produced great products but they lost their way awhile back. The Walkman was the portable to have. Once cassettes died out they never recaptured their market with CD or MP3 players. They don't even have a line of MP3 players as good as the Zune and that's not exactly saying alot when you compare it to ipod sales. -Death
lol hear we go again
"here we go again" Yes. Another top-flight, world-class news outlet tells you that Sony is in deep trouble. Next thing you know, Wall Street Journal will tell you the PS3 has failed at market. Sheesh, wow. Now, lets see if we can find some bottom-basement wordpress, blorge or kombo article to tart-up some BS about MS... boy, who wants news from the UK Times when we can publish some 12-year-old's semi-literate rant about how much "MS suxors1!1one!" eh? I suppose your going to tell us that the UK Times is a part of the vast anti-Sony consipracy with Gametrailers.com, joystiq.com, 1up.com, gamasutra.com and the rest who've told you the same thing? PS3 has failed at market. Sony is spiralling down the toilet as better competitors over-take it in every market. It's reality. Accept it. When the December world-wide numbers arrive, this place is going to need therapy.
The whimpering from N4G's members homemade websites has already started. It will be a full blown day care center here when Dec numbers are released.
new article on how Sony is doomed or whatever. this is insane. thanks
Cherrypie, calling N4G members a derogatory name like "retarded" is not allowed in the gamerzone. To all respectable N4G members, please report Cherrypie's comments as offensive! If he replies to this post, please report it as spam as more than likely he would regurgitate the same thing! @below, It's still spelled "retarded", so it doesn't change anything.
he did say clinically. Like Brick from Anchorman. Loud noises.
There is simply not enough of us to work on yours:) As if that is some sort of privilege when you guys abuse/control the system with numbers three or four times greater lol.
Gang-mentality censorship. "Cherrypie, calling N4G members a derogatory name like "retarded" is not allowed in the gamerzone. To all respectable N4G members, please report Cherrypie's comments as offensive!" Wonderful. Clearly, I wasnt calling any individual retarded, I was speaking about a world-view that I elaborated. No matter. No amount of censorship can change the fact that Sony's mistakes have taken the entire company into a death-spiral. More 1st party PS3 titles will see the axe to save cash.
From posting outdated spec. information as current facts to applying one standard to Sony and ignoring that same standard for Microsoft...your lack of credibility invalidates your opinion. Sony is reported to lay off 8,000 out of 180,500 or 4.4% * ...and this is what you call a Death spiral & "More 1st party PS3 titles will see the axe to save cash." (NO 1st party titles have been reported getting the axe AT ALL) So if that's a death spiral...by your own logic, how do we apply this to Microsoft? Microsoft is reported to lay off 17,000 out of 91,000 or 18.7% * The truth is both are cutting back due to the economy, but if your calling a 4% cutback a death spiral what do you call a cutback almost 5 times greater? Death itself? I simply can't recognize you as a credible source until you start posting information that has at least a sliver of credibility. Don't worry. I won't hold my breath. . * Employee numbers are as reported by Forbes Financial Services JAN 05, 2009.
So Apple and Nintendo are competitors but MS aren't...........
Apple owns the portable MP3 platey market. They are the ones to beat. Nintendo owns the console market with the Wii this gen and the handheld market with the DS. These two are the companies to beat this gen like SOny was the last 2 gens with the Playstation brand. That is why you see so many comparisons with the PS3. It is an achievement to beat the market leader. At the rate things are going next gen it will be the Wii everyone targets for sales goals. -Death
Sony's started a massive restructuring over a year ago and have been implementing it is stages for some time now. This article even refers to it as the "expected restructuring". Must have been a slow news week, this tells us nothing that wasn't known for some time now. Maybe the Times could also break the big story on the recession while they're at it.
Lol, don't you love how the disagree fairies are out on full force too? I remembered this story was first introduced last year. There *has* been some restructuring going on. They're a bit late.
fanboy comments are better than some CNN and Whatever London Times that is...
Everyone, the article isn't saying the PS3 is doing poorly, it's saying SONY needs restructuring. The gaming division is doing well at Sony right now, I doubt much will be done with it. However, the other divisions... will probably get a lot of tinkering.
Dude, give it up man. The gaming division ish doomed! :o
Finally, it took them long enough to realize that restructuring is absolutely necessary. There has been too many disconnects between the different regional divisions that has caused major issues, especially since one area may feel as though they are dominate over the say of others. I think I remember a quote a while back from Phil Harrison, who said that the Japanese division was the most uncooperative, when he was trying to pitch more casual or creative ideas to the heads their. Now we can only hope that the results of these changes will develop more cooperation between all the different divisions and regions. **Indeed, its just frustrating to know that many good ideas may have been rejected and not built upon as a result of mismanagement. Hopefully a corporate shakeup with new and fresh people will help with the overall picture.
Like I said-mismanagement/economy. Hopefully whatever they're doing will help them.
Have been a leader for many years. I highly doubt the world will crumble under their feet. Not saying they should never worry but just that they too will feel the sting of the current world economy.
Sony have been undergoing reorganisation for some time now, but it'll not affect Sony Computer Entertainment. Likely, it'll be a lot of mergers and closures between local worldwide branches of Sony and downsizing of other research branches.
is Sony gonna die? is it over? Did MS win? Did Blu- Ray suck/fail? Is Times owned by Kotaku? no and no and no... It is a restructuring thats been going on for a while, no point in bringing this up now. They wont cancel PS3, they are turning profits. And there will be a PS4, b/c it will be beefed up PS3 which will be cheap to produce. Nuff said,
I myself want the sony brand and the ps3 do well, but as the main hurdle of there obstacle is the pricing of their product and the situation of many family are in with this recession. Like I said, this year has to be termed for sony, "make or break,." I myself have a ps3 and can't wait for future titles that will come out this year, but the dreaded price of this console and lack of marketing to the public is sinking it. The killer titles are comming, but for sony to stand, they must cut price to around 329, or even 299. Although right now they are loosing money with each system sold, and this plan might do worse, it can create demand with so much supply.
They're making profits on the PS3 Fo Sho.
I'm stoked to see what the OLED brings.
Isnt Sony's gaming division one of the most profitable divisions for Sony?! They are making very good profits on the PSP and PS2 consoles on top of blu ray royalties. I doubt they will cut the Gaming branch
The PS2 and PSP is, but the PS3 isn't. If you need to cut a limb, which do you think it will be?
funny indeed. how about you change the headline......... M$ on brink of upheaval as analysts back US chief. can't we ever hear any other thing apart from Sony haters spamming and annoying the general online population?.
Tell it like it is Sony sucks and so its the followers of this Bs company full of hypocrites, liars, and corrupted company. The PS3 sucks and so is the blu gay player.And not to live anyone behind, if you follow these liars to hell with you too fanboy. Sorry, but the company sucks just like their barbeque grill.
Does this site have any age restrictions? Are you trying to say Microsoft and Nintendo aren't full of hypocrites and liars?
which is the demise of sony and ps3. they know ps3 has momentum.they know the games are looking better and better.they know that third parties have stepped up their game.they know that features that ps3 has is second to none.they know that sony continues to innovate.they know that the system is reliable.they know that game companies are making money on ps3.they know that sony has future unannounced games in the pipeline.it just keeps going. the fear of the 360 fan is that 360,going into third place,will mean that they get left behind with ports.or losses in games because games are going to made on ps3 first.but they shouldn't worry when 360 hits third. ps3 ports to 360 will mean that 360 fans can look forward to games that will still look great.it will still mean you will get some exclusive DLC.it will still mean that microsoft will buy some exclusives from third parties.those games may not match ps3 exclusives,but at least you will get something being in third. they know it's coming.the fear propels them to spread as much FUD in the hope to stop the freight train.i predicted that 360 fans would end the year with "INCREASED FUD" with bullsh!t articles.and that in the new year,they would start anew with fud to stop games like killzone2 from selling consoles like MGS4 did. you can't stop it.posting parts of titles,taking "ONE" story and making it 10 stories,lowering metacritic user ratings.it just won't work.being armchair quarterbacks means you aren't in the driver seat.sony is.they know what they must do in times like this.some parts of sony will get chopped.some employees will get their walking papers.but sony will live on.your wishes will be unfullfilled. sucks to be you. post as much FUD as you want as you exchange out your "fourth" xbox 360 console. apocalypse...................
The PS3 has momentum by declining?
I think the PS3 is going to do just fine, but its talk like this...about the PS3 being a freight train that is going to crush the 360 that gets you into trouble and makes people oppose you.