PS3 Sales Soar With Release of the Slim

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PS3 Sales Soar With Release of the Slim

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The redesigned PS3 has proved a massive hit with consumers around the world, with enormous increases in sales in Japan and the UK.

Sony might just be on track to steal second place from under Microsoft's nose now that the PS3 Slim has hit the market. Sony sold over 150,000 units in just three days Japan, an increase of nearly 1500% from last week. These numbers actually beat the original PS3 launch, where only around 90,000 units were sold due to problems with supply.

It's a similar story in the UK, where PS3 sales are up nearly 1000% and the PS3 tops the charts in sales for the first time since January 2008. Software sales have also increased by 17%, putting the PS3 in third place behind the Xbox 360 and Wii.

Andrew House, President of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, gave this statement: "I think what I've heard anecdotally is that this is the point people were waiting for - a redesigned model and, in Euros, a significant price reduction. That's people's cue to jump into the business."

Source: Eurogamer and GamesIndustry.biz

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The sales jumped so high from week to week due to people not buying PS3s the week before, waiting until the Slim came out. It doesn't negate the fact that a crapton of PS3s were sold though.

Not suprising.

However, they're far to late too the game to win the console war. And this comes from a non-fanboy of anything and someone who is actually going to buy a Slim himself.

Wait.. that just put the PS3 in third place? What was in 3rd place before?

And they'd better get to selling anyway, the PS3 itself has not really MADE money for Sony, the PS2's been carrying the PS3's fat dead weight.

haha i have a hard time believing it has anything to do with the redesign, and a lot more with the price reduction. they finally drop the price and people buy the console. go figure, only every industry analyst has been saying this since i can remember

VanityGirl:
Wait.. that just put the PS3 in third place? What was in 3rd place before?

And they'd better get to selling anyway, the PS3 itself has not really MADE money for Sony, the PS2's been carrying the PS3's fat dead weight.

I think that's your answer right there.

I'd guess the PS3 just beat the PS2.

Sparrow:
Not suprising.

However, they're far to late too the game to win the console war. And this come from a non-fanboy of anything and someone who is actually going to buy a Slim himself.

How so? I don't think this is really anywhere close to being "to late too the game".

As for the sales, congrats to Sony. Its about time sales picked up. Of course, this was mostly in Japan and I'll never play with these people, but its still great to hear nonetheless.

I wander how long this will last though, this could just be something temporary. Or it might not, i don't know.

VanityGirl:
Wait.. that just put the PS3 in third place? What was in 3rd place before?

And they'd better get to selling anyway, the PS3 itself has not really MADE money for Sony, the PS2's been carrying the PS3's fat dead weight.

I'd like to think that the DS was what was in front of the PS3 at that point...but I'm probably being too optimistic and it was the PS2 in the 3rd slot instead =X

Yay Japan, I suppose! We should remember, though, that sales in the UK would be up 1000% if it went from 5 units to 50 units. :D So that number really tells us nothing.

VanityGirl:
Wait.. that just put the PS3 in third place? What was in 3rd place before?

And they'd better get to selling anyway, the PS3 itself has not really MADE money for Sony, the PS2's been carrying the PS3's fat dead weight.

The PS2. I only see this as a temporary spike in sales though, I'm not sure if it will last. We shall see after Christmas and we're into Q2. Plus the PS3 is going to be at least 2nd by the end of this generation, I think that's a given.

scotth266:
The sales jumped so high from week to week due to people not buying PS3s the week before, waiting until the Slim came out. It doesn't negate the fact that a crapton of PS3s were sold though.

Indeed. Some of the sales would be towards people trading in phats for slims, but they are not in the majority, the CoD 4 sales prove that.

Sparrow:
Not suprising.

However, they're far to late too the game to win the console war. And this come from a non-fanboy of anything and someone who is actually going to buy a Slim himself.

Not me, when I eventually get one it'll be the phat, I like my stuff glossy, and it'll go with my glossy black Wii. Plus it'll be cheaper because I'll probably end up buying it used.

The real war starts now!

I really want them to come out on top of this generation, they've had so much shit flung at them (some if it has been deserved admittedly) that it's hard not to want them to surpass everyones low expectations.

Plus, I really dont want Sony to stop releasing consoles or games because they are always my first choice when it comes to what I spend my wages on.

Sparrow:
Not suprising.

However, they're far to late too the game to win the console war. And this come from a non-fanboy of anything and someone who is actually going to buy a Slim himself.

How are they "far too late" to "win"? We're barely, what, 4 years into this generation? A lot can happen in one year. And frankly, who cares anymore if they "win", as long as they turn in a profit and are successful then everything should be fine. Not everything has to be "NUMBAH [email protected]" to be a success.

Hardcore_gamer:
I wander how long this will last though, this could just be something temporary. Or it might not, i don't know.

Well, price cuts usually give a temporary increase in sales anyway, though with the PS3 I'd imagine many many people were holding up for a bigger price drop, so I'd guess that the sales increase will last a little longer than most other price cuts.

Good for them. I intend to get this when Assassin's Creed 2 comes out for the PS3. There's supposed to be a bundle for it if I'm not mistaken.

Mr.Pandah:

VanityGirl:
Wait.. that just put the PS3 in third place? What was in 3rd place before?

And they'd better get to selling anyway, the PS3 itself has not really MADE money for Sony, the PS2's been carrying the PS3's fat dead weight.

I'd like to think that the DS was what was in front of the PS3 at that point...but I'm probably being too optimistic and it was the PS2 in the 3rd slot instead =X

I don't think the DS factors into the sales figures, as that thing has already sold over a hundred million. If we were counting it, DS would be 1st this generation.

nova18:
The real war starts now!

I really want them to come out on top of this generation, they've had so much shit flung at them (some if it has been deserved admittedly) that it's hard not to want them to surpass everyones low expectations.

Plus, I really dont want Sony to stop releasing consoles or games because they are always my first choice when it comes to what I spend my wages on.

Everyone's gotten their share to be honest. The Blu Ray player will get them ahead of Microsoft no doubt IMO, but I don't think they will win it.

Sparrow:

VanityGirl:
Wait.. that just put the PS3 in third place? What was in 3rd place before?

And they'd better get to selling anyway, the PS3 itself has not really MADE money for Sony, the PS2's been carrying the PS3's fat dead weight.

I think that's your answer right there.

I'd guess the PS3 just beat the PS2.

I was thinking maybe they might include the handhelds. How sad would it be if you are right and it just outsold the PS2. 3 years after launch it finally outsells the last gen console.

Jumplion:

Sparrow:
Not suprising.

However, they're far to late too the game to win the console war. And this come from a non-fanboy of anything and someone who is actually going to buy a Slim himself.

How are they "far too late" to "win"? We're barely, what, 4 years into this generation? A lot can happen in one year. And frankly, who cares anymore if they "win", as long as they turn in a profit and are successful then everything should be fine. Not everything has to be "NUMBAH [email protected]" to be a success.

Jump, they're a COMPANY.

Of course they want to be first.

Sparrow:

Jumplion:

Sparrow:
Not suprising.

However, they're far to late too the game to win the console war. And this come from a non-fanboy of anything and someone who is actually going to buy a Slim himself.

How are they "far too late" to "win"? We're barely, what, 4 years into this generation? A lot can happen in one year. And frankly, who cares anymore if they "win", as long as they turn in a profit and are successful then everything should be fine. Not everything has to be "NUMBAH [email protected]" to be a success.

Jump, they're a COMPANY.

Of course they want to be first.

....and? I don't see your point, of course they want to be first, I never argued that. What I did say was that it's not "too late to win", and just so long as they turn in a profit and are successful then everyone is good.

ChromeAlchemist:

Mr.Pandah:

VanityGirl:
Wait.. that just put the PS3 in third place? What was in 3rd place before?

And they'd better get to selling anyway, the PS3 itself has not really MADE money for Sony, the PS2's been carrying the PS3's fat dead weight.

I'd like to think that the DS was what was in front of the PS3 at that point...but I'm probably being too optimistic and it was the PS2 in the 3rd slot instead =X

I don't think the DS factors into the sales figures, as that thing has already sold over a hundred million. If we were counting it, DS would be 1st this generation.

nova18:
The real war starts now!

I really want them to come out on top of this generation, they've had so much shit flung at them (some if it has been deserved admittedly) that it's hard not to want them to surpass everyones low expectations.

Plus, I really dont want Sony to stop releasing consoles or games because they are always my first choice when it comes to what I spend my wages on.

Everyone's gotten their share to be honest. The Blu Ray player will get them ahead of Microsoft no doubt IMO, but I don't think they will win it.

Yeah, the DS is a handheld, not a console. I was just being overly optimistic for Sony =P

squid5580:
I was thinking maybe they might include the handhelds. How sad would it be if you are right and it just outsold the PS2. 3 years after launch it finally outsells the last gen console.

Hey, the PS2's a damn fine console :D It depends on which months your looking at, the PS3 has sold more than the PS2 at times, but overall hell no it hasn't outsold the Ps2

Sales increases following a price cut usually only last a few weeks apparently. The new design may help it appear a more attractive purchase in the long term though, so we'll have to wait to see how successful Sony's strategy is.

Yay Sony, as the most tech-geeky of the 3 I'm kinda subconsciously rooting for them. And I did think people would take to the slim because lets face it, most of us who game either a) live with parents or b) live in a pokey little place. Who wants giganto-PS3 taking up so much space... seriously, its like a second TV and really awkward to put things on top of it..

This is a step down the right alley, and they just need to increase the amount of games for it that aren't graphics inclined with little other substance to them... I don't want it to be a clone of the Ps2 but really they gotta get there before they start moving on up.

Jumplion:

squid5580:
I was thinking maybe they might include the handhelds. How sad would it be if you are right and it just outsold the PS2. 3 years after launch it finally outsells the last gen console.

Hey, the PS2's a damn fine console :D It depends on which months your looking at, the PS3 has sold more than the PS2 at times, but overall hell no it hasn't outsold the Ps2

You don't need to sell me on the PS2. I loved that little black box. And there is no way that any of the next gen consoles will be competing with it's sales (well the Wii might be a contender).

Sparrow:
Not suprising.

However, they're far to late too the game to win the console war. And this comes from a non-fanboy of anything and someone who is actually going to buy a Slim himself.

Well if sony's 10 year plan goes ahead, the PS3 could feasibly sell more than the wii and 360, if they stick to the typical 5 year cycle. I dunno though; it's certainly sold enough to not be a complete failure (having surpassed the sales figures of the original xbox and gamecube) but due to the ps3's high-end nature coupled with the current financial climate, i do agree that its pretty impossible for them to win purely on sales.

They probably wouldn't have got as much as half as they did if they sold it in the UK for a fair price.

I'm waiting at...Couple of years for them to decrease the price here.

It seems to be Sony's style to release a console and then re-release it, only slimmer. Or, in the PSP's case, not so crap.

Sparrow:

VanityGirl:
Wait.. that just put the PS3 in third place? What was in 3rd place before?

And they'd better get to selling anyway, the PS3 itself has not really MADE money for Sony, the PS2's been carrying the PS3's fat dead weight.

I think that's your answer right there.

I'd guess the PS3 just beat the PS2.

Interesting, that's possible, but it would have to be for this quarter. The ps2's sold wayyy to many consoles over it's lifetime.

Glad to here sony are raking in money, Playstations allways been my favourite.

now, the question is, did they acutally make an profit from these sales...? I'm more interested in the gaming industry, and I aint seeing no figures there...

still, good work Sony, I made a tad bit of contrbution to those sales by buying one myself ^^

nilcypher:
Andrew House, President of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, gave this statement: "I think what I've heard anecdotally is that this is the point people were waiting for - a redesigned model and, in Euros, a significant price reduction. That's people's cue to jump into the business."

"A slim model would sell well?"..."A price reduction would be favorable for consumers?"...Its times like these I can't help but wonder why these men wield such power in the video game industry...

Hardcore_gamer:
I wander how long this will last though, this could just be something temporary. Or it might not, i don't know.

HAHAHA...you know it was probably just a peak for one day of sales out of the whole week...but still....could you imagine if PS3's sold at 1500% for the rest of the year? They could buy the industry...

ChromeAlchemist:
Not me, when I eventually get one it'll be the phat, I like my stuff glossy, and it'll go with my glossy black Wii. Plus it'll be cheaper because I'll probably end up buying it used.

The day they release God of War 3 and bundle it with the PS3 is probably the day I buy it...

hansari:
The day they release God of War 3 and bundle it with the PS3 is probably the day I buy it...

I said I'd buy it when heavy Rain comes out...but with the games coming out on the other two platforms I own that I want, It's going to have to be after Heavy Rain comes out, probably Q3 2010 and beyond.

And here's something to think about. I believe I saw someone work out that in order for the PS3 to pass the Wii, the Wii would have to come to a dead stop, and the PS3 would have to sell the way it is now for a year and a half. I'll search and see if I can find it.

Thank god. Competition is healthy, and it's nice to see a solid 3 contenders in the market. I think that more would be annoying and confusing, and 2 would lead to too much stagnation. As it is, they now have enough consoles that they need to compete with each other, but few enough that they can all shine in there own area. No matter your console of choice this is a good thing for all gamers.

This doesn't really mean anything, people always rush to buy the new version. People bought the DSi for no apparent reason in their millions, without any games to go with the damn thing.

If it stays ahead, or at least stays competitive, through christmas the news will be a lot better for Sony. With any luck it'll be the start of a long reign of terror for Sony's slightly smaller black box.

Speaking of which, when does GT5 come out? My wallet's quaking in it's boots...

ChromeAlchemist:

hansari:
The day they release God of War 3 and bundle it with the PS3 is probably the day I buy it...

I said I'd buy it when heavy Rain comes out...but with the games coming out on the other two platforms I own that I want, It's going to have to be after Heavy Rain comes out, probably Q3 2010 and beyond.

And here's something to think about. I believe I saw someone work out that in order for the PS3 to pass the Wii, the Wii would have to come to a dead stop, and the PS3 would have to sell the way it is now for a year and a half. I'll search and see if I can find it.

I bet that that's a bit misleading. If I remember correctly, Wii makes a tiny fraction of a profit from selling the Wii, and 360 and PS3 LOSE money when they sell a system. All the profit is in selling the games. In my experience, Wii owners have very few games for the Wii, and there doesn't look to be a change to that trend anytime soon. Meanwhile PS3 is slowly building for itself a respectable library. I think that unless Wii does something serious, PS3 is going to topple Wii.

ChromeAlchemist:
I said I'd buy it when heavy Rain comes out...but with the games coming out on the other two platforms I own that I want, It's going to have to be after Heavy Rain comes out, probably Q3 2010 and beyond.

Oh yea, thats another good one that leaves the mouth watering...

To be serious though, I used the word "probably" since I'm still unsure how Winter 2010 will play out for me. I could drop a lot of cash for the PS3 and 1 or 2 titles...or I could just as easily spend money on games for the systems I already have. Take Two is aiming for 2010 to be their year with 3 or 4 franchise titles being released...Blizzard will come out with games...gah my head hurts...

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