Sony Shutting Down San Fran PlayStation Store
Reportedly, Sony spent around $85 million building the 300,000-square-foot shopping center that opened up ten years ago in a highly trafficked spot in San Francisco, and while The Westfield Group purchased the Metreon from Sony three years ago for an undisclosed price, we suspect that the firm simply felt the rent wasn't worth paying anymore given the current economic situation. Though, the aforementioned quote from Sony makes us wonder if this isn't signaling a shift in strategy that will end up being far more wide-reaching than the shuttering of a single store. Will Sony begin to take a more hands-off approach to marketing and moving its PlayStation wares through sales channels? Will retailers begin to chip in to pump up availability of Sony products? Offloading these chores doesn't seem like such a bad idea in times like these, but we suspect only time will tell what's really the cause of this close.