If Sony has one thing its persistence. They have a couple (and I mean about 2 or 3) good games coming that should keep it a float. They're releasing their 65nm version of the cell processor soon so the console will be cheaper to manufacture. So my guess is that they'll stick around with the Play Station brand for a while and heck who knows maybe even surpass 360 (since it isn't doing so well). I know one thing for sure, it doesn't have a chance against Wii. Go Big N!
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Are you kidding? Sony is not "giving up" on the Ps3. Yes, Sony has lost a sh**load of money on the Ps3 to date. But it has been gaining a lot of ground in the last year, there are lots more good games for it, and it is doing very well in Japan. The 80GB Ps3 with Metal Gear Solid 4 is #6 on Amazon's best sellers (after Wii/DS items, of course). Metal Gear Solid 4 is #12. The 40GB Ps3 is #14. Hell, the Ps3 REMOTE is selling better than the top Xbox game (Grand Theft Auto 4, which is also on the Ps3). The Xbox360 console is #46 on that list.
First people were saying that Sony was dumb to put the Blu-ray drive in since it kept the unit cost high, now it's that the Blu-ray drive is the only thing keeping it alive? Which is it?
The Ps3 was worth every penny I spent on it. I use it nearly every day as my media center.
Sorry but the gloom-and-doom tone of that article wasn't exactly balanced, considering other articles I've read relay that the Ps3 will become profitable either later this year or in 2009. Hell, even I've finally started buying Ps3 games (I've had the console since June 2007 and the first one I purchased was GTA4).
So no, I don't think the Ps3 is going anywhere other than on its current positive trajectory.
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It is dumb to put a Blue Ray drive in a unit designed for gamers that keeps the price high and may only be marginally used by the gamer demographic.
It's also the only way that Sony can claim the millions of Blue Ray players out in consumers hands, to make the Blue Ray format more successful than it would be with stand alone players alone.
Having the games on the Blu-ray (not Blue Ray) disc does have its advantages over DVD discs. So really, every time a PS3 owner plays a game they are using the Blu-ray aspect of the system. And the Blu-ray movies are selling very well and by all reports the Blu-ray movies are being used by the "gamer demographic" a great deal.
I also disagree with your second statment. with the movie studio lineup they had behind them I think they would have won the war over time. Disney support alone was MASSIVE and bigger then any other studio.
I agree that having Disney on Blue-Ray (the additional 'e' is intentional... I may just have to start calling them HD-DVD) is a great thing for the format, but it's still a long way from being considered a serious home video product. It's still a niche market, even with all those Blue Ray equipped PS3's. Had Sony offered the PS3 with out the drive, I'm sure blue ray would have already folded because of the 6 month jump the Toshibas format had on the market.
Now we have to contend with 1.0, 1.01, 2.0 profiles and incompatible features (that most people won't use anyway) 2 minute load times and other issues heralded as 'the most amazing home video deveolpment since color TV'
I don't buy it, and I'm an 'early opter' video geek with over 15 years of broadcast TV experience.
The problem with PS3 is that the actual cost of the system is so high, it should be at retail for more like 1000 dollars in order for Sony to make any profit. Each system costs around 900 to make. Why sell it for only 600?
Each system costs around 900 to make. Why sell it for only 600?
because the real money isn't in the player, it's in the patent's they licenses to others, to make games, video discs and machines. WHo ever controls the platform stands to make money from everyone else.
That's the real reason for the introduction of a new video disc system. Every DVD, from every studio sold pays a royalty to Warner Bros. because they own the DVD patent, but if the DVD platform is pushed off the market for one that SONY owns. Then everyone pays a royalty to SONY (because goodness knows they don't know how to run a film studio)