Latest News: Technology |  Celebrity |  Movies |  Apple |  Cars |  Business |  Sports |  TV Shows |  Geek

Trending

Filed under: News | Gaming

 

The PS3 Slim: Savior or Stopgap?

Aug 20 2009, 5:00am CDT | by

10 Updates
The PS3 Slim: Savior or Stopgap?
 
Buy PlayStation 3 Slim from Amazon Cyber Monday and Black Friday Now
 

Comments

Recommend Your Tweet as Top Tweet:

Full Story

The PS3 Slim: Savior or Stopgap?

Let's get this out of the way up front; the PS3 Slim is one sexy piece of gaming equipment. As a gamer, I appreciate it's merits as a stylish, portable, inexpensive console that plays host to some of the hottest upcoming titles in gaming world. But just being cool isn't enough. Sony is relying on the Slim to lift their gaming division out of a 3 year, 4.2 billion dollar slump and return them to profitability. And, unfortunately, it doesn't look like the Slim is going to have what it takes to do that.

Yes, I realize the Slim is the #1 pre-order on Amazon.com right now. And that's wonderful for Sony, but when the hype dies down they're going to have to deal with the same old problem; the economy is bad and the PS3 is still the 'expensive' console. The Slim retails for $300, which puts it equal with the Xbox 360, still more expensive than the Nintendo Wii ($250).

That still isn't a very good position to be in during a recession, and it's about to get even worse. Profits are down across the gaming industry, and console sales are in total freefall , industry hardware sales were down 38% in June. The Wii saw a 45% drop, and the PS3 sales have been down all year. Only the Xbox 360 is still selling well , and they are still posting very slow growth.

All of the 'big three' console manufacturers are feeling the sting of this economy. Sony was just the first to make a big move to stimulate buyers. All it will take is a small drop in price for the Xbox 360 to return Sony to its position as the costliest console. The holiday season is coming soon, and Sony has already played their big sales-stimulating hand. Special Xbox holiday pricing from Microsoft could be enough to spell doom for Sony in Q4 2009.

The Slim really should have been released back during E3. iSuppli analyst Pamela Tufegdzic stated that lower prices back then would likely have stimulated better sales this summer. As it stands, the Slim won't have much time to sell before Microsoft and Nintendo announce THEIR big holiday deals. Don't get me wrong; the Slim will probably end up profitable, but it's not going to be enough to pull Sony Gaming out of the bog it's been mired in since 2006.

What might are some very big changes to their current policy towards developers. Sony has a reputation for being incredibly expensive to develop for. Activision has threatened to stop making games for them due to the high costs, and companies have had to bail on games in development due to the expense of working for Sony.

This is an issue that needs to be addressed right now. The PS3 needs a massive, steady stream of new titles in order to stay viable. This doesn't just include huge, big-budget games like “Heavy Rain”. Cheap, independent game manufacturers who put out high-quality casual games are responsible for a hell of a lot of money these days. Look at the Nintendo Wii. Casual gamers are where the profit is in this industry. It's past time for Sony to start sucking up to them. That will stand them in better stead than a dozen releases like the PS3 Slim.

Now, that all said, if you like the titles on the PS3 and you're looking for a great deal on a console, the Slim kicks all sorts of ass. You can pre-order on Amazon , although you might want to hold on to see if that 250 GB Slim becomes a reality.

 

iPad Air Giveaway. Win a free iPad Air.

You Might Also Like

Updates


Sponsored Update

Update: 10

GLCs told to provide RM7 billion to develop Bumiputera firms

Source: Malaysia Today

EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM - Day One
(The Malaysian Insider) – Putrajaya has directed government-linked companies (GLC) to generate RM7 billion in business opportunities for Bumiputera firms this year, Prime Minister Prime M ...
Source: Malaysia Today   Full article at: Malaysia Today 5 days ago, 2:05am CDT
 


Advertisement


Update: 9

Rafizi shows proof of Putrajaya’s hand in contentious carpet-trader loan

Source: Malaysia Today

Eileen Ng, The Malaysian Insider PKR lawmaker Rafizi Ramli today revealed documents to prove Putrajaya interfered in the RM32 million Bank Rakyat loan to ‎controversial businessman Deepak Jaikis ...
Source: Malaysia Today   Full article at: Malaysia Today 6 days ago, 2:16am CDT
 

More From the Web

Update: 8

PAS MP claims Bank Rakyat loaned carpet-trader RM215m, interest free

Source: Malaysia Today

(Malay Mail Online) – Controversial businessman Deepak Jaikishan (pic) was given a whopping RM215 million interest-free loan from state-owned Bank Rakyat, a PAS lawmaker alleged today, despite Putrajaya’s claims otherwise.... READ MORE ...
Source: Malaysia Today   Full article at: Malaysia Today Jul 14 2014, 5:52am CDT
 

Update: 7

MRCB, Nusa Gapurna and PKNS settle suit over RM3 billion PJ Sentral project

Source: Malaysia Today

(The Malaysian Insider) – Malaysian Resources Corp Bhd (MRCB), Nusa Gapurna Development Sdn Bhd (NGD) and PKNS Holdings Sdn Bhd have reached an out-of-court settlement over the ownership of the... READ MORE ...
Source: Malaysia Today   Full article at: Malaysia Today Jun 21 2014, 2:53am CDT
 

Update: 6

Story behind Syed Mokhtar’s ‘RM2.25 billion tax-exempt’ Bernas deal revealed, says PKR MP

Source: Malaysia Today

(The Malaysian Insider) – An innocuous written reply in Parliament has provided a peek into the cosy relationship between the Najib administration and Malaysia’s best-known businessman, Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar... ...
Source: Malaysia Today   Full article at: Malaysia Today Jun 15 2014, 12:56pm CDT
 

Update: 5

Constitutional monarchy still murky concept

Source: Malaysia Today

After the RM4.5 billion land sale, the Sultan of Johor secured a 15% stake in MOL Access Portal (MOL) for RM396 million and took a 20% stak ...
Source: Malaysia Today   Full article at: Malaysia Today Jun 14 2014, 12:37am CDT
 

Update: 4

Sultan of Johor’s RM4.5 bil backlash?

Source: Malaysia Today

"GOLDEN ASIA" Tokyo Premiere Press Conference
Has Sultan Ibrahim of Johor’s succession of big money deals over the last six months caused the tide of public opinion to turn against Johor’s royal palace? KiniBiz examines the... READ ...
Source: Malaysia Today   Full article at: Malaysia Today Jun 11 2014, 8:49am CDT
 

Update: 3

Putrajaya denies carpet dealer given interest-free loan

Source: Malaysia Today

Eileen Ng, The Malaysian Insider Putrajaya today refuted allegations that Bank Rakyat had allowed carpet dealer Deepak Jaikishan to repay a RM32 million loan without interest following intervention f ...
Source: Malaysia Today   Full article at: Malaysia Today Jun 11 2014, 5:44am CDT
 

Update: 2

Malaysia Spends Over $9 million on MH370 Hunt: Report

Source: NDTV

"GOLDEN ASIA" Tokyo Premiere Press Conference
Malaysia has so far spent about RM27.6 million (over $9 million) on search operations for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 ...
Source: NDTV   Full article at: NDTV Jun 9 2014, 3:12am CDT
 

Update: 1

Bill for Kidex likely to soar to RM3.4b

Source: Malaysia Today

The original RM2.4 billion tag on the proposed highway did not take into account the cost of acquiring the land mostly in the urban areas, claims an assemblywoman F ...
Source: Malaysia Today   Full article at: Malaysia Today Jun 9 2014, 2:51am CDT
 

Shopping Deals

 
 
 

<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/5" rel="author">Robert Evans</a>
The excitement about new smartphones, tablets and anything mobile drive Robert to unearth the latest rumors and developments in this fast moving space. He adopted 4G as soon as it become available and knows where the mobile market is going.
Robert can be contacted directly at robert@i4u.com.

 

 

Comments

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

George Clooney Worries About Daily Mail &#039;Bleeding Into American Press&#039;
George Clooney Worries About Daily Mail 'Bleeding Into American Press'
George Clooney gave an interview on Friday to Variety, opening up about his problems with the Daily Mail and why he's worried about journalism.
 
 
iPad Mini Air to be 30% Thinner
iPad Mini Air to be 30% Thinner
Apple's tablet shipments for year 2014 will be roughly the same as last year
 
 
Pamela Anderson Turning To Her Sons During Relationship Drama
Pamela Anderson Turning To Her Sons During Relationship Drama
The former Baywatch star has always been devoted to her sons Brandon, 18, and Dylan, 16, by ex Tommy Lee.
 
 
Helle Berry&#039;s role in Monster&#039;s Ball was first offered to Vanessa Williams
Helle Berry's role in Monster's Ball was first offered to Vanessa Williams
Though Vanessa gave up on a role that won Helle Berry the Oscar for the best actress, she still has no regrets
 
 
 

About the Geek Mind


Read more about The Geek Mind.