Sony losing less money on each PlayStation 3 sold

By on December 24, 2008, 11:04 AM
Itís no secret that when the PlayStation 3 first launched two years ago it was sold at a significant loss by Sony in order to get consumers to buy the system and then spend money on games. This has changed dramatically over time, and while Sony is yet to reach break-even point with its console, prices have come down significantly from $840 in 2006 to about $448 today.

Revisions to the internal hardware including graphics and the cell processor have contributed to the cost reduction, and though they were forced to get rid of backwards compatibility for PS2 games, Sony considers this a fair trade-off that allowed them to boost sales with a price cut. The company is expected to achieve break-even point between cost and sales in 2009, according to market research iSuppli, and eventually start making a profit on each console sold in late 2009 Ė though a further price cut down the road might be necessary to compete with the Xbox 360 and Wii.




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poundsmack said:
With the 45nm Cell chip and 55nm Nvidia chips out for a while now the next PS3 should be based around that. Having the die shrink further (from its current 65nm) will reduce cost dramaticly on a mass production scale, not to mention it will use FAR! less power. Thats what I am waiting for before I make my PS3 purchase.
howzz1854 said:
it seems at this point of time, no one cares about PS3 live or die anymore.
bun-bun said:
I am really pissed by the lack of PS2 support. I bought my first 60gb on ebay just for PS2 support and gave away my PS2 at the time. Now that 60gb is dead and I gave in to the software emulation idea and went and bought a new 80GB only to find I can't play my PS2 games! It's rediculous that sony things they can keep cutting features while charging the same price.
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