Weekly Sales Analysis, 11 May - Lifetime PS3 Sales Right Behind X360

The PlayStation 3 is now just 50,000 units behind the Xbox 360 and will become the second bestselling home console of the 7th generation in the next couple of weeks. The PlayStation Vita was adjusted above 5 million units.

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Prcko2167d ago (Edited 2167d ago )

I didn't belive that ps3 will overtake x360 this gen
i was wrong :D

NYC_Gamer2167d ago (Edited 2167d ago )

These sales charts in my opinion represent how close PS4 and 720 will be market share wise...Sony and MS should be proud of themselves since both are doing well in hardware and software sales.

NeverEnding19892167d ago (Edited 2167d ago )

See I don't know about that. Microsoft of course, since they are potentially looking at nearly quadrupling their install base from the previous generation. SONY on the other hand has lost about 50 million+ of its install base with the PS3 when compared to the PS2.

I think it's well known (since...2008?) that the PS3 would overtake the Xbox 360, but at this point the damage has already been done. I think this loss of 50,000,000+ customers is one of the reasons why SONY seem to really be listening to gamers and making the many changes people have been begging for for years. Unlike pre-PS3 where SONY came off as quite arrogant.

My personal favourite quote: "[PS3 is] for consumers to think to themselves 'I will work more hours to buy one” (Ken Kutaragi, 2005)

I absolutely agree with your first point though. Everyone being on even ground and the level of competitiveness at an all time high should mean great benefits to gamers.

Gimmemorebubblez2167d ago


Deja Poo

Im sure I've seen your sh*t before.

DragonKnight2167d ago

VGChartz folks. Nothing to see here.

loulou2167d ago


you must probably be only the person in the world who thought that then.

i think that everyone expected the ps3 to demolish the 360 within in 2yrs of being on the market.

it is a shame that honest responses like those from neverending are attacked, and the people debubbled. what he said was true.

because it hurts the feelings of people who have no stake in or gain anything, from the fact that sony have lost 50m sales compared to the pas2 in the same timeframe.

DragonKnight2167d ago

@loulou: Nothing about what NeverEnding said has anything to do with honesty. I mean come on, he pulled a 50+ Million userbase loss completely out of that place where the sun doesn't shine.

SoapShoes2167d ago

@NeverEnding... PS3 is still going to match the PS1 with over 100 million units sold eventually so they actually didn't do any worse than they have before it's just the competition is more fierce now.

GraveLord2167d ago

Nah. Without that 1-year headstart, a competitive price point and a variety of 1st party exclusives, PS4 will easily outsell the next Xbox.

Basically Sony fixed all the problems PS3 had so naturally sales will improve.

Microsoft gave it all they had with the 360 and it still ended up in 3rd. If Wii U flops, they could end up in 2nd next-gen. But I think PS4 being 1st is a given considering how it has the lead in most European markets and Japan of course.

tetsuhana2167d ago

How can we compare "market share" between gens when the PS2 just stopped being sold 5 months ago? People always want to pretend the games over when new consoles come out, as opposed to when the originals actually aren't being sold anymore.

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Gimmemorebubblez2167d ago (Edited 2167d ago )

According to Sony just over 80 million Ps3's have been shipped up until the end of Q1 2013. I doubt there are 3 million Ps3's sitting on the shelves as VGchartz suggests.

TechnicianTed2167d ago (Edited 2167d ago )

Didn't Sony cook the books by including ps2 sales? Oh but they stopped manufacturing them last year didn't they. How many did they sell after they had stopped manufacturing them? How many have they manufactured?

Anon19742167d ago (Edited 2167d ago )

How on earth is grouping similar content "cooking the books"? Sony isn't expected to break down PS3, PS2, Vita, PSP sales any more than people demand them to break down their camera sales per model, or TV models. PS3/PS2 sales are usually not even a footnote when investors and analysts look at Sony's overall financials. It just makes sense to group them together for reporting purposes.

Hell, when 360 sales started showing negative growth year over year a couple of years after it's luanch, Microsoft just didn't report 360 sales figures for six months. The only reason we know they were down during that period was eventually, Microsoft started giving lifetime figures again and we could fill in the blanks.

I recall absolutely no one at the time claiming Microsoft was hiding anything or "cooking the books". There's no reason Sony shouldn't combine similar products for reporting purposes to their shareholders. This is the norm for all companies when reporting earnings. You think Ford breaks down every car they sell when it comes time to report their quarterly earnings? Are they "cooking the books" too?

Anyway, it's VGchartz, a fan run site that admitted previously they had no sample for European sales and just guessed, have claimed Microsoft was selling more consoles then Microsoft's figures showed were even shipped at one point, who under tracked PS3 numbers by overa million for well over a year before making an overnight adjustment...etc..etc. It's just run by some guy who got kicked off neogaf for bothering people with his made up numbers. No one in the industry takes VGChartz seriously, and no one else should either. Even in their own terms of use they say that the numbers can't be trusted, aren't backed up and shouldn't be used for anything.

SoapShoes2167d ago

@TechnicianTed - Yeah not much or they'd report them separately. If PS2 was still doing in the millions, they would let you know and they probably wouldn't have stopped producing them.

AngelicIceDiamond2167d ago (Edited 2167d ago )

Just like what I been saying for a while Sony and MS are even in sales.

I already had a feeling MS might of had the slight advantage though.

EDIT: Oh lord its gonna be a fanboy fiasco now...(sigh)

EDIT2: Oh wow this is VGChartz. If that's the case then its not very credible moving along now.

Lior2167d ago

PCs sold more than every console combined lol jokes

CernaML2167d ago

Because you know... all PCs are used for gaming. Herp a derp

josephayal2167d ago

every year the PS3 has been outselling Xbox 360 3-1, BTW The XBox 360 cheated by launching a year ahead of the PS3

Tultras2167d ago

Cheated.. right..

It's a good thing for everyone here you've only got 1 bubble.

fermcr2167d ago

What people fail to understand is that Sony had heavy losses with their gaming department this generation due to the PS3.

Sony did not win any money this generation. Only had heavy losses.

-GametimeUK-2167d ago

Shame Sony couldn't beat the 360 last gen. I thought they would pull it off. The WiiU has brought in the new generation so I guess the 360 actually finished 2nd.

WeAreLegion2167d ago

According to many sources, the PS3 was ahead long before the Wii U launched.

PunisherRevenge2167d ago

Yep it looks like Sony will finally do it, and it only took them about 8 years to do it. Wow that was

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Prcko2167d ago (Edited 2167d ago ) just 50,000 units behind the Xbox 360 and will become the second bestselling home console of the 7th generation
Gz to Sony!

windblowsagain2167d ago

PS3 already passed 360 long ago.

I'm surprised this isn't common knowledge by now.

Won't be a close next gen I think.

Microsoft are going after the tv market.

imt5582167d ago

Yes, that's true. I remember about 3 years ago when X360 was about 2 million units ahead of PS3. And 3 years in a row PS3 outsell X360 every year between 750 000 - 1 000 000 units ( according to vgchartz ). So, i don't know why on this scale PS3 lead over X360 about 500 000 - 1 000 000 units.

SoapShoes2167d ago

Yeah it did but VGChartz tries to brainwash people into thinking their numbers are real and the companies shouldn't be trusted. While it's true that they are shipped numbers(Sony/Microsoft), they're a better indication of who's doing better sells wise.

Also if the next Xbox doesn't have a price advantage I think it'll be hard for them to repeat being ahead for so long this time. PS3's high price stifled sells but it didn't stop them from doing well. When it dropped to $299 in the US it out performed the 360 until Microsoft dropped their price and again was the cheaper console.

OSIRUSSS2167d ago

Yawn! Wake me up when MS wins a Gen!

GamersRulz2167d ago

haha, you will have a very looong sleep :)

-GametimeUK-2167d ago

Well, the PS3 finished 3rd last gen, so I guess MS are looking good to take 1st this gen.

torchic2167d ago

how do you have that many bubbles?

the 360 & PS3 are still current gen, while the PS4 and next Xbox are next gen. the only thing the Wii U "brought in" was a new set of problems for Nintendo.

-GametimeUK-2167d ago (Edited 2167d ago )

The wiiu brought in the new generation of consoles.

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GamersRulz2167d ago (Edited 2167d ago )

What an accomplishment from Sony!

-16 months later
-More expensive
-Media bad press
-launch unit difficulties
-Japan Tsunami

and yet, they were able to sell more units than 360 in less time.

Well done Sony, Now get rid of the Wii and reclaim your crown.

Jek_Porkins2167d ago

It's a good feat for sure, but I doubt Microsoft is upset about it, they managed to secure a large section of the market, dominate North America and more than tripled their install base from the original Xbox. Xbox Live continues to grow, was up 15% and sits at over 46 million users. That is what the business world calls an upward trend.

In fact news of the next Xbox has caused Bill Gates to reclaim the worlds richest man title. You also have to factor in money making, I know Sony lost significant money on the PS3, where as Microsoft has been making profit off the actual console, and without a price drop is 3/4 years. They managed to stand pat when Sony price cut twice, Sony announced PS+ and Microsoft still stood pat and does good.

So it's been an extraordinary generation for all concerned.

windblowsagain2167d ago

You cannot secure a large portion of the market.

It does not work that way.

See Nintendo wii, to Nintendo wii u.

TKCMuzzer2167d ago (Edited 2167d ago )

I don't know, there will be a few at Microsoft looking at things, especially their world wide appeal. The US is by far their biggest source of income, probably due to brand loyalty within it's own country. They lost a big lead and thats always something to look at if your in business. You also need to remember that the Live Gold business model is coming under more scrutiny from gamers than ever before, mainly thanks to PS+.
If Sony continue to offer free multiplayer, cross game chat etc and still offer PS+ as an extra than Microsoft may find it more difficult to keep hold of some it's gamers.

WeAreLegion2167d ago

Bill Gates... The world's richest man? In spirit, maybe. Not in money. He gives away most of his money.

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