GTA IV Sales: Split 50/50 over Xbox and PS3

Take-Two has revealed that the 13 million units of Grand Theft Auto IV it has sold are split more or less evenly across platforms.

Speaking in a conference call following Take-Two's recent financials, one analyst asked, "...can you give us an idea as to this 13 million GTA 4 units, how many of those are Xbox 360 platform? So what's the addressable market for the downloadable The Lost and Damned."

The response from Lainie Goldstein, CFO of Take-Two, was, "It's approximately 50/50, Ed."

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GWAVE3058d ago (Edited 3058d ago )

So it looks as if -- despite the much lower price of the 360, the exclusive DLC, and the greater 360 installed base -- the PS3 still went toe-to-toe with the 360.

*waits for people to say "Bu bu bu but the PS3 version didn't sell MORE LOLOLOLOL! teh fail!"*

EDIT: Looks like I didn't have to wait long. Hiruma jumped right in there with some BS, as usual.

Simon_Brezhnev3058d ago

yep i could had sworn all the 360 fanboys was like it sold more on 360 lmao

Hiruma Youchi3058d ago

Why dont you mention the guys at the time who were saying the PS3 version sold more because of the Piracy on Xbox360?

PirateThom3058d ago

Guess people don't care about DLC after all.

Pennywise3058d ago

Hiruma... What would the point of that be?? R* Actually lost money because of that, so deduct the money taken from them for the pirated versions and the PS3 made them way more money.

Was that supposed to be a positive statement towards the 360?

meepmoopmeep3058d ago

i traded in GTA4 months ago

Kleptic3058d ago

can't say this is very surprising...the 360 has a much larger installed base through out the US...driving sales GTAIV sales up for that platform...

and the PS3 had MGS4 right around the corner...a much more attractive reason to buy a PS3 if you didn't own either the 360 if you want to play GTAIV and some DLC in a the PS3 if you want to play GTAIV and then MGS4 about a month later...I know 10 people personally that chose the latter rather than the former...but obviously, as not much has changed in the gap between the PS3 and 360...many went with the 360, at least in the US...overall the game did next to nothing at console sales just sold well throughout both platform bases...

Mr Pumblechook3058d ago (Edited 3058d ago )

I dont understand how it can be approximately equal sales on both formats?
The Xbox 360 was released one and a half years before the PlayStation 3 in Europe.
Over in the UK the 360 is HALF the price of the PlayStation 3.
Shouldn't that mean that much the 360 sales vastly outstrip the PS3?
Shouldn't that mean that at least 75% of sales are on the 360?

Either Rockstar is lying about GTA IV sales being equal on both formats.
Or Microsoft is lying about the number of 360s sold (excluding re-buys)

mugoldeneagle033058d ago

It's still good news.

Especially considering that around GT4's launch last year (about a year from now) the PlayStation 3 hadn't sold nearly as well as it has since then.

Good news for Sony

thenickel3058d ago

Oh so now all of the sudden gta matters to the sony fanboys lol. All this shows is that a once playstation title can do just as good if not better on the 360.

PirateThom3058d ago

Some nice spin there, the GTA series was never PS exclusive. All it shows is that PS3 games sell as well as 360 games even with the smaller install base.

Pennywise3058d ago

Silly noob gamers who think GTA was a PS exclusive are a joke.

Nickel, we dont care about GTA all of a sudden... we care about making all of the people who ran their mouth about PS3 game sales being bad look stupid.

The PS3 had a higher attach rate regardless of the DLC. People are not just buying PS3 for bluray like your buddies like to say. Everyone online on my friends lists are playing games most of the time.

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Ghoul3058d ago (Edited 3058d ago )

whats that smell ?

damn another troll crouching out of theyre bridge.
fanboys try to spin it as you like

its a + for sony on this one.
more expensive console
no dlc
smaller installbase

you guys where to one allways braging about attach rates.
well ps3 has a higher attach rate on gta4 then the 360.
but i bet you can spin that one too. right ?

Pizzagaki3058d ago

Pizzagaki says LOL, Nothing beats Pizzagaki his PS3, the xbox will be overtaken in 2009.

Lifendz3058d ago

Paid 50 million for 2 exclusive episodes of DLC, marketed the game heavily as being on 360, has the higher install base and was a cheaper system, and yet the PS3 version sold just as well and moved more PS3 hardware.

Maybe instead of paying for exclusive DLC MS can pay for new and exclusive IPs?

thenickel3058d ago

"The PS3 had a higher attach rate regardless of the DLC."

And since when did attach rates start to matter so much to you and your following? You guy's and gals are looking for any reason what so ever to nit pic and spin this into a PS3 did better debate. This is good news for Rock star and nothing more. Soon there are going to be more PS3 is in 3rd to stay articles popping up and I wonder what the excuse will be this time.

Pennywise3058d ago

Nickel - The only thing I care about is making your guys look stupid. I think I succeed pretty well at that. Its the whole foot in the mouth syndrome you have.(maybe not you personally)

Xbox fans started with sales/attach rates/metacritic BS. I dont care as long as I like a game and there are enough ppl playing online for me.

I get to take out some aggression on this website and with the constant flow of idiots around these parts, they keep me quite busy.

Now go back to putting your fingers in your ears and screaming "lalalalalala I cant hear you so it must not be true"

ceedubya93058d ago

Its a plus for both.

Both sold well on each platform, everybody made money in the long run. The aproximately even sales means that there was a good market for the game on both consoles, and a simultaneous release was a good thing to do for Rockstar to take advantage of the current market trend.

Mindboggle3058d ago

I hope this once again teaches people to not trust vgchartz as they are complete bullcrap....

StayHigh3058d ago

the ps3 version is the best to buy since you dont have to worry about the rrod (360 virus)i personally dont care about dlc because why would i pay extra money when it should be in the game from the start.also dont get me started on dvd9 my cousin always buy used 360 games it would always be scratched up like hell or itdont work at all and he had to make two trips to exchange .360 fanboys pick quantity over quality it be there biggest downfall

Saigon3058d ago

this was the reason they did not mention the DLC number for LnD...either way this was a win/win situation for all 3 companies...Though it was more in favor in Sony...most likley the sales were 7mil to 6mil if it was considered almost even...

GrandTheftZamboni3058d ago

VGChartz lists following data for GTA IV:

PS3 5.46m
360 6.87m

1.4 million (~25 percent) off in favour of 360.

Saigon3058d ago

You speak the truth...somebody is lying...

indysurfn3058d ago (Edited 3058d ago )

Dispite it having DLC for xbox360 and dispite the better textures and frame rate on xbox360 it should have a higher attach rate on PS3 and thus a 50/50 split. The xbox360 has too many AAA Million sellers for GTA IV to have such a high attach rate. There are simply too many competing block buster titles on 360. There are now 32 Million + sellers on xbox360, and barely 10 million on PS3. So this sounds about right. Even though the NPD numbers put it at about 59/41 Maybe the CFO was being nice, and not specific. 59/41 is a split. The setting put him under pressure to show all the eggs are not in one basket. It is a financial event after all.

Blademask3058d ago (Edited 3058d ago )

I've never felt as taken as I did with GTA4. It was such a scam, all the preview hype everything. Then the real game was the worst in recent history, it improved nothing from San Andreas and in fact, REMOVED features.

People try to pretend they dont care about the extra missions like working out and crap in SA "LOL if i wanted the SIMS id play the SIMS!" Yet you're the same people driving around to darts and cookies every 10 minutes? F- This game. Rockstar has owned everyone and they are laughing allllllll the way to the bank for creating the most underhwhelming EMPTY non-interactive city they could. The game is a ghost town with nothing to do.

I'd hate if the DLC for this game is the only GAME I'd have to look forward to other than a watered down rts and a ninja qte game, but folks.. Rockstar is the winner here.

GTA4 was the biggest scam in gaming history, and you guys are too busy figuring out who was scammed more? Come on. Petitions hsould be made for how uninspiring this title was for a gta title.

Hell, play saints row 2 and tell me its not the better "GTA" type game. Tera Patrick... come on. GTA lost its raunchy street cred with GTA4. It wasn't even offensive. After you get used to the way people fell, the game got boring amazingly quick.

brb gotta go pickup my cousin.

kevnb3058d ago

If the install base for both consoles gets anywhere close to equal, multiplat games will sell much better on ps3... who is actually equipped to burn and download 20 gig games?

kevnb3058d ago

lol at the brb, like we all really miss you and anticipate your next comment.

slayorofgods3058d ago

This proves the the PS3 can sell games afterall despite publishers thinking that the 360 would make them more money. To the guy that thinks someone is lying, I'd trust 3rd party developers numbers over sony or microsoft released numbers.

eagle213058d ago

and its going to get much worse in the coming years for 360. :)

soxfan20053058d ago

"About", "generally", and "approximately" (taken directly from the article) regarding the 50/50 comment are hardly strong enough terms to draw any conclusions about either console.

cayal3058d ago

"To all you idiots that dont understand what Himura was trying to say; Yes according to this site it was 50/50 but you have to take piracy into consideration. If pirate games weren't available on the 360 you could definitly say the 360 version would've sold more."

Flawed logic there Einstein. If piracy wasn't available, there is nothing to suggest those who did pirate would have bought it.

"Plus take into consideration there are way more games and better quality games on the 360. When GTA came out on the PS3 there wasn't that much more to choose from."

Speaking of idiots...

Argento-Nox3058d ago

@1.9 Thenickel

Nice spin there nickel, considering GTA was also on the xbox1.

Thankfully, you don't have to pay everyone a nickel for every irrelevant fanboy comment you make, otherwise you'd have to think up a new username.

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EzekielRAGE3057d ago (Edited 3057d ago )

The Rockstar exclusive for the ps3 is a revamped gtasa. This was a huge letdown.

DaTruth3057d ago (Edited 3057d ago )

That was some of the worst fanboy drivel I have ever read

You're all a bunch of FANBOYS!!! All of you!!!

@Blademask: I buy one game every 3 months(except for November) so always PS3 exclusives. This is the one multiplatform I bought and I still play it all the time. It's the only game I can pop in and screw around for 45 mins or so. But you're right about the story and I couldn't even play it again for the trophies. Which makes a new story(L&theD) a big no-no.

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Microsoft Xbox 3603057d ago (Edited 3057d ago )

"It is GTA after all. Duh."

How did you accumulate such flawed logic? Just because its a GTA game doesn't mean people would pay money for it. It only means the game will be pirated even more.

ZuperAmazingCooKie3057d ago

European SKUs bring in more revenue. PS3 sells more games in Europe. Therefore, even if there is a small sales diference in favor of 360, PS3 makes up by selling more in Europe.

AAACE53057d ago

The fanboys have something to argue about...

Seeing how so many Ps3 (and 360) owners said GTA 4 sucked.... Why does anyone care?

pixelsword3057d ago

Buying the DLC kept you from flopping in sales, but to be fair it didn't make you pull ahead, either; which was the intent of the exclusive DLC in the first place.

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frayer3058d ago (Edited 3058d ago )

bubu but 360 sellz moere... Ps3 dnt sellz gamezs... DLC sellz gamesz

White-Sharingan3058d ago

I just wonder why people say the bullshit statement of: Bu..bu...but...but..for the full experience you need the DLC.

No you dont, the full experience is already IN the game, DLC is just something extra, besides the lost and the damn didnt have to do anything with Niko

Kleptic3058d ago

funny how I couldn't even get through 'part of the experience'...I have not put the game in my ps3 once since MGS4 released in June...not one time...still at like 55% complete or plans on finishing it anytime soon, may go back through eventually for the trophies...but even then...boring game imo...

pwnsause3058d ago

apparently that statement did not apply to a game Like Tomb Raider: Underworld which managed to sell more on the PS3 than on the 360 despite the exclusive DLC that the 360 version gets.

Ghoul3058d ago


becasue noone cares about exclusiv dlc other then hardcore gamers and fanboys. sorry guys its a fact, you cant sell more units by aving exclusive dlc.

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MURKERR3058d ago (Edited 3058d ago )

considering the install base at the time,i honestly thought the 360 would have sold more considering the price/DLC surprised

all in all 13 mill sold thats a great achievement for rockstar

ape0073058d ago

cut the ps3 price and pay for gta 5 exclusivity

sony,it will be the biggest move you'll ever made this gen

komp3058d ago

@ ape007

I dont think sony will need to pay for it :D

Im sure R* are dissapointed in someways too.

TreborRversed3058d ago

13 million units sold, that is some number from Rockstar

Whats the biggest selling game of all time?

cayal3058d ago (Edited 3058d ago )

Mario by a long shot

SprSynJn3057d ago

I am thinking with the recent comments by one of the developers at Rockstar, that the next installment could be exclusive to the Playstation 3 due to space restrictions. Had the sales not been so equal, i.e. it being more sold on the 360, then I could see that being a hindrance to Sony. But, seeing as though they both sold equally, I can see Rockstar actually taking the gamble to go with more size amidst the possibility in losing sales. I am pretty sure half of those possible 13 million, if they haven't already, would buy a PS3 for that game. It is that popular of a series, and I bet there are many customers who want a PS3 despite the higher price tag.

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Omega43058d ago

Seem like the franchise has found a new home then

Just think of all those PS2 owners Sony failed to convert and who chose the 360 instead

I wonder if it will be the same with RE5 and FFXIII only time will tell

Avenged Sevenfold3058d ago

There's over 140 million ps2 owners out there. Chances are that at least 50% of them will be buying a Ps3.

GWAVE3058d ago

LOL. You never fail to amuse me with your spin.

So, assuming that GTA found a new home on the 360 with a larger installed base, a cheaper console, a "better" online setup, and exclusive DLC content, why is it that the PS3 sold just as well with a smaller installed base, a more expensive console, an "inferior" online setup, and no DLC content?

It seems to me that GTA is still quite comfortable on the Playstation brand.

MURKERR3058d ago

and considering the 360s install base and the much touted DLC and 360 is half the price of a ps3 i dont think microsoft will be celebrating to much especially as the 50mil DLC didnt entice as much as they wanted it to

Omega43058d ago

Well considering GTA on the PS2 sold well over 13ml on the single platform, yeah i would say its found a new home

Seems like brand loyalty is dead and those 120ml PS2 owners probably wont be converting to the PS3 very easily

Ghoul3058d ago

omega4 its time

disagree, pull bubble, ignore.

Chubear3058d ago

The xbox only sold 25mill last gen and the 360 has only currently gotten to the 27mill mark this gen. That means that, after 4yrs on the market, it has only just gotten it's original base to convert.

A vast majority of the 150mill PS2 consumers jumped on the PS2 at the end of its 4th year and just went on a tear from then on. It'll be the same on the PS3 with the PS2 base jumping on in drones at the same time period. Just like it was with the PS1.

Had the 360 sold 50mill by now you could say yes, they got a chunk of the PS2 base but that's not the case at all. They've just managed to get their xbox base and the 360 is about to be discontinued within the next 2yrs.

Pennywise3058d ago

Keep bubbling yourself up Omega.

Do you realize that with PS2 sales - xbox360 sales + PS3 sales = 90 million people??????????? (Far from over)

And plus a lot of the casuals didnt buy a 360, they bought a wii.

rockleex3058d ago

Anyways, I think the Wii is the console that MIGHT have taken a chunk of PS2 owners... for now.

Its VERY likely that those PS2 owners who went with a Wii... only did it for its low starting price. They'll most likely convert to the PS3 once its price drops. Especially since most of the sequels for their favorite PS2 series probably won't come out on the Wii.

soxfan20053058d ago

@4.6 - The current generation is not comparable to the PS2/Xbox generation. PS2 overtook Dreamcast in it's first year, and was never behind Xbox of Gamecube. Don't forget, PS2 was $299, Dreamcast was $149 when PS2 launched. Last generation, people had no problem paying double for PS2. PS2 outsold all competitors, without any price cut, from day one. That is not the case now. PS3 is in it's third year, and is still trailing 2 competitors. That NEVER happened with PS1 or PS2.

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Avenged Sevenfold3058d ago (Edited 3058d ago )

Wow, I remember when fanboys and "analysts" said the 360 version will outsell the PS3 2:1. Anyway good job Take-Two and Rockstar.

N4PS3G3058d ago

well..American Analyst talk about North America ....and it did outsell it in North America

Avenged Sevenfold3058d ago

Still, America isn't the center of the universe, is it now? This doesn't excuse the 360 fanboys for acting like GTA4's home is on the 360 and Micro treats it more or less like a 360 exclusive.

thenickel3058d ago

America is the center of the universe so get use to it.

twoface3058d ago

Seems like you have some disagrees there

Ghoul3058d ago (Edited 3058d ago )

lol @ nickel

hey guys you see irony when it shi.s in your face ?

well avenged, to some extend its incredible how loyal americans are to an american product. patriotism at its finest, its almost everytime an american user, downplaying the ps3, spreading fake articles, spinning news and glorifying anything ms does.

sad but true

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UltimateIdiot9113058d ago

I'm an US citizen and I do not think US is the center of the universe. I also hate many of the american brand product as they tend to die pretty quick compare to foreign brand products.

And Americans wonder why most of the world think of US as aholes of the world. It's quite an obvious reason and it's not jealousy. Starts with an E.

Ghoul3058d ago

ups i revoke my comment

thenickel is an american shortminded patriot. please stay in usa.
btw usa is so far away from beeing the center of the world its incredible.

Why o why3058d ago

typical. You are a j**k. A disrespect to all of your compatriots. Everybody knows the UK is the centre of the universe. Do you speak english or 'american'

The gaming GOD3058d ago

See, THAT my friend is what I called "close-minded thinking"

Ignorant mentality like that is why our country is in the bad shape it is (among other reasons of course). Most other countries hate us BECAUSE of close-minded thinkers like yourself nickel

And yes, I AM American

gamesmaster3058d ago

i'm surprised at you nickel, i would have thought man of your age would be a little more open minded. if you have children i feel bad for them, growing up thinking where they are is the center of the universe for "us foreign fu*ks".

i'm willing to bet you dont have a passport since theres nothing of interest outside of your boarders apart from oil, i beleive you dont need a passport to drop a bomb on an "inferior" culture.

hey, i'm from Britain and i even recognize the colonialism.