Friday, July 4, 2014

Xbox 360 Now Leads PS3 By Only 400,000

I might have to eat my own words.

Sony latest next gen console, PS3, came on the market one year later than that of Microsoft, the Xbox 360. The latter had garnered a lead that was once 9 million units above the PS3 in global install base. We’re in the sixth year of this, the seventh generation of consoles, about the time makers of the devices unveil their latest products.

But you now have Microsoft fully concentrated on Kinect, and Sony’s recently released in own motion control device dubbed Move. Only Nintendo will probably show off new hardware at next year’s E3, giving themselves a headstart.

So looking at the situation now, I guess the article should read: The Reasons Why PS3 Will Beat The 360′s Install Base This Generation.

It’s already almost there.

Sony’s just released sales data for Q2 proving how strong the PS brand has grown in that period. In fact, sales for PS3 has been so strong, the giant reported it had sold nearly six million units by the end of September.

PS3′s install base now stands at 41.6 million.

Microsoft released some strong numbers too, and earlier reports were claiming over 44 million Xbox 360 units had been sold globally. But that’s not right, says Xbox front man Major Nelson, only 42 million consoles have been sold.

If Major Nelson’s right, and we believe he is, this means Xbox 360 only leads the PS3 in consoles sold by 400,000; that’s not much considering the headstart the aforesaid console enjoyed.

So will the PS3 really overtake the Xbox 360′s base? Yes. It will. It’s only a matter of when, not if.

About Ernice Gilbert

Ernice Gilbert here. Founder and Editor-In-Chief of Gamesthirst. Thanks for stopping by, make yourself at home!
  • Joshua Tompkins

    If all of those numbers are correct, then wow. Ps3 is doing a lot better than a lot of people think. I know people who still think that xbox still has a 6 million console lead.

  • Ernice Gilbert

    Yeah amazing! I never thought it would reach so close this quick. But with so many exclusive titles coming, and those already released, we get a better picture. The console’s doing great.

  • nick

    knew it would catch up but wow, not this quickly!
    especially with the way sony has been treating europe, and there lack of advertisement.

  • Ernice Gilbert

    Man, that’s just amazing.

  • ExclusivesMostly

    Yeah, if those numbers are correct, wow! This is crazy! I guess you’ll have to indeed “eat your own words” Ernice, lol.

  • Ernice Gilbert

    LOL! Remember the rage that piece caused back then? Christ. Can’t believe PS3′s so close!

  • nick

    doubt it will stay that for long though, once kinect releases its going to cause 360s to fly off the shelves like sliced bread!

  • benzo

    been coming to this website for about 2yrs and finally registered…I believe that kinect will sell well, but fall victim to the “wii syndrome”…causals dont buy games

  • Joshua Tompkins

    I think there will be a surge in xbox sales when Kinect launches, but I think it will die down pretty quickly.

  • Ernice Gilbert

    Hello Benzo, thanks for finally deciding to take part in comments section. And thanks for being a faithful visitor for so long. As for Kinect and sales, Yeah, I think, just like anything else that’s getting the type of marketing it has, the device will sell great initially.

  • Joshua Tompkins

    Ernice, have you played the NFS Hot Pursuit demo? I did not like it at first, but now that I have friends who have played it, I cant stop trying to beat their times.

  • Ernice Gilbert

    Bro, I heard it’s very competitive but no. Haven’t played it. In fact, let me download the demo now. By the way, how was your day with you dad?

  • Joshua Tompkins

    A lot of fun. I am so glad to see him, and my Mom. Yeah, I hope to get NFS from gamefly for ps3. I had my best game yesterday on MOH, I had 46 kills, and 4 deaths. I will probably get the platinum for MOH. I only have one online trophy left, and few on the single play, but I do not think it will be that hard.

  • Ernice Gilbert

    Whoa: That’s “A” right there. Good to know you had a great time with family today.

  • Joshua Tompkins

    Are you still getting COD for xbox? You should jump on Medal of Honor tomorrow. It is a lot of fun. Well, it is hard at first. It takes a little bit to get good at it.

  • Ernice Gilbert

    I think i’ll take your word for it and do that tomorrow. As for COD, yeah. I’ll do that so our Xbox 360 owners hear could also get a game night.

  • Joshua Tompkins

    yeah, i hope i get it. I am in definite money crunch right now.

  • Ernice Gilbert

    Man, every game is; so many great titles, so little time.

  • Fernando

    c’mon guys, read a little. Microsoft and Sony both reported their official shipped numbers in their Q2 earnings.

    Sony: 41.6
    MS: 44.6

    Gap= 3 million

    Major Nelson clearly said Sold in 35 Countries (Not WW). Sold and shipped numbers are not the same. You are using Microsoft’s “sold” numbers against sony’s shipped numbers. Even if those 42M sold were true, don’t think for a moment that sony’s (41.6) shipped numbers are sold.

    The reality is that Xbox 360 launched in 36 countries in 2005. We’re almost in 2011 and more countries have been added to the list. Major Nelson is talking about consoles sold in the 35 countries where XBOX LIVE IS AVAILABLE.

    You can check Wikipedia and there’s 35 countries with xbox live.

    In other words, there’s 42M xboxes where Xbox Live is available. There’s 44.6 360′s Shipped worldwide and 41.6 PS3′s shipped worldwide.

    Hope that helps for something ;)

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  • Joshua Tompkins

    Sony stated earlier this year that when they release sales numbers, it would the number of units sold to customers, not retailers. So, if they were telling the truth, then they have sold 41.6 million units, and MS has shipped 44.6.

  • Fernando

    No. Their fiscal years starts in a different month but their quarter earnings cover the exact same months for both. None of them have the ability to know how much they sold to customers, they only know how many they sent to retailers. No one is lying man, those are official reports and none of them is “especial” as if ” I sold mine to customers but you shipped yours!”. Those numbers could also be over-shipped consoles, meaning that one of them might be close to selling them while the other one is not but thats something we won’t know. The point is, both are sold to retailers, there’s no pretty boy in here and that major nelson was referring to countries with xbox live when he said 42 million. In reality 44.6 and 41.6 is the best number numbers we’ll ever get from them.

  • Ernice Gilbert

    If Major Nelson said 42 million, I think I’ll go with those numbers. Because it was not even Nelson who came up with them in the first place, it was Microsoft.

  • Fernando

    Ernice, Major Nelson said 42 Million sold in 35 countries and 35 countries are not worldwide numbers. 35 countries is where Xbox Live is available because he’s the Director of Programming of Xbox Live. Xbox 360 is sold in more than 36 countries since those other countries you don’t count or believe in them? You can obviously use the numbers you want, that’s up to you obviously. I’m just telling you the truth, the decision is entirely up to you. PS. MS and Sony Revenue numbers are 100% real by hundreds of legal reasons, and it was Microsoft who came with them too, not major nelson…Major Nelson only said sold in->35<-countries but i've explained already. Am i saying stuff that doesn't make sense or something? :\