Sony to Gamasutra: "Uncharted 3 figure given is shipped, rather than sold."

Update: Sony confirmed to Gamasutra that the figure given is shipped, rather than sold.

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Majin-vegeta2356d ago

God this is gonna get ugly.

iamnsuperman2356d ago

more confusing. I have no idea anymore what is going on. The same quote is used in both the IGN and this article

buddymagoo2356d ago (Edited 2356d ago )

MW3, GeoW, Battlefield are all the same, I don't know why a problem is being made with Uncharted 3.

thereapersson2356d ago

Everyone knows that reported game sales until published by NPD are shipped units.

Ren_2356d ago

Shipping figures or sold figures. They were both given the same quote that states neither as far as I can see.

tiffac0082356d ago (Edited 2356d ago )

I think Gamasutra is more credible than IGN.

Either way it does not take anything away from UC3 or the money that Sony is making on the game.

WrAiTh Sp3cTr32356d ago (Edited 2356d ago )

Mad hilarious! Nick Caplin is as confused as the rest apparently....

To the people who mentioned Gears, if 4 million is the number shipped why wouldn't they just say 6 million shipped, seeing as that's what that game always sells. That's probably what MS does concerning Gears. Ship 6 million but don't comment about it, comment about the 4 million sold to actual customers.

TheBlackMask2356d ago


and with Kinect.....remember when Microsoft said they had sold them then there was an article later on saying shipped.

Are sites just doing this on purpose now.....oh it's Uncharted 3 lets nit pick the hell out of it despite it being one of the top 3 amazing games this year

Strange_Evil2356d ago

All companies report shipping numbers. Gears 3 'Shipped' 4 million in week 1, MW3 'Shipped' 10 million on day 1 etc... It always works that way. I dunno how people on N4G get so worked up about shipped and sold numbers. If UC3 sold 4 million on day 1, then it would have broken MW3's record on PS3.. Be realistic. The games probably sold around 2 million.

Disccordia2356d ago

Who cares either way. It doesn't matter to any of us what the real number is

SoapShoes2356d ago

@Stange Evil - Because fanboys don't want to admit that a Sony title sold well. All the figures you get are shipped and there is no way for VGChartz to track most of the world as they do not have companies that track numbers like NPD.

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mendicant2356d ago


I laughed so freaking hard when I read your comment because that is EXACTLY what I said when I saw that headline.

If I could give you a thousand bubbles for being funny I would.

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hqgamez2356d ago

Flame Wars!
I'll go with IGN on this one.
They seem more likely to get a correct reply from Sony since IGN is like every where 24/7.

StraightPath2356d ago (Edited 2356d ago )

Which is true haha

Brosy2356d ago (Edited 2356d ago )

It figures. Sony freaks do anything to get some kind of unseen upper hand. Sold is shipped in the eyes of the publisher anyways. No need to get your panties in a twist.

Bathyj2356d ago (Edited 2356d ago )

Whatever. If anything Sony are the ones that make a distinction between shipped and sold. I've heard them clarify many times whether it was shipped or sold, both for hardware and software.

Others usually pass them off as the same thing.

Either way, the fact they SHIPPED that many copies is about the best indication you could ask for that its actually selling to customers. Retailers wouldnt take so much stock if they didnt think they could move it.

raWfodog2356d ago (Edited 2356d ago )

'Shipped' is more directly important to the company and shareholders because that is revenue that they have already obtained. Looks good on the portfolio.

'Sold', of course, is distinguished as being sold through to the customer(gamer). This is important as well because if a ton of inventory is left on the shelves as a result of customers not buying that particular title then stores are less likely to purchase more units from the publisher. Now and in the future.

Gam3rSinceBiRTH2356d ago

Not sure why so many people here get this so confused. First of all, EVERYBODY reports shipped. Second of all, their is ALWAYS a huge amount shipped at launch. If you really want to know how successful a game is than they should release shipped numbers for the second month.

Prophet-Gamer2356d ago

Shipped or sold doesn't matter.

Look at it this way, you own a game store right? If you think a game is gonna sell only 100 copies, would you order 2000? NO, you'd only order 2-300. So if UC3 shipped this many it means the there IS DEMAND FOR IT. Retailers aren't gonna buy them just for kicks, or just to have them sit on the shelves. Hell no.

Besides, SONY gets their money once they sell to retailers so I don't see the big issue here. IIRC, Gears' number was also shipped, as was BF3, and COD. END OF STORY.

Jappy-k72356d ago (Edited 2356d ago )

it means....

sold to retailers (shipped): 3.8 million

sold to consumers: only 1.1 million so far

@ Estranged

example, BF3 shipped 10 million
nearly 5mil copies sold to consumers first week.

truth hurts right?

SoapShoes2356d ago (Edited 2356d ago )

People need to stop pulling bull $*** numbers out of their butt. Like retailers ordered 2.7 million extra copies? Are people really that stupid to think they're just going to order THAT many more than they are going to sell? In the real world that doesn't happen.

Btw Uncharted 3 was bundled with PS3s and a PS3 that includes a free copy of Uncharted 3 is still considered a sell for Uncharted 3.

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Quagland2356d ago

Sony have been paid for 3.8 million copies either way, it doesn't matter.

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ElementX2356d ago

Yeah but are there 3.8 million people out there playing the game? Probably not. If the copies are sitting around on store shelves, retailers will buy fewer copies of the next title.

Prophet-Gamer2356d ago

Given that retailers have bought more units after each installment, I'd say they do sell quite well. Stop with hate, seriously. Retailers would never buy this many if they thought it wouldn't sell, obviously, there is plenty of demand for it.

ElementX2356d ago

I'm not hating. I used to work retail years ago and I am a fan of the Uncharted series. I haven't played 3 yet because I'm picking up Skyrim tonight (on PS3) and that will keep me busy for a long time.

Tachyon_Nova2356d ago

Not true. If it had sold 3.8 million to consumers on day 1, then it would have shipped WAY more than that figure.

I swear the populatuion of this planet is 99% retarded.

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Detoxx2356d ago

ah, bf3 shipped like 10/15 million, but sold 5 million in first week

Optical_Matrix2356d ago

Sold cannot be tracked, only estimated. And what good is that? . When will people learn.

HardCover2356d ago (Edited 2356d ago )

Because the science involved in the "estimate" is still a science that has some precision? People aren't paid salary to take bad guesses. You don't have to care about them, but that doesn't mean they're suddenly dismissible to everybody else.

TheoreticalParticle2356d ago

Unless you work for VGChartz. Over there you get paid to make bad estimates.

raWfodog2356d ago

Of course it can be tracked. If a store bought 500 units, you think it can't tell how many units were sold and how many were stolen. It's simple.

TheoreticalParticle2356d ago

It can but:

1) Big stores don't do physical inventory checks on a daily basis.

2) Mom & Pop stores don't report sales to anyone.

3) Medium sized stores don't report to people on a daily basis.

So, you can track sales, but you generally can't track Day 1 sales without estimating some.

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