Weekly PS3 Sales Surge At Amazon Thanks To Heavy Rain
The high review scores for Heavy Rain resulted in a big pre-order surge and because it's a PlayStation 3 exclusive, this has in turn caused a rise in PS3 hardware sales.
As reported by Punch Jump, sales of the 250GB PS3 have jumped 160% this past week at Amazon.com; it currently ranks #5 on in the online retailer's games division. Not surprisingly, in this same period, Quantic Dream's highly anticipated title is the #1 product in that same division; Heavy Rain officially launched yesterday to scores of anxious and enthusiastic gamers. So far in 2010, the PS3 has been performing well after finishing 2009 with a bang. Sony announced that they sold around 6.5 million units in the third quarter, which marks a significant increase from the 4.5 million it sold in Q3 2008. All told, the worldwide PS3 sales number sits at 33.5 million, and with another huge exclusive dropping next month, we should see the console continue to rise. God of War III is a more mainstream title than Heavy Rain and many PS3 owners will tell you they bought the machine for the express purpose of playing the third GoW entry. Nothing wrong with that, of course, but we still say you're missing out if you pass on Heavy Rain.
How important is an excellent exclusive? ...at this point, should we even have to ask that question?
2/23/2010 9:20:01 PM John Shepard