Games Industry Roars with Praise over the $299 PS3 Slim


Publishers

Konami’s head of European Marketing, Martin Schneider :

“In any case, the price cut for Sony’s PlayStation 3 will help us sell more games (in Germany),”

CEO of EA, John Riccitiello:

John Riccitiello, the CEO of video game publisher Electronic Arts, says Sony’s decision to cut the price of the PlayStation 3 is a “bold move done precisely at the right time.”

Riccitiello says the price cut was a “great move,” and he praised Sony for not leaving it to right before Christmas or Thanksgiving.
Consumers will likely be bombarded during the holiday season with an onslaught of messages from companies selling everything from DVDs to TVs to cell phones, he says. Doing the price cut in the middle of August instead “really stands out.”

Activision Blizzard CEO, Bobby Kotick, in response to this major price cut and slimline SKU… remains silent :)

Just as a refresher, this is the CEO, who stirred outrage last month, despite showing excellent sales and revenue figures on PS3 software in their recent quarterly report.

Industry Analysts

Electronics Analysit firm, EEDAR, writes a full report, aptly titled, “Hallelujah!

Infamous games industry analyst, Michael Pachter, tries to predict Microsoft’s response:

If Microsoft sees sales go down year-over-year, they may have to cut themselves (likely by $50) before too long. I think that they stay at $299 for a while, perhaps till November, and only cut if they see Sony’s sales at 2x the 360 sales level.

Game Studio Leads

Compiled from Twitter by examiner.com:

Dylan Jobe, President of LightBox Interactive: “Glad to see the PS3 price cut was announced today. I must admit I was suprised to see a 120GB HDD included. I was expecting only an 80GB!”

Insomniac Games: “Very happy about the PS3 Slim, $299 and available worldwide by Sept. 1. Hope you’re happy too!”

David Jaffe, Founder of Eat Sleep Play: “Thrilled RE Sony’s announcements. LOVE the PS3 is gonna get into more hands and think PSPGO MINIS look sweet! Wanna make one!”

Sucker Punch Productions: “Big news today of PS3 $100 price drop and a slim version. Perfect time to tell your friends to buy PS3 and inFAMOUS and still save $50 :)”

Dylan Cuthbert, President and Managing Director of Q-Games: “incoming slim ps3! $299, 30% smaller and lighter! w00t! 120 gig HDD! Rocking!! Out in September! Brilliant stuff!”

Media Molecule: “PS3 Slim out Sept 1st, $299/€299 :)”


Written by: Darrin - Contributing Editor


  1. #1 by Fleakitten on August 20th, 2009

    Sony knew what they were doing with the PS3 price. They were waiting for the SLIM to be ready before they lowered it.

    I hope Oct NPD PS3 HW numbers ( for september ) are better now.

  2. #2 by Tosh on August 20th, 2009 [ 1102 Points ]

    Good to hear that everyone likes it. What’s not to like!

  3. #3 by No Kill Tayler on August 20th, 2009 [ 1865 Points ]

    I know, now i can buy 10 of them and live happily in a cave.

  4. #4 by JimmyMagnum on August 20th, 2009 [ 83111 Points ]

    lol tayler

    I think this move will finally usher in some more third party titles that were probably going to be 360 exclusive at one point. Maybe even some third party devs making more exclusive PS3s. Evidently, there is a light at the end of this dark tunnel and we’ve finally saw a glimmer of it. I’m just glad I was there to support Sony since the beginning and am glad they’re starting to be more aggressive fighting back against that year long head start the 360 had.

    I feel sorry for the original xbox though. As soon as the 360 came out, MS stopped supporting and manufacturing it, ending it’s life at 4 years, and resulted in me wasting my money on it. Only had it for about a year or so before the 360 came out. PS2 was still going strong and had been until only recently. Even with the Wii’s astronomical sales numbers, the PS2 is still the best console to date for what it did and how long it lasted/is lasting into the current generation.


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