John Koller, the director of hardware marketing at Sony, was asked by MTV Multiplayer
one of the hot-button questions in this type of economy: is the PS3 recession-proof? Koller, the sly guy that he is, didn't give a direct answer. "Good question, given the reality of how things are from a macro perspective. First off, I want to say that we're very bullish on sales for this holiday season and beyond. In fact, we're very excited about the numbers we've been seeing coming in. There's a lot of talk about whether gaming is recession proof. I'm not sure I can answer that. I can say the PS3 is selling extremely well. Maybe those rumors about people forgoing vacations for gaming might be coming true a little bit here."
The less than stellar numbers last month
would suggest the PS3 isn't quite recession-proof -- in October it sold 190,000 units, which doesn't sound too bad ... until you realize the Xbox 360 sold almost twice that amount. Maybe Koller is right; maybe people are giving up their vacations to buy a PS3 (or some other console, for that matter). What do you think?