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At 70M sold, the PlayStation 3 is neck-and-neck with the Xbox 360
At 70M sold, the PlayStation 3 is neck-and-neck with the Xbox 360
November 16, 2012 | By Frank Cifaldi

November 16, 2012 | By Frank Cifaldi
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When the dust settles at the end of this current console generation, Sony's PlayStation 3 and Microsoft's Xbox 360 might end up neck-and-neck in total worldwide sales.

Sony said on Friday that as of November 4, 70 million PS3s have been sold worldwide since its launch in 2006. To put that into perspective, Microsoft claimed that same number for its Xbox 360 when it filed its financial reports for the quarter ending September 30, just over a month prior.

The news might come as a surprise for those following the U.S. market closely, where the Xbox 360 had a year's head start and has been outpacing the PS3 fairly consistently (and has, in fact, been the top-selling home console for 22 months running).

The situation's a bit different in the rest of the world, however. Europe has always shown a slight preference for the PS3, and in Japan, the Xbox 360 is almost a non-factor: the 1.6 million that tracking firm Media Create estimates it's sold as of last week is well behind the 8.6 million PlayStation 3s it has tracked.

Microsoft does however command the lead for motion-sensing peripherals. Sony says that its Wii-like Move controller has sold 15 million units to date as of November 11. By comparison, Microsoft revealed in an interview earlier that month that it had sold 20 million Kinects.


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Alex Boccia
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Looks like the big three aren't going anywhere soon then, eh?

kevin Koos
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Hope not but have you seen Sony's stock price lately? If your not making money on the 70M you sold number is meaningless Its no secret the ps2 financed the heavy losses early on of the ps3, but the ps3 wont be able to do the same for the ps4. Also the ps2 had sold over 100M at this point in its lifetime....

Johnathon Swift
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Nowhere soon, though Microsoft is definitely poised for the lead with this new round. Sony of course has problems with everything that's NOT the PS3 or cameras. And Nintendo has it's own host of problems.

Guess we'll get a better picture this spring when everything's announced.

Leon T
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I think Microsoft would have better shot if there weren't giving Nintendo a head start. Nintendo will have time to iron out any problems. Microsoft is not know for launching consoles error free.

Each gen is a reset anyway. Doing good/bad now can have nothing to do with how they do next gen.

Lyon Medina
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What I am wondering is what it cost them in advertising to sell those 70m, and more than that is how much software do they sell compared to the 360. Hardware is only 40% of the game, Software is 50%, and online services is another 10% they way I look at it.

Doug Poston
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I'm also interested on how much they actually made (or lost) on hardware sales.

Given that they sold the PS3 at a loss for much of its life, did they sell enough software/accessories to make up the cost?

Jeremy Reaban
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It's funny though, the PSP is considered to be a failure, yet had sold 71 million as of last year, probably up to 75 million by now.

C L
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I've never really understood the perception of the PSP as a failure. It's actually a great little system, and in all honesty, I played it a helluva lot more than I did my DS. And 71 million units sold is nothing to sniff at.

wes bogdan
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Honnestly the reason so many americans prefer xbox is "it's where my friends are". So even if you have a ps3,360 and wii the multi plat games go to xbox and i'm sure ms hopes to retain all those gamers while priming them for their next box.

Myself i'm quite different as i prefer my rouge galaxy with my cod bo2 so sony offers more disc based originals taking risks on ip ms simply doesn't. I miss the early days of 360 with blue dragon and naruto but that quickly fell away to more mundane safe bets like sports and shooters....sure xbla and psn also have original games but between the 2 packeged original content goes to ps3.

Since psn didn't get really going until half way through ps3 ms wins online but sony scores points for keeping it free to play online and not jacking netflix,hulu,amazon into a forced plus to use.

Nintendo hardware is always bought to play nintendo games.

Speaking of games 360 started with bioshock,mass effect and other series which have migrated to ps3 leaving xbox with barely any exclusives and playstation'exclusive ip has been added to by once exclusive games gone multi plat.

Ms has been so kinnect focused and smartglass / lifestyle focused they've allowed the hardcore to migrate into sony's open arms.

This could hurt 720 as if all i get from xbox is sports ,halo and gears with EVERYTHING ELSE out on ps 4 or owned by nintendo i'd skip 720 until it was more viable,cheaper etc and get nintendo and sony.

Of course it also depends on my 3-1 dual trigger because if my psn and xbl profiles don't have fully customizable master profiles controling ALL dual analog games though god of war's really a single analog game with a combat roll and inverted exceptions for twin stick games like pixeljunk shooter.

I need inverted aim in cod or even ratchet but a twin stick shooter where your rotating clock or counter clockwise would be damaged with inverted aim so 3rd person or 1st person check turning in place on a 2d plane forget it.

Kellam Templeton-Smith
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I've owned a 360 since end of 2006, and a Ps3 since 2009. Both have served me well, but I tend to get my multiplat titles on 360 for stability (PS3-only owners love to contest this until something like the ongoing Skyrim debacle happens) and mainly stick to the PS3 for exclusives. Exceptions are generally made for titles I know that more of my friends on the PSN are getting than on 360.

So for a casual gamer I think either one makes a good addition to a livingroom, but for anyone more serious/with the money to spend, I don't see any reason -not- to have a 360, PS3, and a relatively modern gaming PC (there's also a Wii there somewhere for the Nintendo fix). Next generation could play out very differently though depending on pricepoint, and when consoles are released; If Sony manages to move back to basic PC architecture (I've heard they are, don't know if it's been substantiated) and have multiplat games run flawlessly, then it becomes a battle of exclusives. And I'm not overfond of Gears or Halo...


(if only Microsoft would recall they have RARE, and crack the whip on some new Banjo and Conker's games)

wes bogdan
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While we're still on 360 i want a jet force gemini HD on xbla....or we can just have rere toil on kinect sports season 3.

Remember though if i can't play it....WHAT'S THE POINT and at least 98% of my ps3/360 games are unplayable useing avaible schemes. So when i want to play declasifyed,liberation or wii u zelda/metroid i simply might not be able to provided the industry maintain the status quoe
on 1-4 unchangable schemes.

I had my 360 pads modded only after discovering my at the time current revolution pad wouldn't work on it. This presents a problem as i don't know what happened to my modder or if he's still doing it making my future prospects grim with fantastic unplayable games i would want to play.

All i do is use inverted southpaw as a base then flip both the d-pad and face buttons and zoom remains with freelook while fire is on the walk side...so subtile a change but so dramatic a result.

I keep freelook,face buttons and Zoom all on the same side so when your rotating head view all you need do is press l1 or l2 but in default zoom would be on the right side.

I also prefer toggle crouch and zoom so if my finger slips then i'd either stand up or zoom out.

Next gen to me is being able to set up a master override for all games with exceptions for twin stick and games like god of war which is a single analog stick game with a combat roll or other games like nsmb u which i can play fine.

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Jonathan Murphy
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Congratulations Microsoft on your rabid devotion to Kinect, loss of Bungie, repeat failures with Rare, etc. Sony is in a good position to reclaim the top spot next gen. Will they take it? If Sony has learned from the PS3's failures they will easily take it. But that's IF they learned.

Next generation will come down to the company that makes the fewest bad decisions.

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Eric Geer
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Can someone enlighten me on what MS is doing with Kinect? What was the last software hit that it had?

I'm completely out of the loop with xbox360---I'm one of those Sony/Nintendo guys.

I never understood MS being in the games industry.

Doug Poston
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I hope Sony does learn from the PS3. But the launch of the PSVita doesn't give me much hope that they learned the right lessons. :(

Kenton Sweckard
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We will see how long this lasts once the PlayStation starts charging for the online play. That is the only reason they have grown so much. As well seeing the security issue that plagued the PS I would be leary to pay for membership as I would not want to put payment info to be stored with them seeing the results of there security problems the first time. They will start charging very very soon :)

Kenton Sweckard
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As well ... the kinect and other things that out due the comp will go even further in the next few years that the others just cannot compete with. As well look at the ability to sync your xbox and windows 8 and the window 8 phone, the fact that xbox has not even been going after the comp in Europe till this year specifically and I mean they are just starting this ... with over 51 markets opening last month. The fact that xbox support is very competent and that the cheaters are being actively diminished with console bans etc .... Now that is a confident company :)

Also Xbox has not been hacked, the smart glass app is far above the comps abilities as ps3 does not have a operating sys of there own. Earning MS points is alive and well and can be done a number of ways, again something Sony does not have ability to even do, as they can be earned a number of ways including bing rewards etc ... When all is said and done now that windows 8 is out and as well resembles the main screen of the Xbox :) and if you think that is just a coincidence you are just fooling yourself. I would have to say with the next push for market share that is just beginning now well PS3 is not gonna take it in the next gen of games either as the European market is just getting ready to see what the US has already saw and loves including great support and a great overall system.

I say this because the Live gaming set up was not even available in many Euro and other countries on the other side of the pond till now ... so while Xbox has been running at a very steady pace they have all that steam built up and ready to release as well while turning a profit and bringing in new innovative additions to the fold !

Nooh Ha
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"When the dust settles at the end of this current console generation, Sony's PlayStation 3 and Microsoft's Xbox 360 might end up neck-and-neck in total worldwide sales."

LOL. PS3 will comfortably beat 360 by "the end of the current console generation". PS3 has at least 6 more years left in it and quite possibly more. PS1 sold for c. 12 years. PS2 is still selling in the millions of units worldwide as it enters year 13. Based on current WW sales, PS3 will outsell 360 by some 4m units this year as 360 sales are falling far faster than PS3's. There is also every chance that MS will drop the 360 post Durango launch to compel players to the new platform while it has a head start on Orbis - much as it did with the Xbox after 360's launch. I would not be be surprised if PS3 finished with a 20m+ higher IB than 360 and was up there competing with Wii.

Brian Pace
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As I recall Sony's PS3 was about 8 million consoles behind xbox 360 when it first launched in 2006. It took them 6 years to make up the difference but it looks like they came back. I think there were contributing factors like free online, better exclusives, and the whole rrod debacle help I'm sure.


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