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Sony May Post Biggest Loss in 4 Years on PlayStation 3 Consoles

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May 15 (Bloomberg) -- Sony Corp., the world's second-largest consumer electronics maker, may report its biggest quarterly loss in four years after the PlayStation 3 game console failed to spur as much demand as Nintendo Co.'s Wii player.

The net loss at Tokyo-based Sony may have widened to 75.8 billion yen ($630 million) in the fiscal fourth quarter ended March 31, from 66.5 billion yen a year earlier, according to the median estimate of 11 analysts surveyed by Bloomberg. Sales probably rose 9.5 percent to 2.02 trillion yen, the survey showed
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Sony probably generated profit from all divisions other than games in the latest quarter, led by the consumer electronics business, as a weaker yen helped bolster sales of Bravia televisions and Cyber-shot digital cameras.

Operating profit from the consumer electronics division, second only to Matsu****a Electric Industrial Co. in terms of sales, will probably rise 43 percent to 283 billion yen this fiscal year, after climbing to 198 billion yen in the preceding 12-month period, according to the Bloomberg survey.

The weaker yen, which increases the value of overseas sales when repatriated back home, has helped Japanese exporters including Toyota Motor Corp. and Canon Inc. report higher profit in the latest quarter.

Spider-Man, Resident Evil

Profit from the movie division will probably rise 43 percent to 50 billion yen this fiscal year, boosted by ``Spider-Man 3'' and the third installment of ``Resident Evil'' featuring Milla Jovovich, according to the Bloomberg survey.

``The question is the balance between the electronics business and the game business,'' said Koichi Takatsuka, who oversees $1 billion at UAM Japan Inc. in Tokyo. ``And the question regarding Mr. Stringer is whether he is able to be a strong leader and show a clear vision.''
Source: http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?p...tvk&refer=asia

Not looking too good for Sony.
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Who cares? The PS3 still rocks.
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These are just loss reports transcending from their launch failure. It's gonna take another year for the results of their sales turn around to reach front pages.

They're taking steps to save the PS3, but these steps aren't going to see results until some more productive titles come out. MGS4 being delayed couldn't have hurt the PS3 anymore than it did. It's just really bad news, not because people won't buy the PS3 now, but more-so that current owners are going to bitterly switch to 360 and warn people to avoid the PS3.

I still think it's a good system, it just needs some solid titles to come out.

The 360 has been riding on Gears of War and Halo 3 for far too long now. Other than Halo 3, I don't really see any 360 titles that are going to change the tides.
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Who cares? The PS3 still rocks.
It's a kick @$$ system but sadly it isn't affordable for most people.
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Good system but if your in it just for the games the 360 and the Wii are much better deals.
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