Lifetime Sales of PS3 Inch Closer to Xbox 360

Even though the Xbox 360 was released a full year before the PlayStation 3’s debut, it appears as though the two will soon be tied for lifetime sales.  As of September 30th, 2010 the Xbox 360 has sold through 44.6 million units and the PS3, 41.6 million.  If the current trends continue, sometime next year the PS3 and Xbox 360 will be tied.  Naturally we have no idea what is going to happen with either Move or Kinect, but it’s pretty amazing to see the PS3 catch up considering all the trouble Sony had at launch.

If you’re like me, numbers mean nothing.  We support every console, or at least any console where we’re given games ;)  Now if you’re a fanboy of one platform or another, hopefully you can use this news as ammunition.  Let the flame wars rage on!

8 thoughts on “Lifetime Sales of PS3 Inch Closer to Xbox 360”

  1. I will state the obvious, remove Japan from these numbers and I don’t think it would be that close, yet.

  2. It’s true that Japan is what’s making the difference, but that’s Microsoft’s problem, not Sony’s. This just goes to show you what happens when a large region almost completely ignores your platform. Microsoft NEEDS to fix this moving forward, or this will only continue. Had MS had the same success in Japan as they had elsewhere, Sony would be much further behind. As of now if things don’t change, Sony will actually surpass Microsoft’s sales and that surely won’t be good PR for them to deal with. If Kinect is going to be a massive success for them it could change things, but we have no way of knowing that.

  3. Lol, remove America and and it wouldn’t be close either!

    The gap between the PS3 and the 360 in Japan is pretty much the same with the gap in the US.

    The big difference is Europe. The first XBOX did NOT pick up in Europe but the 360 did this time around for some reason.

    1. Europe is indeed the major difference this time around. Between the Americas, the difference is about 10 million in the plus for MS, in Japan its about 4 million in the plus for Sony, but in Europe its just one million in the plus for Sony. Last time around the Xbox sold just over 7 million units compared with the PS2s 61 million units. A “slight” difference. Sony is starting to pull ahead in Europe again though so we’ll see what happens soon enough.

  4. Well I think MS shouldn’t even bother with Japan. They don’t like American products and I don’t blame them. Plus, the market in Japan is not what it was 10 years ago. Now, the money’s in North America.

  5. You know what’s really funny is that the real money is actually in Europe. That’s where most systems sell the best. You’re right though, it’s a toss up between Europe and North America. Japan really isn’t what it used to be at all. That doesn’t mean it can’t rebound. This is what makes following the numbers so much fun, because you really never know.

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