PS3’s Hype Already Dead?

December 20th, 2006 . by jb

PS LogoAccording to an online tracking firm called NotifyWire, the hype over the PS3 is waning.

NotifyWire is a service that will notify their customers as to when a specific product is available from a reputable online site.  They are saying that there are plenty of PS3's available at this time, and they just aren't being picked up.  The apparent culprit is forced software and hardware bundles alongside the already high price of the console.  In comparing the current PS3 status to that of the similar XBox 360 launch, Ian Drake (NotifyWire) said this:

"Last year we tracked several one thousand dollar Xbox 360 bundles which would sell out in less than two minutes after becoming available."

Drake then goes on to add that there were was a retailer offering a $1000 PS3 bundle, and it had been listed for over 12 hours before being picked up.

"This sort of thing didn't happen with the Xbox 360 until well after Christmas."

My guess is that it's probably got a lot to do with the negative press the PS3 has been getting in the mass media.  Parents need to justify spending $600, and if they are hearing only negative comments from the media… 

I'd be surprised if the PS3 was a failure, but I wouldn't be surprised if it took them more then a year to pull out of the slump. 

[Source:  GamesIndustry

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