Sony Executive, Jack Tretton, is back at the podium once more to notify industry insiders and gamers alike that sales for the PlayStation 3 are on track for more than 13 million consoles sold for the fiscal year. Considering how well the unit had sold by 10 months in, it isn’t exactly surprising to hear this news.
“Based on the numbers 10 months in, I would say that we are extremely confident in those numbers,” he said. “We have got very aggressive build plans for 2010 as well, so I think (this year) we will have very positive comparisons against 2009.”
Unfortunately for Sony, they can’t say the same for the company’s foray into the digital market through the PSPGo. While many criticized the retail pricing of $250, it was a move Sony had to make to attempt to divert the loss of software sales through piracy. The PSP, much like the Nintendo DS, has been quite prone to piracy as well as the legal utilization of homebrew, which has led both companies to make changes to the hardware itself.
“It is a little short of where we’d like to be,” he said. “But it is certainly not a disappointment.
“Piracy had an affect — not necessarily in terms of an impact on consumer demand for hardware, but developers’ ability to be profitable making games for it if people are not paying for the software. That’s been a big challenge for every company, but we certainly felt it on PSP.”
To be honest, I’ve had enough of the sales talk from both camps already for 2010. I’d rather start hearing about what Sony has planned for release after July of this year. The company’s plans for Q3 and beyond still seem to be shrouded in mystery and it’s about time they clue some of us in.