Sony Prez Says "We Are Committed to PS3 For 10 Years and Beyond"

PS3SCEA 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.

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8 Comments on Sony Prez Says "We Are Committed to PS3 For 10 Years and Beyond"

Dizzle

On May 14, 2007 at 9:22 pm

Finally someone from Sony comes out with some encouraging words. Here we PS3 owners are left with nothing but bad sales figures, negative media articles, and Kutaragi’s “retirement”. In the long run, it makes me feel better knowing my purchase will still be current and supported by Sony for the years to come.

angryaztec

On May 14, 2007 at 10:32 pm

10 years? LOL

In 5 years you’ll see the next generation of Nintendo & Microsoft game consoles. By the next 5 years you’ll see the next generation after that. So if the PS3 can’t even deal with the 360 and the Wii… what makes Sony think the PS3 can handle the consoles that will supersede the present ones that are kicking PS3′s butt NOW?

Face it. The Dreamcast just got another console to join it in the game console after life.

jonathanf

On May 15, 2007 at 3:26 pm

I’m happy that Sony is committed to their console, but, yeah, 10 years seems a little too optimistic. I don’t think there’s any company that has supported a console for that long.

Stephany

On May 16, 2007 at 6:25 pm

And women are always complaining that a man can’t commit.

Jon

On May 16, 2007 at 6:54 pm

Sony have said all along that this console would be supported for at least 7 years so I don’t know why anyone is surprised at this statement. 2 months ago saw the 7th anniversary of the PS2′s release which is still selling better than any home console. Given that the PS3 is selling faster than the PS2 did at the same point it makes some of the idiots predicting doom for the PS3 look really stupid. The PS3 is a console that will be on sale for years after the Wii and 360 are replaced.

Falct

On May 17, 2007 at 3:40 am

I doubt it. The PS2 was a huge success at launch. The PS3 hasn’t made a good start, and I doubt it will improve by much. Better off sticking with a Wii or Xbox 360.

Jon

On May 26, 2007 at 10:52 am

Falct said: “The PS2 was a huge success at launch”

The PS3 is selling faster than the PS2 did. Fact.

angryaztec

On October 7, 2007 at 2:09 pm

“Given that the PS3 is selling faster than the PS2 did at the same point it makes some of the idiots predicting doom for the PS3 look really stupid”

How about you get your facts right. The PS2 made it’s debut in the year 2000. And by the end of that same year it sold 6.4 million units. By the time the PS2 had a full year on the market, it had sold 24.99 million units.

Now compare that to the PS3… almost a full year has passed and yet the PS3 is having a hard time selling 5 million units wordlwide.

So… If you compare the PS2 to the PS3, the PS-Triple smells of failure.

Who’s looking stupid now? ;)