Just as I was writing about how Sony was giving a little incentives, today I got wind that the console i sold out! Well, since they hacked $100 off the original price of $599 for the 60Gg, i guess it made it all more appealing to the mass. Hey, you can buy a lot of things with $100 bucks – you can have at least 2 more games to play on your PS3 :)
On the eve of this year’s E3 Media and Business Summit, Sony announced that it would be dropping the price on its flagship 60GB PlayStation 3 to $499, a $100 break over the console’s original $599 price point. Initially heralded as a positive and necessary step in spurring lackluster sales of the console, the price cut received one significant caveat several days later. Speaking to a Norwegian gaming news site, Sony Computer Entertainment America president Kaz Harai noted that a $499 PS3 would only be temporary, as once the current supply of 60GB PS3s had run its course, Sony would be offering only its $599 80GB PS3.
The price drop was quickly interpreted as a fire sale of sorts, as Sony cleared out its inventory of 60GB PlayStation 3s to make room for its new line of larger hard drive consoles. The strategy has also proved to be successful for Sony in North America. In July, the first month after announcing the price drop, the PS3 for the first time outsold archrival Microsoft’s Xbox 360 console by 2,000 units in Canada and nearly doubled its preceding month’s performance in the US, spiking to 159,000 units sold from 98,000 the month before.
EverQuest is one of the first multiplayer RPG online games ever and to many of those die hard fans out there, EverQuest is Life for them. No kidding. One word to describe EverQuest and that’s Massive! Now EverQuest 2 is out, buzzing reviews have been going around about how good the game is.
Well, X-Play from G4TV gives the game a 4 out of 5 and calls it EverCrack because thousands of people cannot stop playing it. It’s like a fantasy world that is so addicting because, well, quite frankly, it’s better than world we live in right now. Read the review from X-Play HERE.
With software emulation, more than 1000 PS2 games can now be played in PS3. Good. I never could understand why can’t Sony just create a newer console that can play games from its predecessors. It’ll make life so much easier. I know, I know… the software is different, the laser reader is to, la la la la but a girl can bit*h, can’t she? :)
Sony Worldwide Studios president Phil Harrison has now given out numbers–he told semiofficial blog Three Speech that more than 1,000 PS2 games will be playable on the new models at launch, with further updates over time adding more to the list.
What is a semi official blog anyway? Does that mean he can write about his personal life as well as his work life too? *shrugs* Anyway, according to Phil, Sony will be concentrating on making the “big” games from PS2 work on PS3. But he refuses to draw which ones are and not – i guess it will be up to us to play the russian roulette; pop it in and see if it works.
Hong Kong company Lik-Sang has announced that it’s website that sells imported games, consoles, anime merchandise and the like will shut down. It cited the numerous lawsuits filed against them by Sony in just about every country of the European Union.
Sony was suing Lik-Sang because the company sold to UK/EU residents imported PSPs before the UK release date. The simultaneous lawsuits against the small company meant it was pretty much impiossible for Lik-Sang to afford defending themselves. They are obviously angry:
“Fighting multiple lawsuits in different countries at the same time and paying high premiums to expensive lawyers is an overwhelming situation for a small company like Lik-Sang. Launching separate court actions with separate claims and different judges is completely unnecessary, except for the fact that it helps reaching one single target: outspend Lik-Sang to death. ‘Pay Beyond.’”
Sony has made a statement too:
“Lik-Sang did not contest this case (i.e. they did not turn up and therefore incurred no legal costs). We have been awarded substantial costs against Lik-Sang which have not been paid. We would therefore strongly deny that our actions have had anything to do with this website closing (we assume the legal entity is still trading), and would suggest that this release is sour grapes on behalf of Lik-Sang which is aimed to belittle Sony Computer Entertainment and the British judicial system that found against them.”
Still, this stinks. Importing used to be the legal way of acquiring things that weren’t available in your country, as opposed to pirating. Sony is not going to win friends doing this.
I’m going to miss Lik-Sang. Hopefully they’ll get back on their feet in some form or another.
A week ago Muken and I went to the Tokyo Game Show 2006. Games are sometimes somewhat interesting but don’t usually look too nice in photos, and the only interesting stuff in my humble non-hardcore-gamer-otaku opinion was the Sony pavillion, but they put signs everywhere to forbid pictures to be shot.
So, I went with the crowd, and shot the booth girls instead…
LocoRoco, which was Sony’s attempt at making Katamari-esque alternative success for their PSP platform, has seemingly flopped in Japan. The game has already been found in bargain bins or with slashed prices in shops around Japan, and the bundled PSP and game pack has not been selling as well as anticipated.
Personally, I like this game. But, being a gamer chick probably makes me inclined to like this game anyway, on account of the lack of guns and explosions and abundance of kawaii blobs and catchy theme songs.
Oh well, I’m disappointed, And a little surprised. This game had the right amount of kawaii-ness and innovation to be a big hit in Japan, nevermind worldwide. It’s being said that it’s a result of bad marketing strategies by Sony (ie: too much marketing) but I wonder if that really means it’s the end for the game?
How much? 80 billion yen (which is US $700 million). Well, that’d cover the tax problem, sure enough. Apparently this is the first loan that the company has taken out in a decade. I don’t know if that makes the situation better or worse.
The Japanese Government has ordered Sony to pay an extra “27.9 billion yen ($243 million) in taxes related to transactions between its game unit and a U.S. subsidiary, and overseas transactions in its CD and DVD-making operations”.