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at 6:04PM PST on March 1, 2008.
RE: Analyst - Wii owners to buy PS3 in 2008
I agree that it is probable that PS3 need a price cut in 2008 to compete with X360, their primary competitor.
However, knowing Stringer, which is very profit oriented, and based on the fact that so far in 2008, PS3 is doing better (slightly) than X360 World Wide (Europe + US + Japan), I don't see this (price cut) happening. The only way for another price cut to happen IF PS3 do worse than X360 WW significantly, or IF Microsoft do a price cut in 2009. I didn't see any reason for MSFT to do a price cut in 2009. We'll see whether I am right or wrong.
For those who think casual Wii will buy PS3, please remember that casual usually own only ONE console. It was PS1, it was PS2, and it is Wii now. Usually casual is a late adopter, and buy at low price point (say 100 - 200). The only reason some casual buy early this generation is because Wii Sport. Nothing more, nothing less. There are some casual gamer that haven't switched to any of the next gen console (Wii, X360 or PS3), and will only do so at lower price point. Who can first lower the price to the 100 - 200 USD price range ? Nintendo, with their "cost concious" design from the ground up.
Personally, I don't like XBOX, and I own PS1 and PS2. However, at this moment, X360 Elite and it's library of exclusive game is sure more tempting to my hardcore side compared to PS3. The reason I haven't bought either PS3 nor X360 is the $60 price point for games, and the fact that I don't have a lot of gaming time (family and work kill my gaming time), and I have lots and lots of DS game to play (on the road, while waiting during office time). I have lots of console game I bought and haven't opened /played yet.
For my RPG fix (which Wii doesn't really fulfill), I have my NDS.
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