I’m certain that you’ve heard all about the rumors about the slim Playstation 3, but we all know that Sony is losing at least $40.00 per console that it sells. So the question is this: Will we find ourselves with a new model for the PS3? Will Sony announce the PSP Go!? Will Uncharted 2 be a megaton? Let’s theorize on all these questions and more!
We first must realize that almost everything about Sony is a different sort of beast. It doesn’t matter if they want to admit it or not, but they are dead last in the console sales race right now. Some months the Playstation 2 sells more than it’s big brother, and that has to be a slight disappointment., although it is obvious that every PS2 sold at this point is pure profit.
My first piece of advice for Sony moving forward is to forget about the past, and strive towards a profitable future. The economy is no joke, and an expensive console is not going to sell as well as the consoles that cost $199.99 or $249.99. Yes the PS3 is a Blu-ray player, and yes the PS3 has some good games now, but it is still expensive. A possible solution that I give has already possible been unveiled: a smaller, slim model, without all the bells and whistles, for a price comparable to the Wii. All that matters at this point is the need to push consoles, and the Sony brand, into homes across the world.
Perhaps this new slim model is real, and it will be officially announced at Sony’s E3 press conference on June the 2nd, 2009. Perhaps through extensive research they’ve discovered how to make their console cheaper, and they’re going to offer it to the public later on in the summer and totally phase out the old ones. On the other side of the coin it could be fake, and there is nothing to be announced.
Perhaps we should get beyond new consoles, and even new handhelds. The PSP Go! is a done deal, it’s coming. There is too much outside confirmation calling it real. Like I said, let’s get beyond games and go where it matters: software.
The first exclusive killer-app for the Playstation 3 must be InFamous. You ask any of the hardcore crowd and they’re picking it up as soon as they can. It’s exclusive, and it’s been reported early by many outlets that it’s excellent. It’s a must have title that could potentially push the sales of consoles. Sony needs to announce more games like this at their press conference. They need Massive Action Game [title is a work in progress] to work, and work right.
There is one last thing that Sony really needs to figure out how to do, and somehow make this a part of E3. You need a face that interacts with the public. When I think people at Microsoft I think about Major Nelson. When I think about Nintendo I think about Reggie. When I think about Sony I think about Crash Bandicoot, or a Helghast!
All in all Sony, the ball is in your court. You’ve got choices to make, and a game plan to execute. How you do it will be all up to you. You’ve come a long way since your launch, and given us some excellent AAA titles and content: Sony, it’s time to rival Nintendo.
The Sunday Soapbox is an account of the writer’s personal opinions and not representative of Gamer Limit’s opinions as a whole.