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Is PS3 a failure?

Yes! 146 23.74%
No! 422 68.62%
Maybe baby 27 4.39%
Gimme numbers! Arrgh omnomnom! 19 3.09%
DanneSandin said:

I recently made a similar thread about XB1, and that got me thinking; this gen has just begun and we have a pretty clear picture of how last gen went down. So let's try and figure out if the PS3 was a success or a failure.

Let's take a look at a few numbers first:
X360 has sold 84.4m units
PS3 has sold 84.6m units
Wii has sold 100.9m units

Clearly PS3 didn't reach the souring heights of its predecessor, PS2, which did over 150m. But does that mean PS3 is a failure? Could it be seen at least as a moderate success? After a pretty rough start it eventually manage to catch X360 and even surpass it sales wise, but does that mean it's a success after losing a massive market share? It's also important to remember that PS3 helped push the Blu-Ray format.

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Well it was a major success in the last 3 year of the lifecycle. It would all depends on if they manage to recover form the massive losses inccured at the beginning of PS3 lifecycle. Mistake made on the PS3 gave you the PS4 & Playstation Now. 

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From a stockholder/business mans view, probably. From a gamers prospective absolutely not.

Getting an XBOX One for me is like being in a bad relationship but staying together because we have kids. XBone we have 20000+ achievement points, 2+ years of XBL Gold and 20000+ MS points. I think its best we stay together if only for the MS points.

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Yes, it's a failure without a doubt.

If you reframe the question and ask if Sony would be okay with having another console like the PS3, then the only logical answer is that they wouldn't want to go through something like that again. What the PS3 achieved is not on an acceptable level, so neither Sony or any other company would want to have a product like it.

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fluky-nintendy said:

Not a failure but it's not a major success like the PS2 either, and if Sony stand still doing nothing for it including not reducing price at a huge cost, the sales today would look similar to the N64. So yeah it was nothing mindblowing but could have been a lot worse.

And if XOne was still at $499 with the only Kinect Bundle available, it would have ended like Sega Dreamcast. But, we know we can't make history with 'IF'.

PS3 had a lot more competition from MS and Nintendo compared to PS2;  XBox and GC offered a really weak competition, and PS2 was released before both rivals, getting immediately more 3rd party support.  On the other hand, PS3 was released 1 full year after X360 in NA and Jap, and 16 months later in Europe, at a very expensive price.   Of course it couldn't do as PS2= Sony big mistake ---> Lesson learnt ---> PS4 ---> Domination. 

To be noted : PS3 sold better than 360 every year apart from 2008 !  PS3 won 2007-2009-2010-2011-2012-2013-2014 ! 360 only won 2008 ;)

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For gamers it was not. For Sony it surely was.

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83 million is the lowest number Sony has ever hit. This speaks volumes about the companies ability to bounce back and still make amazing numbers. Content is everything.

Years 1 - 4, absolutely and undoubtedly, yes it was an utter failure.

However since Uncharted 2, Sony have been on a role with very little turbulence along the way.

The ps3 didn't do as well as the ps2, but it's still a successful console.

I think PS3 is a failure only if we compare with PS2 sales, but in other hand PS2 is best selling console ever.

Depends on the viewpoint...

as a gaming machine: no
as a commercial product: yes