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NPD Sept. 08: Xbox 360 Outsells PS3, Slow Game Month

Sony's on-going superb performance with the PlayStation 3 has finally come to an end, as the price-drop of the Xbox 360 finally allowed Microsoft to outsell Sony's blackbox by over 100k consoles for the month of September. The Xbox 360 took home 347k unit sales, to the PlayStation 3's 232.5k consoles. Still, considering one console starts at $200 and the other one at $400, the PlayStation 3 continues to perform extremely well for Sony. Furthermore, September was a rather boring month in terms of PS3 games and that didn't help sales of the console one bit. Look for October's numbers to be brighter, as the launch of SOCOM, MotorStorm, and LittleBigPlanet should fuel sales of the system. But it remains to be seen if October's games will be enough to put Sony at the top over Microsoft again.

As far as the lower-spec consoles go, the Nintendo Wii and Nintendo DS are still kings of the hill. The Wii waggled 687k units into the hands of gamers, and the Nintendo DS is currently touching the lives of 537k new owners. The PSP continues to show strong potential, as 238k handheld units were picked up from the shelves, and the aging PlayStation 2 moves another 173.5k for Sony. With the holidays brewing, the competition is only heating up. September was a weak month for blockbuster games, but October and November will be changing all of that. The next three NPD charts should certainly be interesting.

Nintendo Wii 687.0K
Nintendo DS 536.8K
Xbox 360 347.2K
Sony PSP 238.1K
PlayStation 3 232.4K
PlayStation 2 173.5K

 

10/16/2008 Arnold Katayev

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Cuetes
Thursday, October 16, 2008 @ 6:15:24 PM
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The calm before the storm.

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AceTatsujin
Thursday, October 16, 2008 @ 9:44:07 PM

I agree.

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robinhood2010
Thursday, October 16, 2008 @ 6:15:46 PM
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okay, are these figures world wide? because i cannot see this amount being shifted in the US alone every month. seems like a lot to me...

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www
Thursday, October 16, 2008 @ 6:18:08 PM
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NOT surprised, Joe the plumbers dominate the world's population n will go for the cheapest console NOW,that is Mister Xbox 360.

It's sad PS3 aint really sellin,but they can't cut the price down more,it's not they fault.

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Jed
Thursday, October 16, 2008 @ 8:33:01 PM

I like the plumber joe refrence ghana

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JPBooch
Friday, October 17, 2008 @ 9:58:11 AM

Does any one realize they moved over 200k units at a price point DOUBLE that of the 360. That means Sony actually made more money than 360. Brilliant!

232K units is a butt load and it still puts them ahead of there projections for the year. This is only the states mind you.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, October 16, 2008 @ 6:34:48 PM
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Lemme lay some math on you, (placing direct console comparisons aside) Sony beats Microsoft anyway. PS2 PS3 sales =405.9k systems. Add in PSP and you get 644,000 systems sold. Still can't beat Ninty but that's to be expected. M$ dumped their old boat anchor system and has no handheld so there ya go. Keeping PS2 alive was such a smart move, it just goes to M$'s view of fans: "screw our xbox1 fans, they can go buy a 360 if they want new games" I have spoken.

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FLYING_APE
Friday, October 17, 2008 @ 5:05:39 AM

FANBOY OR FANFAG. PS3 got owned again face it. But im sure in the end ps3 will outsell xbox 360 cos of it first party games... so calm the F*** down. repeat after me ITS JUST A VIDEO GAME.

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Bugzbunny109
Friday, October 17, 2008 @ 8:55:30 AM

hey ben or arnold, can you ban this flying ape guy? PLZZZZ his becoming a real pain in the ass. Thank you!

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bamf
Thursday, October 16, 2008 @ 6:36:55 PM
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The games coming for PS3 in October including plenty of 3rd party should show whether the games will help sell more hardware or not, or whether it really comes down to the price and many opt for the cheaper 360.
Do games sell systems anymore? look at the Wii, not one game in sight yet sell more than half a mill a month, its all down to price especially with this credit crunch and the rest. Can people really afford a $400 system with $60 a game to go with it?

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Jed
Thursday, October 16, 2008 @ 8:51:00 PM

the games do sell the system. The wii is a prime example. The majority of wii games are shallow, easy games. And the casual gamer crowd are eating them up. These people are intimidated by the complexity of the high performance systems and games, so nintendo introduces shovels worth of dumbed down, simple minded games that appeal to the masses.

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Zaben
Thursday, October 16, 2008 @ 6:38:37 PM
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The Playstation 3 cost $400 and got 232.4k while the xbox360 cost $200 and got 347.2k sales. This ends up being $92.96mil for SONY and $69.44mil for Microsoft... So who is outselling who here? Oh yeah... The Wii which cost $250 and got 687k sales. Over $170mil headed Nintendo's way. :/

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Zaben
Thursday, October 16, 2008 @ 6:43:10 PM

With PSP and PS2, SONY gets an addition $70mil so ends up fairly close to Nintendo. SONY ftw.

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Troy Powers
Thursday, October 16, 2008 @ 8:29:35 PM

Ahhh, but how much of that is actually profit? Is Sony still losing money on PS3s? Doesn't matter if you make $90 mil in sales if you had $100 mil in costs.

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Skillz
Thursday, October 16, 2008 @ 6:50:43 PM
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I know the ps3 can't afford to recieve a price cut but it would be awesome if the 80 and 160 gb models were a $100 cheaper.

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Skillz
Thursday, October 16, 2008 @ 7:07:27 PM
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OFF TOPIC :
Konami is considering at making a 360 version of MGS4 *I never saw this coming*.
Source:G4TV

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www
Thursday, October 16, 2008 @ 7:11:52 PM

I woke up this morning n saw Mr. Multi-plat kill Mr. Exclusive right in front of ma house.

Mr. Exclusive is dead,am not sure of the burial date n i won't be attendin cause it's gonna be filled with 360 fanboys...

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Skillz
Thursday, October 16, 2008 @ 7:17:18 PM
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Nvm that MGS4 statement I read the article wrong. Someone who works for microsoft said 360 can technically handle MGS4.

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Fabi
Thursday, October 16, 2008 @ 8:15:18 PM
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@skillz - No, you didn't read it wrong. Konami said they are looking into future development of MGS4 for the 360.

One of the MS guys just mentioned after that comment that he would love for it to come to the 360, and that the power was there to run it.

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Jed
Thursday, October 16, 2008 @ 8:54:50 PM

I dont see how it could happen, kojima wold fight it to the grave. And I think he already has too much money to be bought off by m$

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Joe_III
Friday, October 17, 2008 @ 1:38:41 AM

umm...I'm pretty sure Kojima quit the MGS series.

And believe me, no one but the developers are happy about multi plats. I own both consoles and I hate multiplats. Especially delayed multiplats like Bioshock. I wouldn't have played it on the 360 if I knew I could get a longer game waiting for the PS3 version.

But October should be a lot better for PS3 with the MGS4 numbers. What has the 360 got? Fracture...Which sems cool, but its not MGS4. Well, that and RB2, but anyone who got RB1 for the PS3 is waiting for it instead of switching consoles.

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Skillz
Thursday, October 16, 2008 @ 8:40:41 PM
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:O

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nickolars
Thursday, October 16, 2008 @ 8:42:58 PM
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damn :(

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Ed_Wayne
Thursday, October 16, 2008 @ 9:21:25 PM
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If MGS4 goes to 360 I will be pretty upset.

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cadpig
Thursday, October 16, 2008 @ 9:43:49 PM
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Wow, cheaper console...tons of ports. That look pretty much the same. Joe the plumber just can't spend the big bucks on a console anymore...
Everybody says the Ps3 has more power. Now is the time to prove it.

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AceTatsujin
Thursday, October 16, 2008 @ 9:49:09 PM
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Sony disappoints me now.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, October 16, 2008 @ 10:07:17 PM
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MGS4 isn't going anywhere, its just more speculation and more propaganda by a M$ TopBot. They'd have to retool the whole game, ipods, PS3s, that scene where the guy makes fun of people who hafta change disks. No hard drive, no Cell, no sale, no way.

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karneli lll
Thursday, October 16, 2008 @ 10:20:07 PM
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about the mgs thing, g4tv added mgs4,(which is why mgs4 is in brackets) g4 has always been on xbox's side so maybe they're hoping people will create the hype n push konami to make it (FF 7 anyone?) Mgs 5 is definately not an exclusive,well according to the trend.

About the sales,i know 2 chaps,one who is buying a third 360 n the other a second one,so im thinking a quarter or mo of xbox sales are from people replacing their bricked system, besides,people will realize that the $200 xbox is'nt as cheap as ms claims it to be (internet connectively n a hard disc)

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Fabi
Thursday, October 16, 2008 @ 11:18:30 PM
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Even with LBP, Socom, Motorstorm and RFOM2 upon us it kinda seems like the PS3 has lost it's momentum.

There is no way it can compete against a console that can play the same games for $200 less. There needs to be a price cut. We all know that the PS3 is a better value, but regular folk don't care.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, October 17, 2008 @ 12:28:33 AM

The games u just listed CANT be played on the 360. So how has PS3 lost it's momentum?

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ArnoldK PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, October 16, 2008 @ 11:28:37 PM
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These sales are for US only, folks. Doesn't even include Canada.

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Fabi
Friday, October 17, 2008 @ 1:44:41 AM
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@worldsends - Let me be more specific, the same third-party games can be played on the 360 for half the price.

Let's be real. Socom isn't going to make someone go out and buy a PS3. LBP will. Motorstorm isn't. I was very excited about Motorstorm 2 until I got my hands on Pure. I'm sure 360 owners can live without Motorstorm 2. And RFOM2 is going to be awesome but so is GOW3. And it's a lot more popular.

All I have seen lately on TV is 360 commercials saying NOW $199

I don't have any doubt that the PS3 will be selling well if you take into consideration how much more it costs, but I really don't see it topping the 360 again anytime soon. I hope I'm wrong, but I dunno.

Come on, it's even being outsold by the 360 in Japan.

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Joe_III
Friday, October 17, 2008 @ 2:17:14 AM

Wow, big shocker here, but I'm going to disagree for a sec.
The PS3 easily has a good chance at momentum. Especially after 02/09.
With a number of people forced into HDTVs because everything is going with a digital broadcast, people will realize that DVDs can't match the quality of a Bluray disc. IIRC, the PS3 is still the cheapest BD 2.0 compatable player (BD 2.0 requiring a min of 1GB hdd installed to keep settings for those who might not know).
However, M$ and a slew of other companies are trying to push towards direct dloads instead of using medium. If that really takes hold in this gen of consoles, one of the PS3s main advantages goes away.
The PS3s main problem -- and its too late for this gen -- is that they spent way too much R

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Joe_III
Friday, October 17, 2008 @ 2:19:00 AM

hmm...conveniently cut off I guess...too lazy to retype it tonight.

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cheng
Friday, October 17, 2008 @ 3:07:09 AM
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"While making use of each platform's strong suits, we are going multi-platfor"

konami has mysteriously deleted the line where they said they were considering a 360 port, and speculation of the man called Arai is probably getting into some trouble...or konami just wanna cover up something...

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jerocarson
Friday, October 17, 2008 @ 4:52:38 AM
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360 was way below expection.
with the price cut no significant sales spike.
by the time people start to realize that you still need to get extral accessories for the game, they would definately begin to back out.
it just a temporary measure that cant last.
october ps3 sale sholud come as a shocker!
trust me.
meanwhile, ps3 sales didnt reduce in sales.
bravo! sony

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daizycutter
Friday, October 17, 2008 @ 5:45:07 AM
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im ditching ps3 for serious gaming just the odd good title from now on nothing new has come out on ps3..investing in a high end pc instead ...pc is gonna be first choice from now on

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karneli lll
Friday, October 17, 2008 @ 8:26:23 AM
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@Joe lll
no one is being forced into hdtv,its digital tv,big difference.Besides,cable companies are protecting their consumers,only the chaps using antennas will be affected.

Just a thought but,what if Sony used to treat developers like crap back in the ps2 era? maybe that explains the hostility of some developers towards the ps3

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Joe_III
Friday, October 17, 2008 @ 10:52:02 AM

Really, you're goign to argue stupid semantics and still be wrong?
Yes, technically DTV includes EDTV as well as HDTV, but what does EDTV carry? 480p, 480p widescreen, and 545p/i. No one uses 480pw or 545p/i. And very few will take their 480i broadcasts and upconvert them, reducing their quality.

And no way will cable/sat companies survive standard definition channels after consumers realize that free local channels have better quality at a much reduced price.

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Orvisman
Friday, October 17, 2008 @ 9:43:59 AM
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Sony needs to cut the price of the PS3 ASAP if it wants to make headway against M$ft. All this talk that Sony can't cut the PS3 price is crap. It can... if it is willing to take a slightly larger loss, which it can write off later on. In the long run, Sony will make this money up through the licensing fees it charges for third parties to press games on blue ray. This refusal to cut the PS3 price is a STUPID business decision on Sony's part. The more PS3s sold equals more games sold equals more money in Sony's pocket in the long run.

I know Sony has a crapload of great exclusives lined up; but that only matters to we hardcore gamers, who will find a way to buy the PS3 anyway. But to the average joe, the deciding factor will ALWAYS be price, not feature sets and better overall value. We PS3/Sony supporters, as well as Sony, need to look at the bigger picture, which includes a soft economy right now. And no amount of great exclusive games will overcome that price deficit.

I reiterate, Sony needs a PS3 price cut now!

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Orvisman
Friday, October 17, 2008 @ 10:26:11 AM
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And the hits keep on coming for Sony.

(From The Magic Box) Here are the latest console hardware sales from Japan for the week of Oct 6 - 12:

NDS Lite - 31,914 [2,245,049]
PSP - 23,901 [2,681,966]
Wii - 22,877 [2,101,752]
Xbox 360 - 7,763 [185,745]
PlayStation 2 - 6,982 [367,822]
PlayStation 3 - 5,734 [642,803]

This means M$ft has been regularly beating Sony in weekly sales in the U.S, Japan, and Europe since the 360 price cut.

See what I'm writing above. The PS3 was outselling the 360 for most of 2008, but all that Sony momentum stopped cold in its tracks with the 360 price cut.

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Fabi
Friday, October 17, 2008 @ 11:12:14 AM
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@Orvisman - There ya go. How is that momentum? I think LBP, Socom and RFOM2 are gonna help, but it may not even be enough to outsell the 360. It might just be enough to get close to the 360's sales, or maybe even beat them by a little.

But I really don't see PS3 outselling the 360 by much in the next few months.

@Joe - You're assuming consumers want and NEED the clearest of pictures. Most don't really care. If they did, the Wii wouldn't be selling so well.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, October 17, 2008 @ 12:42:47 PM
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Good points above me here, I also read 360 is going to bundle with Panasonic TVs, Sony needs to step it up and bundle with Sony TVs, the ticket writes itself, and they don't have to suck the juice out of any other company to do this kind of business, as M$ does so as a common practice.

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Orvisman
Friday, October 17, 2008 @ 1:39:33 PM

You'll see Sony TV/PS3 HDTV bundles from CC and BB this X-mas just like last year. But Sony needs a price cut now!

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Orvisman
Monday, October 20, 2008 @ 9:12:52 AM

Actually, if I remember the BB and CC sales from last year, if you bought a 40" or bigger Sony HDTV plus a surround system plus had either Firedog or BB's equivalent installation plus bought a game or two you practically received the PS3 for free. Nice bundle if you're in the market for a new HDTV and surround sound system.

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Wage SLAVES
Friday, October 17, 2008 @ 2:28:30 PM
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O man! check out the Wii go. If the sucker didnt have any software at all I dare say it would still win. SOMEONE sold their soul to the DEVIL!

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Deleted User
Friday, October 17, 2008 @ 9:43:22 PM
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Ben, that makes 2 months in a row. 360 over PS3

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phade2blaq
Monday, October 20, 2008 @ 8:19:39 AM
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Sony has been around long enough to know what works and doesn't work in the console business. They designed the PS3 about 5 years ahead of its time as they included components that were too high in market price to make the PS2 gamer cost effective.

Nintendo's Wii sits atop the console wars simply because Nintendo designed and marketed a console that fit nicely into people's strapped budget and by doing that they made the Wii affordable for most to buy.

Sony on the other hand designed a console with bells and whistles that sound good but weren't cost effective and as a result while the PS3 does sell, it isn't selling at the rate that say the PS2 did at the same time in the PS2's life cycle.

If Sony wants to prevent being in 3rd place, they better cut the price again on the PS3 to at least around $250.

At $199, the 360 is a good buy and by doing digging around, you can find an affordable HDD for 360.

Sony keeps selling bundles that cost upwards of $500 plus and in these tough economic times, people just aren't willing to part with that kind of money when they have other pressing important things to do.

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