Publishers Report: PS3 Software Outselling 360 Software
Despite Microsoft’s one-year head start in this new generation, there’s no denying that Sony’s PlayStation 3 has rapidly moved to close the gap in 2008 after a relatively lackluster 2007. And now, although there’s still a large discrepancy in the two respective userbases, is it possible that major publishers are selling more PS3 software than 360 software...?
According to Gamer Blorge, the answer is a resounding, “yes.” As you can see, they list some recent financial findings for a few of the biggest video game publishers in the world. First on the list is EA, who reports that 17% of their total revenue is due to PS3 sales, while only 10% can be attributed to the 360. Namco Bandai says the PS3 moves 57% more software than the 360, although we have to remember that Namco produces many titles that appeal highly to Japanese gamers, and we all know how they feel about the 360… Anyway, the site also posts up statistics for Konami (no big surprise they’re loving the PS3 right now thanks to Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots) and Ubisoft (PS3 software sales at 20% for the publisher while the 360 is at 14%), so these are very interesting numbers. Back in early 2007, most publishers were shying away from the PS3, which was slow to catch on in Japan and the U.S. But these days, the PS3 is a very hot item for gamers and consumers, and that represents a big turnaround.
It’s still early, but of course, this is bound to bring up the obvious question of, “who will win the console war?” Eh, who knows? All we know is that all three are going to be ultra-competitive in the coming years, and we’re sure Microsoft never assumed it’d be a walkover win. They know Sony is a player, and Sony knows they’ve got to step up. So far, they have done just that, so keep it up!
10/28/2008 Ben Dutka