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Sony marches on through March -- two victories at once!

Sony released their NPD data and you know what? It's hot. Real hot. Maybe not so much for the PlayStation 3, but even there it has a small gain for the Sony camp. We'll summarize the relevant data below. Get your pitchforks and torches ready, because we'll probably have to fend off some trolls.

  • PS2 won the month selling 280,000 units. This beat the Wii (259,000) and Xbox 360 (199,000). Last-gen for the success!
  • PS3, also in a winning position, was the only next-generation console to see a gain in March. The Wii dropped 22% and the Xbox 360 decreased 12%. This is largely attributed to the European launch.
  • Sony states that there is still a supply constraint with the PS3 because of the focus on getting PAL versions of the console on shelves. This'll change pretty quickly, though.
  • The price drop of the PSP from $199 to $169 marked a very positive consumer response, increasing sales of the handheld and significantly jumping software sales -- 12% is significant, but not monumental.

What do you guys think? Is Sony really suffering, or is this overwhelmingly positive news just an affront to hide their sorry, cowering hides? We'd say they're doing fine, although we'd love to hear overwhelmingly positive news for the PlayStation 3 in particular and not "Sony overall".

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1. Sony still holds the console market for now, but they need to make up ground within the nexy year.

Posted at 12:09PM on Apr 20th 2007 by massive_98

2. I know the PSP pricedrop (and me trading 4 games in) made my decision to get a PSP. The graphics is just so much better than DS. FF is totally gonna blow FF3 on DS away.

Posted at 12:26PM on Apr 20th 2007 by shase

3. I if the rumors are true that come this Holiday season that Sony will lower the PS3 to the price of the old 20 gig. Then sony really will be making money off the PS3 plus if Sony were also to lower the PSP 20 dollars more to 150 then the PSP would be bringing even more money in. I am not saying Sony systems suck I own then just I could see more people wanting then if the price was a little lower.

That being said good job Sony on getting more people to buy your systems.

Posted at 12:32PM on Apr 20th 2007 by Joe

4. As you suggest in your final paragraph, I think we'd all like to see PS3 selling a little stronger, but for a lot of casual gamers PS2 is enough for the time being and very cheap. Yet, the fact the PS2 is still the market leader bodes well for Sony and ultimately the fate of the PS3. I believe that most of the PS2 buyers will eventually upgrade to a PS3 when next gen sequels to their favourite games tempt them enough and the price drops to a more affordable level over the next couple of years. With the release of games like SingStar and Little Big Planet, casual gamers are also going to be more and more tempted.

A lot has been said about the success of the Wii, but it's really not a long term console, it's a last-gen machine and although fun to play it's scope is limited by the low end hardware. It's success will be sustained for a couple of years but will ultimately be outsold by both Xbox 360 and PS3.

Increased PSP sales is also promising, but in Europe we really need a price drop and some PS3 compatibility along with more PSP exclusive games. Hopefully some games will soon make use of the link up possibilities, increasing sales of both consoles. For now though, I'd be happy with some downloadable PS1 games in the PS Store.

Posted at 12:34PM on Apr 20th 2007 by Paul Atkinson

5. Give it time. A few more games, especially a good job on the Fifa and F1 franchises from EA, plus the inevitable price cut will have it at the top of the charts.

They've missed the boat on the big hype by not selling out at launch but Sony have deep enough products and a good product.

Posted at 12:35PM on Apr 20th 2007 by winafreeps3

6. Can't believe people are out there buying PS2s though!
hahahah

http://www.winafreeps3.co.uk

Posted at 12:38PM on Apr 20th 2007 by winafreeps3.co.uk

7. PS2 is the cheapest console on the market right now that still has long-term support. You'd be surprised on how many people have never owned one until recently.

Posted at 12:44PM on Apr 20th 2007 by Cagalli

8. wow. that's a lot of ps2s.
some, no, a lot of them have to be second systems. i myself have one ps2 phat, two ps2 slims, and two psp systems, along with my ps3. even so, this bodes well and shows that the ps2 will probably have a long 10 year life just like the ps1. despite the pressence of the wii, and continue racking in the dough for sony.

nintendo is dropping the ball with the wii shortage. i think a lot of people are starting to give up on finding one for a while and picking up PS2 instead.

time, this holiday season is where the first meaningful battles will be fought.

Posted at 12:53PM on Apr 20th 2007 by alienclay

9. Wow, great news for Sony. = P *thppt*

But what happens two years from now when the masses stop buying last-gen systems? If the PS3 keeps selling so low, that does not bode well for Sony's prospects for the long-term.

Posted at 1:01PM on Apr 20th 2007 by Phil

10. Yeh but Phil, when people stop buying last gen systems, they're gonna want to play the sequels to their favorite games on the playstation 2, and the odd few have moved to 360 but the majority are still at the ps3, well the good ones anyway.

So they'll buy the ps3, sales will start ramping up october-december with all the slew of good games coming out, thing is though so will the 360's - maybe even more so due to Halo 3.

Hmmmmm.

Posted at 1:13PM on Apr 20th 2007 by Naaiif

11. Ok I guess I'll be the one to play Devil's advocate then...

I don't mean to sound like a negative Neddy and as many of you may notice I post on these blogs quite a lot, but really how are you guys seeing this as good news?

The PS3 is still in a distant third place. An increase of 2% is not good. It may have been the only next gen system to have a 'slight' increase but it was still 70,000 less than the 360 and almost 1/2 of what the Wii sold.

The PS2 got second place. Good news? I don't see it that way. Lets look at the repercussions of such a scenario. The PS2 is still releasing way more games than the PS3. The PS2 is also a lot cheaper to develope for than the PS3. A lot of smaller development as well as more than a few large publishers/developing companies still regularly release games on the PS2. The ONLY thing the PS3 had going for it was that the PS3 was or would eventually outsell the PS2 and take its place as head of the Sony pack. With March's findings that does not appear to be true. The results? All those small-time indy developers will continue to release their games on the PS2 which is proven to make them money. Those companies will not be making games for the PS3 anytime soon now. The bigger effect is that EA, THQ, Activision, etc will now continue to support the system drawing much needed IPs and money away from its PS3 development cycle. Sony needs to kill the PS2.

Now for the PSP. Did it sell well? Ya I suppose 180,000 isn't anything to scoff at. And it was probably attributed to the price drop of $30. However, it was still pummeled by DS sells which has no price drop. 500,000 compared to 180,000? Ouch. Although on the bright side the PSP is selling well and its far from being a "dead" system.

I hope Sony decides to look at these numbers and truely improve on what could be done. I love my PS products and love the games they produce, but I hate it when they put spin on news that is in all fairness bad. Just learn from your end results and improve upon your product and you will succeed.

Posted at 1:16PM on Apr 20th 2007 by Geoff Gibson

12. Every month these numbers come out I always love to see how the Sony fans try to see the bright side. First of all, in North America, there is no supply constraint with the PS3. There hasn't been since early January. Next, the Xbox 360 saw a 12% decrease only because of the growing rumors of the Elite. People held up on purchasing their 360 in favor of the Elite. Lastly, let's look at software sales. Only 1 "killer app" for PS3 in the top ten list and with 199,000 units sold. Definitely not a good outlook for PS3 developers.

Posted at 1:33PM on Apr 20th 2007 by Matt

13. Sony said all this?

I just got dizzy.

Posted at 1:44PM on Apr 20th 2007 by Dolla Dolla

14. You spin me round round baby round round like a record baby round round round round! lol

Posted at 1:47PM on Apr 20th 2007 by Azorean

15. The point is, Matt, that the PS3 costs way too much, there is a lack of games, yet it is still somehow selling respectably. Until a big new game is released or a price drop happens, I wouldn't expect anything but shrinking sales from the PS3, yet it's the other consoles showing shrinking sales.

PS3 is looking okay because by all logic it should be selling absolutely horribly.

Posted at 1:48PM on Apr 20th 2007 by James

16. seriously Sony needs to get off their asses and go to a store and see the truth about how constrained their supply is, thats a load of BS

the 360 sales dropped because of the Elite coming in, wait till next month and the 360 will make a comeback. as for the PS3 its nowhere but downhill. what they need is a sudden improvement in their games catalogue but last i checked Sony was concentrating on the BluRay thing. sad that most of the end users get something else of what they wanted, something sony has never done in the past but this time i think they are desperate to win the stupid format war.

Posted at 2:22PM on Apr 20th 2007 by WTangoFoxtrot

17. Aren't NPD numbers for North America? So why would the EU launch be the reason that the PS3 was the only next-gen system to see a rise in sales for the last NPD period? If I understand NPD correctly, the EU launch sales aren't counted.

Posted at 3:16PM on Apr 20th 2007 by Travis

18. Wow...that is amazing spin for what is otherwise bad news for Sony...that is to say the PS3 is selling considerably less than the 360 and way less than the Wii.

Posted at 3:20PM on Apr 20th 2007 by Jon

19. If I'm not mistaken, the price drop wasn't official until the first week of April, so this shouldn't have been a factor in the March sales of PSP, or am I getting something wrong here, just seems like people were attributing the PSP gains due to the Price drop but from what I remember and can find the price drop occurred the first week of April. Oh well, probably my mistake or something.

Posted at 3:37PM on Apr 20th 2007 by brad

20. Ok I guess I'll be the one to play Devil's advocate then...

I don't mean to sound like a negative Neddy and as many of you may notice I post on these blogs quite a lot, but really how are you guys seeing this as good news?

The PS3 is still in a distant third place. An increase of 2% is not good. It may have been the only next gen system to have a 'slight' increase but it was still 70,000 less than the 360 and almost 1/2 of what the Wii sold.

The PS2 got second place. Good news? I don't see it that way. Lets look at the repercussions of such a scenario. The PS2 is still releasing way more games than the PS3. The PS2 is also a lot cheaper to develope for than the PS3. A lot of smaller development as well as more than a few large publishers/developing companies still regularly release games on the PS2. The ONLY thing the PS3 had going for it was that the PS3 was or would eventually outsell the PS2 and take its place as head of the Sony pack. With March's findings that does not appear to be true. The results? All those small-time indy developers will continue to release their games on the PS2 which is proven to make them money. Those companies will not be making games for the PS3 anytime soon now. The bigger effect is that EA, THQ, Activision, etc will now continue to support the system drawing much needed IPs and money away from its PS3 development cycle. Sony needs to kill the PS2.

Now for the PSP. Did it sell well? Ya I suppose 180,000 isn't anything to scoff at. And it was probably attributed to the price drop of $30. However, it was still pummeled by DS sells which has no price drop. 500,000 compared to 180,000? Ouch. Although on the bright side the PSP is selling well and its far from being a "dead" system.

I hope Sony decides to look at these numbers and truely improve on what could be done. I love my PS products and love the games they produce, but I hate it when they put spin on news that is in all fairness bad. Just learn from your end results and improve upon your product and you will succeed.

Posted at 1:16PM on Apr 20th 2007
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this guy is an idiot, dude I'm no genius but it cost way more to make a ps3 game or 360 game, so software is going to be slow at first, not to mention 360 has alot of software because they cut the cord on there own console what do you think people where going to do? they were losing so they force people to run with there new console LOL losers, and wii has titles(rehashes, ports) I"m titles because it cut it's last console as well, ps3 is great just buy and play ps2 and ps1 games on it there's plenty and when a next gen title comes out that's worth it's salt(heavenly sword, mgs4, lair,) then drop the 60, but even if the games are cross platform, in the end it's ps3's originality that will win, not the xbox which which does nothing for the video game industry but feed it's own pockest(seriously), and nintendo is innovative but let's face it, there lazy releasing that weak console, like the motion control took along time to tap on LOL

Posted at 4:33PM on Apr 20th 2007 by Henry

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