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IDC analyst Billy Pidgeon has told GamesIndustry.biz that Sony must produce more first-party software for PlayStation 3 or risk seeing more and more units left on shop shelves.


Pidgeon's comments follow the release of NPD's videogame sales data for 2006 which, according to SCEA boss Jack Tretton, show "the power of PlayStation".


The IDC analyst said he agreed with Tretton that the power of the brand "is confirmed with the PS2's performance in the market", adding that sales of hit titles such as Guitar Hero 2 meant that last year "PS2 was helpful to most third-party publishers' bottom lines".

However, he continued, "The PlayStation brand doesn't appear to be helping the PS3. If NPD's numbers are correct, there are over 300K PS3s on retail shelves. That is not good for a console launch of only a million and it's not good for publishers with PS3 software."


Pidgeon warned that Sony must focus on the games available for PlayStation 3 and the number of first-party titles in development, stating, "Software libraries are the key driver of console sales, and no console is going to sell on the promises - they've got to deliver.


"Sony needs more must-have first party titles to sell consoles. Gamers know Halo 3 is coming on the Xbox 360, and they can expect Mario on the Wii, but there are no established first party franchises coming to the PS3 except Gran Turismo - and that is delayed."


Pidgeon did say that first-party PS3 games Heavenly Sword and Motorstorm "look great", but observed, "They are new and less anticipated."

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Nomura reports that the PS3 will be 25% below it's global target by March 2007.

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TOKYO (MarketWatch) -- Sony Corp. (6758.TO) will reach only 75% of its global target for PlayStation 3 sales this fiscal year through March, according to a Nomura report released Monday.

Nomura cut its target for PS3 game units shipped during the period to 4.5 million from 6 million, citing poor sales over the holiday season in North America.


The Tokyo-based consumer electronics maker is fighting to keep its position at the top of the video game market against rivals Nintendo Co. (7974.TO) and Microsoft Corp. (MS). The company's rollout of its newest system has been beset by delays and supply shortages, but it has maintained it will sell 6 million units through March.


Sony said last week it had shipped 1 million consoles in the U.S. in 2006, but it sold only about 470,000 in Japan according to data released by computer game publisher Enterbrain Inc. This put it well below its global goal of 2 million for the year.


The unit is due to be released in Europe sometime in March.

In its report Monday, Nomura also cut its PS3 sales forecast for next fiscal year to 10 million from 16 million next fiscal year and to 11 million from 18 million for the following year.
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Great news for Europe!
 

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Originally Posted by Bar81 /forum/post/0


Yup, guess you can't wait to pay in Euros and pounds, lol. You guys are getting ripped.

What the original poster means is that the PS3 will launch in Europe with a far greater lineup of A-titles -- with the likes of Motorstorm, Lair, Heavenly Sword and Devil May Cry 4. And this will certainly help adoption by greater numbers.


You also have to consider that Europe is traditionally Sony's (and Nintendo's) home turf. With the exception of the UK, sales of the 360 aren't spectacular because their style of games don't really match European's tastes once you go past the hardcore gamers.


As for BD movies, the market is holding back and the BVHE, Fox and Sony are timing their big-profile releases with the Euro launch of the PS3.
 

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No, you got me wrong.


What I was trying to say is that if there was still a shortage of PS3s in Japan and the US, there was the possibility of a further delay in Europe. This has been reported on the web.


But now that there are, ahem, no supply problems in those two territories, we can bet Europe will get a healthy influx of consoles.


(btw that does not affect me - I was going to buy a PS3 last November but when the delay was announced, I bought an HD-A1 instead and will wait for most of the rest of 2007 before buying any more hardware.)
 

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i have a feelin that the sales of PS3 in US is worst than Sony thought ) or it maybe an error)

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Sony said last week it had shipped 1 million consoles in the U.S. in 2006, but it sold only about 470,000 in Japan according to data

why the use of "shipped" and "sold" in one complex sentence and one is US and one in Japan? Are Sony REALLY that uncomfortable in announcing the sales figure for PS3 in US?

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No, you got me wrong.


What I was trying to say is that if there was still a shortage of PS3s in Japan and the US, there was the possibility of a further delay in Europe. This has been reported on the web.


But now that there are, ahem, no supply problems in those two territories, we can bet Europe will get a healthy influx of consoles.


(btw that does not affect me - I was going to buy a PS3 last November but when the delay was announced, I bought an HD-A1 instead and will wait for most of the rest of 2007 before buying any more hardware.)

with HALF of the shipped PS3 in north america collecting dust on retail shelfs, Sony might announce an earlier launch date for PS3 in the rest of the world
yes, good news indeed for Europe, Australia and Asia
 

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why the use of "shipped" and "sold" in one complex sentence and one is US and one in Japan? Are Sony REALLY that uncomfortable in announcing the sales figure for PS3 in US?

It's not Sony's sentence is why. Sony said they shipped 1 million into N America and that's all they said; the article derives the Japanese sales seperately from Enterbrain data. It's basically telling you what Sony said on one thing, and fleshing out another facet via additional data.
 

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Doesn't look like an "Xbox destroyer"
 

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No, you got me wrong.


What I was trying to say is that if there was still a shortage of PS3s in Japan and the US, there was the possibility of a further delay in Europe. This has been reported on the web.


But now that there are, ahem, no supply problems in those two territories, we can bet Europe will get a healthy influx of consoles.

At this point, it's becoming unlikely that the PS3 will be delayed yet again. All the branches of the Blu-ray studios are positioning their BD March/April lineups and are talking with the big name retailers. If it were otherwise, these titles would have been postponed without a date.


And also, the PS3 is the main sponsor (with Ford, I think) of the final legs of the Champions League, which is the European's biggest soccer event of the spring. Where else would they get a sport event that draws 150+ million viewers in our continent?

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(btw that does not affect me - I was going to buy a PS3 last November but when the delay was announced, I bought an HD-A1 instead and will wait for most of the rest of 2007 before buying any more hardware.)

That doesn't affect me either. I was able to try a PS3 at a private junket, and two days after that I had already made arrangements to buy and import a 60GB japanese unit.
 

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how is it 300k? This analyst doesn't know about Canada sales and the last week of December? Not a very smart analyst.

Yeah, he's not "analyzing" much of anything.


He straight subracted the NPD sales numbers from the Sony announced shipment figure and called it an article. I mean, frankly I think this is a depth of 'analysis' that gets reached in these forums in three threads a day.
 

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I got my PS3 and thats the main thing



Anyway,.. I think it's the coming movie titles that will kill HD DVD and not just the PS3.


And,.. My Kmart has lots of bottles of Windex in stock do you think that means people have abandon-ed clean windows?


-Brian
 

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Well, i have the PS3 and i like it(but i got it for BD mostly)...but i have had every console but the PS2.....not to hex the PS3 but the last time i chose a console and thought it was the wave of the future was the Dreamcast. IMO it was the best console ever...you could play FPS games with mouse and keyboard.
 

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This thread has nothing to do with HDTV Software Media. This thread should be in the videogame forum.

PS3 IS Blu-ray by the numbers. Its 95% of its movie player base.
 
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