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Shadow1980 said:
Farsala said:

Eh the PS3/Wii/360 had a whopping 0 total pricecuts after any next gen console released. While the PS2 had at least 2 pricecuts, maybe even more after the next gen released.

PS1 also had pricecuts during PS2's lifetime. It hardly affected PS2, and in fact may have strengthened brand awareness for PS2.

I think the same for PS2. After people bought a PS2 in pricecut form in 2005-2009, lots of people intended to stay with PS which lead to strong late gen sales of PS3.

You might be right about profitability, but for total hardware sales and brand awareness I think the pricecuts would have been beneficial.

Almost 70 million units have been sold in the U.S. between the 360 & PS3. I'd say brand awareness isn't a problem. What set the PS3 & 360 apart is that by time they passed their peaks, there weren't nearly as many potential buyers left as there were when the PS2 passed its peak. Their sales potential was getting close to exhausted, and as a result they were guaranteed to have weak post-peak legs:



You misunderstand, I am saying 360 and PS3 did fine with the PS2 pricecuts during their reign. But XB1 and PS4 late gen sales may suffer since last gen never got pricecuts. People who adopt consoles or 2nd consoles late, may never have done that with 360 and PS3 and then those people bought XB1 and PS4. Which leads to inflated early gen sales and a short tail end. Brand awareness will then suffer for next gen PS5.

Of course the dynamics of PS4 neo and NX will probably change these thoughts as well.