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Is Sony's PS3 Losing the Console War?

Sony's big problem is price, especially in the present economic climate. In the USA, the PS3 costs $399, compared with $199 for the cheapest 360, the hard-drive-less Arcade. In the UK, the 360 Arcade is £129.99 and has gone for as little as £99.99 at retailers such as Zavvi, while a PS3 costs from £280.

The PS3's unique selling point, the Blu-ray drive for high-definition (HD) films, looks less compelling now that cheaper standalone players have emerged, and customers are reluctant to shell out for suitably large HD screens that they need to enjoy the full benefit. Microsoft cut 360 prices aggressively in September, but Sony did not follow its lead, telling analysts that it is putting profitability ahead of market share.

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TheHater3961d ago

another one of these article. I can't wait for tomorrow to see another one.
/sarcasm

CViper3961d ago (Edited 3961d ago )

you know with, PS3/360/WII/INDUSTRY NEWS/DEV/MOBILE ETC..

"DOOMED SONY ARTICLE"? At least we could find them all in one spot that way. Since they all say the exact same thing we could just # them.

For example this would be DOOMED SONY ARTICLE #352350235235

We could then have them all link to the fact that sony Sold 17 million units in 2 years with the most expensive console on the market.

Nahhh.

Danja3961d ago

that would actually be a good idea..since 90% of articles these days are PS3 is doomed types ne ways..

and No Sony hasn't lost the console wars Nintendo may have won , M$ is currently in 2nd place so that makes them the 1st loser runner up..XD...

CrazzyMan3961d ago (Edited 3961d ago )

Is having games like MGS4, LBP, Valkyria Chronicles, R2, Motorstorm: Pacifi Rift, Naruto:UNS, Uncharted, HS, Warhawak, NGS, Folklore and etc. = means losing?

Or incoming KillZone 2, Yakuza 3, Heavy Rain, Gran Turismo 5, Final Fantasy XIII:versus, White Knight Chronicles, God of War 3, InFamous, Uncharted 2, Quantum Theory, Final Fantasy XIII, Demon`s Soul, Resident Evil 5, Tekken 6, Bayonetta, MAG, Eyepet, Agency, Ico 3, Wardevil = losing???

PS3 will NEVER lose, as long as MANY GREAT AA games will be coming EVERY YEAR.
GAMERS will NEVER lose by having PS3. =)

JasonXE3961d ago (Edited 3961d ago )

duh

medziarz3961d ago

Is Sony's PS3 losing the console wars to the Xbox and Wii?

Not necessarily.
(...)
The figures must concern Sony, though there are variations in market share around the world. Nintendo seems to be winning everywhere, but the PS3 is way ahead of the 360 in Japan, and also easily outsells Microsoft in countries such as Spain, Portugal and Italy.
(...)
Microsoft cut 360 prices aggressively in September, but Sony did not follow its lead, telling analysts that it is putting profitability ahead of market share.
(...)
The 360's lead in North America will be difficult to overcome, but Barton thinks 2009 will be much better for Sony worldwide: he argues that Microsoft's deep price cuts for the 360 will be hard to repeat, that Sony has strong PS3-exclusive games in preparation, and that the PS3's strength as an HD source will help it in the long term. He is predicting a 60% increase in the PS3's worldwide sales next year, to 16m, more than double his projected Xbox sales of just under 8m units.
(...)
The PS3 will probably always be more expensive than the 360, but it is worth looking beyond the headline price. The 360 you really want is not the low-end Arcade edition, but the Premium, which has a hard drive. If you then add the cost of a wireless network adapter and a rechargeable battery for the controller - both of which are standard in the PS3 - the price difference reduces.
(...)
Bottom line: the console wars are not over yet. What is certain, though, is that Sony has lost the dominance of the market. It is also remarkable that Microsoft has been forced to undercut the Wii (around £180), yet still sells fewer units despite superior graphic capabilities. Microsoft has always argued that software matters more than hardware; ironically, it is Nintendo that demonstrates the truth of that point.

Nice for a change.

BkaY3961d ago

i knew its gonna happen.... crap like ....

sony its over!.... or sony is doomed.... or dead .. or fcuked.... etc etc

doesnt matter mate.. more ppl hate it more i lov it ... i havent touched my xbox after finishing geow2..

CyberCam3961d ago (Edited 3961d ago )

This one is not that bad... at least they're not predicting the dimise of the ps3. Although, you're all right, we need is another one these, like we need another hole in our heads.

To me, at least this one has some journalistic integrity and at least has some optimism buried in it.

Bubble Buddy3961d ago (Edited 3961d ago )

They're gonna run out of titles soon at the rate they're going.

TheTwelve3961d ago

Bloodmask---post something new. Be creative. Thanks.

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Peter Griffin3961d ago

we now return to our regular program

read disc error3961d ago (Edited 3961d ago )

read the end of the article:

"Microsoft has always argued that software matters more than hardware; ironically, it is Nintendo that demonstrates the truth of that point."

Omg, how could anyone write that sentence with a straight face? First of all, even if it was true it would not be "ironic" it would be "strange". Typical journalist who can't even us words correctly in an article seen worldwide. Secondly, whoever wrote this article knows next to nothing about gaming:

Wii is #1 for two reasons and quality software is not one of them:
--Motion control is a very popular fad and great idea for casual games. they've marketed the Wii successfully to casuals. John Grisham sells more novels than Salmon Rushdie but that doesn't mean Grisham is demonstrating more literary quality than Salmon Rushdie.
--Nintendo has been making consoles much longer than Microsoft and they have had much more time to establish their market brands and brand recognition (Zelda, Mario, Metroid, Mario, more Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros, vomit...).

In short, the Guardian should fire this guy or send him back to college.

SL1M DADDY3961d ago

The race is in lap 50... Can you really call it yet? Nope.

yog-sothot3961d ago

@medziarz : bubbles for you man, it seems you're the first one who made a comment AFTER reading the article !

jadenkorri3961d ago (Edited 3961d ago )

i wonder if N4G could add another subcategory, crap of the day, or just call it fanboy, id be enough for them, and for us to avoid that part of it...how much would it cost me to get N4G to do that... i will start a collection to get a fanboy section for N4G, it could restore this site back to its orginal glory.......im hoping for the day when ps3 outsells 360, when that happens, who here believes were still gonna see ps3 failing articles....

Maddens Raiders3960d ago

Sony has merged with Toshiba, and won't be making anymore PS3's as of today. Talks are that they're also helping Toshiba in bringing back the HD-DVD add on to service the ever expanding 360 population in hopes of making up lost profits on the "doomed" black beast, thus rendering Blu-Ray obsolete in one fell swoop. I've already put my PS3 on EBay for $1.00 >_>

superflyguy3960d ago

DOES A BEAR SH!T IN THE WOODS?

Both are rhetorical questions.

Halochampian3960d ago

well.. bringing Nascar into it.

If one car is a few laps down and not with lap speeds then its pretty easy to count that car out.

Not saying that is the ps3 but you can tell who isnt going to win a race sometimes 50 laps in.

Sarick3960d ago

"another one of these article. I can't wait for tomorrow to see another one.
/sarcasm"

The contributors post for points. It doesn't matter if they're a fanboy or not. Topics that cause discussion get the degrees up fast and smart contributors look for high turnaround topics.

#1 Doom and Gloom articles cause contriversy.
#2 Contriversy increases the topics degrees.
#3 Higher degrees generate user points for the contributor.
#4 More gamer points = higher contributor level.
#5 Higher contributor level means more control over what is approved etc. on N4G.COM.

So, seriously, the contributor is posting what earns him rank and by posting to these topics your helping. ^.~

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TheColbertinator3961d ago

Obviously.But hopefully at least its gonna lose fighting to the end.That would be honorable thing to do

panasonic233961d ago

or commit suicide that the most honorable thing to do

Piece Of Spooge 33961d ago (Edited 3961d ago )

Sony in general is losing. Their quarterly reports are nonsense.

Edit: Not only are they losing in sales but they are still selling the PS3 under cost. Their PS2 is life support. They are very lucky its still selling so well.

SONYSLAVE3961d ago

people are buying PS2s cause they are not interested in the ps3rd.

morganfell3961d ago

This is just pure garbage reporting. The 360 has a 16 month head start on the PS3 and the PS3 manages to erase millions of consoles of the 360 lead to pull within 1 million. And it does that in 2 years.

Has the Guardian published an article called, "Is the 360 doomed to be over taken by the PS3?"

Of course not. Articles like the above are just trash flash in the pan reporting with all of the range of a daisy air rifle.

DNAgent3961d ago

If that's the case then the 360 has been honorable...A lot.

Sonyfanclubpresident3961d ago

Well,
considering who we are and where we've been,
I'd say we're getting creamed.

The Playstation brand is failing like Rome falling to the barbarians.
It's the way of things.
Though I don't think Sony will disappear,and I like that!
Competition can be a nice thing.

I just want my fellow gaystation (N4G Sony Gayboys)nation to suffer a quick death,
because they're actions are equivalent to a fierce old lion trying to
maintain some sense of power like it once had..........but failing miserably in this modern day.

Stubacca3960d ago

I wanna go back and chill with real decent gamers on Home. Sadly, I'm at work. But the Playstation Forums are better than N4G these days. Any old crap gets submitted and it makes N4G a joke.

PS3 may be losing 'this' generation if that's what you think. But it's already won the next generation as it's in a totally different league to the 3fixme and wii...

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Nathan Drake3961d ago

mh,how I love negative press aimed at hurting sales

Breakfast3961d ago

...i really was.

But all these doomsday headlines, have me thinking otherwise. I dont wanna buy a console thats in last place.

:)

Danja3961d ago

so whats gonna happen when the 360 falls to last place..?..XD

Kush_Reaper3961d ago

Then you my friend are a sad tool. Despite sales figures ones enjoyment is had through software which is not affected by how much a console is sold. Unless you have a stock with the manufacturer.

OBAMA!!!

Why o why3961d ago (Edited 3961d ago )

u need some bubbles.

to those that disagree. Breakfast is having fun here as apposed to 'others' who take this stuff WAY too seriously and i think we know who they are...sorry breakfast, i let the cat out of the bag;)

Danja3961d ago (Edited 3961d ago )

I see your excited to experience next generation RROD..XD

edit: @ XxZxX

most ppl still take Breakfast seriously....lol

XxZxX3961d ago (Edited 3961d ago )

wow breakfast, i need to salute, you're master of psychology. Master of boiling the blood of fanboys. AWESOMENESS

i hope you guys catch his sarcasm

Edit:
No sh*t, just look at the disagreement,
I do agree though, most people take breakfast, seriously. It's good for you too

jadenkorri3961d ago

i totally disaagreed, why, because the 360 fanboy base are annoying, they post crap all the time and troll every site looking for articles to ps3 failing or blu ray failing, not day goes by that i see good articles about the ps3, your essentially ruining this site by posting crap or even supporting it...

Halochampian3960d ago

you act like only 360 fanboys are bad...

Breakfast is not a fanboy. even as much as he tries... you can sense the gamer in him

RebornSpy3960d ago

I'm not sure. But definitely not a fanboy. He just likes messing with fanboys. I aspire to be just like him when I grow up.

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rucky3961d ago

"Bottom line: the console wars are not over yet. What is certain, though, is that Sony has lost the dominance of the market. It is also remarkable that Microsoft has been forced to undercut the Wii (around £180), yet still sells fewer units despite superior graphic capabilities. Microsoft has always argued that software matters more than hardware; ironically, it is Nintendo that demonstrates the truth of that point."

morganfell3961d ago

Rucky that sounds good but most people just scan headlines. It is still irresponsible reporting bu industry outsiders.

Hagaf223961d ago

its actually quite simple.
sales yes sony is losing. in customer satisfaction no, i would venture to say that sony has the highest customer satisfaction with it system over the competitors.

boodybandit3961d ago

That is a good point and would make an interesting article if written by a truely impartial journalist. I wonder if the proper research was done which company would in fact come out on top of customer satisfaction.

Gue13961d ago (Edited 3961d ago )

They are losing the war but they are bringing the games. This is what gamers should be most interested in and that could pay at the end.

Xheratuul3961d ago

the winner of the console war will be determined after 6 years.

Gue13961d ago

but right now they are last. that's my point.

cherrypie3961d ago

They are bringing the games?

What? Like White Knight Chronicles that scored 29/40 in Famitsu?

Blue Dragon 37/40
Infinite Undiscovery 32/40
The Last Remnant 33/40
Tales of Vesperia 35/40
Eternal Sonata 35/40

And: White Knight Chronicles 29/40!

That? That kind of Game? A failure JRPG?