It looks like it was all worth it in the end – thanks to a $100 price cut to the 80GB version, and the introduction of a reasonably priced 40GB version, the Playstation 3’s weekly sales have more than doubled in the US.
According to Sony, more than 100,000 units sold during the week ending November 11 in the US, a huge jump from the 30-40,000 units it was doing regularly in October. Even more impressive are Japan’s figures; sales were 80,000 during the same week. In mid-October, they were moving about 20,000 units per week.
That all sounds great for Sony, who are hemorrhaging money now, but the reality is that they are still a long way from reaching sales figures of the Wii and 360, who saw even bigger sales increases as the holiday spending season started (both had about 300,000 units sold during Sony’s big week, and were in the 200,000 range in mid-October).
Naturally, Sony will spin this as being a great move, and the results were to expected. But they still have the major issues of there simply being very few exclusive titles for the console, and non-exclusives playing better on the XBOX 360 for the most part.