PS3 , PSP, Wii see Lower Sales
Sony latest takings show that it remains hammered by the worldwide recession and robust yen, suffering a loss of $390.5 million in the quarter that finished June thirty. The bright spot was Sony’s motion picture division, which saw a 6.5 % boost that was mostly due to the comparatively robust showing of “Angels & Demons” at the ticket office. But almost everything else, including Television , Playstation game, and PC sales, was down in a big fashion.
In an article, The NY Times highlighted the 37.4 % year-over-year slump in gaming and PC sales ( Vaio Computer ). The article spotted that PlayStation three game consoles were “particularly sluggish” and that software sales had dropped. According to the report, Sony related it sold about 1.1 million PlayStation 3s and 1.3 million PlayStation Cartables in the newest quarter, compared to 1.6 million PS3s and 3.7 million PSPs in the same period a year back. The decline in PSP sales is especially savage, though part of that slowdown could have been due to rumours earlier in the quarter that Sony would release a new PSP later in the year.
( And sure, enough, the PSP Go was displayed in June at E3. ) Also, the relentless crop of rumours concerning the potential arrival of a new PS3 Slim definitely hasn’t helped sales of the present game console. On a more positive note, we lately attended a PlayStation preview in the Big Apple that highlighted the PSP Go and the exclusive titles available for the PSP and PS3 platforms in the approaching holiday-shopping season. Sony may also be consoled by the indisputable fact that sales are also way down for the Wii, as Nintendo reported a 66 % fall in quarterly operating profit on “slowing requirement for its Wii console and a better yen.
Nintendo sold 2.23 million Wii consoles in the quarter, compared to 5.17 million the same quarter a year ago. However, Nintendo still posted a profit of $445 million and is predicting that it will sell twenty-six million Wii consoles before year’s end–along with 30,000,000 DS handheld game players, which, actually, is seeing heightened competition from another hand-held device. Nintendo didn’t mention the PSP as the rival in its earning call, but rather Apple’s iPhone.