GameStop: PS3 Kept Its Momentum Through October
The PlayStation 3 outperformed the competition in September, thanks to the long-awaited price cut and the introduction of the new PS3 Slim. But many have wondered if Sony could maintain this momentum...
Well, for PS3 fans, the answer should be obvious, especially with one of the generation's defining titles hitting in October, and only being available for Sony's console. In our minds, we figure something like Uncharted 2: Among Thieves alone should rocket the PS3 to another victory, but remember that the immensely popular Halo 3: ODST continues to have major pull. We'll have to wait for the official NPD numbers before we can say for certain, but GameStop seems to believe the PS3 had another big month: according to what executive vice president of merchandising and marketing for GameStop, Tony Bartel, told IndustryGamers, the aforementioned momentum hasn't broken stride:
"We continue to see the [price drop] giving strong momentum to PS3. Obviously we had a strong surge when they initially dropped the price, and there was a lot of excitement around that, but we still see PS3 sales as very strong through October as well."
When it comes to the hardware wars, everything ultimately comes down to price and available software that people want to play. In the minds of many, the PS3 led the pack in both areas ($299 for a PS3 is simply the best value, especially once you consider Blu-Ray and the free PSN, right?), and games like Uncharted 2 are just un-missable. But there's no denying the power of the Halo franchise and let's not forget that the 360 Elite enjoyed a price drop, too, so October's results should be intriguing.
11/3/2009 9:10:28 PM Ben Dutka