While sales of its Nintendo and Microsoft competitors have risen in the past year, Sony's PlayStation 3 has seen a significant drop this fall, causing observers to doubt that it can get recover.
According to the Wall Street Journal, citing NPD Group figures, sales of the PS3 plunged 19 percent in November from the same time the year before, while the Nintendo Wii has doubled in sales and the Microsoft Xbox 360 has risen slighly as well. The drop came after Sony had appeared to be closing the gap with the Xbox earlier this year.
In raw numbers, Sony sold around 378,000 PS3s in the U.S. November, compared with 836,000 of the Xbox and 2 million of the Wii, according to NPD numbers.
Also on Monday, iSuppli Corp. released results of a "teardown" of the PS3 which found that Sony has reduced the cost of materials for the console by 35 percent per unit, compared with when it was first released.