The PS3 is Sucking Wind

By Deane Barker on January 17, 2007

Sony ships 1 million PS3s in Japan, expected to miss target: This doesn’t surprise me much, I guess — $600 is a tough pill to swallow.

Sony said on Tuesday it has shipped 1 million PlayStation 3 game consoles in Japan, but speculation is rising that the company would fall far short of its 6 million global shipment target by March.

[…] KBC Securities analyst Hiroshi Kamide also said the brokerage estimates Sony selling only a little over 3 million units of the PS3 by March because of its high price and lack of game software available for the console.

So, they’ll be lucky to sell half of what they planned. They’re about six weeks away from March, and they’ve only shipped 1 million units against a goal of 6 million. That’s some bad, bad mojo.

It seems the Wii is the darling of this season. I read an article the other day that said Nintendo was in phenomenal financial shape compared to Sony, and the Wii is the one getting all the press.

Even the superficially bad press about Wii controllers flying into TVs is actually good, because it gets people thinking about it — why would a controller fly into a TV? The answer to that question promotes one of the most revolutionary aspects of the console.

(As for me, my kid bought an XBox 360 over Christmas, and I, uh, I mean he loves it. Call of Duty 2 is insanely good.)

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  1. This just proves that a good innovative idea beats spending large chunks of money on hardware that does the same old tired thing only faster and a bit prettier any old day :-) The Virtual Console is another superb idea that is a very good sales point for the Nintendo Wii. Go Nintendo go!

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