Well let me start off by saying that you guys know me, you know I'm usually fair and unbiased when it comes to things, and as such, I ask you not to shrug this topic off as an anti-Sony rant, as it's not. It's merely a compilation of the facts. Now be warned, the topic will be fairly long (due to the articles that have to be read), but it all has a purpose. Oh, and I'll summarize after each article. Also, I don't want a bunch of random comments from people who haven't read the facts presented in these articles. Read them, don't just jump into the discussion without having your facts straight. ARTICLE 1: http://www.electricsistahood.com/reviews/2...y-go-broke.html SUMMARY 1: If the PS3 fails, Sony loses billions. And if the PS3 sells... Sony still loses billions. Also if they drop the price to get more people to buy, they lose even more money. Their television sales are trailing far behind the competition (Sharp, Samsung, Panasonic, etc), their CD and/or MP3 player sales are failing due to the iPod (and buy/download by-the-song music), and their movie sales are hanging by the Spider-Man franchises webline. Which, by the way, will probably be ending after Spidey 3, which will in turn put an end to that particular cash cow. ARTICLE 2: http://today.reuters.com/news/articlenews....C1-ArticlePage3 SUMMARY 2: Sony's stock shares have already dropped 2.75% already from negative news about the PS3, and it hasn't even been released yet. And the fact that Sony won't see profit from the PS3 for over 5 years will cause the stocks to drop even farther. ARTICLE 3: http://pspupdates.qj.net/Developers-say-th...pg/49/aid/67974 SUMMARY 3: Developers believe that the PSP has either already failed, or is in the process of failing. And when the developers think the product is dead, they stop developing for it. Which will in turn be the killing blow. ARTICLE 4: http://www.gamesindustry.biz/content_page.php?aid=20115 SUMMARY 4: Even Sony's own executives don't believe that Blu-Ray will last, with many of them giving sending mixed messages regarding Blu-ray's future. Bottom line: if Blu-ray fails, Sony dies. ARTICLE 5: http://www.1up.com/do/newsStory?cId=3154029 SUMMARY 5: Many developers (in this case, Square-Enix) don't have faith in the PS3, and are going cross-platform. Kingdom Hearts may be coming to Wii instead of the PS3, Grand Theft Auto is now cross-platform (360 and PS3), Solid Snake is appearing in Super Smash Bros: Brawl, and there are countless more examples. Example: Originally Assassin's Creed was PS3 exclusive, now it's cross-platform. Basically, PS3 is losing brands and exclusives left and right. ARTICLE 6: http://psp3d.xhardwarereviews.com/index2.p...s%20Predictions SUMMARY 6: Analysts suggest that the PSP sales this winter will be "abysmal", no doubt signaling the end of an already dying handheld, as mentioned above. ADDITIONAL FACTS: * The price is way too much for the average consumer to spend on a video game console. The average non-hardcore gamer working 9-5 won't be able to afford it, and the average parent certainly won't be it for their child. Atleast not for a few years down the road. Alot of average consumers will put off buying the PS3 for years until the price drops. * Sony pissed alot of people off with one negative announcement after another regarding the PS3. They're making no allies and getting constant bad press. So far the only positive announcement has been that the Japanese core PS3 got a price drop, and even that was accompanied by the fact that Japanese PS3 games will now retail for close to $90 USD. Then there's the delays, and various other factors. * They plan for the PS3 to have a 10 year lifespan, but Xbox and Wii will most likely have the usual 5 - 6 year lifespan. Meaning by the time Sony even starts making any money on the PS3 (if they do), Nintendo and Microsoft will both have new consoles out that will be more powerful than the PS3, and cheaper to produce due to components costing less by then. * What many people don't know is that game hardware spec comparisons have been done, and the Xbox 360 is actually equal to the PS3 in most way, and even surpasses it in others. This means the consumer can get (basically) the same level of power for a smaller cost. Now the Xbox 360 is even offering something that was a large draw to the PS3: 1080p. * Blu-ray is slower loading/reading than HD-DVD, has a less recognizable brand name (HD-DVD is an obvious combination of High Definition and DVD), it will scratch like crazy due to the data being closer to the surface (and a lesser protective coating), manufacturers don't believe Blu-Ray recorders can succeed in North America, and now that the 360 has an optional HD-DVD drive, it basically has the same advantage as PS3's blu-ray player (except in this case you can choose to shell out money for it rather than having the price of the console jacked up). * Sony apparently hasn't delivered the online specs to developers, meaning they won't be able to implement online play any time soon. This one's not confirmed, but if it's true it means they're not taking online play seriously, and they need to because Xbox live has a rather large head start. * The Xbox 360 already has a large head start, and rumor has it they'll be lowering their prices and improving internal hardware (nothing major, just some new chips and fixes, etc) in 2007. Which will make competition even more fierce. Not to mention additional non-direct (as stated by Nintendo) competition from the Wii as well. * A long time ago it was announced that the PS3 budget version will not be backwards compatible (I believe it was e3), if this still stands it will be a huge drawback for the consumer. I have no idea if that still stands, but feel free to correct me if that has since changed. * HD-DVD at the moment has stronger sales than Sony's Blu-ray format, and it too had a head start. Not to mention Blu-ray's one advantage (the fact that it could hold more data) is useless at this point, as apparently Sony can get the larger capacity disks to work on existing Blu-ray players. * Sony's PSP UMD movie format was an utter failure. It didn't sell, and if I remember correctly because of that... they stopped produbing movies in this format. This may have been changed if Sony had released UMD recorders, but they were so set on keeping pirates away from their format that they refused to let that happen. * Various game stores are speculating (based on recent polls) that the PS3 will sell terribly in Japan this winter, going as far as giving it an equal market share figure to that of the Xbox 360. Which is ironic, as based on earlier polls before all of Sony's bad press, the PS3 was by far the most anticipated next-gen console. Now? Not so much. Well, that's all I can think of off the top of my head, but everything there spells out what we're all thinking: Sony is dead in the water, and they don't even know it. I mean what does it say about a company if they're going to lose billions even if they do succeed, and even more if they try and lower the price for the consumer? It says "dead meat". By the by, the first article is the msot important one. Above all else, read it.