Originally Posted by HeadRusch
Sony. The 360 was sold as a gaming machine, and continues to be sold...as a gaming machine. The PS3's first 2 year sales are going to be HEAVILY skewed to its performance as a BluRay player, which kept it alive the first 2 years. Now that BD players are less than $200, and Sony hasn't exactly built up a stable of killer apps for the system, its sales will start to decline...particularly now that its primary competition is as much as $200 cheaper.
I find this to be an intriguing point. Yes, Sony used the ps3 as a blu ray player until those prices came down. By offering blu ray + games for only $600 it was quite an attractive package to people who wanted the latest video tech, but didn't want to shell out $1000 for a standalone player.
But, now prices are going down and the ps3 isn't the best blu ray deal out there for people who just want to watch movies. So now Sony has to rely on games to sell systems and not games + movies. And when a consumer in this economy just wants to play some damn games and could care less about all the fanboy BS, of course they're going to pick up the $200 system. The ps3 doesn't look like an attractive gaming machine.
Now, in 2009 I hope Sony cuts the price in order to make that decision harder for on the fence consumers. Otherwise, they will be screwed because their console base won't expand and games will continue to sell tens of thousands more on the 360. But, there will be very attractive exclusives in '09 that will show just how capable of a gaming machine the ps3 is, and will start to cater to the undecided consumers out there.