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Submitted by ktchong 2386d ago | article

Sony cuts production cost of PS3, may give Xbox 360 run for its money

Gamer.Blorge, January 12, 2008, by Jonathan Schlaffer:

"Ever since Sony released the PS3, the company was blasted for including features that 'no one' wanted. The Blu-Ray drive just appeared to make the device all the more expensive, HDMI outputs and WiFi added to the cost of the unit as well. A little over a year later, it appears as though the company knew exactly what it was doing." (PS3, Xbox 360)

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TANOD  +   2386d ago
SONY PS3 is already ripping x360 in worldwide sales
However the MARKET LEADER now is WII

so SONY has to combat WII

However with the 2008 lineup it is waranteed that wii will be history in 2008. same goes to x360 which is already irrelevant in EU and JAPAN
Expy  +   2386d ago
Well, that's if you generalize it for "gaming" in general. However in high-definition entertainment, the Wii isn't even a contender.
Bathyj  +   2386d ago
Sony doesn't have to combat the Wii. Coke sells more bottles than Dom Perignon. You think the winemakers care about Coke?

Nintendo have turned their back on us gamers in order to become successful again. Thats ok, they did what they had to do to not go under. But... they're no longer relevant to me. Only Sony and M$ are looking after us now.
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jorellpogi  +   2386d ago
I agree with Expy that Wii is not a competitor like 360. The Wii will supplement PS3/360. It's not even HiDef.
PirateThom  +   2386d ago
I agree, as a gamer, Nintendo died to me with the Game Cube... as a Nintendo fan, they've been dead to me since the N64. I wish I could love Nintendo again, but I don't like their console or their handheld now.
CrazzyMan  +   2386d ago
well, i think Wii and PS3 can co-exist in this generation,
though of`course wii is taking some casual sales from PS3, but also expanding base of people which play console games. These people after some time may want to get HD experience, and then will be PS3 show time. =)

However, while wii appeal to casuals that don`t care about graphics, PS3 will appeal to NEW casual base, which will see amazing PS3 graphics and will want to get PS3. I`m talking about this stuff - http://www.gametrailers.com...
Overall PS3 and Wii will end with pretty close numbers LTD.

Well, x360 already made it`s hardcore fan base, but since 2008 i see sales to decline, of`course price cut will rise sales, but overall, it will be good if x360 pass 8 mln. in 2008. x360 just DON`T have games in 2008, that would really move console and interest new users.
x360 has great games for 2008, like Alan Wake, Too human, Lost Odyssey, Fable 2, Halo Wars, Infinite undiscovery, Ninja gaiden 2 and etc. But this won`t make sales for the system, because about most of these games only x360 owners care. Most just hardcore gamers.
In reality only GTA4 has some chances to increase x360 sales in overall.
PS3 going to offer much better gaming experience in many ways. Starting from free online, and ending with variety of genres.
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Lifendz  +   2386d ago
Stephen A Smith?
You use the word "however" just as much as he does. Anyway no one is really counting the Wii in this. The Wii is a lot like the PC; in a class of it's own. This is a two horse battle for next-gen dominance between MS and Sony.
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playinitcool  +   2385d ago
@ 1.7
*reported as offensive
Sarick  +   2385d ago
Wii (my opinion)
Wii is just to simple as a machine. It's easygoing easy to setup and cheap.

I think one reason why is selling well is because it's not engineered as a multimedia device. A lot of people still look down on the Wii like it's a toy. IMHO as a parent I'd buy my 8-10 year old $250 Wii over a $400-600 high tech computer device.

Don't get me wrong I love my Wii. It just makes me feel like buying a PS3 or 360 for an 8-10 year old is like buying a $1000 PC for kids to break. They don't seem appropriate high tech devices as much.

I suppose the Wii does suit casual gamers more then hardcore gamers. It's hard to image granny playing God of War or Halo. Much easier to imagine them playing Mario or Wii games.

Guess thats why people like it.

I think the technology on a PS3 or 360 intimates some people as well. To many people seem to fear high technology. Wii doesn't seem to cutting edge and appears less intimidating to some.

These are just my humble opinions though. I'm sure there or other reasons but considering the sales for the current gen consoles It's hard for me to deny these possibilities.
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MEGANE  +   2385d ago
@1. i hope u r rigth!!
but in 2008(summer or fall)wii will come out with another strange game like wii yoga or wii meditation(ala wi fitness or whatever u call it)and they will sell 3 milllion in japan. who fking knows what japanese people wants??????????
BrianC6234  +   2385d ago
He said the PS3 has a few good games coming this year. What? Is he serious? It has a lot of great games coming.

As for Sony having to beat the Wii, no problem. You see, the Wii is a mere fad. You know why it's so hard to find a Wii? Nintendo knows people aren't buying Wii games. They have to keep the hype going. The best way to do it is make it hard to find one. But soon people will tire of that story. The Wii will end up like the Gamecube. A few big games here and there from Nintendo. And nothing else. Third party developers are already upset over poor sales. Who knew that casual gamers don't buy games? Hmmm.
gamesR4fun  +   2385d ago
Sony is the hardware king
no one does game machines better.
(well maybe the Saturn did but we know how that turned out)
HarryEtTubMan  +   2386d ago
PS3 is gonna really pick up a LOT of momentum in 2008. Sony is gonna make the Price JUST right. Now that they are beating Microsoft... they will never lose again. 9 more years of defeat it is for the RRODbox!

This Article = THE TRUTH and the bots hate it hahahaha... its to the point where they lie about how many consoles are sold and report REAL articles to censor all the great PS3 momentum. ITS REAL BOTS AND ONLY GONNA GET BETTER AND BETTER FOR PS3! Get used to it!
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GIJeff  +   2386d ago
only thing wrong with the consols now is
MS F*cked it up by releasing the 360 too early. So while the PS3 is ready to live on for 10 years, the 360 will be replaced by MS in 2010/2011, because it was released early with mediocre hardware. So, the PS3 will have to compete with the "720" or whatever for 2-4 years before the ps4 is released. Unless ps4 comes early too. But i dont want it to. It would be too early and the advancements in 3-4 years arnt worth it. we need 5-7 years of advancements to make ps4 worth it. MS is trying to F*ck up the industry to make the video games world more like the PC world. Expect xbox730, 740 and 750 in 1-2 year increments. We as gamers need to tell MS to go F*ck themselves and demand a realistic hardware timeframe.
Panthers  +   2386d ago
Releasing a new 360 soon would be terrible since the RRoD is still fresh in peoples minds. Not to mention the money thrown down at the Premium and later the Elite and maybe the Ultimate soon. I think people are tired of having to upgrade hardware so fast now-a-days.
SJL480  +   2386d ago
@GIJEFF

I wouldn't worry about ps4 releasing early. If you think about it Bluray should be around for awhile with multi layers. All they would really do is drop the rsx and run two cells or leave the rsx and add a cell.
jaja1434  +   2386d ago
Umm a 5 year console life has been the norm for some time though the PS2 went on for 7, would had been 6 had it not been for the delay that the BR caused. So say the next Xbox does come out in 11 which at this point is just a wild guess, that would indeed stick to the normal time frame. Also around that 5 year mark is when the tech. of the system system begins to really show it's age. While the PS2 still has some nice looking games, they compare to nothing to the 360/PS3 offers so in order to keep pace with tech. trends you have to release new hardware, hence the 5 year mark.

But judging from your comment you are probably a necrotic fanboy instead of a gamer so what I said will all go to waste. All well. :(
candystop  +   2386d ago
10 years would be just plain stupid and way to long for this next step in console gaming! If you are willing to wait 10 years then why in the he11 would you have even purchased a PS3 when you could of stuck with ps2! I was glad when the 1st xbox released because it was the 1st console to show visuals close to what PC's offer and got Sony to stop pulling legs with it's weak consoles and make the PS3! 360 has along way to go just like PS3 and I'm hoping they announce another console by 2010 so we gamers can enjoy the next big thing instead of waiting! You can hate on 360 all you want but competition is good and without it there's no telling where the industry would be!
BrianC6234  +   2385d ago
"I wouldn't worry about ps4 releasing early. If you think about it Bluray should be around for awhile with multi layers. All they would really do is drop the rsx and run two cells or leave the rsx and add a cell."

I remember reading that the Cell can talk to other Cells on a network. Wouldn't it be amazing if the PS3 could be upgraded by just attaching a Cell module to your network? The new Cell could work with your PS3 and add more power. I don't know if this rumor was really true but it would be great if upgrading a PS3 was as easy as buying a Cell module for $100 and plugging it in.
PSWe60  +   2386d ago
Told you nae sayers that Sony knew what it was doing
Bathyj  +   2386d ago
"The Blu-Ray drive just appeared to make the device all the more expensive, HDMI outputs and WiFi added to the cost of the unit as well. A little over a year later, it appears as though the company knew exactly what it was doing."

Alot of us knew this from the start. Thats why we didnt mind paying a big cost because it was still worth it. Now its more than worth and I'm glad more people will see that and jump on board.

I just hope this news doesn't stall sales, with people waiting for a price cut. Dudes dont wait 6 months to save a hundred dollars. Youre not saving $100, you're losing 6 months.
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crck  +   2386d ago
I don't think you'll see a major price cut
Until the holidays if at all. Just because Sony isn't losing their shirt on each system any more doesn't necessarily mean they want to start losing money on them again. They lost over 2 billion from selling the first 2-3 million units at the $600 price. They need to recoup or at least not add to that debt.
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CrazzyMan  +   2386d ago
while i agree with you,
i think the best deal would be PS3 40GB/80GB with PS2 support, with dualshock 3, with hdmi and MGS4 bundle for 349-449$/€ to get.

of`course it`s 6 month, But sony just should offer better deals. =)

For example these Ratchet or HS bundles in Canada looks pretty nice http://accessories.dell.com...

Overall, unless you are multiplayer fan, TODAY neither x360, neither ps3 offer you more then 6 month of SINGLE player gaming with average 4h playing per day. I mean of good games, not some average. And i`m speaking about finishing games, not exploring them for 100h. =)
BrianC6234  +   2385d ago
Sony can afford to include Blu-ray because it's their format and they make the drives so they get everything at their cost. This is where Microsoft has it tougher. They're a software company. They have to pay for parts. I guess if they waited six months and included an HD DVD drive maybe Toshiba would have sold them the drives at cost. Too bad for the 360 and HDDVD that Microsoft was in such a hurry to release their new console. Things could have been much different.

I knew from the start though that the PS3 was the console to support. No thanks on the 360. I have enough trouble with Windows.
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Mcrmarcher  +   2386d ago
Good, now we will get some price cuts =)
BrianC6234  +   2385d ago
Don't be in too much of a hurry for a PS3 price cut. Maybe in time for Christmas. The PS3 isn't much more than the 360 now but gives you a lot more. At $399 it's a great deal. I paid full price for my PS3 and don't feel ripped off. Sony needs to just get the big games out and watch sales really get going.
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kalistyles  +   2386d ago
The Wii is not a competitor with the PS3. It's more of a competitor with the PS2. they both put out the same graphical output, and it's not really next gen graphics. The XBOX is the PS3's main competitor and they are starting to see why the PS3 is feared so much now by adding the Blu Ray drive, wifi, and HDD. 2008 will be the year the PS3 flexes its muscles and pulls away from the competition. The XBOX is a dead piece of hardware now and developers, and the consumers are starting to see it. Oh and dont forget the movie studios also. PS3 will win no doubt. Tghe world realizes that the XBOX is fading, thats why it's falling behind in sales now.
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2 cents  +   2386d ago
And people were saying that when MS cuts x360 price than the ps3 is doomed together with 08 line up. Well lokks like Sony are ready to do another price drop whenever it will be necesary. Things are looking good for Sony in 08, and xbots are starting to run out of things to bash the ps3.
gaminoz  +   2386d ago
It's kind of easy to reduce production costs when you release a 40 gig version, with less HDMI ports, no mem card function, and no backwards compatibility as they did here in OZ. The cost for a new PS3 has gone from $1000 to $700 AUD once they discontinued the 60gig model and reduced the features. That doesn't sound like a 'plan' but a reaction to consummer nonchalence to me.
BrianC6234  +   2385d ago
What do you mean less HDMI connections? Do you guys have no HDMI? Here in the US the PS3 has just one and has had one from the start. They didn't get rid of the connections. It does look like you Aussies get ripped off but I think tht's true for everything sold there. Are there many gamers there? If the market would double maybe the gaming companies would do more for you.
jessupj  +   2385d ago
Yeah, us Aussies get ripped off so bad. The 40gb ps3 is $399 in the US (about AUS $470), but it's AUS 700 in Australia - it's gay as crap. With a population of only 20 mil though, maybe you're right. I wish more people in this country appriciated gaming.
Imallvol7  +   2386d ago
YAY
All I have to say is THANK GOODNESS Sony didn't listen to all the morons on message boards and stupid bloggers who kepts draggin Sony down. Sony made one heck of a console with superb features that everyone wants (especially wifi and blu ray) and its going to pay off for them in the end. HOW DO ALL YOU MORONS WHO BLASTED SONY FEEL NOW?!?!?
TheMART  +   2386d ago
Sorry to burst your bubble and disturb you while you're jurking off over all these feel good articles for PS3 fangirls but:

360 sold world wide about 18 mln. units now
PS3 sold 8.65 mln. units right now

Things didn't change much really, although after the BluRay hype with Warner it seems like Sony's PR gets some attention and the positive articles are written.

Still the main games are delayed, still have to show, still have to prove themselves. I've heard the hype before: Heavenly Sword, Lair etc. games that were told to bring the PS3 to great hights and would be AAA rated average over 90% games... Well we know how that story went!
BlazeXXL  +   2386d ago
OMG
MART LIVES RUN!!! lol

Give it up son, just buy a PS3 already, we all know you want it...

And if your not, well, then thats your loss.
lawman1108  +   2385d ago
How does it feel to be behind 9 million in sales?
And NOBODY is buying what few games you do have out. Unfarted? please....SALES BUST like R&C, Heavenly Sword, Lair. EVERY multi platform game on the PS3 gets out sold by huge numbers on the 360. The PS3 will NEVER out sell the 360 in Canada or the USA and that's over 40% of all video game sales "World wide" (since that is the new Sony douche bot spin on sales)

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Greek99  +   2385d ago
...yay!!
The Mart and Lawman! Like old times!! Man i miss you guys. With all these SONY fanboys creeping on this site, its making me feel sorry for the 360. Literally.
IntelligentAj  +   2385d ago
You guys who come in here and bash the PS3 for it's sales kill me. In case you haven't noticed the PS3 had a better year than the 360 with all of it's problems(no software, price point). And don't you think the multiplat games would sell better when you have about 9-10 million more users? Just saying.
Kenshin_BATT0USAI  +   2385d ago
Mart you are horrible at reading. I can tell you used VG #s.

You lowered the ps3 sales by 0.30 million. and added 2 million to the 360. You suck for doing that by the way.

16.33M 360 total worldwide sales.

8.96M ps3 worldwide sales.

Frankly it seems the ps3 is starting to catch up. Last I remember around September ps3 was only half of the 360 in total sales.
Vip3r  +   2385d ago
@hell
I noticed that too and him. I bet it's killing him knowing the PS3 is doing rather well.
Eclipse  +   2386d ago
Zhuk
first let me tell everyone that right now as I type I'm enjoying a kit kat bar. yes it is that important.

Now, for the good stuff:

The ps3 already beats the 360 in worldwide sales, America is the only place holding the ps3 back from domination in 2008 and taking the lead this year.

As u saw with halo3, xbox360 sales were boosted by 2 times after it's release.

The ps3 sold the same amount of consoles as the 360 did in it's first year with no killer apps and a launch price of 600 bucks.

NOW IN 2008, WHAT DO U THINK THE PS3 WILL DO WITH GAMES AND WITH A 400 DOLLAR price tag?

WHAT DO U THINK WILL HAPPEN WHEN THESE GAMES COME OUT?
MGS4
KILLZONE 2
FF13
FF13 VERSUS
GOW3
LBP
RESISTANCE 2.

The ps3 is now capable of making one heck of a comeback and shut up the ever so bashing media.
Skerj  +   2386d ago
Uh Versus XIII is for '09 and I don't think GoW3 will make it this year either. Those two aside there are some pretty formidable games hitting the system this year alongside some outstanding multiplats. The Home service just needs to launch with every feature from the trailers intact and everything is green. Don't forget The Agency either, that's going to be another big one.
lawman1108  +   2385d ago
GOW3? as in Gears of war3?
You on crack if you think you will ever see that on the PS3. As for KZ2? the 1st game sucked balls and I am sure the second will too and be delayed too boot.

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khellendros1  +   2385d ago
No, GOW3 is God of War 3.
Skerj  +   2385d ago
God of War came out first so it earned the abbreviation of GoW, Gears' abbreviation is GeOW guy.
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GUNS N SWORDS  +   2386d ago
sounds interesting
ms hasn't thought of dropping there price yet because there sales are still good, BTW thats what they think.

it's possible a product can remain at the same price as long as the product still gets steady sales numbers.

MS mite not even drop the price of the 360 till mid 08 or even later, i believe thats what ms mite be thinking, although the parts in side the 360 are so cheap to make they could lower the price with little worries.

it's funny that the wii can be considered cheap when it's a little stronger than the GC and it's only about 60 bucks away from a 360 arcade.
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JCDenton  +   2386d ago
And what would happen if M$ decides to lower the price of Xbox 360 Premium to 249$/EUR, and Arcade to 199$/EUR? Now, THAT would make things a lot more interesting. For example, lower the price for around 50 (or more) bucks, and offer GTA 4 bundled with Xbox 360 Premium for ~249/?EUR. ..
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Pandaren00  +   2386d ago
Nothing much would happen
maybe a bit of a sales increase in America, but a price drop would hardly do anything in Japan. Europe might have a very small sales increase, but nothing significant. the ps3 is outselling the 360 in most european countries except the UK and this trend will continue in the next six months. By the time the price drop affects the EU, 360 demand would have dropped quite a bit in europe.

America is different from EU and Japan, so a price drop would bring up sales a bit (i think maybe 25% higher) for the first week, then drop back down to normal levels 4 to 5 weeks after the price drop.
TheMART  +   2386d ago
Well it won't for a long long time for sure. It's all about the games. Let's make it simple and break it down. Metacritic says:

PS3

1 Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare 94
2 Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, The 93
3 Rock Band 92
4 Burnout Paradise 90
5 Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction 88
6 Ninja Gaiden Sigma 88
7 Orange Box, The 88
8 Uncharted: Drake's Fortune 88
9 Resistance: Fall of Man 86
10 Unreal Tournament 3 86
11 NHL 08 86
12 Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas 86

That's ZERO exclusives on or over 90% average reviewed. Only 12 games above 85%

XBOX 360

1 BioShock 2007 96
2 Orange Box, The 2007 96
3 Gears of War 2006 94
4 Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, The 2006 94
5 Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare 2007 94
6 Halo 3 2007 94
7 Rock Band 2007 93
8 Guitar Hero II 2007 92
9 Mass Effect 2007 91
10 Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2006 90
11 Forza Motorsport 2 2007 90
12 Call of Duty 2 2005 89
13 Castlevania: Symphony of the Night 2007 89
14 Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas 2006 89
15 Burnout Revenge 2006 89
16 Virtua Fighter 5 2007 88
17 Project Gotham Racing 3 2005 88
18 Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords 2007 87
19 Elder Scrolls IV: Shivering Isles, The 2007 86
20 Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2005 86
21 Fight Night Round 3 2006 86
22 Elder Scrolls IV: Knights of the Nine, The 2006 86
23 Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 2007 86
24 skate 2007 86

That's 5 console exclusive games on or over 90% average reviewed on the 360, with 24 above 85% in total.

PS3 has still a long, long way to go also on the PSN part to be an equal competitor to the 360 game greatness. Yes 2008 will be a better year, but Microsoft won't sit still also. Expect a 360 price cut soonish because there is more room for price drops on the 360 (out more then 2 years only had a 50 Dollar/Euro pricecut officially) then the PS3 out just over one year and got a cut of 200 Euro/Dollar (in Europe even within a half year).

Must admit the PS3 is a cheap BluRay player. But I can do that trick with an external USB 2.0 HDD and let the movies play on my 360. Or even let my PC stream them.
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Pandaren00  +   2386d ago
you seem to be more conservative in your posts now
well anyway, i think 360 software will continue to sell well in 2008, possibly surpassing 2007 software revenues, BUT 360 hardware sales will continue to decrease. 2006 was the peak year of 360 hardware sales. 2007, the 360 sold less than it did in 2006, so i think 2008 will continue this downward trend in terms of hardware sales.

the ps3 will peak its hardware sales in either '09 or '10, when there is much more software available to buy and because of improvements to the PSN and ps3 media capabilities, like DVR.
PlayStation360  +   2386d ago
Hmm.... alittle off topic bros
while I strongly disagree how Mart defines a good game (the score system is highly flawed and inaccurate).
I'm afraid I took one of his advice, and plan on getting the white PS3 w/white LCD Tv. It really does look sweet together.

BTW: I do have a PS3 (in my game room), but plan on getting another for my Guest Room.

I might get this Tv, how dope would that look with the white PS3?

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CrazzyMan  +   2386d ago
LOL, where have you been during blu-ray winning HD war and Resistance 2 announcement? =)))
Just for the records:
95-100 - MASTERPIECE.
85-95 - GREAT GAME.
75-85 - GOOD GAME.
65-75 - average game.

IF YOU CARE ABOUT GAMING, THEN YOU SHOULD NOT CARE IS GAME GOT 90 OR 80. IT STILL WILL BE A GREAT GAMING EXPERIENCE.

For example like Naruto: Rise of a Ninja(x360) got 78 on Metacritic, BUT MANY people STILL enjoyed THAT game, because it still a GOOD game(you can see that users gave 9.2 to that game).
http://www.metacritic.com/g...

BUT, you probably won`t understand that, YOU DON`T CARE ABOUT GAMING.
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TheMART  +   2386d ago
@Playstation360

Good choice to go all white with the setup. Black is so 80's :P But really that setup does looks sexy, doesn't it. A friend of mine has that HDTV exactly. I've gamed on it with a with a white 360. I have a ceramic white PSP to go with my 360.

It's all good, the point I wanted to make is that after the Warner story, there were so many BluRay related stories, and the games have still yet to deliver really.

BTW Sony, I am still waiting on my GT on the PSP. So... This is Waiting. That's just Sony. Luckely a custom firmware on the PSP and a lot of homebrew software/gimmicks make the handheld interesting. Only game really interesting for 2008 is God of War but well.

For the white PS3, good choice also. Probably releasing in USA/Europe 2nd half of 2008, when the games worth to get are supposed to be released. If not delayed again, but well. White PS3 will be here, hopefully rumble in the controller with the package, Home not delayed and implemented, ingame XMB and all those things Sony is promissing already for ages. Would be nice huh?
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PlayStation360  +   2385d ago
Aww come on mart...
BLACK IS SOO 80'S!? Come on now. :) But yeah bro, I really do think when the White PS3 is released, it'll have Rumble. And like you said, along with all that other good stuff (Home, MGS4, etc). Doesn't matter when you get one, aslong as you get one I always say :P If you do get a PS3 bro, feel free to add me.
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rushbd  +   2385d ago
wow Mart
you have come out of the rock have you?

All of a sudden your posts are sounding really defensive.

Wow I'm loving how fast things are inversing.

360 is the only console who's sales are decreasing. Not Wii or PS3. I wonder why those lists of games arent helping. I wonder....

What a gamer you are.. Throwing out Metacritic averages to paint a game good or bad. Truly hilarious. I ,for one, never pass judgment on a game until i play it.

mark my words: ms will announce a all-new xbox in 2009 .Why? because it's on it's 3rd year and the sales are already decreasing . I first for any console.

MS dont care about their fans. Remember how they a$$fu@ked Original Xbox owners? They'll do that again.
Kenshin_BATT0USAI  +   2385d ago
You added expansion packs to the list and added old games from over 3 years ago (i.e ports of ps2 and Xbox games) to the list? Man a whole new low MArt.

But I have to agree on black being a bit in the 80s where Death Metal, Thrash Metal and Black Metal were dominate.

Did you know the 360 has over 20 games with a meteric score under 50? While ps3 has only 6?
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tk  +   2385d ago
The Microsoft Action Response Team
Seems like they kicked out the previous guy manning this account. Welcome to the new guy manning this account... please don't be as stupid and annoying as the previous MART. Reality check for the guys there in the basement after the HD-DVD blowout. You guys must really have had a big wig talking sternly to you to tone down. Change of strategy eh?
spike  +   2386d ago
PS3 is going to have a great year no doubt. 360 has a great lineup also. I own a 360 and have no regrets. Its an awesome system with a great library of games. Im into shooters, and sports games so the 360 is perfect for me. The only PS3 games that catch my attention is MGS4, and Resistance 2, but I still perfer Gears Of War, Halo, Bioshock.
Iamback  +   2386d ago
I predict that both MS and Sony will cut price shortly before GTA4 gets release, like couple of weeks before GTA4 gets on store shelf. I think MS will lead and Sony will follow in price cut.
zonetrooper5  +   2386d ago
I own both PS3 and 360 so no worries for me at the moment. I just have to get enough money to build a new gaming PC and get all the games I want for my PS3, 360 and PC and I want to see Enter Shikari live.
QuackPot  +   2386d ago
Competion is forcing the issue
For the Ps3 to be competitive it needs a good price and therefore needs to reduce production costs faster.

But the Wii & Ps2 have shown the way to go: Price & gameplay/games.

Get the hearts of the casual gamer and you have yourself a guaranteed winner.

So...

make a MUCH CHEAPER console with less REVOLUTIONARY technology with life cycle 5 years

* and *

have great/fun/unique games(including controller)

EVOLUTION not REVOLUTION is the way to go.

An evolutionary Ps4:
* 2+ Gb Ram
* mproved Cell or multi-Cell CPUs.
* improved 1 Gb GPU
* larger HDD
* cheaper BD Player
* Playmote - better version of the wii-mote.

This Ps4 could be quickly made and would be significantly better than the Ps3 and best of all....be damn cheap and easy to develop for.

Learn from this competition Sony, learn.
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The Karate Kid  +   2386d ago
Lets look at reality here.....................!
$299.99 PS3
Playstation Home
Rumble Controller Packed In Every Console
In Game XMB
_____________________________ ______________________________ _ ___________

Metal Gear Solid 4

Grand Theft Auto 4

Devil May Cry 4

Gran Turismo 5

Killzone 2

Resistance 2

Motor Storm 2

White Knight Story

Tekken 6

Soul Caliber (Dark Vader Version)

Little Big Planet

Hot Shots Golf 5

Haze

Devil May Cry 4

Infamous

Afrika

4 - More Unannounced PS3 Games that will hit Q-4 2008

**************Possibly Final Fantasy 13********************

And of course Exclusive High Definition Movies like *The Dark Knight*
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WilliamRLBaker  +   2386d ago
cause we all know microsoft
cause we all know microsoft isn't working on cuting production costs..oh wait they did that last year....I gurantee microsoft will drop the 360 price before sony does.
Blitzed  +   2386d ago
You 'guarantee' it, with what? I hate when people guarantee something and dont back it up. So if your're wrong, what?
cl63AMG  +   2386d ago
Its crazy; the PS3 is going to have such a killer 2008. With mad exclusives, home on its way, and hopefully a price drop?

Sony has nowhere to go but up.
Only question is how does sony fight the monster called the wii
QuackPot  +   2386d ago
Easy
1. Reduce price

2. Have their own - better version - of the Wii-mote.

But Sony doesn't need to worry about the wii as most next gen owners will also have a wii and when the Ps3 becomes dirt cheap and has a huge library of games then the casual gamers will start buying it up by the boat loads and guess what? Those casual gamers will already have a Wii.
salgoods  +   2386d ago
scoobysnacks said it best in another thread...
"The 360 in its second year has managed to sell, with all of its really big hitters coming out, just 7.3M units. The PS3 with only a handful of big hitters and competition on both sides from Microsoft and Nintendo (that remember the 360 didn’t have in its first year), has managed to sell in 14 months 8.9M units. Europe still has 3-4 months of sales yet to reach one year. So if we take the 8.9 as it stands now and include 3-4 months of Europe sales it will probably be about 10-10.5M units by April. But we’ll take the initial 2 months of Japan and America sales that cover Nov-Dec of 2006 off that figure to give us a rough indication of global sales for the year, and your at about 9-9.5M units after one year.

That’s approx. 2M unit difference for the PS3 compared to the 360 after one year.

This year, PS3’s big hitters arrive, so lets say Sony manage to increase that gap for 2008 by 2M more units, as those titles will probably shift a few more units.

Now, if the 360 sells the same this year as last year, that’s 7.3M units to add to its 16-17M units it already has shipped, that equals approx. 23-24M units worldwide by the end of 2008.

If the PS3 sells 2M units more this year over its first year sales, thats:

9.5M (first years estimated global sales) + 11.5M (2M units more for 2008) = 21M units. Add-on the initial 1.3M units we took off for Nov-Dec of 2006 for America and Japan and your at, 22.3M units by the end of 2008.

Even if we say next year those big hitters for PS3 have NO impact and the sales remain the same.

9.5 + 9.5 + 1.3 = 20.3M units. So the gap between PS3 and the 360 would only be about 2 to 3M units by the end of 2008. Now thats just estimates, but you see the general direction this is going, and thats just after one more year of sales. Even if the differences in sales are half of what i’ve just estimated them to be, it would only be 1.5 to 2 years away that the gap is closed. So, 2009 could just see the PS3 take the lead"
FirstknighT  +   2385d ago
Nice try on trying to calculate the future but your lil theory is highly doubtful.
SweeneyTodd  +   2385d ago
@ Firstnight
Youre right his theory is flawed, he said that xbox will continue to sell! We all know thats not going to happen, go suck a d1ck
Kenshin_BATT0USAI  +   2385d ago
In all seriousness, chances are the 360 sales will slow while PS3 sales will start to pick up, but overall I just don't see ps3 outselling the 360 worldwide total until maybe mid 2009.
Thepro318  +   2386d ago
if ps3 80GB hit $250 its over for Wii and 360 look at history Wii sold well cause it was cheapest console on next gen market if ps3 hit this mark i doubt 360 can sale as well cause everyone already have 360 or waiting for cheaper ps3
Adamalicious  +   2385d ago
One of the main things that made Sony so dominant with the PS1 and PS2 was their ability to design hardware so that they could rapidly and dramatically reduce the hardware costs, enabling them to lower the price of the hardware and make a healthy profit at the same time. I think the same will prove true with the PS3 as it's an integral part of their strategy. Microsoft hasn't shown any ability in the past to reduce their hardware costs enough to keep their prices competitive or to make the hardware profitable. By the time they pulled the plug on the Xbox they were still losing money on each unit sold - this makes it easy to understand why the Xbox division has lost about 1 billion dollars a year since it's inception. For comparison the PS2 has been at $120 for over a year and costs Sony less than $60 to make each unit - making it very profitable for them. Nintendo has a totally different strategy, especially with the Wii, selling hardware for a profit from day one - which frankly makes sense with the Wii since the hardware isn't "bleeding edge" and prices aren't going to come down as dramatically - nor do they have the consumer electronics clout of a brand like Sony who can get amazing prices on the components that go into their systems.
SweeneyTodd  +   2385d ago
Stupid Stupid microsoft
SOny is genious they have been involved in the gaming industry for years and years long before microsoft, what the fvck do they know about games or making systems, all they have ben able to produce is second hand sh1t. I support sony because they deserve it, they deserve support for year in and year out producing great games, excellent systems with countless hours of fun and enjoyment, it was the sony playstation that got me interested in videogames. Why would anyone even want to support microsoft? They make computers not gaming consoles, they are not even part of the gaming industry they fvcking suck, literally. The only thing M$ cares about is money, why would any company need to make another system already? Its because they lost money with the sh1tbox and now they want to suck money from the pockets of stupid americans which they have been doing so well already haha stupid american. sony can keep the ps3 for at least 7 years before they should release anything, by that time the ps3 will be $200 and everyone will have one. So Sony, way to go, you have my support, M$ go back to th garage you came from you have no place in the gaming industry you money sucking whores, go suck a d1ck

By the way its already begun, all the news is about the ps3 now, its new games and online features, xbox is gone nobody cares anymore its all burnt out, all the news is smiling on the ps3 now b1tches!!!
jams_shop  +   2385d ago
This means that as soon as M$ cuts price...
Sony would be ready to cut prices too. So not expect a price drop any soon.
kingnick  +   2385d ago
Smart man.

If one has been following Sony's announcements at all for the past year one would realise that Sony are betting on the software to sell the system not the price, also factor in that Sony want to start breaking even on the PS3 soon which would be impossible with further price drops.

Sony will be reactive not proactive when it comes to pricing.
shysun  +   2385d ago
I have mine, now go get yours!
TheExodus  +   2385d ago
Sony may have trimmed production costs of the 40GB SKU down to $400, but with PS3 selling around 69K units last week in NA & Motorstorm selling 41K copies it isn't unrealistic to imagine Sony is still losing well over 100 dollars on roughly 2/3rds of PS3s sold.
hotrider12  +   2385d ago
copy of ps3 called the "winner"
has anyone read an article on here about a copy-kat ps3 called the "winner" it looks and play like the ps3 it has hd-dvd drive, wire-less controller
for 120-150.00?? it can play all of ps3 & ps2 games. if this is true I rather buy the "winner" for 150.00 instead of 600.00 ps3 I hope more of you guys caught that article. I like to know if any of that is true?? don't want to seem like "mart" the know it all. don't know sh't guy,or seem like I don't know what I'm talking about. if anyone can share info I'll appreciate it. think it was on here a week ago?? not sure when. some chinese or japanese company was advertising it and n4g just happen to have it on here.
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