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Dalthien
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(07-09-2010, 01:38 AM)

Originally Posted by charlequin

Most importantly: rather than engaging a videogame war on two fronts, home consoles and handhelds, would it be more effective to put all those resources into winning just one of those fronts? Sony has a demonstrable ability to lead in the console space; if they don't think they have a shot at usurping Nintendo for first place in handhelds or making a serious go at Apple's new markets, it might be a much better idea to reinvest in taking back the console market.

Just to follow up this point with some partially related data using Psychotext's chart (Link)

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	   Sony		    Nintendo	      Microsoft	        Total
Y/E 1998     $902,811,090   $1,023,333,867                      $1,926,144,957
Y/E 1999   $1,102,563,557   $1,301,350,000                      $2,403,913,557
Y/E 2000     $722,738,949   $1,368,207,547                      $2,090,946,497
Y/E 2001    -$449,776,290     $677,576,000                        $227,799,710
Y/E 2002     $629,101,056     $895,872,180   -$1,135,000,000      $389,973,237
Y/E 2003     $935,569,253     $834,333,333   -$1,191,000,000      $578,902,586
Y/E 2004     $627,195,212     $993,161,303   -$1,337,000,000      $283,356,515
Y/E 2005     $419,888,799   $1,056,056,202     -$539,000,000      $936,945,001
Y/E 2006      $69,129,058     $774,478,055   -$1,339,000,000     -$495,392,887
Y/E 2007  -$1,970,923,859   $1,914,666,388   -$1,969,000,000   -$2,025,257,471
Y/E 2008  -$1,079,994,103   $4,322,637,887      $426,000,000    $3,668,643,783
Y/E 2009    -$664,313,787   $5,691,428,301      $169,000,000    $5,196,114,515

Y/E 10Q1    -$413,541,667     $420,843,750      $312,000,000      $319,302,083
Y/E 10Q2    -$653,333,333     $710,655,556      $375,000,000      $432,011,111
Y/E 10Q3     $210,629,750   $2,087,904,452               N/A               N/A

Total				
	     $387,078,407  $24,072,504,822   -$6,157,000,000   $16,004,049,028

It's interesting to note the absolute nosedive which has taken place in Sony's gaming operating income since the introduction of the PSP. There are certainly other factors involved as well, but this paints a pretty damning picture that trying to maintain two concurrent platforms has been absolutely brutal to Sony's bottom line. And now that the PSP is fading away, Sony may finally be on the verge of turning these numbers back into the black again. Does turning their focus back to a 2nd ongoing platform again help or hurt the overall picture going forward? Up to this point, it is pretty clear that trying to focus on two platforms at once has been far worse for Sony than trying to focus on one platform at a time.