Sony Game Unit To Cut Jobs
Sony’s gaming unit announced this week that it plans job cuts to its U.S. operation, following on the heels of cuts in Europe, and the recent departure of the division’s longtime head. The changes come as Sony’s Playstation 3 console continues to fall further behind Nintendo’s Wii.
Sony Computer Entertainment did not announce the amount or location of the layoffs, but the news service RTTNews put the number at about 100, mostly focused around the division’s U.S. headquarters in Foster City, Calif.
Rumors have circulated that a price cut for the PS3 may be in the offing, Reuters reported. Earlier this week, Sony announced that its latest Blu-ray Disc player, the BDP-S300, will retail for $499 when it hits the market next week, a drop of $100 from when the product was first announced. That puts the player’s cost at $100 less than the PS3, which itself includes a Blu-ray player as one of its main selling points.