Activision; Sony; Price Cut. You all remember how it went, right? “I’m getting concerned about Sony; the PlayStation 3 is losing a bit of momentum and they don’t make it easy for me to support the platform. It’s expensive to develop for the console, and the Wii and the Xbox are just selling better,” said Activision’s Bobby Kotick. “How’s that for logic?” replied Howard Stringer. “I think it’s silly to be saying you’re not going to support Sony.” said BioWare’s Greg Zeschuk. “The brand itself is still huge and there are millions of [users] out there.
Well, yesterday Activision announced their quarter 2 financials, and Stringer must be having a right old chuckle to himself this morning. Despite MMORPGs being Activision’s highest earning platform, the PlayStation 3 was absolutely a high earner for the publisher over the last 3 months, bringing in $152 million behind the Xbox 360 at $231 million. In comparision, both consoles outsold Activision games on the Wii ($118 million), the DS ($48 million) and the PS2 ($44 million) with regular PC games and PSP titles making up the remaining $58 million together.
Still, Activision CEO Mike Griffith last night continued the poor forecasts for Sony’s PlayStation 3, suggesting that by the end of 2009 the console would have only shifted 20 million units across the US and Europe. This is in comparison to handhelds (108 million units), the Wii (50 million units) and the Xbox 360 (33 million). We’re hoping that AAA titles like Gran Turismo 5 will start to give publishers a much wider install base on the PlayStation 3 so we can all get along nicely.