Sony Prez Says "We Are Committed to PS3 For 10 Years and Beyond"
SCEA president Jack Tretton isn’t concerned about the sales figures for the PlayStation 3 thus far. “A million units one way or another at this point isn’t going to worry us,” said Tretton. Since November, Sony has sold 1.2 million PS3 consoles, compared to the Wii’s 2.1 million consoles sold. The XBox 360, which launched 18 months prior to both consoles, has sold 5.3 million units. “We didn’t get into PS3 for the first six months of 2007 – we’re into this for the next 10 years and beyond,” said Tretton.
IDC analyst Billy Pidgeon concurs with Tretton, saying, “The PS3 is ahead of the market, while the Xbox 360 and the Wii were designed for immediate market impact.” Pidgeon also said he expected that sales of the PS3 would increase in 2008. In contrast, Kyoshi Shin of Japan’s International Game Developers’ Association took the other side of the argument, saying, “When people talk about the PS3 on chat forums, they say it’s like going to a very expensive restaurant and not getting anything to eat.”
Personally, I think that the game market is growing enough that there is room for all three of the consoles to coexist successfully. Sure, there will always be one on top, but that doesn’t mean that no one else can get in the game.