September 20, 2009

Sony’s PS3 Slim Drives Sales

Erik Kubik Says The release of the PS3 slim has spurred a lot of talk. Now it’s time for The Goozex Report to throw in its two cents.

Kotaku has already done several articles on the PS3 slim. On September 7, Kotaku reported that in the first three days the PS3 slim was on sale in Japan, the newly redesigned console sold 150,252 units.

On September 10, Kotaku published another article stating that with the release of the PS3 slim, Sony had seen a 300% rise in sales. That is a huge sales jump for any console. The last time Sony experienced this sort of boost in sales was in the summer of 2008, when Metal Gear Solid 4 came out. said that with the release of that game, PS3 sales had jumped 180%. Killzone 2 was supposed to boost PS3 sales, but sadly it did not generate the numbers the company had hoped for.

The price cut and the release of the PS3 slim means one thing to this PS3 owner. People who have been holding out on buying a Playstation 3 are doing it now. Are they buying the PS3 slim for the price cut? Is it for the ability to play Blu-rays? Sure--it could be those but I suspect most people are buying it for the games: and they could not be doing it at a better time.

The 2009 fall lineup for PS3 exclusives is looking good with games such as: Uncharted 2, Demon's Souls, MAG, and Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time. Even the multi-console games have got me pumped--Tekken 6, Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2, and Borderlands.

Who knows how long the PS3 Slim sales will continue to skyrocket? If I was to set a timeframe, I would say this trend will continue well into the holiday season. I have a feeling a lot of kids are going to be asking their parents for a PS3 to go with their Nintendo Wii or Xbox 360 for Christmas.