PS3 outsells Xbox 360 for the first time in almost three years

Examiner: "According to NPD, Nintendo's 3DS has long been the best selling piece of hardware, but right behind that the Xbox 360 has been leading the console race for 32 straight months. Until now. Gametrailers' Geoff Keighley is reporting today that the PS3 outsold the Xbox 360 in September."


The NPD Group only reports US sales.

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Abash1646d ago (Edited 1646d ago )

Well Microsoft should start getting use to this when the PS4 is outselling the Xbox One, since it has so many pre-orders. Sony really deserves the success so Im glad to see them as the top selling console maker again in the US. This is just the beginning

darthv721646d ago (Edited 1646d ago )

Wasnt this to be expected? It took longer than sony hoped but...we all knew it would happen.

Even super nintendo eventually outsold the genesis. Does that make the genesis any less respected as a console?

edit @hakeem. that is an 'interesting' perspective. Meaning those (in the US) that already have a 360 are now buying into the PS3 because of its sizable library in comparison to if they waited a month to get a PS4.

I dont think they are waiting to get an XB1 but you never know. Getting a PS3 now or in the near future is a smart move with all the still to come great games as well as back catalog of titles.

hakeem09961646d ago

The new Consoles are a month away I think it's a bad sign that a lot of people are buying PS3's .That's just mean that they won't be getting a Next gen console anytime soon .Someone could say that the low numbers for Xbox means that people are waiting for the XboxOne to come out and the high numbers of Playstation 3 sale is indicative that a lot of People are sticking with the PS3 for now instead of buying the PS4 .

B-radical1646d ago (Edited 1646d ago )

Microsoft still have done very well considering the 360 is only there 2nd console

.......I lift

Omegasyde1646d ago


If MS doesn't hit their sales goals, then that means a price drop. Same goes for Sony.

That's a win/win for gamers. I will more than likely pick up a Xbox1 a year or two from now if they keep their word on policies and if the price hits the 299$ point.

b163o11646d ago

Look I know the RRoD is wayyy behind us, but how many people had to go out a buy new 360's cause of that fiasco? Does anyone ever factor on those numbers. Just saying...

UltimateMaster1646d ago

Well, the PS3 has been outselling the Xbox 360 Globally for many years.
But this chart is for the US only.

mikeslemonade1646d ago

Yep.. Eat crow. Jokes and Bloodmask and Markxboxkings. Haha!

SITH1646d ago

How long has the 36o outsold the ps3? Have the ps3 do it for the same length of time then I will start clapping my hands. Playing catch up is all.

zero_gamer1646d ago

"Microsoft still have done very well considering the 360 is only there 2nd console

.......I lift "

Impressive, however Nintendo and Sony were more successful with their first two generations than MS. MS has yet to win top spot the whole decade they've been in console gaming business.

Allsystemgamer1646d ago


guess u been clapping your hands for years as the ps3 has been outselling the 360 GLOBALLY for years now.

This chart is US ONLY.

Way to look like an idiot.

miyamoto1645d ago (Edited 1645d ago )

Also in 1994 PlayStation completely destroyed something evil-the Nintendo video game industry monopoly and saved gamers and developers from Nintendo.

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3-4-51646d ago

PS3 still has good RPG's being released....hence the increased sales.

black0o1646d ago

dude this US not jp or M.E

indysurfn1646d ago

[email protected] Your right, and it does not have to be Japan or M.E. to have people that love RPGs Plus there are a LOT of people from other countries that live in the US. Plus there are people that will get a console JUST for RPG's. In Japan RPG's used to take up 30% of sales. Now it is close to 50% of sales. So it is not Japan but it does not have to be.

I didn't like PS3 of xbox360 but was FORCED to buy a PS3 for RPG's because after the first two years RPG's slowed down on the360 and speed up on the PS3.
Ps I will not have that problem this time. Because I'm not selling out to Microsoft which tried to take my ownership rights away and PLANS publicly to wait until the time is right to do it.

Mystogan1646d ago

After 3 years xD

and btw. This is Microsoft's second console. And they managed to more than hold their own against two veterans.

Xbox FTW;!

Bathyj1646d ago

I dont know why people use that caveat about Xbox.

"It was only their 1st console, it was only their 2nd console."

What did PSOne do against established industry veterans on their 1st go?

They dominated them and changed the industry forever making gaming cool and not just the domain of kids and nerds. There wouldnt even be an Xbox if MS hadnt seen what Sony had done before them.

Not knocking their success. Just saying you dont have to make that excuse of being the new kid.

buynit1646d ago


You are knocking their success.. The ps2 completely dominated last gen and that's no longer the case on ms's second console its not so much as an excuse as it is a fact.

You sound a little butt hurt, their probably wouldn't be a playstation if it wasn't for nintendo or sega so what was your point with that Comment?

rainslacker1646d ago

Yeah, after 13 years, and being one of the biggest corporations in the world, you really don't get to play the underdog card. MS had a lot going for it with the original Xbox, and it was actually a very good system for it's time, but PS was dominant. MS got out early on the 360, and Sony made a lot of mistakes at the start of this gen which MS capitalized on, and that's how they went against two industry of which was practically an afterthought because of Sony's dominance after 2 gens.

MS did good this gen. I give them props. They made some mistakes, but pushed the system to be better and delivered some fine content. They've been somewhat lackluster lately, but I will give them props for a gen well played.

fsfsxii1646d ago

Except that MS didn't do anything good for the industry like Sony did with the PSone

SilentNegotiator1646d ago


"It was only Microsoft's third console!"

nypifisel1646d ago

PS3 have always sold the most in the rest of the world. And yeah like everyone else said, what about PS2? 150 million.

indysurfn1646d ago (Edited 1646d ago )

@Bathyj You beat me to it! To back you up, yeah PS1 was Sony's first machine and PS2 was the second. And they BOTH came in FIRST place.

Also When Atari came out it dominated. When Nintendo came out, it dominated. When Sega came out (first 3 years) it didn't just lead it dominated. When Sony came out it dominated. When Microsoft came out it, it did not dominate, but it did....come out. Microsoft has not done what others did in their first attempt!

kenshiro1001646d ago

Call me back when they manage to reach the numbers of the PS2.

You're just bitter. It's okay.

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dale_denton1646d ago

yeah, and whens the last time 360 outsold ps3 worldwide as well? never!

xDHAV0K24x1646d ago

U live in AMERICA. The F u care about worldwide?

paul-p19881646d ago

@xDHAV0K24x because some people like to look at the big picture.

America does not = World....

dale_denton1645d ago

Why do i care? Because you have a halo avatar. Thats why. Also, your grammar and spelling is horrible.

Anon19741646d ago

Has anyone sent Aaron Greenberg a card or flowers or something? This was seriously the only thing he's had to beat his chest about in his PR releases for years, and he never let up. Every month you'd see his release "Wooooo! Xbox, U.S.A.! 30 consecutive months! Wooooooo!"

Now what's he gonna do? You cruel bastards took away the only thing the man cared about! Is there even going to be an NPD response from Microsoft going forward?

Dan_scruggs1646d ago

So Sony and Microsoft are still fighting for second place huh?

Anon19741646d ago (Edited 1645d ago )

Not really. The PS3 has been outselling the 360 worldwide since the start and overtook the 360 earlier this year in worldwide sales according to reports. 360 sales, according to Microsoft, have fallen off sharply year over year and continue to do so, so there's not much chance of them finishing anywhere but 3rd place worldwide.

The PS3 on the other hand saw only a nominal slowdown the past year and just recently released a PS3 unit breaking below the magic, $199 mark which will no doubt spur sales. They sit somewhere around 82 million PS3's currently compared to the Wii's 100 million sales, and it's no secret that Wii sales have almost stopped dead compared to even the year before.

With the PS3 finally below $199 and with Sony committed to supporting the console until 2015 and possibly beyond, even as PS3 sales slow we could still see them break 100 million, and with Wii sales at a virtual standstill, this gen could possibly go to the PS3 in terms of outright, unit sales. The PS3 is certainly the underdog in that race (quite amazing when you consider the historical price difference between the PS3 and the Wii, or the PS3 and Xbox 360 for that matter) but it's not inconceivable. The forecasts are calling for 10 million PS3's sold for fiscal '13 putting the PS3 at around 90 million by March.

So really, it's more like Nintendo and Sony fighting for first place this gen. It could be close when the dust finally settles.

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Dlacy13g1646d ago

I think Sony's GTA bundle paid off big time for them.

JohnApocalypse1646d ago

That's what I'm guessing, the 360 version of GTAV probably sold more (At least in the US)

Benchm4rk1646d ago

Didn't Sony just release the 12gb flash memory super slim console $199 in the US in late August. I reckon that probably helped them as well.

Rainstorm811646d ago

I agree I know three people that bought that bundle....which a pretty high amount this latr in the generation

But they are casual gander and owned 360s already, which i think has something to do with it.

A lot of Xbox faithful are just now discovering the PS3

Dlacy13g1646d ago

yeah... I have a friend who just got a PS3 to go along with his 360 as well. I am thinking owners of one system will have more and more opportunities to buy into the current generation cheaply as we see even more good bundles and price drops in the year to come. Heck... even the WiiU may see some of that kind of love if Nintendo gets really aggressive.

Sly-Lupin1646d ago

Funny, I thought that trend reversed years ago. Who the hell is going to the store these days and grabbing a 360?

Kamikaze81646d ago

3DS has been outselling both for some months now, but Microsoft just spins it as the "console race" which doesn't include handhelds.

Mystogan1646d ago

Typical Playstation Fanboy. Spins everything positive about Xbox into negative. Asks Microsoft not to spin everything.

Biggest1646d ago

It's a positive that the 360 didn't sell more than the PS3 this time around?

buynit1646d ago

Umm... Yea.. A console is a console and a handheld is a handheld.. The only spinning i see is from you..

Narutone661646d ago

Not everyone bashing MS is a Playstation fanboy. Notice he said 3DS, he might be a Nintendo fanboy.

Kamikaze81646d ago

To be honest, I haven't played a non-Microsoft console since the original Xbox released, so there goes that theory.

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CGI-Quality1646d ago

People interested in picking up one of the best consoles to release in the last decade.

DeadManIV1646d ago

Why not buy a ps3 then? Or a PS2

Sitdown1646d ago (Edited 1646d ago )

Because that is not one of the best consoles they are looking for? Because they wanted to play Halo? Because they wanted to play Forza? Because they wanted to play Gears of War? Because they wanted the cheaper priced current generation console? Because they wanted a console still being massed produced and supported?

walkincarpet1646d ago

best console is debatable but 360 easily has best controller and online service...

Hicken1646d ago

Best controller is debatable, but 360 easily has the best Gears of War.

-wub-1646d ago

@Sitdown It's kind of sad that you just named all of the 360 exclusives.

indysurfn1646d ago

@-WUB- That was some cruely delivered homer! ROFLMOA. In fairness there where a few more exclusives to take out a few more fingers if your finger counting.

I thought CGI-QUALITY was being sarcastic when he said. Do anyone want to pick up ...'ONE of the best consoles this decade' As opposed to saying 'the best Console this decade'.

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DragonKnight1646d ago

Another one of those "In the U.S.A." articles without that fact in the headline.

maniacmayhem1646d ago (Edited 1646d ago )

That is why we should read the article before commenting.

Then why even comment about the title if you already knew this?

DragonKnight1646d ago (Edited 1646d ago )

Umm, how else do you think I knew that it was "for the U.S." maniac? Through magic and psychic powers?

**EDIT** Because I can? What part of this is that complicated for you? Wow.

Naga1646d ago (Edited 1646d ago )

"NPD" stands for "National Purchase Diary"

So technically, it's implied in the subtext of the headline by virtue of its stated source.

Biggest1646d ago

Which nation is national?

Naga1646d ago (Edited 1646d ago )

@ Biggest

Come on, man. You are splitting semantic hairs.
If you know it's just one nation being referred to, it's in English, it's being cited as an official report, and the source historically reports data primarily from the USA... what nation did you think it was - Canada?

KwietStorm1646d ago

Stop whining and take it for what it is. Every single account holder on this site knows where they stand globally. You didn't even have to read the article to see the excerpt says NPD. You should have also known they were talking about the US when that very title says "outsells" and "first time." Every single time these NPD articles come up, certain people play the global thing. Yes, we all know the PS3 has rightfully trounced them globally since forever. You don't have to make a simple headline out to be something that it's not.

maniacmayhem1646d ago (Edited 1646d ago )

Exactly, it says NPD right in the subtext under the title. And yet Dragon doesn't understand why it wasn't in the title?

He's been on this site long enough to know that NPD sales articles are about sales in North America.

Everyone knows what he was trying to imply but he'll play the role of "huh?", all good I guess.

lol, now there's an update for the reading comprehension challenged on this site.

DragonKnight1646d ago

Apparently there are a few of you that can accuse me of not reading the article (even though you know I did) yet completely ignore that my comment applies to people who didn't read the article. It amazes me how so many people think in such one dimensional ways.

buynit1646d ago (Edited 1646d ago )

Dragonknight please just stop your tolling and how the hell you have so many Bubbles?

It amazes me how we get npd number like every month, we know it only counts na, since forever... Yet each and every month for the past yrs some one like you comes in and thinks they are saving the gaming world by reminding everyone its not world wide sales..

Its like your stuck in 06! Someone needs to open a portal for you, can anyone lend this kid Portal? For The ps3 of course...

DragonKnight1646d ago

buynit, why do you care about bubbles? learn to let go man, they don't control you. get out of the system man.

maniacmayhem1646d ago (Edited 1646d ago )

Your first comment:

"Another one of those "In the U.S.A." articles without that fact in the headline."

Then you claim:

"...yet completely ignore that my comment applies to people who didn't read the article."

No where does your first comment even remotely suggest it was aimed at people who did not read the article. That first comment hardly if at all suggests that point at all.

And what we're saying is that bit of NA info is not needed in the title since it is in the sub-text right beneath that very title you have such a problem with.

I guess you should also head over to this article and explain the same deal about it's title too.

DragonKnight1646d ago

Except that it worked because you thought I didn't read the article. You've just proven what I said to be right. You came to bust my chops about not reading the article and you know that I did, my comment shouldn't require so much explaining given your reaction. Why the hell am I wasting my time on you with this? Feel free to argue with a wall.

jessupj1646d ago (Edited 1646d ago )

Yes! Thank you DragonKight.

it also pisses me off too.

A title is suppose to to be an accurate few word summary of the article. I have no idea why others can't grasp this simply idea and are actually arguing with you. Amazing.

It's gotten to the point where I know instantly that it's a NPD related article without reading anything but the title even though it almost never specifies it's only US sales numbers. Because I say to myself, that sounds very unlikely, must be an NPD article.

maniacmayhem1646d ago

You make absolutely no sense at all Dragon.

You said; another article without USA in the headline, and I said that is why WE should read the article before commenting.

No where do I accuse YOU of not reading the article.

The main point that you and everyone else is trying to point out is there is no reason to put every bit of information in a TITLE when the subtext right below explains it all.

That is why everyone is baffled, including me, about your comment. If a person with common sense can read the headline and a couple of sentences after that then why comment that the title should have USA in it? It was not flagged by any mods or the community because it was unnecessary.

Then you say it was directed at folks who didn't read the article?

Again, you and I both know NPD is a group that reports North American sales. It always has, your comment was as lame as when people use to put "US is not the world".

I do agree with one thing though you are a wall and just as smart.


All I have to say to you is this:

a·nal·o·gy [uh-nal-uh-jee]

1. a similarity between like features of two things, on which a comparison may be based: the analogy between the heart and a pump.

2. similarity or comparability: I see no analogy between your problem and mine.

Notice the definition says "comparison". I'll just leave it at that.

DragonKnight1646d ago

"I do agree with one thing though you are a wall and just as smart."