So the launch of the all new PlayStation 3 meant not just an all new piece of hardware, but also an all new price-tag. A price-tag that many have often called the magic number that should help alleviate any remaining sales issues with the PlayStation 3. At $299, the PS3's price tag is the same as that of the PS2's launch price back in 2000, which is amazing, but all things considered, the PS3 does offer a megaton worth of features and extras over the PS2.

In any case, NPD results from August tracked 13 days worth of PlayStation 3 sales at $299, six of which included sales of the all new PS3 Slim from GameStop, Amazon.com and Best Buy. It helped propel the PlayStation 3 ahead of the Xbox 360 for the month, but beyond the US, overall demand shot up everywhere else. In Japan, where sales of the PlayStation 3 had been flat-lining due to rampant rumors of the price-drop and new model, the PlayStation 3 actually outsold not just the Nintendo Wii…but even the Nintendo DS, by a decent 13k units.

First week of sales with the price-drop showed the PlayStation 3 selling nearly 151k units. The second week we saw the expected drop-off, as the PS3 sold 55k, but it's the following two weeks that are keeping eyes open, as the PS3 repeated yet another week of 55k units sold, and then 50k thereafter. And keep in mind, there was a fairly large holiday in Japan last week, and stores were closed – certainly holding back sales of the PS3 by just that much. Regardless, the unit is beginning to show consistency it's never had before.

Price drops in the past were met with a spike in week-1 sales, but with every week to come thereafter was a sizable decline until the PS3 came to rest at its norm. So far, things are looking promising, as the PlayStation 3 sold 310k units over the last four weeks.

On the other hand, the Nintendo Wii has been struggling with total unit sales of 61,000 and the breakdown at: 18k units, 15k, 15k, and 13k. But, one important thing to keep in mind here is that tons of Nintendo Wii price-cut leaks got out and so these numbers are likely a reflection of that. Next week will be the telling sign if the Wii is capable of coming back to the top.

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Karosso
Karosso
11 years ago

Wait until all the great software start to come out this year and next. Sony is in a position to smoke the competition in the coming year and beyond.
Can any one seriously look at what the other two consoles have coming in the near future and get as excited I we are with the PS3? I think not!
Keep it coming Sony, and we will be there to support it and enjoy it 🙂

556pineapple
556pineapple
11 years ago

…and the tide turns.

BigBoss4ever
BigBoss4ever
11 years ago

PS3 IS THE KING OF THE GENERATION, NOTHING FURTHER TO BE SAID

newchef
newchef
11 years ago

wii has already out lasted its welcome…every1 who wanted one already has it and it is a reliable enough machine that you wont really need to replace it anytime soon

sonic1899
sonic1899
11 years ago

the ps3 is selling like hotcakes? this is madness!

Kowhoho
Kowhoho
11 years ago

Madness? …..

THIS

OtisFeelgood
OtisFeelgood
11 years ago

Is sparta? ;o

MasLB51
MasLB51
11 years ago

*epic music begins*

N a S a H
N a S a H
11 years ago

*Messenger boy gets kicked into bottomless well*

Kowhoho
Kowhoho
11 years ago

Have you guys seen those commercials with little motion-detecting game systems that completely steal the design of the wii?
Well, they've already stolen the ps3's motion controller design for one of those pieces of junk. Its called Splaster and you can view it here: http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=11084035
I immediately noticed the clear ball on the end of it, lol.

MasLB51
MasLB51
11 years ago

it looks like a dildo.lol

SnipeySnake
SnipeySnake
11 years ago

@MasLB51
rofl your right

Karosso
Karosso
11 years ago

More disturbing than looking like a dildo is the fact that it looks like a kid's dildo if there ever was such a horrible thing 🙁
Truly disturbing…

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

Knockoff dildos for kids? lol

Jed
Jed
11 years ago

Oh, god. That is horrible.

Kowhoho
Kowhoho
11 years ago

Kiddy dildo is disturbing….

Hexen
Hexen
11 years ago

I don't expect the wii with it's price drop to sell as much as the PS3 since there's not really anything to look forward to for the Wii these incoming months.Maybe if the Wii had FF13,but that's not the case is it!

SnipeySnake
SnipeySnake
11 years ago

If sony gave you the decision to have another 100$ pricecut, what what you choose? I'd say no cause they're already losing money of every console xD

Jawknee
Jawknee
11 years ago

O.o Sony isn't losing money any more. They haven't been for quite some time.

___________
___________
11 years ago

they still are, but are making it up with accessories and game sales.
cant see how thats possible though considering the poor sales of KZ2 and infamous.

Fane1024
Fane1024
11 years ago

Neither of those games has had poor sales (KZ2 will pass 2 million, inFAMOUS 1 million) and both have likely made a profit already, so I don't see why you would choose them.

In any event, don't forget that Sony gets a piece of every PS3 game, not just the ones they publish.

Dancemachine55
Dancemachine55
11 years ago

Sony claimed in an earlier news report on this site that while they are losing money on each console sold, they are making up for it in games and accessories.

Basically, the Sony games division was in deep red until about a year ago, when the whole thing was breaking even. Now, it is making a profit again even though the console alone continues to sell at a lower than production cost.

This goes to show just how awesome the PS3 and Sony are. People complaining about no PS2 backwards compatability need no longer worry with God of War collection sparking what may be a flood of PS2 hi-def remakes or reworked PS2 classics on the PSN. (Remember the Dreamcast/PS2 games on PSN news thread?)

Just to add 1 more thing, my PS3 copied all my videos and photos from my camcorder with no troubles today, even when my PC couldn't recognise the damn thing and nothing worked. I guess PS3 really "only does everything". So true.

Jawknee
Jawknee
11 years ago

I swore I heard Tretton say they were finally turning a profit on the console itself. Maybe I was mistaken. =P

___________
___________
11 years ago

2M is that all?
halo ODST and gears 2 sold that in what 2 days.
point being compare to other games and multiplats ps3 exclusives are selling like crap.

Jawknee
Jawknee
11 years ago

This is good news. Now they just need to start outselling the Crapbox In the US.

Fane1024
Fane1024
11 years ago

I think you mean start outselling the 360 in the U.S. AGAIN, since they did so consistently for quite a few months last year…until people started buying $199 replacement units.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

@Fane

Now, now. Those are all incremental sales. That's why the numbers of XBL accounts rise in direct proportion to unit sales, right? Except of course, they don't. XBL growth has lagged behind the unit sales which is kind of an indicator that Xbox people did/are doing exactly as you said, and buying $199 replacements…

Jed
Jed
11 years ago

Sounds like the other console companies were pretty shaken, they both dropped their prices within a couple weeks on the PS3s price drop.

Jawknee
Jawknee
11 years ago

Lol and Aaron Greentoad said the Xbox price cut coming right after the PS3 was just a coincidence. Riiiiiiiiiiight, what ever you say Toad.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

Interesting to see MS and Nintendo playing catch up with Sony – again, isn't it?

___________
___________
11 years ago

timing is everything.
i think they could of waited till uncharted 2 was out than drop the price.
try and squeeze as much money out of uncharted 2 as humanly possible.

Ultimate_Balla
Ultimate_Balla
11 years ago

LMAO @ The earlier comments

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
11 years ago

This is! Delicious!

te la meti 14
te la meti 14
11 years ago

people will buy Wii cause their more family system the Wii will win this generation and the PS3 will be in second i think xbox isnt going to sell as much as before

Kowhoho
Kowhoho
11 years ago

If there wasn't so much talk about how the wii is in freefall and the fact that even Ninty is saying it's in an "unhealthy" position, I would wholeheartedly agree. But, since there is and they do, I don't.

Fernan510
Fernan510
11 years ago

Lol. I love reading these comments. Well.. I'm glad the PS3 is finally selling like it should be. I always knew it would eventually come to a turn-around. The thing I didn't expect is for it to out-sell the Wii as soon as the price dropped. I find that hilarious and even exciting. XD Anyway, keep it up Sony. I'm behind you all the way.