Four, not three, "horses" in holiday console race

Commenting on this season's "console wars," Crave Entertainment COO Rob Dyer thinks it is great that there are multiple consoles on the market.

"In fact, we see it more of a four consoles, two handhelds market," Dyer said, including the PlayStation 2 in the software sales battle.

"Christmas will be very strong and we see PS2, Wii and the handhelds leading the way for us," he said.

Recent software sales support his observation. In August, the PS2 version of Madden 08 was the second highest selling game in the US, with Guitar Hero II and Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s for PS2 also making the charts.

The PlayStation 2 version of FIFA 08 is atop the charts in both Germany and Spain, outselling versions for the current generation of consoles.

With Wedbush Morgan Securities analyst Michael Pachter forecasting September PS2 software sales in the US at USD 101 million, this puts the seven year-old console only slightly behind the forecast September sales for current generation software.

Responding to rumours of a lower-priced PS3 appearing in the US, Dyer said that the price of development, not the retail price of the console, is the gating issue for smaller publishers.

"Until there is an affordable and predictable middleware solution for the PS3, it will be tough for smaller publishers to get games into market for the next year or two," Dyer said.

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tocrazed4you4079d ago

Just making bank on the ps2 my god huge profit from it.

Mikey_Gee4079d ago

I say being back the SNES.

Well at least the one in the pic ..

Honcho4079d ago (Edited 4079d ago )

dang.. I would buy that snes if they bundled that girl with it.

Quickstrike4079d ago

Sony still has its PS2 which is still alive and kicking and its not yet alive but not dead yet PS3 which will start being as good as its predecessor.

whateva4079d ago

PS2 might sell 150 million units before it's all said and done!

you can pick up PS2 games at the dollar store, now that's what I call mass marketing in a few years when the price goes down to about $69 you will be able to pick one up at the corner store.

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