With the recent introduction of the PS3 Slim at the reduce priced, sales of the platform have surged in demand. When PS3 exclusive FFXIII releases in Japan, big things will happen.
Enterbrain's Hirokazu Hamamura believes over 500,000 PS3s will sell over the year's end sale period, partly because of Final Fantasy XIII's launch. It's being bundled with PS3 Slims.
Last week saw a huge 150,000 sales of PS3 in Japan, thanks to the PS3 Slim and price snips. The Final Fantasy franchise in Japan is mega huge, so big in fact that schools and even work places suffer almost 'traditional' desertion when a new title is released.
Couple that with the new PS3 Slim hotness and you've got a ticking sales time bomb on your hands. Final Fantasy XIII retails exclusively on the PlayStation 3 platform in Japan, unlike the West's multiplatform release on both PS3 and Xbox 360.
Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Kaz Hirai announced that on December 13th, when FFXIII debuts, there will also be special hardware bundles on sale. Media Create believes that PS3 sales could top 4.5 million by the end of '09, and 5 million by the fiscal year's end.