The video game console did record its best year since launching in November 2006, tallying up 3.55 million units. But its sales numbers - which were particularly disappointing during the important holiday season - fell short of chief rival the Xbox 360 and the market-leading Nintendo Wii. It all left analysts predicting a tough road for Sony. That explains why a lot is riding on today's launch of the highly anticipated shooter Killzone 2, a title that has been whetting gamers' appetites since 2005.

But many of the same problems that conspired to undercut sales for the PS3 last year remain. At a starting price of $400, the PS3 is the most expensive of the next-generation consoles. "Just when people were seeing PS3 games that they would want to buy the system for, the economy comes and kicks them in the butt," Miller said.



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