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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

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Comments (17 posts)

Arvis
Tuesday, October 28, 2008 @ 1:49:53 PM
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These are interesting numbers. I wish we had more information, though. Like, how do these numbers factor into the attach ratios for each console? And who determines attach ratios and how? 360 fans are calling this report "BS" because it doesn't seem to support the reported attach ratios for each console. What else can we dig up that wold lend further credibility to these figures?

-Arvis

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shaydey77
Tuesday, October 28, 2008 @ 3:14:59 PM
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Three contenders in the console war?? I personally consider it only two as the wii in my opinion is a gimmick not a console. My girlfriend got one for her sister three weeks ago. She played with it everyday for two weeks..then once last week.this week she hasnt touched it and when you hear people saying you cant even get a resident evil title screen to work on it..shmyeah..

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Nynja
Tuesday, October 28, 2008 @ 3:49:37 PM
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So what are the revenue percentages for the Wii and PS2? (just curious)

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Jed
Tuesday, October 28, 2008 @ 6:03:15 PM
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I am surprised by those numbers, I thought it would be the other way around. I know the 360 is selling more hardware than sony, but nobody seems to realize how many people are buying their second or third 360 consoles because their last one crapped out. Half of the 360s that I sell at gamestop are 360 arcades to people that got the red ring. I think this really skews the sales numbers we see.

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coverton341
Tuesday, October 28, 2008 @ 8:20:06 PM

I used to work for a gamestop and I hear you on the Arcade sales. Everyday that I worked I would see at least 2 xb360 consoles come back with the RROD. No kidding 2 per day....

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Dingodial
Tuesday, October 28, 2008 @ 6:08:53 PM
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The Wii is just a souped-up gamecube. Could someone please tell me if Xbox 360 offers software updates like PS3 and Wii and PSP? All anvanced gamers know that PS3 is a lot better than 360 but with all this tention and competition between the 2 systems, will The PS3 be able to dominate the xbox 720, since it hasn't completely pushed the 360 out of the picture????

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LightShow
Tuesday, October 28, 2008 @ 9:42:25 PM

Microsoft doesn't offer them nearly as often; think maybe once every year. they are there, however

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HUSO
Tuesday, October 28, 2008 @ 7:56:45 PM
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IMO ps3 should be the only console that should be favourable to publishers as it hasn't been hacked yet and consumers don't have any option of playing downloaded games.

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karneli lll
Tuesday, October 28, 2008 @ 9:21:37 PM
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As always,quality over quantity.It never fails

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NetheRealm
Tuesday, October 28, 2008 @ 10:02:56 PM
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Capchka SUCKS! DIE XBOX DIE! Wii Too

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, October 28, 2008 @ 10:11:21 PM

First and last warning: no fanboy crap here.

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NetheRealm
Tuesday, October 28, 2008 @ 10:19:04 PM
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sorry I was trying to delete the accidental repeat posts nothing happened when I clicked submit until I refreshed the page

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, October 28, 2008 @ 10:44:22 PM

I realize that, but none of this "Die Xbox Die" stuff. Okay? Civility is underrated. ;)

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NetheRealm
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 @ 1:59:08 AM
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Sorry got overexcited to read Sony is doing remarkably well after a year late start, I'd say Go PS3 Go but that sounds like fanboy crap so I'll just say happy gaming everyone it's a great time to be a gamer now I'm going to get lost forever in FallOut 3 cya : )

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Wage SLAVES
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 @ 4:15:44 AM
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HUSO has a good point.

Naturally publishers would (or should) notice that no one is hacking and Torrenting their games on the internet. Fallout 3 and Gears 2 are already up! Fallout was up 3 weeks before release. That sucks.

That Im sure could skew SOME sales; not all. That sucks for publishers but ahem the PS3 just looks a lil more alluring.

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Troy Powers
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 @ 10:40:40 AM
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That really is surprising considering there are supposed to be twice as many 360's out there than PS3s. But, I think PS3 owners have a sort of "We're losing, I have to support my team!" attitude and probably buy more games because of it. I know I've got about 20 PS3 games, and that's a lot for me. Also the fact that you can find torrents of 360 games and burn your own dvds, but you can't do it with blu-ray discs (not cost or time effectively anyway) surely plays a factor.

Completely off-topic, but what ever happened to Xbox360nerds.com? I thought it was like PSXextreme's sister site.

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AntDC
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 @ 11:15:55 PM

"That really is surprising considering there are supposed to be twice as many 360's out there than PS3s." - that's in America.

Total worldwide sales for ps3: 17mil
Total worldwide sales for 360: 22mil
(As of September 30th '08)
The gap is closing...

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