Why the PS3 will eventually outstrip sales of Xbox 360

 

By Posted 18 Nov 2011, 18:46

There have been lots of great games coming out in the last few weeks for both the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Despite both consoles being around for a while now and the constant speculation of the next versions being round the corner, there is still plenty of life in them yet. Today we have an article looking at reasons why the PS3 will eventually outstrip sales of the Xbox 360.

The PS3 is five years old this month and Sony have sold over 55 million PS3s since it was first launched. The console has a long way to go to match the sales of its predecessors though, as the original PlayStaion has sold 102 million units so far and the PS2 153 million. It is beginning to hold its own to its nearest rival though the Xbox 360 and according to IGN will eventually outsell it as well.

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Microsoft’s Xbox 360 became available one year earlier than the PS3 and has sold 57.6 million units worldwide so far according to Microsoft themselves. That means the PS3 is sitting around 2.1 million behind the Xbox 360 regarding units sold, after being available one year less. If you look at the average sales of each console for each month the numbers on in Sony’s favor.

During its life time the Xbox 360 is selling around 800,000 units per month, which compares to the 925,000 the PS3 is selling. If you use these averages and took out the year head start the Xbox 360 had you get 48 million units sold instead of the 57.6 million. But if you were to give the PS3 an extra year it would have shifted 66.6 million units.

In the US the Xbox 360 is still outselling the PS3, but in Europe it’s a totally different matter while in Japan the Xbox 360 support is almost nowhere to be seen. Taking the worldwide sales into account the PS3 will probably overtake the Xbox 360 sometime next year.

You got to remember we are not looking at what console is the best, but there a few reasons why the PS3 is quickly closing the gap on its rival. There are more PS3 exclusive titles available and the often knocked PSN service is largely free to use. You also have to take into account the high failure rate of the Xbox 360 when it first came out.

Why do you think the PS3 is selling more globally than the Xbox 360?

  • Bob

    The greatest struggle in this article isn’t between the sales of the Xbox 360 or the PS3.  The greatest struggle is between the writer and proper English grammar.  Inability to properly construct thoughts according to basic English grammar rules leads me to the conclusion that the thoughts themselves are probably ill thought out as well.

    • http://flavors.me/tjoho TJOHO

      Actually, since all the “writer” did was rephrase (poorly) what was said in the original IGN article, that is not a correct assumption.

      Read that instead.

  • Bob

    The greatest struggle in this article isn’t between the sales of the Xbox 360 or the PS3.  The greatest struggle is between the writer and proper English grammar.  Inability to properly construct thoughts according to basic English grammar rules leads me to the conclusion that the thoughts themselves are probably ill thought out as well.

  • http://twitter.com/RE_KINECT Will Game

    the world while sucking on the american tata really dont give a rats ass about america.  americans on the other hand arent national in their approach to buying anything.  look at the case of ps3 fan girls wishing everything microsoft does fail. 

    next soccer lol. damn europeans love their soccer.

    next where are the new ips for microsoft.  this year was abysmal  for non kinect microsoft exclusives.  halo redux, gears and forza was about it.  now kinect had over maybe 30+ exclusives but they aren’t console sellers.

    this is the biggest problem i see with a new xbox.  only  halo, fable and forza will move on.