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PS3 Tops 360 Worldwide In Q2 2008

Recent publisher findings say PS3 software is outselling 360 software, Sony says they're not dropping the PS3 price, and now, it seems Sony's machine continues to close the gap in hardware sales.

According to Eurogamer, "a comparison of Sony's corporate unit sales data and comments made by an investor relations spokesperson for Microsoft suggest that PlayStation 3 outsold Xbox 360 worldwide for the three months ending 30th September." The first bit of good news is obvious, especially considering the terrible first half of 2007 for the PS3: during the second quarter of 2008, the PS3 moved 2.43 million units worldwide, which is almost double that of last year's Q2 total. Furthermore, this number narrowly tops that of Microsoft's Xbox 360, which shifted 2.2 million units in the same period. If you're wondering, this puts the PS3 at about 17 million units sold worldwide with the 360 at about 24 million, which means the gap has significantly narrowed in the past year. The Wii...well, as Eurogamer says, it's at some magical impossible number; something like 10 quadrazillion. Or something like that.

Anyway, moving on to other figures- Sony's game division cut costs this year; down from 96.7 billion yen to 39.5 billion in the second quarter, and as for the PSP, sales rose just a bit to 3.18 million. The console that seemingly has an infinite lifespan, the PS2, may finally be seeing the end of its days and bowing to the PS3, as it dropped won to 2.5 million units. That's still more than the PS3, of course, but there is some obvious waxing and waning going on. So anyway, if you're still wondering why Sony doesn't cut the price of the PS3; well, this is why.

10/29/2008 Ben Dutka

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Comments (19 posts)

WaR_HaWk
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 @ 11:08:55 AM
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i think sony will eventually drop the price of ps3, but they wont annouce it.Even MS is losing money on 360. they actually lost even more than Sony.

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Skullphaze
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 @ 11:55:11 AM
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i believe that it is important for both the ps3 and 360 to be successful because it will force each other to push the boundaries of technology and service. if one dominates there could be a possibility of slacking off and providing unsatisfactory service. but eff the 360 and all that is MS lol.

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N a S a H
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 @ 9:09:31 PM

You're spot on mate.

There more competition, the better.

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King James
Sunday, November 02, 2008 @ 8:32:30 PM

The Hirst Skull, huh? What u know about that? lol.

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Deleted User
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 @ 2:00:00 PM
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Q2 was gay. Q3 and Q4 are what matter. besides, who the hell cares about sales? unless you own stock in the company, it doesnt matter, unless your really weird.

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AntDC
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 @ 11:51:52 PM

Higher sales = more 3rd party support = Sony being able to pump more money into the machine = better games = longer lifespan, as is the case with the ps2.

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Aftab
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 @ 2:58:48 PM
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The wii really is quite magical. But according the latest news brought to me by my 9 year old nephew, "The wii isn't cool, anymore."

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coverton341
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 @ 3:07:48 PM

Oh crap! SELL SELL SELL!!!!
Lol

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 @ 3:45:49 PM

Sounds like your nephew could be a rare convert from casual gamer to hardcore gamer, though he may be a tad young for the likes of GTA I'll bet he could roll with LBP.

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LightShow
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 @ 9:50:08 PM

^_^ keep him away from the PC or he might turn into one of those MMO-worshipers...

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 @ 3:44:01 PM
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The best news about this I don't see the trend changing, what does M$ have slated for '09? A Halo spinoff? This year Software will determine console sales more than price, and if they stop making PS2's and throw some of that cash into devving even more PS3 games in-house then there's no stopping this train.

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Alienange
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 @ 8:41:46 PM

That Halo spinoff is slated for END of 09... that's nuts. I really hope the 360 is still being supported by then! lol

The Wii sales don't count. In the long run it'll be a door stop at most old folks homes.

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Dingodial
Thursday, October 30, 2008 @ 8:26:25 AM

I thought that M$ lost their contract with bungee (whatever the halo makers are called, whether I spelled it right or not).

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AceTatsujin
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 @ 9:13:32 PM
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oooooowhooooooooo ... wait a second, 360 is at 24 million? Microsoft said they shipped 24 million units worldwide! They haven't broken 22 million SOLD units in my records man, where are you getting your information from? ...............

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LightShow
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 @ 9:52:57 PM
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hard to stop a train ^_^

It's like Tony Gonzalez vs Larry Johnson. You clip Johnson and he spins out of control, but Tony? As we say in KC, He da man.

W00t Chiefs! (even if they do suck...)

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Branko2166
Thursday, October 30, 2008 @ 4:22:29 AM
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From what I know MS had shipped 22.5 million at the end of the last quarter.

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Dingodial
Thursday, October 30, 2008 @ 8:23:11 AM
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Why won't sony offer a bare-bones PS3 without a hard drive (like the 360 arcade) from $250 to $300?

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Arvis
Thursday, October 30, 2008 @ 1:55:09 PM

I would guess because Sony isn't in the business of selling competition-level garbage?

-Arvis

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CH1N00K
Friday, October 31, 2008 @ 12:48:37 PM
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With a lot of games now requiring patches and installs before you can play them, I don't think it's possible for them to release a system without a hard drive. I personally like the new harddrive option and am looking forward to the day when everyone has high speed and we no longer need to buy discs. Just download onto our 400 tetrabyte hardrive in seconds and away we go...technically speaking games should get cheaper because there would no longer be a need to spend money on packaging and what not...but we know thats not going to happen.

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