Analysts: Sony PS2 Price Cut Signals PS3 Price Drop This Year

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264w ago - Now that it's in a price-cutting mood, analysts tracking Sony Corp. (SNE) say the company is more likely than ever before to lower the price of its flagship PlayStation 3 videogame system sometime this year.

To quote: Sony's computer entertainment division announced Tuesday it will lower the price of its PlayStation 2 console to $99.99. The PS2 was released in 2000.

Sony hopes the 23% price cut, which takes effect Wednesday, will sustain the life of the PS2, which it says has sold more than 136 million units worldwide since its launch.

Critics contend Sony now needs to lower its PS3 prices for a number of reasons, starting with staying competitive with Microsoft Corp. (MSFT), which saw sales of its Xbox 360 jump after lowering the price and bundling the system with games in early September.

PS3 price-cut pressure increased in December, when analysts said Sony might not reach its goal of selling 10 million PS3 consoles through March without a price reduction, as sales for the hardware dropped despite gains by competitors. March videogame console sales results won't be available for another two weeks, a Sony spokesman said.

Meanwhile, the company is in the midst of...
 

Is 2009 Really the Year of Sony's PlayStation 3 Console?

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266w ago - If you ask just about any ill-informed PlayStation fanboy on any forum what Sony has in store for them in 2009, they will almost certainly reply to you with a list of games that looks a little like this:

• God of War III
• Heavy Rain
• Uncharted 2
• MAG
• inFamous
• Killzone 2
• Gran Turismo 5
• Quantum Theory

Then they would go about spouting first-party studios they have not heard from in a while, claiming "Team ICO's unannounced project".

How many of these games do you expect to see the light of day in 2009? Let's take a look back over the years so far. In the past we have seen top-notch first-party exclusives such as LittleBigPlanet and Killzone 2 being delayed over and over again and third party games such as Metal Gear Solid 4 receiving similar delays, it is clear that it isn't just Sony dropping the ball.

It is highly possible that many of these developers over-estimated their skills at programming, making a game from the ground up seemed on a system deemed by developers as 'difficult to program for'.

First, let's get these unannounced games out the way, if they are unannounced, the chances of them releasing any time within the next year are unlikely. It is still within possibility...
 

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 to Exceed All FPS Titles This Year?

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266w ago - Activision is the biggest publisher in the industry topping even gaming giant EA since there merge with Blizzard; creators of the magnificent World of Warcraft.

While I'm sure there are millions of gamers who know about World of Warcraft, they also were behind the excellent Diablo & Starcraft which have many gamers still rattling their names off here and there. Activision was behind Call of Duty, Guitar Hero (first two) & Quake.

Activision has a few games up its sleeves to reveal but the most anticipated game in everyone's mind is Call of Duty 6.

At the NY Comicon inside sources from Activision were asked if Call Duty 6 would top Killzone 2 this year. Their answer similar to Sony's arrogance was a big and bold "YES" and then some.

We went on to ask for more details for such as the graphical power of the game as well as if the game play had changed at all since COD4 but all that was said was that the graphics will blow you away and the game play is deeper than any other COD you've ever experienced!

They also went on to say that the multiplayer is looking to take new heights never before seen in the FPS genre (insult maybe?). The one hint that we received was how the point system will work with kills.

Considering what we've experienced with...
 

Pachter: GTA 5 by 2010, GTA 4 DLC to Sell 2 Million by Year's End

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267w ago - What with development for the DLC episodes, Rockstar Games isn't done with Grand Theft Auto 4 just yet.

Despite that, analyst Michael Pachter is already pegging 2010 as the perfect time for the next console iteration of the sandbox franchise.

And since it's Pachter we're talking about here, he can't just leave it at a release date prediction. He's also forecasting that by 2010 - if GTA V does get released then - it will be able to sell 50% more than last year's GTA IV.

To quote: We don't think it is reasonable to estimate that sales of GTA will double the prior version, but we think that a 25 - 30 per cent penetration is reasonable, suggesting 15 - 18 million units sold.

That means that Take-Two's profits from the next iteration should be approximately 50 per cent greater than from the last version.

Total sales for GTA IV on the PS3 and Xbox 360 currently amount to 12 million units so far. That's 40% of the 30 million projected installed base of the PS3 and Xbox 360 combined in Europe and North America. (In short, of all the people who have a PS3 or 360 in the west, 40% of them bought GTA IV). The "25-30% penetration" he mentions above is based on a projected 60-million combined installed base for the two consoles by 2010.

Another prediction...
 

Rumor: Rare Whipping Up Two AAA XBox 360 Games This Year

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268w ago - Microsoft seems to be placing its XBox 360 cards on the resurgence of Rare this year.

Word has it that the company that has assisted several internal projects from Microsoft will show the projects it has been working on for a couple of years.

There are strong indications of one being a first person shooter (read Perfect Dark) and the other an online brawler (Killer Instinct 3).

Both games are expected to be announced by E3 2009.
 











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