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Apr 09 2012
By: McBonk Uncharted Territory 1727 posts
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Sony to Cut 10,000 Jobs

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and expects a $2.7 billion dollar loss. After cutting 16,000 jobs in 2008, Sony has yet to realize a profit.

2 questions:

1. Will the rumored Orbis help or hurt?

2. Will Sony ever recover?



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Apr 9, 2012

It is very sad to hear that Sony is making such deep cuts in order to keep its head above water. I honestly do not think that the Orbis/PS4 will appear any time soon, and if it does, it won't help them recover from being in the red.

My recommendation for Sony to get back on its feet financially is to continue pumping life into the PS2. Nintendo did that with the Game Boy back in the 90's, and for a while there, the PS1 was a budget gamer's console. Since retro-gaming has proven to be more than just a fad, Sony could market the PS2 as such with a $99 price tag. It makes sense, considering that other companies have done similar marketing strategies and have succeeded. Converse Chuck Taylors still sell today, despite the shoe being around for almost 100 years now....

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Apr 9, 2012

Pariah599 wrote:

It is very sad to hear that Sony is making such deep cuts in order to keep its head above water. I honestly do not think that the Orbis/PS4 will appear any time soon, and if it does, it won't help them recover from being in the red.

My recommendation for Sony to get back on its feet financially is to continue pumping life into the PS2. Nintendo did that with the Game Boy back in the 90's, and for a while there, the PS1 was a budget gamer's console. Since retro-gaming has proven to be more than just a fad, Sony could market the PS2 as such with a $99 price tag. It makes sense, considering that other companies have done similar marketing strategies and have succeeded. Converse Chuck Taylors still sell today, despite the shoe being around for almost 100 years now....

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Pouring money into a twelve year old piece of electronics is the answer?

Unless you think that Sony and only Sony is being affected in this financial crisis, this isn't really news. Apple announced it will cut jobs as well two days ago. And in case you guys haven't noticed, we lost SAAB about two months ago, and that was 22,000 jobs that went down the drain in Trollhatten. Other things are affecting Japan still, such as unfavorable exchange rates, and they are still recovering from the effects of the Tsunami.

Sony doesn't have a big movie yet in theaters. Spider-Man is coming this summer, that will probably help (granted if the movie is any good, and if audiences want to see a reboot of a movie that's only ten years old).

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Well it isn’t just Sony letting people go but it is also other companies out there that are doing the same thing because the game has really changed and it really if falling in deeper as the market is changing and the demand is shifting into different venues that seem quite impractical but somehow work.

I noticed that this is around the Digital and mobile content that is making in the money. Although let us talk about more recent news, like fan funded gaming, Double Fine and inXile both quite known names by both younger and older gamers. Somehow they rolled the dice and showed that if we like them then we can help make them work. Still needs more research into that venue as I believe this can't work for everything, cause then it would just become intoxicated fillers.

Sony does have many divisions that leave them to fund mostly by themselves though if they can't and need to restructure to keep the necessary resources running then they will bust some shots to make it happen. Cutting the jobs is just part of it that may companies see as a way to move about their work.

In current time all we can do is keep chatting, cause we are not that close to make decisions, but we still make up the community.

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And why not?

If you look at the quality of the graphics on the PSP and the PS Vita, they are essentially the same generation of graphics that the PS2 is capable of producing, only because they are both handheld consoles, it's some how more 'acceptable'. Nintendo has done the same thing with the Game Boy Advance (16-bit graphics similar to the Super Nintendo) and 32-bit graphics on the Nintendo DS (similar to that of the Game Cube). I've been rather quiet about this 'trend' in gaming for the longest time, but since companies are notorious for recycling their games on to portable systems, why not continue to support one of the most popular platforms of all times? The PS2 still has alot of good qualities to it, even if it's an aged system....

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Apr 10, 2012

Maybe, just maybe...guncrazy was right all along

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Pariah599 wrote:

And why not?

If you look at the quality of the graphics on the PSP and the PS Vita, they are essentially the same generation of graphics that the PS2 is capable of producing, only because they are both handheld consoles, it's some how more 'acceptable'. Nintendo has done the same thing with the Game Boy Advance (16-bit graphics similar to the Super Nintendo) and 32-bit graphics on the Nintendo DS (similar to that of the Game Cube). I've been rather quiet about this 'trend' in gaming for the longest time, but since companies are notorious for recycling their games on to portable systems, why not continue to support one of the most popular platforms of all times? The PS2 still has alot of good qualities to it, even if it's an aged system....

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Because it's a ten year old piece of hardware that has a very low profit margin on, and more importantly, you don't make money by people playing their ten year old games.

That seems to be the major flaw in any PS2 backward compatibility argument, and it's the flaw in this one as well. The PS3 is a loss leader. They make very little, if anything on the PS3. Sony makes money on the games. If you're not buying PS3 games, then it's essentially a loss.

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But yet Sony makes money when it re-packages and sells those 10 year old games on the PS3?

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But yet Sony makes money when it re-packages and sells those 10 year old games on the PS3?

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Honestly, how much profit do you think there is in repackaging three games and selling them for $30-$40? There's certainly not a high margin in a ten dollar download of these games, and between all the other expenses there can't be much when you have a disc.

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Either way, it's still bringing in revenue, plus being able to download PS1 and PS2 games on the PSN still attracts customers. If it wasn't working, I would think that Sony wouldn't be offering such 'dated' technology in the first place to begin with....

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