Unlike Nintendo, Sony are not dependent on their games and console performing, they have other divisions. Sony's PS department is dwarfed by their; music department, hi-fi department, cellphone department and movie department. Their console could bleed into the next century without dragging them into bankrupcy as long as their other departments are among the biggest in the world.
Sony is one of the eldest hi-fi and audiovisual manufacturers in the world today, and among the 3-4 biggest at that. Joe average owns a lot of Sony products and uses them daily despite his not having a PS3, but you seem to ignore that so you can imply that Sony are financially weak and vulnerable. Grow up man, profile says 25, I think you added ten years (at least).
I think you need to study Buisness, Sony is a publicly owned company, and like all publicly owned company is beholden to its sharholders who make money off of dividends from the storck, if lower profits hurt their dividends they can force the company to withdraw from the market to protect their other divisions profits.
If Playstation remains a burden it will die, Sony will be forced to kill it.
Predictions:Sales of Wii Fit will surpass the combined sales of the Grand Theft Auto franchiseLifetime sales of Wii will surpass the combined sales of the entire Playstation family of consoles by 12/31/2015 Wii hardware sales will surpass the total hardware sales of the PS2 by 12/31/2010 Wii will have 50% marketshare or more by the end of 2008 (I was wrong!! It was a little over 48% only)Wii will surpass 45 Million in lifetime sales by the end of 2008 (I was wrong!! Nintendo Financials showed it fell slightly short of 45 million shipped by end of 2008)Wii will surpass 80 Million in lifetime sales by the end of 2009 (I was wrong!! Wii didn't even get to 70 Million)