Sony to sell 200 million PS3s?

By Derek Sooman on December 27, 2005, 7:14 AM
Recent reports have suggested that Sony PS3 sales will top two hundred million units in the five years following its release. The company expects to sell some twelve million units in the first year. The system's predecessor, the PS2, did about half as well in the same time frame. Are Sony’s predictions possible, given the video game industry's current slump?




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asphix said:
very possible. Its in a slump but whenever theres a slump, there will usually be a boom afterward.I think their aims are a bit high, but its very possible if the software released for the system is good enough. Only time will tell for sure.
vnf4ultra said:
I think most people who want a next gen console will get a ps3, so their estimate may be possible. With the xbox 360's overheating/game locking problems(among other problems), and the revolution's very strange controller(and low system specs), I think if the ps3 is reliable and fast and has good games it will dominate the console market.
Bartzy said:
I think they are exaggerating. There will be a huge demand for PS3 all around the world, but not as much, and definitely not more than the PS2 success. Despite this, PS3 has a huge advantage over Xbox 360 - The Japanese market. Japan will be flooded with PS3's and my bet is that everything will be sold in 3 days.Let the fight begin ! :)
brownpaper said:
I got a PSP and it is pretty darn cool! I don't think they will sell 200 million units though. Perhaps 100 million, but not 200 million units. I don't know how many people have the money to purchase something expensive like that, considering that there are iPods, Blackberrys, 360s, and PS3.
masterbaker said:
I think the amount of ps3s sold might vary on the success of the xbox 360. If the 360 doesn't fix its current problems, people will switch to the PS3. Also, since they are taking a bit longer, hopefully the bugs will be worked out better.
dbuske said:
Companies always set artificially high sales targets. Then when they don't meet it they can fire whatever manager they want to get rid of.Never believe company sales figures. They will always say they fell short of estimates. Meaning they made a profit, but not as high as they wanted it. Companies see profit through piggie eyes.I guess you can tell I am anti-corporate.
mtyson8 said:
No, I dont think those predictions are possible. But not cause of a video game slump(which I wasnt even aware of), but cause all the hype is always in the beginning, and stores cant even keep up with the demands anyways. Plus, theres the people that finally got x360s that wont get a PS3 as well. The sales will be good though, just LIKE the PS2.
cyrax said:
This is going to be a tough year, but not as tough as 2007.Dx10 and vista will be capable of delivering graphics that may surpass ps3 and xbox360. my guess is the sales figure may float in the 136 million units figure for the PS3.
PUTALE said:
it's only speculation only. I think we need to have PS3 first and also need to have enough to sell(look like xbox 360, there's still shortage of it:)).
Rage_3K_Moiz said:
200 million in five years seems like a difficult but possible target, if Sony manages to deliver a product that surpasses expectations. Also, if all the bugs in the PS3 are worked out beforehand, that would be a major contributing factor to its success.
asphix said:
[b]Originally posted by vnf4ultra:[/b][quote]I think most people who want a next gen console will get a ps3, so their estimate may be possible. With the xbox 360's overheating/game locking problems(among other problems), and the revolution's very strange controller(and low system specs), I think if the ps3 is reliable and fast and has good games it will dominate the console market.[/quote]You reference Microsofts consoles problems such as overheating and game locking as a fault, yet praise the "reliability" of a product that does not exist yet.Does anyone else see a problem with that? We have yet to see if the ps3 will have any launch issues. And rest assured, there will be some. How serious in relation to its compeditors is yet to be seen.The reason I say the numbers may well be possible is the Ps3 is supposidly capable of more than just a normal console system. If blu-ray takes off as the dominant media (and the ps3 has an acceptable DVD interface) that could push sales. So could the implementation of a linux OS on the system. It will appeal to a larger audience than the ps2. It'll be interesting to see what happens.[Edited by asphix on 2005-12-27 10:57:08][Edited by asphix on 2005-12-27 10:58:35]
otmakus said:
It's just a hype made up by Sony so people will race to buy it when it comes up, and to prevent people from buying Xbox 360.It all depends on the game though, whichever have the most games will be the winner.
Arcanum said:
PR in one of it's fine moments yet again.I'm very sorry, but I don't see this happening any time soon, especially not in the first 5 years.PS3 may be somewhat more powerful than Xbox 360, but you would have to be an ***** to claim it'll sell more because of that - games are the things that sell consoles, and Microsoft only brought more developers to it's side this time around, and there's the fact the PS3 is going to be pricey, and for a lot of people's taste it's going to be too pricey for just a console...The only two things preventing the downfall of PS are FF and MGS series which are still exclusive to it. However, Kojima himself said that may change soon... So if we get MGS 5 and later on Xbox 360, even FF wont be able to save the PS...This is just building a pure hype, cause Sony's pants by this time are starting to get full of it. Xbox 360 came out months sooner than PS3, for a lower price even on the starting day, and a lot of developers switched to it. If I was in that situation I would be very worried and start placing all kinds of propaganda, fud, building up a hype etc.Hope it doesn't work this time.
PanicX said:
A lot of gloom and doom in on these comments. Did anyone notice that the article says Microsoft plans to sell 1 billion Xbox 360's? Now thats good marketing hoohaa, especially because they only sold just over 1 million consoles in their first month released. Which means if they maintain those sales figures every month, they'll reach their goal in 83 years.It also appears that most of you missed that Sony didn't project these figures, but Business Week market researchers came to this conclusion.
mentaljedi said:
[b]Originally posted by PanicX:[/b][quote]A lot of gloom and doom in on these comments. Did anyone notice that the article says Microsoft plans to sell 1 billion Xbox 360's? Now thats good marketing hoohaa, especially because they only sold just over 1 million consoles in their first month released. Which means if they maintain those sales figures every month, they'll reach their goal in 83 years.It also appears that most of you missed that Sony didn't project these figures, but Business Week market researchers came to this conclusion.[/quote]HAHAHAHAH! 1 billion? That's probably the amount of people laughin right about now! HAHAHAHAHA
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