US PS3 sales up 300% at 'top retailers' - Sony

SCEA declares Slim has energized console sales at select stores, with PlayStation-platform hardware sales up 140% week-over-week.

Though the PlayStation 3 Slim's domestic impact won't be revealed until the NPD Group reports September sales numbers in October, Sony is already touting its success in the US. In a brief statement sent to the media today, Sony Computer Entertainment America offered enthusiastic but selective data pointing to the popularity of the $299 120GB console.

Sony's very proud of its new baby.

"Our top retailers have reported a 300 percent lift in PS3 hardware sales and an increase of 140 percent in total hardware revenue across the PlayStation portfolio when comparing the first week of September to the week before the $299 price adjustment," the company said, while also touting its new humorous ad campaign. The statement did not mention that US retailers began selling the PS3 Slim during the last week of August, earlier than planned.

SCEA's announcement comes the same week as harder, independent information about PS3 Slim sales emerged overseas. Research group Chart-Track said the new console sold 40,000 units in its first week on the UK market, boosting overall PS3 sales 999%. In Japan, Famitsu publisher Enterbrain said 150,832 PS3s were sold from August 31 to September 6, the biggest weekly total since the console's launch in November 2006.

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Xaviersx
Xaviersx

In general, past statements were about what was happening in the past, relevant and on some points of sales and experiences, true. For now, one company is making a big stride in the market. How long that continues, could be as long and fabled as the Wii, or short and scaring as a Dreamcast. We'll all see in the future, but like many have tried to say, is it a fight between us or just companies competing, because some people are taking it way too personal.

SniperSight7
SniperSight7

The comment wasn't meant for you Autolycus... more towards the more "vocal" one-sided obvious fanboys.

Autolycus
Autolycus

I am not picking a side, I am disproving and providing truth.

SniperSight7
SniperSight7

And of course, the fanboys come out in force. Everyone fighting for their "brand" their "side" blah, blah, blah.... Good lord people, buy what you want to, enjoy it and just get over the need to prove the other side wrong. We're living though a great era of gaming, yet people still feel compelled to argue why the other side "sucks." Just enjoy it already!

Autolycus
Autolycus

@Hvac0120 The common misconception with the CELL architecture is that it's more powerful then what is currently out there. While the CELL was designed by multiple companies it was designed on THEORY. AKA it was only sweet .The 7 "CORES" are actually 6 SPE's and 1 PPE (full core). The SPE's to the normal person means they arent "full cores" or barely "half-cores" for terminology sakes. They are designed just to help crunch numbers. They don't have pipelines, individual memory registers, dedicated band width, etc.The most downright sucky thing about the CELL is the one FULL core processor (the PPE) that it has, is strictly designed to manage the tasks of the other 6 SPE's. The programmer can't even write code to try and bypass the controlling PPE. All tasks going to and from the SPE's must be controlled from the PPE. Since the CELL only processes in-order code (like the 360 and all PPCs) meaning that core 2 cant be used until core 3 responds saying its completed its tasks. That becomes a problem when you have the audio, textures, wire frames, physics, shadows, volumetric lighting and everything under the sun going through 1 processor, it simply cant keep up.Also the individual SPE cores can't access their own memory chunks as the memory is also controlled the PPE which is also shared with the GPU. Long story short, on paper the Cell was supposed to be great. In real life, it was anything but. Mail for more info.

Yuck_Too
Yuck_Too

@fps_d0minat0r You really are funny to read...I still like how you tell people to go look up stuff yet cannot be bothered to do so yourself. What makes it even more amusing is Sony press releases disprove 1/2 the stuff you claim. There is being a fanboi and all but at least read the Sony news yourself before "defending" them with such self-serving statements...

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

So that's the full house then. Massive sales in all territories all around. Kaz Hirai must be grinning like a cheshire cat right now.

SiLenTWarrior29
SiLenTWarrior29

...PS3 vedy good... great consol...360... hhmmm iss ..ok

green_dominator
green_dominator

This approaching holiday season might just be really interesting to watch unfold......I find reality TV stupid but what I see coming up might just be true entertainment...... Slim PS3, lower price, Vs XBOX Pro & Elite both at lower prices, a real war is brewing the likes of which haven't been seen since Sega Vs Nintendo Oh, the horror....... Mwahahahahaaaaaaa!!, this is gonna be fun to watch.....

wars45
wars45

just think how maney sales when uncarted 2 comes out ps3 is going up in the world

xtremeflem2day
xtremeflem2day

@fps_d0minat0r As you say "if XBL is better then why does it not do 60 players lag free in any of its game. 2 reasons 1) it CANT 2) it CAN but M$ are ripping off customers and not offering best services but still charging £40 a year for XBL." You just said it cant then it can, make some sense, plus PS3 is known to lag more than 360, everybody knows that, just some crying fanboys can't admit that.

StarlightHunter
StarlightHunter

@super6ft7, I agree 300% lol. Exactly right, It's better to have all the consoles to enjoy absolutly everything. You see the only reason why people go on about this console pearl Harbour is becaus of the games not the hardware, they just use hardware of a way to feel supeerior. Pathetic if you ask me. I mainly play on my Wii on Super Metroid or my Xbox for games like you said Halo, Gears, Fable etc. People just need to be open more open minded. I never liked the PS3 at first but I made my self by one and afew exclusives and I think it's a great console.

super6ft7
super6ft7

Why do people have to pick sides, its a video game console, an entertainment product. There is no war, just 2 groups of idiots on the internet who like to pretend they are fighting for something great. I have an Xbox, because I wanted to continue the Halo and Fable series. I don't have a PS3 because they play mostly the same games. I don't care what you say, they are very similar. If the XBox were to go terribly downhill or the PS3 got hundreds of amazing exclusives, I would buy a PS3, simple as. You don't need to have both consoles to be a "real gamer", you just have to unbiasedly enjoy games.

fps_d0minat0r
fps_d0minat0r

@ campbell153 well xbox users cant exactly prove its hardware is better because its not. thats why they lean towards software and online service arguements. if XBL is better then why does it not do 60 players lag free in any of its game. 2 reasons 1) it CANT 2) it CAN but M$ are ripping off customers and not offering best services but still charging £40 a year for XBL. their the only possible theories that can exists. either way PS3 wins......its a no brainer. PSN gives vidzone, HOME, online comics, remote play, BBC iplayer, web browser and FREE dedicated servers on its exclusives. soon theres also going to be a movie rent/buy section in the playstation store. it keeps growing.....when they finish something they get started on something new

fps_d0minat0r
fps_d0minat0r

PS3 will catch up with xbox in no time. thost who said it will never come close because of its price must be feeling like plonkers now. not to say that this gen is just about half way into its life.....well atleast PS3 is. @ daniel_droid so you only buy a console if you know the company is making a profit? go and find out how much microsoft lost repairing its consoles. actually find out delivery costs, their delivery costs are probably higher then how much PS3 lost lmfao......oh yh i forgot they take so long that people just buy new xbox's and throw away their old ones. and profits from hardware doesnt even matter......its the software that counts.......everyone knows PS3 exclusives sell well and thats where sony make their money. GT5, uncharted 2 and god of war 3 will make more from sales alone then all the money lost on selling consoles. then again theres MAG, heavy rain and also multi-platformers like modern warfare 2

SiLenTWarrior29
SiLenTWarrior29

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MassacreMonk
MassacreMonk

Every hardware/ redesign Sony comes out with all anyone ever does is complain. One change and everyone goes crazy. The Slim isn't even ugly, photos don't do it justice.

kamizuka
kamizuka

i heard the profit was 47 only not sure though, and dont really care all i want is more games. and thanks @daniel_droid your not the first one to point that out ......

bartek21
bartek21

@ daniel_droid The production costs of making the ps3 have also significantly dropped since then so sony is still making a profit of them

daniel_droid
daniel_droid

evan though the ps3 is 299 sony is still loseing lots of money per ps3 sold, i read some thing saying that each ps3 is about a 1,000 dollers in hardware so slashing the prices is probely hurting sony...............maybe unless they made cheaper hardware

deanie25
deanie25

arr you people with your fighting keep me entertained

anotherone10
anotherone10

Here in the UK, from the Amazon UK online store you can buy a PS3 Slim, get a good free game such as Fight Night Round 4 and a free HDMI cable all with free delivery, for just £250. Good deal if you ask me :)

campbell153
campbell153

People have always put me off getting a PS3 because they have an Xbox and say Xbox live is soooo much better and there are more exclusives out for the 360.... which is the case... for now, i can see Playstation clawing back!

Philo350
Philo350

meh, got a ps3 40G one. only really use it for games so doesnt really worry me. Can't wait for MAG and Agent!! going to be sweet on ps3 haha.

SOLIDSIKES
SOLIDSIKES

My elite got error 74....so its almost the same thing. I still couldn't play it. I would sell it if I didnt like Mass Effect some much. If the PS3 gets that game, than my 360 is gone. a 299 ps3 is worth far more than a 299 360, unless you just love halo so much....Which I dont. Master Chief is Master Lame

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

@Autolycus The Xbox360 is easier to develop for. I don't say this out of personal experience, but by what is consistently said across the industry. With that said: There's a good reason the PS3 is harder to develop for. It's call the [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cell_%28microprocessor%29]Cell Architecture[/url]. Of course it's going to be easier to developer for the GPU/CPU architecture that has been around for many many years than to develop for 7SPU/GPU/CPU architecture. What you get when your development team devotes time to learning this new architecture is the ability to exploit the architecture in ways that allow you to do more than you can on the old one. Games such as Killzone 2 and [soon] Uncharted 2 are good examples of how experienced Cell designers can take advantage of the more sophisticated architecture provided in the ps3. That is what's happening now. Sure Naughty Dog claims to be using 100% on Uncharted 2,but as time goes on & new techniques are developed, things will only get better. The 360 will hold up well, but you start to wonder if the 360 has really reached its potential without any new techniques. What 360 provides best is XBL (online service) & easy interface. Yes the great game library is still there, but looking @ current line-up of exclusives, you wonder for how long.

Luiz_AF
Luiz_AF

A friend of mine bought a Wii once, because he heard it was a lot of fun. But after some months he said to me that he only played his PSP because the Wii got boring. So he bought a 360 because it was cheaper..... he had a lot of fun with it, for a couple of months. He started to say that he should have bought another console. So he is saving up, and now, less than one year after he bought his 360, he's going to get a PS3 because the price has dropped, and because of games like Uncharted 2 and GoW3, he says. Other friends of mine also did the same thing. Looks like everyone buys a 360 or a Wii but always end up with a PS3, sooner or later. After saving up for some time, I bought my PS3, not only because of great exclusives, blu-ray or whatever, but because I knew I wouldn't have to spend money on any other console for 10 years or so (PS3 lifetime) .

steven141
steven141

The touch sensitive buttons look much better. Basically, the slim doesn't look as good as the other versions. Also, i completely hate the new logo, go back to the old one Sony. I'll stick with my 60GB PS3

spotty6
spotty6

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bredeyabo
bredeyabo

@ laresistance123 how in the world is saying that the xbox elite has no RROD being ignorent?! so far no xbox elite has suffered from it yet, you cant say that it still has the error before it even has happened! (im not even on xbox side im just saying)

shawn_mitchel
shawn_mitchel

Well,..am heading up to Arkham.I need to take Joker down a second time. This arguments between consoles will never be resolved. If i decide to check on Gamespot in a week time,the arguments between PS3 and XBOX 360 will still be on. It better go into Arkham Asylum and be BATMAN again.

06JRM06
06JRM06

@thiagofali I should have posted what I meant clearer. I was just talking about the passionate fanboys; those who resent another console's success, those who claim a game sucks because it's not on their consoles, etc. But yes, I totally agree with you on your point.

thiagofali
thiagofali

It is not embarrassingly nerdy to have an opinion on the difference in quality of any product.. Even more when we are dealing with electronic products... Everyone researches even if a little before buying a TV, a car or anything else, balancing the pros and cons and reaching a decision. Yes.. I agree with kamikuza on the fact that what is really important is which exclusive games do you prefer? And based on that decide what console to get... However, in my opinion, PS3 is more powerful in handling graphics, the capacity of blu-ray is better, the fact that on line gaming is for free, wireless antenna comes built-in, and the price drop makes it a better choice. The media battle between Blu-ray and HDD is over, and Blu-ray is the winner. So many reasons to consider the new PS3 Slim a bargain... However, most importantly, I am only expressing my opinion, I am not imposing anything.. And I find it constructive to have these chats about electronics because you end up learning something that you didn't know before...

rasterror
rasterror

Good for Sony even though I still need to see more games. I still will hold onto my 60 gig until it dies and when that happens I'm hitting up ebay for another 20 or 60 gig.

06JRM06
06JRM06

Really, coming from someone who doesn't own any next-gen console yet (so I'm no "fan boy." I find it embarrassingly nerdy when people claim their console is better than yours), just take a step back. Why wouldn't anyone buy a PS3??? Seriously. The price drop, graphics, bluray, exclusive triple-A titles, free online play -- need I go on? What's not to love? I'm gonna get my hands on one of these. This is too good to pass up.

kamizuka
kamizuka

if ppl have both consoles they use the xbox more? true thats not a lie, because most of the multiplat games look better on the 360, but thats for bad programing from the dev not the console but if he had one console he would get those games with no problem and you know that most of the games out there are multiplat? what you should ask is what exclusive games do you play/enjoy the most? FANBOYS PLZ READ THIS

shawn_mitchel
shawn_mitchel

Sometimes i actually wonder if my Dad ever strongly supported any VCR "video cassette recorder". I mean if he preferred a SONY VCR to a SHARP VCR,......or even a PANASONIC or SAMSONG VCR. My Dad loved movies and he still does. But all the year have known him,he has never argued strongly that one VCR manufacturer was better than the other. I think he is only interested in the QUALITY of the movies and the ENTERTAINMENT he gets from them. We all know the Pros and Cons of both consoles"Ps3 and Xbox 360" but i don't think you guys ought to take sides with any console because of minor differences.

CorruptGamerGX
CorruptGamerGX

-PlayStation Domination -Time for a price drop Nintendough -That is all

thiagofali
thiagofali

@ Autolycus Sorry I didn't catch that.. Did you think I was against PS3?

Autolycus
Autolycus

@thiagofali Try making a game and see which console is the "better" console. There is a reason that PS3 developement requires more people, more time and more money... different doesnt mean better.

thiagofali
thiagofali

Let's not forget that a huge amount of people still owns a PS2.. People who grew up dreaming of getting their hands on a PSX and then a PS2... There is a kind of loyalty linked to the Playstation series that does not exist in the Microsoft's console. First my loyalty was with Nintendo... I supported N64 instead of PSX (despite my hidden desire to have one)... However, after the boom of the PS2 era and the relative let down that the N64 was, my loyalty is with Sony... Despite the slow pace by which the games were being developed in Blu-ray and the early difficulties related to that (which favoured Xbox even more) now I think that PS3 is going to become within a year the main console... There is a soul to what Sony does... The quality and commitment related to their products... Microsoft entered the industry for one and only reason: MONEY... their console, plus antenna, plus gold membership are a rip-off... Sony supported the gaming industry since mid-90's and Nintendo since the 80's or 70's (please correct me, I'm not sure)... I really want to see another golden era of either Sony or Nintendo... (the latter only if they develop a serious console... because the hype related to motion-based games might not last for long)

UnknownForm
UnknownForm

I knew Sony would one day see the PS3 come back to light,and finally it happened! And to 360 fanboys you should partly blame me for this...I bought one of those...

shawn_mitchel
shawn_mitchel

@ thiagofail Microsoft still has few TRICKS up their sleeves. NO console manufacturer ever shows all their cards at one time! Competition in Business is like a Game or War.

thiagofali
thiagofali

By the way... Even though I made that comment on how the PS3 now is the best deal and best quality console, right now I just have a Xbox360... I made the unfortunate decision of selling about a year ago my 60gb PS3 because I was not using it... Which I regret immensely for 2 reasons... 1 - I can smell the end of the Xbox era in the air... Due to the recent developments (price cut, new games for the PS£ etc...) This comment might be far-fetched but it is my opinion. I always knew that the PS3 was a better console (quality of material, graphics etc)... The only hook-up was that it took too long to expand its array of games... I am a RPG lover and to stay more than a year (2006-2007) with only Enchanted Arms and Oblivion was too much to bear.. Whilst XBox360 owners had a much better variety of RPG titles... 2 - The second reason for regretting my early decision to sell my PS3 60gb is that it had backwards compatibility (ps1-ps2)... A PS3 60GB now can cost a small fortune on ebay... And I sold it very cheap... (yeah, yeah.. I didn't do enough research on the market at the time and I sold it cheaper than a used 80gb would have cost, naively thinking that the new one is worth more than the old one) Anyway.. Now I am skint but as soon as I have some spare money I will get the PS3 slim... Several new games as Uncharted 2, Heavy Rain etc are worth it of the move..

D3A7HJ0K3R
D3A7HJ0K3R

@norrel007 why are you bringing up sales? do you run microsoft? that iss the weakest excuse for a fanboy such as yourself to bring up. if microsoft has good business, will it really make you feel happy inside? They will still be selling a toaster/dvd player for a long time, and have you send it in every month for repairs.

youngsexynerd
youngsexynerd

hell yes, i want to see playstation dominate again!!

D3A7HJ0K3R
D3A7HJ0K3R

@Hvac0120 every comment you make is a trillion times more sensible AND RESEARCHED than these 360 fanboys trolling around. Thank you for bringing logic back to the comments section.

cliffyboy21
cliffyboy21

noo sony was loosing money on there phat consoles cuz if you read the earliear articles it was costing them about $800 to manufacture each console and sell it for a lower price. now the slim only costing them between 200 and 270 to manufacture and their selling it for a higher price so their making profit, and microsofts losing even more money just by lowering the price of the elite but they gotta make sacrifices to compete