Why the PS3 will eventually outstrip sales of Xbox 360

By Gary Johnson - Nov 18, 2011

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.

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?

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