Activision Threatens to Drop PS3 if Sony Doesn't Cut the Price
Activision CEO Bobby Kotick has threatened that the company may drop support for the PS3 console in 2010 and 2011 if things don't pick up for Sony's platform.
Apparently he wants a price cut now because the attach rate of games is very low.
To quote: "They have to cut the price, because if they don't, the attach rates [the number of games each console owner buys] are likely to slow. If we are being realistic, we might have to stop supporting Sony."
Ask when and he says: "When we look at 2010 and 2011, we might want to consider if we support the console - and the PSP [portable] too."
Sounds like Sir Howard Stringer, Sony's chief executive, is going to have to call Mr Kotick pretty fast.
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Easy for him to say I bet because is he selling at a loss right out the gate? Be like Sony telling him to drop his game prices from $59 to $39 from the start. Another thing, it's not like the PS3 console has not sold millions of units already and has a big online support.
That and he must not get out and read much. I mean when we see things like this.
the PlayStation 3 has been consistently outselling the Nintendo Wii as its year-to-date figures have passed that of Nintendo's system. Meaning, over the course of the past four and a half months, the PlayStation 3 has sold more than the Wii in Japan.
or we see things like this:
Sony's PlayStation 3 has hit a milestone in Europe by finally passing the Xbox 360 in total console sales despite the lowest priced PS3 costing nearly twice as much as the entry level version of the Microsoft console
So I say please Activision, just make you're damn games and stfu about Sony's business plan. They are a billion dollar corporation and you are not. I think they know how to run and market an item without your input of threats.
People look at sales numbers and dont understand. When the 360 and Wii have been around for years before the PS3 the sales numbers should go up on the PS3. People that already have the 360 and Wii now start to buy a PS3. If the price is too high they wont. With that in mind you still have a larger base for the 360 and Wii games because a large part of PS3 owners have one or both of the other.
I think Activision is catching the same wave that the companies which release games for Crap Box 360 and PC. They want to make money doing less effort.
The only thing Iīm hearing from Activision here is "We donīt want to reprogram our games to make them work on PS3 because we make more money doing half work releasing games for Microsoft OS and consoles", and thatīs the whole truth.
The american game companies were turning lazy over the past years, and progamming games for PS 3 takes hours of hard work and money they donīt want to spend. A good example for that are the thousand versions of Guitar hero, Rock Band , etc. Those games donīt even have good elaborated graphics, but Activision are gaining millions with them, and are all the same.
I said it before and Iīm telling it now: Iīm tired of the crappy Activision games and I hope you go bankrupt".
I dunno bout everyone else but the price of the PS3 isn't slowing me from buying games... i buy games more often that my roommates with the 360 and Wii.
Xbox 360: 2005
PS3 : 2006 (1 month after the Wii)
So the PS3 didn't come out YEARS after the other two lol.
Anyways it is a bit of a crap threat to be honest and doesn't make 100% sense. How does the price of the PS3 affect those that own a PS3 from buying their games? o.O "Amagad PS3 is still Ģ290, meanz I can't buy ma gamez " lol wut?
And lets see what great games we would loose!
World of Warcraft... not on PS3
Call of Duty... be a blow but not a terrible blow, we have Killzone 2 which in my opinion is better than Call of Duty. We also have Resistance 2 with its 8-player co-op (which freaking pwnz). Then there is Battlefield games, which aren't anywhere near as good as CoD I agree but they are still fun.
Guitar Hero... I have Guitar Hero: Metallica, I'm sorted with this franchise. And if the next guitar hero's are as awful as World Tour they can stick that franchise up their arse for all I care.
Tony Hawks... (or has this changed?) Really couldn't give a rats ass about this one. Its been in the bin for years now. There hasn't been a decent Tony Hawk's game since at least #3 (which was on Playstation and N64). I mean I lol'ed so hard when playing a demo of the last one that was on PS3, 360 and Wii. Was trying do some trick on a roof and suddenly a famous skater comes out of nowhere to teach me how to do it. I was like WTF??? Seriously what are the odds of that happening in real life. Ruined the experience for me.
Spiderman... In my opinion the spiderman video games are awful. Well the first one was okay. But other 2 are meh. And who cares about Spiderman when you have Infamous and Prototype? xD
All their other franchises as far as I am aware aren't in development any more.