PS3 multiplatform sales can't improve? Or can they?

Quentyn from AnalogHype writes: "An interesting question was brought to my attention recently, and I felt the need to answer the question in the form of an editorial. The question was: "Will we ever see a change in multiplatform sales?" I like long answers, but I understand some people are much simpler than that. For them, I have the short answer: maybe. For everyone else, hit the jump for the rest."

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HighDefinition3524d ago (Edited 3524d ago )

Multiplats sell very well on PS3 and alot of company`s make more off the PS3 than the 360.

Nelson M3524d ago

Thats why most of the 360's Exclusives are now Multiplatform

ogwilson3524d ago

Multiplats do sell well on the PS3, but not NEARLY as well as on the 360. that's the point here.

HighDefinition3524d ago (Edited 3524d ago )

I`m pretty sure the PS3 and 360s attach rates are fairly similar nowadays. A long time ago, they weren`t. So, I wouldn`t go as far as to say not NEARLY as much.

Unless your talking about 2 years ago.

And that`s the point here.

It obviously can improve, cause it already has. Doesn`t take a genius to figure that one out.

Blademask3524d ago

continue children, continue.

Sales is getting stupid, how about focusing on games?

eagle213524d ago (Edited 3524d ago )

The focus should be on if the multiplat games (on any platform) are actually good.

Dark General3524d ago

I think there's more to investigate here than just how many units companies move. Because when EA and i believe Ubisoft report that the Lionshare of their earnings are coming from the Ps3 than it's more to it than meets the eye. I don't know if it's royalty fee's or what but it's weird that even though they aren't selling as many copies on one machine they are getting more profit. Quite interesting if you ask me.

Voiceofreason3524d ago

"HighDefinition - 1 hour ago
1.3 - ^^^^^^^^^^
I`m pretty sure the PS3 and 360s attach rates are fairly similar nowadays. A long time ago, they weren`t. So, I wouldn`t go as far as to say not NEARLY as much. "

Sorry but the PS3 attach rate is still around 5 while the 360 is at 8. PS3 games sale poorly and when the 360 and Wii were at similar install bases they still managed to sale more software than Sony.

Monchichi0253524d ago

Why are you guys so Defensive?? I mean this guy's article is not bashing the PS3 or anything. He's just stating what the sales numbers have proven to be true. That most multiplatform games sell better on the 360 then the PS3...simple as that. No denying the sales numbers.

Yes, TombRaider and StreetFighther have sold better on the PS3 and for good reason too. But besides those 2 games, I don't know of any others that have. I'm NOT saying this won't change....but numbers are numbers.

So stop sounding so defensive. Makes you guys sound like you have an infiorority complex or something....Geez!!

Anon19743524d ago

Excuse me?

First off, does this guy have any idea how rare it is for a game to sell over 1 million copies? Even on both the Wii and 360, with their much higher installed base, only 1 in 10 games ever breaks the one million mark.
MGS4 did it on launch, Resistance 2 took just over a month. I don't see the problem here.

Anon19743524d ago (Edited 3524d ago )

Actually, data released in November showed the 360 at 8 and both the Wii and PS3 at about 5.5. When you make an adjustment for the extra year the 360 was on the market it brings the 360 attach rate down to 6.5 by comparison. So you're correct, the 360 does have a higher attach rate at the moment, by one game.

Edit: @ Monchichi025. I don't see anyone being defensive. I see 360 fans trying their damndest to discredit the claims of some companies that they make more money on the PS3, but I don't see any PS3 fans being overly defensive.

Sitdown3524d ago

"First off, does this guy have any idea how rare it is for a game to sell over 1 million copies? Even on both the Wii and 360, with their much higher installed base, only 1 in 10 games ever breaks the one million mark."

The problem with your comment is this...the two titles he named were somewhat considered flagship titles for the ps3. So while you might say 1 out of 10 achieve 1 million...realize that probably 8 or 9 out of those 10 were never positioned or placed to where they were expected to have such numbers.

FarEastOrient3524d ago

There may be more game units sold on the Xbox 360 currently, but it doesn't change the fact that the PS3 has a higher profit margin. For example companies like Take Two, Ubisoft, EA, and Koonami made more money on the PS3 versions than the Xbox 360 versions even though most of the multi-platform titles performed "better" on the X360.

Square Enix for example has made a statement to their shareholders that Microsoft has to pay them big money to make games exclusive because of the royalties Microsoft charges per a disc. Yes, Microsoft charges per a disc and that is why developers on the game Rage are pissed is that they would have to pay more on pressing Xbox 360 disc than they would on one BD.

Don't believe me, just look of their financial reports they are on the internet so all investors can have easy access to it.

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Chris3993524d ago (Edited 3524d ago )

this article might actually have some merit.

I'm also sure that their multi-platform software sales are on par in Europe, where they are neck and neck with the 360. And without question Sony is a more popular brand than MS in Japan.

And again, back to exclusives, Ninja Blade and Alan Forever aside, where are the Microsoft original IPs this year? Oh, that's right, they're going to be announced. And does anyone actually think that Sony is DONE making game announcements for the year?

Oh, and let's not forget about the Wii, who is pissing on everyone's parade.

All three machines are here and doing well, respectively. Knee-jerk, armchair analysts need to stop.

@ below. It IS supposed to be about multiplat sales, before the author adds a typical rant about exclusives. And quote:

"That also can't be used as a point when people aren't even supporting the games. Games like Metal Gear Solid 4 and Resistance 2 should not have to struggle to reach a million sales, but they do on the Playstation 3. Sony fans just need to go out and buy games, that's all. We see A LOT of talking about them over the internet, but they don't seem to be playing them. Unless, of course, those talking about them DO own them, then that just re-solidifies the Playstation 3 as an early-adopter's Blu-Ray player. Go buy some damn video games, people."

Last I checked MGS4 was around 5 million and R2 was close to or over 2 million. Doesn't seem like a struggle in sales to me.

ogwilson3524d ago

I'm sorry, but I distinctly remember this being an article about multiplatform sales? I could be wrong, though...

Johnny Rotten3524d ago (Edited 3524d ago )

Just another website that's stuck under a rock.

Here's today's charts for sales in the UK, and take note that the PS3 sold more copies of Street Fighter AND the new Sega compilation, even if it didn't sell more it's still a whole wackload of sales.

ogwilson3524d ago

The article focused strictly on the United States. European sales to be disregarded, and figures taken into account over the past year were worldwide.

Johnny Rotten3524d ago (Edited 3524d ago )

then you are living under a rock.According to this info, as of oct 26th:

PS3 accounted for 17%
360 accounted for 10%

Namco Bandai
Ps3 moved approximately 57% more than the 360

Ps3 accounted for 23%
360 accounted for 14%

both systems are doing well for thier install base, there's no need to re-hash any old ideas to prove some long lost forgettable point.

Voiceofreason3524d ago (Edited 3524d ago )

Johny rotten. The article you posted is complete BS. Anyone can see that. The EA numbers they use are for 1 quarter of the year and it just happens to be at a time when they knew their PS numbers but not the exact MS numbers, also the entire article uses mainly Japan only numbers to act like it is that way in the rest of the world. However that is not the case. When the only proof you have is this article then you have no proof at all.

"Namco Bandai

Namco Bandai is the largest third party publisher in Japan. According to the publisher’s recent financial statement, the PS3 currently moved approximately 57% more software than it’s direct competitor, the Xbox 360. Namco Bandai is sort of the EA of Japan, considering the amount of revenue it generates from software."
First one using a certain region to prove its point.


Konami is one of the top three publishers in Japan in terms of revenue. With the recent release of Metal Gear Solid 4, it is not all that surprising that the PS3 would have a larger piece of the pie. However, according to Konami’s recent financial statements, the PS3 accounted for a whopping 57.3% of the sales this past quarter, while the Xbox 360 accounted for only 2.6%. This changed from last year, when the Xbox 360 brought in more sales compared to the PS3."

Another bias point. MGS4 was their biggest game last year. Of course the console it is exclusive to will make them the most money.


UbiSoft is considered to be one of the top three publishers in all of Europe. According to UbiSoft’s half year financial report (6 months 2008/09), the PS3 accounted for about 20% of the software sales compared to the Xbox 360’s 14%. Considering UbiSoft’s presence in Europe, this is quite a significant turn of event.

And their ended with more money made on the Wii. AS did Namco ,and EA must have made some money on Wii because 50% of their efforts will be on Wii this year.

Johnny Rotten3524d ago (Edited 3524d ago )

when you live under a rock it's hard to see anything improving, this article is about as one-sided as my example... or is it?

The article writes about how it's a waste of time for the game developers to port over thier games, and as the title asks... yes the can improve and they have.

JD_Shadow3524d ago

...just f#cking OWNED everyone here!

Case in point: Voiceofreason using the "those numbers are fake" argument. So...they're only true if they support what you want to believe? What arrogance!

KarIostomy3524d ago (Edited 3524d ago )

I'm sorry, but JR pwned nothing and noone except himself.

He provided misleading links coupled with deluded reasoning.

As for EA, their latest two quarters show that the 360, in fact, made a *HUGE* amount more money for EA than did the ps3.
Go on, check yourself: (page 13) (page 12)

Sorry to destroy your beautiful theory with brutal fact.

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Just give me all the ps3 exclusives and am good . I can't buy and play all them games anyways .

Harry1903524d ago

Or can it?

That is the question.

Johnny Rotten3524d ago

Or is there?

That is the question.

Harry1903524d ago

Or can it?

That is the question.

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