PS3 Slim Gains An Early Edge
Okay, so we've gone through the first weekend with both Sony and Microsoft's competitive consoles coming in at the same price point...and the PS3 Slim has taken the early advantage.
We'll have to wait until the NPD releases their findings, but for the time being, we can check the world's largest online retailer. If we do so, we find that the Slim was ranked #1 in Amazon's Video Game division while the Xbox 360 Elite came in at #15. Consumers who wish to compare the two systems beyond the price - which is no longer relevant, as both consoles sport that $299 price tag - may find the differences fall in favor of Sony. With the built-in Blu-Ray player, free PlayStation Network, PlayStation Home, and impending top-notch exclusives over the next six months, both gamers and casual entertainment fans have begun to spot the PS3's appeal. Video game sales fell a great deal during the summer, but then again, there hasn't been much of anything to push those sales forward. All those must-have titles are on the way, though, and with none of the three major consoles priced over $300, most analysts believe we'll see a big holiday season. After the announcement of the PS3 price drop, the NPD predicted we might see a 40-60% sales spike.
All the hubbub surrounding the new PS3 Slim has propelled Sony to an early lead in this new, evenly matched price war. Can it continue onward through December...?
8/31/2009 John Shepard