PS3 Tops 360 Worldwide In Q2 2008
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