Sony Blames Software for Poor Console Sales

The PlayStation 3 sales declined by almost 50,000 units between March and April. Dave Karraker, Sony Computer Entertainment America's Sr. Director of Corporate Communications, attributed the poor results "to a lack of new software in the market," pointing to games like Heavenly Sword and Uncharted: Drake's Fortune as heavy hitters meant to spur sales in 2007. May doesn't look any better: there are only two May PS3 games: Surf's Up and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End. Both are multi-platform releases. Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot told the Reuters news service a price drop was in order: "For sure Sony will have a different market share ... lower than before. They have to decrease the price quite significantly." Will Sony listen?

News source: 1UP

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The price is the biggest issue with me at the moment.
The first game on the radar blip that also drives me to even consider a PS3 is FF XIII.... which is December.

As a result I know own a DS Lite and a Nintendo Wii and LOVE it.

I also own 120+ PsOne/PsTwo games by the time Sony does a price drop goes to the software ps1/2 emulation model in the US and hints there "moving forward" aka tough break if it does work.... given all of the above it makes me seriously consider if Final Fantasy XIII is even worth it.

FF has not had a dud really but "lucky" number 13 may do it... and may not even be square enix fault.

PS3 may do well in the future... but it's running razor thin on drop off before the game support is there.

Always the way with Sony..... everybody else's fault but their own. Maybe if they shed this "we can do no wrong" attitude they'd get along better with their customers.

i blame sony for a crappy console, and a crappy price-point to boot.
crappy games don't matter if the console they're running on isn't worth half its pricetag.

Sony is going to have to drop the price in order for the console to survive. The PS3 needs to get into more homes in order to attract more software to be developed for it. Otherwise, who wants to invest in developing a game that may only be purchased by 20% (at best) of PS3 owners which are already a low percentage of the game market?

But, to be fair...it wasn't until a full year after the release of XBox 360 that their started to be worthwhile titles. When I first picked up my 360 back in April last year, I had only 1 game throughout the entire summer, DOA4. Since November of last year my collection has grown to 12 games (although some were dumb purchases..ahem... Dead or Alive Extreme 2 ).

im startin to love the friction between sony and the games market.....eventually they'll just have to drop the prices...thats when i drop in and buy one!

now i can finally afford a ps3..and gta4 and mgs4..woohoo!

Well I really like the console but the lack of games and even bigger lack of games I'd consider buying make me regret buying it at launch day. I seriously can't wait for GTA4 and MGS4 to make me happy about this purchase.
If they did not rely on limited software instead of hardware emulation for old PS games it would be way more worthwhile, too.

Short and definitely to the point,

Doesn't matter how many great games come out if you can't afford the system or believe it's to expensive.

One of the biggest differences between PS3 and Sony's first two consoles is the lack of exclusive SquareSoft's Prime RPG around launch (FF7 for PS1 and FF10 for PS2).

Another reason is the on-going format war; the longer it takes for HD-DVD vs Blue-Ray to settle, the longer PS3 will be stifled. And of course the longer PS3 sale suffers, the longer it will take for the format war.

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Maysky said,
One of the biggest differences between PS3 and Sony's first two consoles is the lack of exclusive SquareSoft's Prime RPG around launch (FF7 for PS1 and FF10 for PS2).

if i'm not mistaken, wasn't the PlayStation 1 out almost TWO YEARS before a Final Fantasy showed up on it???

Xenomorph said,

if i'm not mistaken, wasn't the PlayStation 1 out almost TWO YEARS before a Final Fantasy showed up on it???

FFVII came out September 7, 1997 in the US (PS1 released 1995). So you are correct, PS1 also didn't have a Final Fantasy in it's first year.


FFX was a little bit quicker in coming to PS2, it arrived in late in 2001 - a year after PS2 launch.

Its true that they need better games, but its also firmware that will help as the PS3 console software itself needs much more time to mature.

The PS3 is a one game console... (resistance has been selling in europe)
Motorstorm is nothing more than an extended demo. (try the demo for free. saves you a lot of money.)
Oblivion, most people already had an other version (PC, Xbox360)

All the great games are planned for Q3/Q4 release.
With all the development struggles, Q4 release dates are more likely.
My guess is that too many games will be unleashed on the public in that Quarter, so it will hurt sales even more. (not being able to afford every great game, people will choose.)

And what also hurt sales was the poor execution of the multi platform titles (FEAR, Splinter Cell) most games where much better executed on other platforms.

Tikimotel said,
And what also hurt sales was the poor execution of the multi platform titles (FEAR, Splinter Cell) most games where much better executed on other platforms.

I second that. Not only is it bad for consoles, it has turned PC gaming to crap as well. PCs are capable of much more than they're giving us because of console port limitations.

Playstation 2 is huge in the inner cities. PS3 low sales is because of the price, they chopped a HUGE chunk of their market off after about the $300 level. Watch, it aint gonna get much better even when more games hit. Thats my prediction and its a pretty damn easy one to make.

I'm a gamer, I love all the console, I want a ps3, but there are just 0 games for it and the price is too high. I have an xbox 360 and a wii, and at some point I will get a ps3. I have no loyalties. Give me a good bang for my buck and great games and I will buy a system, but right now at the price it's at and the games that are out, I won't buy a ps3.

Also losing some exclusive titles hurt.

At least they have a semi realistic look on why they aren't selling as much as they want to. There simply isn't any "must buy" (or console selling) game out there right now. They need that God of War 3, Final Fantasy *insert number here*, etc to get things rolling.

Exactly what I been saying all along.
I like to think of the PS3 as being the Sleeping Giant, waiting for that one thing to come along and awake it from its slumber.

Won't be long, soon as Home, Lil Big Planet, and blah blah comes long to spark the fuse.

305 said,
Exactly what I been saying all along.
I like to think of the PS3 as being the Sleeping Giant, waiting for that one thing to come along and awake it from its slumber.

Won't be long, soon as Home, Lil Big Planet, and blah blah comes long to spark the fuse.

What gives a game producer, that isn't already committed to a PS3 exclusive, any incentive to develop for the PS3 over the XBox 360 or Wii? If I were making a game I would want to target the system that is in the most homes.