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Report: PS3 Enjoys "Increasing Worldwide Market Share"

Sony's "It Only Does Everything" PlayStation 3 campaign, combined with stellar exclusives and the all-important price drop, has resulted in a definite surge around the globe.

As reported by Industry Gamers, Research and Markets has released a new report that deals with "the growth trends of video consumer devices, including gaming consoles." According to the results, the PS3 has been outselling the Xbox 360 in Europe since June 2008 and furthermore, Sony's machine "is also steadily increasing its market share in all other regions across the globe, including in the North American market." And although the 360 still sells more in this region, PS3 sales have been rising quickly (up 44% over the holidays) and SCEA senior vice president of Marketing and the PlayStation Network, Peter Dille, insists that some day, the PS3 will reach and surpass the competition. As for all the console makers, the report says the Americas should remain the largest through at least the next few years. However, although the PS2 continues to sell in less established markets around the world, sales have certainly fallen off in the major markets like the US, UK and Japan. In other words, it seems clear that the transition between PS2 and PS3 is essentially complete in the most important regions.

It's good to see the PS3 continue its upward swing and provided the exclusives continue to resonate with critics and gamers alike, it seems inevitable that Dille's claim will come true at some point in the near future.

2/8/2010 9:14:15 PM John Shepard

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Comments (55 posts)

OtisFeelgood
Monday, February 08, 2010 @ 9:54:51 PM
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Its only going to get better. ;o

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mackid1993
Monday, February 08, 2010 @ 10:00:51 PM
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I really hate analysts. They always report on the obvious. When sales are up, market share has the potential to increase. It is just common sense. But other than that, it is great that the PS3 is finally picking up in sales. Here's to another great year. :D

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rogers71
Monday, February 08, 2010 @ 10:01:03 PM
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Keep the games coming and the sales will follow!!!

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TheCrazyMerc
Monday, February 08, 2010 @ 10:05:07 PM
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Go Sony! Its your time to shine!

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godsman
Monday, February 08, 2010 @ 10:12:50 PM
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I say Sony truly wins after 2010. That is when the motion controls battle really heats up. To us, hardcore gamers, we don't give a crap, but casual gamers don't know any better. They will buy anything that is highly advertised.

If either Sony or Microsoft manages to gather another 10 - 20 million gamers, it'll be the end for the other one. One advantage for PS3 is that their motion controller is similiar to Wii. Awesome games like Monster Hunter 3 would never be Wii exclusive.

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eLLeJuss
Monday, February 08, 2010 @ 10:15:42 PM
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Ahh i might have to buy another one. My ps3 wont read any discs. wtf? its like it wont load anything. I can open it and play demos. just not discs.....................................................mann and this close to march? GOW3?! FFXIII?!

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Kowhoho
Monday, February 08, 2010 @ 10:30:06 PM

You would have reacted that way if you got console troubles at almost any point in 2010 with blockbusters coming out in such quick succession recently!

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inkme101
Monday, February 08, 2010 @ 11:37:09 PM

this also happened to me about 4 days ago. woe is us! lol

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___________
Tuesday, February 09, 2010 @ 1:16:02 AM

is it just bluray disks that wont work, or DVDs and CDs also?
that happened to me 2 months after buying my launch ps3 it would not read any bluray disks but ps2 games, movies, music and ps1 games all worked fine.
probably just the laser you can pick those up dirt cheap off ebay.

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BTNwarrior
Tuesday, February 09, 2010 @ 1:31:08 AM

it took them less than a week to fix mine when it died on me, so if you are still in waranty or are willing to fork over the $150 to get it fixed, you should have it back before even Heavy Rain comes out

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junglemunquay
Tuesday, February 09, 2010 @ 3:32:47 AM

I had the same problem about 4 weeks ago - stuck a Blu-Ray movie in, blank screen!! Stuck a DVD in (copy or original) blank screen!! Stuck a PS3 game in, got part way then blank screen!! So I backed everything up, blasted a can of air through the vents, ran a hoover over the vents, stuck a fan behind the machine, did a full system restore and have had no problems since (touch wood!!)

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junglemunquay
Tuesday, February 09, 2010 @ 3:41:46 AM

Having read my last message, I would have probably been as well off with just the system restore seeing as there was no dust!! lol

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___________
Tuesday, February 09, 2010 @ 6:57:22 AM

dont hold your breath on having it back by heavy rain.
took them 7 weeks to fix mine, and i was on the phone with them every day.
thing that pissed me off the most was they would not tell me what went wrong and how i can avoid it happening again.

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eLLeJuss
Tuesday, February 09, 2010 @ 1:47:03 PM

Omggggggggg this is so lame.. Im gonna have to send it to sony or something or can i go to like a sonystyle store to give it to them to fix and comeback for it. i think that would be faster than mailing? I wanna make it before heavy rain comes out!! noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

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bigrailer19
Tuesday, February 09, 2010 @ 3:40:32 PM

Listen do as BTN warrior says. If its in warranty or ytou have to spend the money whichever. Do it. If what blankline says is true then he got jipped. Sony Will send you a shipping label for over night of the PS3, free to you. it wont take long to get the label maybe 3 days tops since its sent by mail. you Send your PS3 in and they should let you know what went wrong within a week. If you get a refurb shouldnt be no more than that period.

Or just buy a new slim! ;)

Sony's always been great with me, sorry blankline.

btw, just a little secret my buddy had the same problem. He called Sony and complained his head off and got a free game (heavenly sword) along with his replacement PS3. i hate to do that for Sony's sake but as a consumer we got's to watch out for eachother! ;)

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Nickjcal
Tuesday, February 09, 2010 @ 5:20:33 PM

i think my ps3s runnin on months now even though its working perfectly fine. Ive heard they only last so many years but ive had mine for 4 years now and not a single problem luckily.

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Fane1024
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 2:11:01 AM

Ken Kutaragi hasn't had a PS3 for four years, much less any customer.

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Highlander
Monday, February 08, 2010 @ 10:18:21 PM
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Perhaps the PS3 slim has finally cracked the PS2 upgraders?

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godsman
Monday, February 08, 2010 @ 10:41:38 PM

I think the PS2 upgraders are still waiting for the sequels of the best games in PS2 era:

God of War
Final Fantasy
Gran Turismo

These games are sequels jumping to the new platform AND coming out 2010!

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Highlander
Tuesday, February 09, 2010 @ 10:15:45 AM

You mentioned three games coming this year, which is why I think that PS2 upgraders are making the switch, they are getting ready for these new sequels - of course it doesn't hurt that HDTVs were competitively priced during the holiday shopping season and in the US we're into tax rebate season...

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Scarecrow
Monday, February 08, 2010 @ 10:26:38 PM
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It has always been this obvious
All Microsoft was doing was riding the FPSs bycicle

Once people realized how good other genres were, they started to shift to ps3 (where there's more QUALITY in variety)

The console itself caters better for v-games. The other console was just a hungry machine:

-cheap DVDs
-RROD
-DLC milking
-etc.

It was never really the real HD console

blu-ray for ps3, just like DVD for ps2 will keep the console on top

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godsman
Monday, February 08, 2010 @ 10:46:23 PM

You have to hand it to Microsoft though. They have beaten the genre to death and still manage to have such large group of fans asking for more.

Xbox fans, instead of asking "What other genre can we play?", they ask "What else can we shoot?"

This is why Microsoft writes those checks out, they hinder the potential of PS3, by time exclusivity then port down to PS3. Gamers will think Xbox is graphically superior. I was so glad that last year, Uncharted 2 claimed some face for Sony with their superior graphics.

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Qubex
Tuesday, February 09, 2010 @ 1:26:35 AM

I must be careful not to shout this too loud, otherwise "Hitch" will be down my throat... but I am so very happy Sony is finally making in-roads... they deserved better from the start with better quality hardware ...and will win this battle eventually... the best console always does... (that was very "fanboyistic" to some degree, but I enjoyed the moment)

"Gulp"

Q!

"i am home"

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Kowhoho
Monday, February 08, 2010 @ 10:27:06 PM
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Oh yeah baby.
But seriously, there are really quite a few factors in the mix, all leading to either the xbox or the PS3 finishing 2nd (or 1st! gasp!) in hardware sales. After we see the effects of Natal and Arc (or whatever), we will get a better picture of the situation. Sony is gobbling up market share in all regions and is now selling more than the xbox even in America! If Microsoft does not stop this trend with Natal (or something else), I would say it's definitely possible that the PS3 will overtake it sometime in the future. But then, Microsoft may release a new system before that can happen, so they can "win" the generation just in the nick of time. We have to wait and see.
I apologize for the long read.

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godsman
Monday, February 08, 2010 @ 10:51:25 PM

Xbox is so cheaply made, that they have another ace up their sleeve, another pricecut. That's why they keep giving those $50 giftcards away. Sony might be forced to cut another $50 bucks near the holiday season.

I think instead of making it $249 for PS3, Sony will bundle the Arc+camera for $299 instead in Holiday 2010. It will draw more attention, and make it simplier for consumers.

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Highlander
Monday, February 08, 2010 @ 11:04:07 PM

@Godsman

How about a killer blow from them.

$199 for a PS3 base model and $299 for the one with Arc and the Eyepet.

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godsman
Monday, February 08, 2010 @ 11:11:08 PM

Well, we have to be more realistic. PS3 is still losing money. From now till 2011, they can only afford to cut $50 at most.

Plus $100 dollars for the Arc + EyePet bundle sounds like a rip off. Eyepet and the camera sells for $60. I don't think the Arc will be $40 bucks. The Arc needs to be selling for $20-30 to stay competitive, considering that it needs the $40 PSeye to work.

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BikerSaint
Monday, February 08, 2010 @ 10:31:50 PM
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Firmer foothold, my a$$.....

HA, better than that, I'd like to think that Sony's now using some mighty Paul Bunyon sized lumberjack boots with stainless steel spiked soles.

I wonder how long before MS feels the Earth quake under their feet from the getting-ever-closer rumbling footprints being made by one mighty mean SOB of a superior gaming console?







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geovanwitdakick
Monday, February 08, 2010 @ 10:36:39 PM
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I would never underestimate Microsoft though. It's not just that they have money, 'cuz Sony has plenty of that to. It's just that M$ is more willing to spend it.

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godsman
Monday, February 08, 2010 @ 10:54:57 PM

Your response is short and true.

I'm glad that Sony rather spend the same money on developing new games rather than buying exclusives. In the end, it'll be a stalemate and it'll be hurting the industry. No PS3 gamers can't play the most common multiplatform game because they became exclusives and same for XBox gamers.

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BikerSaint
Monday, February 08, 2010 @ 11:08:42 PM
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And not to mention that MS is a company that....let's just say....
hasn't shown us by their own prior actions, that they any moral standards

DISCLAIMER: due to any unscrupulous lawyers who maybe trolling PS sites:
This is only my own opinion of course.

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Robochic
Tuesday, February 09, 2010 @ 12:16:53 AM
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Sony keep up with the great exclusives and they will come ;)

@godsman M$, and Sony will always loose money on their consoles thats not where they make the money, it's the accessories, the games the content ect... where they make their money. Hardware they will always loose on.

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godsman
Tuesday, February 09, 2010 @ 12:58:24 AM

They've been losing $200+ per console before, that's why they were limiting the console production in 2006. Now that they are losing $18 (6%) per console, they can manage to mass produce more.

Sony's said that they will be making a console profit of 15% (~$45) by 2011. To me it just makes sense, that they have room to cut $50, and still make ~$13 of profit per console.

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Highlander
Tuesday, February 09, 2010 @ 1:06:48 AM
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Off topic I know, but we're all friends, so here goes....

Is if my imagination or is White Knight Chronicles getting crap reviews for being a JRPG? Looking at the majority of games to get moderately high reviews recently they are pretty much dominated by the more excessively violent, gorey and dark (in theme) type of game, and the western RPG style.

I understand that JRPGs are not to everyone's liking, but the kinds of review score this is getting for some are normally reserved for true drek. I mean, Diner Dash has a better metascore for crap's sake.

I still have to get my copy, but no amount of poor reviews are going to convince me that WKC is not superior to Diner Dash...

Anyone with some play time under their belt who can make me feel better about my purchase? Any reviews not from IGN, Gamespot or 1up?

Why let a reviewer that doesn't enjoy traditional JRPGs review a traditional JRPG just so they can dump on it?

*sigh*

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godsman
Tuesday, February 09, 2010 @ 2:38:12 AM

They do have someone that like JRPG to review them. That is Famitsu (dont know how to spell it). But I understand what you mean. Even Famitsu gives credit to good Western games. Western reviewers say everything else is crap.

To me, I dont think FFXIII will be the best RPG of this gen, but I'm sure the Western Reviewers will be forced to give it an upper 9 because it's an FF game.

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johnld
Tuesday, February 09, 2010 @ 5:05:12 AM

i love white knight chronicles, kinda reminds me of FFXII with its battle system. its that kind of modified turn based system i guess. what i'm seeing though is that its kinda short for a jrpg. im on my 28th hour and im almost at the end but a lot of those hours were spent just going around areas and leveling up. The game is amazing though. definitely worth the purchase.

however, i havent done any quests yet and i think theres around 50 of them, so that would keep me busy for a while. but when you do choose to do the quest solo, you are doing it solo with just your avatar character. i kinda hoped you can bring the other story characters with you though but i guess its supposed to be online quests.

there is just one thing that i dont like about the game though. you can reach the level cap and still not master all 8 of the skill sets. and you need to master all 8 sets to get the trophy. they do give you a chance to gain more skill points and reallocate the ones you had but it requires you to reach lvl 50 multiple times, which means a lot of level grinding after finishing the game. i'm not sure if its true but i keep hearing that you cant master all skills at once for one character and the trophy will only unlock for your avatar skill sets. if you arent really trying to get trophies then this is no big deal.

ohh, and you only get to have 3 people in your party unless theres a "guest" party member joins which you cant control. i would've prefered a 4 person party since beating down those giant monster can seem like its taking forever. i dont remember how many people ffxii let you have. and 2 giant knights beating up a handful of regular and giant enemies is awesome,hahaha.

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tes37
Tuesday, February 09, 2010 @ 6:26:50 AM

I've been playing it since friday. In my opinion it's a good game. For some reason this is the only game I've been able to play online.

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Highlander
Tuesday, February 09, 2010 @ 10:17:29 AM

Coolness, thanks. I noted that the user reviews are diverging from the media reviews fairly sharply. Most of the articles I'm reading talk of up to 100 hours to complete the game, with a time between 60 and 80 possible. I'm thinking that if you are near the end at just under 30 hours, you must have skipped something or the estimates I'm seeing are a little inflated...

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Nynja
Tuesday, February 09, 2010 @ 12:02:17 PM

I'm enjoying WKC so far, minus a few issues I have with the game, even though I haven't played it in a few days.

Obviously, it does not surpass the graphic prowess of Uncharted 2 or even Killzone 2. This is expected being the game originally released about 2 years ago in Japan. The primary graphical issue is with the textures.

A pet-peeve I have with the game is the language selection when you first start up the game. You have to select your language every time you start the game. That's just sloppy design.

The real issue I have is with editing the combo system. Every time my party levels up, I have to go back and setup the command system all over. After doing this for 4 party members over 8 times each so far, it is becoming a tedious task. Which ultimately has placed the game back on the shelf where it is now collecting dust.

I don't particularly care for the fact that I cannot save my game at anytime. Why would this be an issue? Well, as I stated before; every time you level you are going to want to adjust your command options and combos for your character to make use of their newest skills. If you haven't had a chance to save yet and are on your way back to a save point then end up dying - all those changes are GONE. This has already happened to me once after spending 30 minutes setting up new commands. The game hasn't been back in my console since.

The story telling is weak and very shallow. I still don't fully understand what exactly is going on and I am easily 8+ hours into the game already.

If none of these issues are of a concern, then I think you will enjoy WKC. Had the game been released 2 years ago, I would be loving every bit of it - minus the constant reconfiguring of the command sets.

WKC has just got me more interested in Heavy Rain and FFXIII. I need a game with a good story that is told very well.

Thanks, Naughty Dog. You've ruined every other game out there! :P

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johnld
Tuesday, February 09, 2010 @ 4:31:37 PM

i was somewhat following the guide which you dont need by the way. i just bought a guide because its an rpg as i always do. but with some level grinding and story progression, i am at the 28th hour with about 2 more boss fights left to end the game.

as i said, i never did any of the quests which could be why it said 100 hours to complete. plus you can rebirth multiple times in order to master all 8 skill sets. I'm going to start working on the quests after i finish the game but i really want to do them offline by myself with the party in the story. i dont think i can take out those giant monsters by myself with my own avatar add to that the time limits with quests.

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Fane1024
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 2:17:16 AM

FWIW Ryan Clements (IGN) is a huge fan of Japanese media, including JRPGs.

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___________
Tuesday, February 09, 2010 @ 1:18:02 AM
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hmmm cant help but wonder how things would of been if this happened in the first place.
to think i could be playing the getaway 3 or 8 days right this minute.
*cries*
ill never forgive sony for that.
they shelve 2 of the best games ever for eyepet.
WTF?
thats like trading a Ferrari enzo for a freaking suzki swift.

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inkme101
Tuesday, February 09, 2010 @ 1:24:40 AM
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lol @ trading ferrari for suzuki!

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___________
Tuesday, February 09, 2010 @ 7:00:31 AM

its true though, GTA, saints row, driver, the getaway.
all open world sandbox style games sell like hotcakes, especially the gang styled ones thats just peoples interest.
you look at the sales of eyepet, i can literally count the copies sold at my local EB on one hand.
im willing to bet planet earth, and every living soul on it that 8 days or the getaway 3 would of sold at least 15 times better than eyepet.
sony just looked at the wii and said yes i want a slice of that pie.
their forgetting they dont have the family and soccer mom image that ninty has.

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herukuti
Tuesday, February 09, 2010 @ 7:09:45 AM
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im watching youtube videos remembering my 40 gig that failed on me yesterday checking out slim ps3's; after going all over the place checking for stock:and the only thing i think sony can do to keep a lid on the astronomically high failure rate of the ps3 slims under check is tout its units shipped.i personally think they are attempting to address some of the many issues easily found with any web search on the ps3slim and its problems, thus the large number of units backordered.and ordering these defective units would be suicide for any company and success for sony as it increases the sales numbers per month in any given quarter.i have no brand loyalty to sony but even as an ex/ps3 gamer you cant look away from all the defective units and reports from people regarding the ps3slims build.

then again maybe they shipped so many and math plays a part in the large number of reported defective units.

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kevyd09
Tuesday, February 09, 2010 @ 7:59:47 AM

i did what you said and googled ps3 slim problems and not that many came up, mainly bout games freezing which has been put down to firmware 3.00
also a few people complianing bout noise coming from the bluray drive but hey with the amount of slims bein bought it would be impossible to gaurentee 100% that all ps3s wouldnt have problems!!
seams to me that yours dies and you took great offence to it and now hate sony and want others to believe you!!

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Highlander
Tuesday, February 09, 2010 @ 10:34:55 AM

My, my, what a truly remarkable, outstandingly loquacious, literate post that was.

I mean, really, you bounce along making baseless claims of astronomical failure rates of the PS3 Slim. Personally I've not read reports to suggest this anywhere, and haven't heard legions of PS3 Slim owners on forums complaining about their PS3 slim dying on them.

An ex/ps3 gamer indeed, lemme guess you 'defected' to the 360?

You know what they say, if it looks like a duck and it quacks like a duck, then...

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Douchebaguette
Tuesday, February 09, 2010 @ 12:57:42 PM

Herukuti, you just inspired me to become a magician.

As for my next trick, what I'm going to demonstrate now [remember you've just taught me this] is the art of pulling out random false information...out of my ass. Nothing up my sleeve: just my ass.



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Lotusflow3r
Tuesday, February 09, 2010 @ 7:47:03 AM
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:)

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CH1N00K
Tuesday, February 09, 2010 @ 8:19:32 AM
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Now this is going to come off as a bit negative, but keep in mind I'm a supporter for Sony. I wonder how many sales are for people who are buying a second PS3. My 80gb motorstorm B/C YLOD'd on me a little while ago, and I had to go out and purchase a slim.

The Good news? I took my old beast apart and got it working again so I now have two PS3's, but without searching youtube videos to see how to fix it, I probably would have just tossed it. I wonder how many others have run into this problem.

Also I don't trust my new slim that much, I've already had it freeze up and need system restores twice since I bought it.

Why doesn't anyone build anything to last anymore? I mean I've still got an original PS1 that works and my launch PS2 is still going, How many people 10 years down the road are going to be able to say that their launch PS3 is still going strong? Does quality not matter anymore in the name of "new and flashy"?

That being said,even with these problems that left me a bit frustrated, I would still chose a Sony product over the competition.

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Highlander
Tuesday, February 09, 2010 @ 10:20:30 AM

The thing is that although some people have problems the vast majority do not, so unlike A. N. Other console the sales numbers are not inflated to any significant degree by replacement purchases. That doesn't change your experience of course.

BTW, you could probably have got Sony to fix that 80GB system for about half the price of a new slim PS3.

As for your question about how many will still have their PS3 still going strong 10 years after getting it? A question and a guess. First of all, how many people have many CE devices that are still working like they were on purchase day, 10 years later? Especially complex devices like the PS3 which is more analogous to a PC. I have one PC that still works and is 10+ years old, but it's in a bit of a dilapidated state and only works because I'm geek enough to keep it running and it was a Compaq server class system to begin with. I'd guess that by the 10 year mark, at least 50% of the original launch systems will still be operational - assuming that their owners take care of them and clean the optical lens from time to time. I'd also guess that the mortality rate for 10 year old PS3s will be greater than that for 9 year old ones, or 8 year old ones, or 7, or 6, or 5, or... Like most CE products the older the device, the greater the chance of failure.

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herukuti
Tuesday, February 09, 2010 @ 8:35:46 PM
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my fat ps3 died yesterday; and even though ive preordered a slim i have come into too many forum posts and videos suggesting the ps3 slim is very bad hardware; with fails out the box and countless snow ylod freeze and connection issues with the buttons on the system itself. these numbers are inflated (mostly ship to retail)to hide the fact that sony is either aware of the higher failure rate of the ps3 slim and this is a glide over for this quarter while a fix is created and then touted like these numbers; or a new revision with more robust system functions is revealed to be shipped uppon all the backorders everywhere.

if you dont have a slim or are not looking for one i doubt you would come across the numerous consumer reports about the failure of the ps3 slim.

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Highlander
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 12:01:40 AM

Uh-huh. that'll be why I've read nothing about this anywhere else, right?

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kevyd09
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 2:39:40 PM

i did look and once again i find your post bullshit!!
and i notice you havent responded to any of the responces to you 1st bullshit post so that makes me think you are a xbot trying to get accross your false message!!
begone vile demon!!

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Lex Luthor
Sunday, February 14, 2010 @ 2:26:31 PM

"my fat ps3 died yesterday; and even though ive preordered a slim i have come into too many forum posts and videos suggesting the ps3 slim is very bad hardware"

@ herukuti....

Source or name of the forums??

Right, I forgot


Your ass...

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