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October 5th 07, 11:40 AM

Sony PlayStation 3 Sells Worse than Nintendo GameCube in the U.S. -
Nintendo GameCube Was More Successful than PlayStation 3 Today

by Anton Shilov

[ 10/04/2007 | 11:25 AM ]

Plagued by initial production issues, extremely high manufacturing
costs and excessive retail price, PlayStation 3 from Sony Computer
Entertainment Inc. is even less successful than heavily-criticized
Nintendo GameCube. At least, in the first ten months of sales Nintendo
GameCube was sold in larger quantities than Sony PS3.

According to data from NPD, based on the first ten months of
availability, the troubled PlayStation 3 sold 22% less than the
Nintendo GameCube for the same period, reports GamePro web-site. In
the first ten months of availability about 2.12 million Nintendo
GameCube were bought by end-users, whereas only 1.742 million Sony
PlayStation 3 gaming machines were sold in from November '06 to
September '07.

Nintendo GameCube was released in November 2001 and sold in 21.6
million quantity worldwide, below sales of Microsoft Xbox, which
reached 24 million, and five times less compared to Sony PlayStation


Sony PlayStation 3 is currently available at $599 in the U.S., the
price-point that is widely considered to be too high. Despite of the
fact that Sony's PS3 comes with built-in Blu-ray drive and features
high-quality graphics games, the price is believed to be one of the
major factors that keep gamers away from PlayStation 3. By contrast,
Nintendo's GameCube could offer neither DVD playback, nor high-quality
graphics, nor unique motion-sensitive game controller, like that of
Nintendo Wii.

Sony PlayStation 3 console is based on the Cell processor developed by
IBM, Sony and Toshiba, the RSX graphics chip by Nvidia Corp., wireless
network and Bluetooth connectivity and is equipped with Blu-ray
optical disk drive. There are several versions of the consoles
available around the world with 60GB or 80GB hard disk drives and
variable compatibility with PlayStation 1/2 games. In the U.S.
PlayStation 3 80GB is sold for $599, whereas the hard-to-find 60GB
model retails for $499.