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    Sony Cuts Fees for PS3 Game Developers

    Sony Cuts Fees for PS3 Game Developers
    By YURI KAGEYAMA

    The Associated Press

    November 19, 2007

    Hoping to encourage more games for the PlayStation 3, Sony has cut in half the price of a software development kit for the struggling console.

    Sony Corp.'s gaming unit, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., said prices for the development package for the PlayStation 3 will be reduced to $10,250 in North America, 950,000 yen ($8,600) in Japan and 7,500 euros ($11,250) in Europe.

    Monday's move follows last month's price cuts on the PS3 around the world, and Sony has said that sales have improved in the U.S., Japan and Europe. The 80-gigabyte version PS3 now sells for about $499, down from $599.

    Although its predecessor the PlayStation 2 dominated the gaming market, the PS3 has struggled against the Nintendo Co.'s Wii console.

    Boosting PS3 sales is crucial for Sony's overall business strategy because it also supports the Blu-ray disc next-generation video, which is vying with the rival HD-DVD format.

    The Wii has succeeded in drawing people not usually accustomed to playing electronic games, by offering easier-to-play games that use a wandlike handheld device for the remote controller.

    There have been no price cuts on the Wii, which sells for about $249.99 in North America, 249 euros ($370) in Europe and 25,000 yen ($230) in Japan.

    It is generally more difficult and expensive to create games for sophisticated machines like the PS3, which is packed with cutting-edge technology and is driven by the Cell microprocessor. But machines won't sell unless there is a variety of games that can be played on them.

    Game developers that had previously designed products for the PlayStation 2 are now increasingly making Wii versions of the games.

    By October, Nintendo had shipped 13.2 million units worldwide of the Wii, which went on sale late last year. Nintendo is expecting to sell 17.5 million Wiis by the end of this fiscal year, which is March 31.

    Sony had sold 5.6 million PS3s worldwide as of the end of September, company spokesman Daisuke Nakata said. The console went on sale late last year in Japan and the U.S. and in March in Europe.

    The PS3 has also lagged behind the Xbox 360 machine from U.S. software maker Microsoft Corp. Microsoft has sold 13.4 million Xbox 360 consoles over the last two years.

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    source- http://www.topix.net/content/ap/2007...ame-developers

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    Cogito Ergo Sum JAKE196's Avatar
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    You can do it PS3!!

    *bets on Wii winning the console war*
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    lol the last half of the article was unnecessary, sounds almost like a bias writer.

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    agreed with sovieto, the article was suppose to be about price cuts, and then it goes on to sday how the wii is better and selling more

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    Im actually hoping Sony does make a come back and sell well, its such a great machine and has a lot of potential.

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    This is around the same time Sony dropped their price on the PS2 development kit. This really isn't news, more like a tradition with Sony. When they launch a new console they drop the dev price within the first year. $10,000 isn't much, you can spend $500,000 on a Mo-cap studio. I'm glad that technology is getting cheaper. They are starting to use illumination from a special skin paint (far more capture points), gone are the days of the ping pong balls.

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    go sony! im rooting for sony to win again this time around. the PS3 is such a beautiful machine its a shame more people arent buying it. ive decided to quit saying how i love it ps3 andi support sony and whatever and actually buy one. lol


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