Sony still taking financial hit on every PS3 sold

By Justin
Dec 14, 2009
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  1. Everyone knows that the money for console manufacturers is in games and accessories, not the console itself. Still, it is surprising to learn that Sony is still losing cash every time a PS3 is sold, despite the rig going through numerous hardware refreshes and cost cuttings. A modern PS3 costs about $336 to manufacture and is sold at $299, losing at least $37 with each sale.

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  2. CodePhoeniX

    CodePhoeniX Newcomer, in training Posts: 36

    Software licensing for Sony off sets those costs.
  3. Xclusiveitalian

    Xclusiveitalian TechSpot Guru Posts: 673   +39

    I think now that ps3 is getting way more games including way better exclusives is going to be more of a selling point for the ps3. There selling more consoles then ever these days, and no matter what, that means money, money from DLC, accessories you name it, especially with the boom this holiday season i believe sony is going to be very happy. $_$
  4. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TechSpot Maniac Posts: 892   +52

    Better than the $150+ they were losing originally. I'm sure they'll be able to get costs down a bit more to finally turn a profit.
  5. raybay

    raybay TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 10,716   +6

    I am curious as to the source of this information... Sony denies it, of course.
  6. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,043   +84 Staff Member

  7. Puiu

    Puiu TechSpot Addict Posts: 1,022   +87

    They shouldn't complain. The PS3 is doing extremely well now compared to 2008 and it will beat xbox360 in 2010. In therm of profit they are well withing the green.
    If only they could improve their online services to better compete with xbox's (but being free is still a bonus for me, but others just can't stop comparing the two)
  8. im from Australia, and they go for $500 here, so thats a profit i guess. the australian is at about 90 us cent
  9. hynesy

    hynesy TechSpot Maniac Posts: 445

    Us aussies cop a bit of a raw deal when it comes to electronics prices, especially when compared to the US at an almost equal exchange rate
  10. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 954   +30

    This loss doesn't even take into consideration the steps between manufacturing and getting the console into the gamer's hands. Shipping would cost. Do the stores make anything from these sales? I'd suppose so (even if very little).
  11. Richy2k9

    Richy2k9 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 515

    hello ...

    well i'm quite confident this issue will be settled after the release of God of War 3 & GT5 ;)

    SONY must concentrate also on other countries, because there is a market, emerging yet working. To every 10 friends, at least 6 had a PS2, now it's a 1/5 for the PS3...
    the population is only 1.2 million in Mauritius, with at least 200,000 ADSL subscribers, there must be like 20000 - 150000 SONY consoles & around 15000 MS ones. this is not official, i may even be wrong but that what it seems.

    whatever happens our country will hardly reach a 500,000 unit sold but who knows, there's still room for it.

    So if SONY would do a big campaign in MU, will work fine.

    btw for pricing issues a PS3 is around Rs 14000 (452US$) & the Xbox360 is Rs 16,000 (517 US$), a PS3 game may cost from Rs 900 - Rs 3700 (29 - 120 US$) - not CE. Xbox360 games goes at Rs 1200 - Rs 2500 (38 - 81 US$) if some are not pirated where copies are found on torrents or at Rs 200(7 US$)/unit on some black market ...

    Note also that MS is highly present in the country, while the SONY representative is one of the worst gaming side, they don't even know how to service or repair a console .. thanks god we have a lot of freelance technician.

    I don't have an Xbox360, i'm no SONY fanboy, i'm just a God of War fanboy & i import all my games at 40 - 52 US$ or less ...;)

    cheers!
     
  12. Well within the green? Sony's Game division has shown a significant loss since the PS3 was introduced, as much as a billion $ a year. Game sales havent come close to making up the loss on console sales.
  13. compdata

    compdata TechSpot Paladin Posts: 604

    Yeah, I am not sure games are the only reason. Another reason for sony to push the PS3 was to get Blue-Ray adopted as the next HD standard as well. If Blue-Ray picks up steam it come be a major cash cow for Sony with almost no continued investment.
  14. EXCellR8

    EXCellR8 The Conservative Posts: 2,278

    I'm finding it hard to believe that every console costs over $300 to make, especially since you are paying for a controller and all the accessories as well when you buy the console for $299. How much does the DS3 cost to make, $60? I guess the most expensive components are the motherboard and processor but I'd figure Sony to be the exception to msrp since they manufacture millions of consoles a month. The majority, if not all, PS3 consoles are assembled in China so either they are spending too much on assembly (most likely) or they are getting ripped off on components.
  15. pkww2

    pkww2 Newcomer, in training Posts: 22

    If $336.27 is the real cost of Sony, they will lost much more @$299 MSRP.
    Distributor mark up min. 2%, retail will mark up between 6% to 8% min. on the console to sell. In that case Sony selling price will be around $269. However, I really doubit it $336.27 is the true BOM cost + overhead!!
  16. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TechSpot Maniac Posts: 892   +52

    You'd be wrong with your assumption. Sony has there own distribution network and the retailers sell them at a loss ie no mark up. That's why they try to get to buy accessories and extended warranties.

    I worked at eb a bit in the last generation and once had a conversation with a Bestbuy employee who had the great idea of buying xbox's for cost and then reselling them. He gave up the idea when he found that cost was more than retail.
  17. Hey Jowga here,


    Sony is still making PS3s for us....... who really cares about all this negativity?.....lets focus on how they are actually progressing from were there when they first came out.....and this great 2009 year for gaming!!!!!!....Sony said things would get better slowly but surely guess what they were correct so far......quit B%#@ so much about how much they are losing will ya?.
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