The recent hardware sales figures for Japan place Sony's new machine in fourth place. Whilst it may not be all that shocking, this would have been almost unthinkable during the PS2's hey day. The PS3 currently stands behind the DS, PSP and Wii in the latest sales figures from the region.
Sony no doubt hopes that their recent price cut and cheaper entry models will turn these figures around for them. They certainly have an uphill struggle, particularly with the Wii selling like hot cakes. Enterbrain recently had Nintendo's Wii outselling the PS3 by 4-to-1 between Apr. and Sept.
Time will tell as to whether the new price is a tipping point for wider adoption of the PS3. They may well find it is the Christmas short supply of Wii's and 360's that makes the biggest difference in Europe.