By now, you've probably finished all of the video games you received as gifts. You may even be looking for your new game fix.
If so, rest assured: 2009 is poised to be a terrific year for gamers. But it also could be a critical, perhaps even a make-or-break year for the PlayStation 3.
As most gamers know, Sony's flagship system, launched with great fanfare in November 2006, has so far run a distant third among consoles in this generation. According to a recent Nielsen survey, the PS3 even trails a pair of last-gen systems, the PlayStation 2 and the original Xbox, in gamer usage.
The reasons for the PS3's disappointing showing are no secret. At $399, the PS3 is by far the highest-priced console on the market, and it has been since its inception. The price disparity vis-a-vis competing systems from Nintendo and Microsoft is even more significant given consumers' general reluctance to part with a buck during the current recession. The good news is that some industry analysts are predicting a PS3 price drop early this year, which should help sales.