SIn, I pretty much agree with you, however you are slightly off on the PSP UMDs. They did do amazingly well at the start, and then halted fairly recently. The PS3 is different from the PSP when it comes to movies in that it is playing movies in a come place (on a TV, which is what most people watch DVDs on anyway).
Hades, comparing the PS3’s launch to the XBox’s launch doesn’t really helpy your argument of it being a success. Sony has the led the consoles for 2 generations now, they have street cred and should be able to sell a shitload of systems off of brand name since their target audience should be the same as it has been for the last 10 years, which is pretty much anybody that plays games. The XBox was the new system, it didn’t have any history, so of course it started off a little slow. The XBox wasn’t coming into the market already leading with the previous system.
The Wii has a “machinegun of mediocrity?” Its games are higher rated than any of the PS3s games and most of the good games for the PS3 are also available for the 360. Hell, the whole reason to buy a Nintendo system at all is for the first party Nintendo exclusives which pretty much carried the GC and N64. Nintendo’s exclusives pretty much carry their systems. Hell, before the Wii launched, I was only going to get a Wii for Zelda and Mario and whatever other games Nintendo made. It definitely wasn’t going to be for the Wii’s features, but the Wii is doing surprisingly well, so I’ll be getting it for that too.
What I find somewhat alarming is that the PS2 was hard to find for like 6 or 8 months after launch and here we are just a month later seeing PS3s. Hell, even the 360 was hard to find for a while (I can’t say exactly since I wasn’t around to see, I do know it was at least 3 or 4 months).
EDIT: Oh yeah, RPG Dragon may have a point about people not expecting to be able to find it and not buying it as a result, but the sheer numbers of PS3s on the shelf is still fairly alarming and doesn’t quite justify that point.
EDIT 2: Oh yeah, also it isn’t necessarily that the PS3s launch line-up is weak, but that most of its launch games can be found on the 360. Hell, a person could buy a 360 and several games available for both systems for less than the PS3 costs alone, which leaves few games available to really buy for the PS3. The PS3 launched with Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, Tony Hawk’s Project 8, Call of Duty 3, and Fight Night Round 3, which are all very good games…but also available for the 360