40GB PS3 boosts console sales in Japan, US
- Posted November 15th, 2007 at 05:18 EDT by Mike Harradence
- 18 Comments
Sales of Sony Corp’s PlayStation 3 have surged in both the North American and Japanese markets following the release of the firm’s new 40GB console, which retails for a substantially lower price point compared to earlier models.
In its native Japan, the new SKU sold through more than 65,000 units during its first week; more than double the amount of weekly sales for its 60GB predecessor. This was further encouraged by the release of the PS3-exclusive Dynasty Warriors 6, which sold 180,000 units.
Nomura Securities analyst, Eiichi Katayama, commented: Although Sony's game business has not been performing strongly, the first indications of the new lower-priced model's sales look likely to alleviate overly negative impressions of the business.”
"It's the breakthrough we've been anticipating," added Sony Corp’s Howard Stringer. "We've been holding our breath." This is a rare occasion where the one-week sales of the PS3 have surpassed Nintendo's tiny behemoth, the Wii. "Obviously, we've taken so much heat over the year on PS3 ... Finally, the turning point has been passed.”
The auspicious trend also looks set to continue in North America, where the new 40GB model is continuing to perform on an impressive basis.
Stay tuned for more coverage on PS3’s global success here at PSU as it breaks.
- 12:59am EST - November 15th, 2007
that is very good to know...hope it keeps up...
- 1:03am EST - November 15th, 2007
According to vgchartz last weeks hardware sales are: Wii - 310,000 - x360 - 230,000 - PS3 - 200,000. But due to claims of them being biased by both sony and ms gamers its hard to tell if they're accurate. But nonetheless they may indicate that sales rates are getting closer between the three.
- 1:15am EST - November 15th, 2007
DW6 was released?Boy talk about a sleeper.....
- 1:23am EST - November 15th, 2007
- 2:43am EST - November 15th, 2007
Hope it keep up those sales number for a very LONG time.
- 4:22am EST - November 15th, 2007
Who cares about how many ps3’s were sold i have got a ps3 an xbox360 and a wii i like these consoles for there individuality and the GAMES nothing else matters, GAMES are for GAMERS and GAME sales are for twisted FANBOYS! Just which this site would concentrate more on games than hardware sales who cares.
- 4:56am EST - November 15th, 2007
- 5:20am EST - November 15th, 2007
I care personally, why? Cause I like to see progression. I love to play games, and I love to watch movies, but I also like to watch the directions each company is taking. Its fun to watch business trends, find out what works, and what doesn't. See if companies learn from their mistakes. Plus, I don't have a 24/7 opportunity to play games and so when I get some down time at work, its nice to have something to read.
- 6:15am EST - November 15th, 2007
Man there's no way I could have said it better myself- Business holds my interest and it's cool to read the directions your favorite company is going, but you just summed it up.
- 7:03am EST - November 15th, 2007
psn id: gingo... things will always improve for sony sales because quite frankly they couldn't get much worse but this is a sign of revival for them now
- 8:23am EST - November 15th, 2007
DW6 only released in Japan thus far, and it is not a PS3 Exclusive, it just sells a heck of alot more on PS than 360 over there.
- 8:41am EST - November 15th, 2007
things are getting better for sony. I hope this keeps up and killer apps are still on their way, so imagine the inpact on the sales of the ps3......
- 9:25am EST - November 15th, 2007
I never had any doubt the PS3 would be successful in Japan because I always knew the day FFXIII came out over there, every Japanese gamer would want it.
- 12:40pm EST - November 15th, 2007
Now comes the question as to how long they can keep this momentum going to surpass the wii next year, if not the next.
- 4:26pm EST - November 15th, 2007
Yes but look at the sales in N.America, but who cares just enjoy the games you souped up on nothing fanboys, this site didn't show you last weeks sales in japan did they WHY because the xb360 sold alot more hardware in japan than sony but who cares it's about the GAMES.
- 4:45pm EST - November 15th, 2007
Looks like Howard Stringer still has a lot to learn about the game console industry. None the less this is good news and hopefully this trend will continue the next six weeks.
- 10:39pm EST - November 15th, 2007
nice, i hope the good sales keep up.
- 10:40pm EST - November 15th, 2007
I think its just an initial grab for a cheap PS3 atm, can't see the game sales jumping 65,000 can anyone ?
Sony needs to offer PS1+2 compatibility upgrade online for all those crippled units !
This will permanently ban this user and delete all associated comments. This action is irreversible, are you SURE you want to do this?!