2008 Ship Stats: PS3 Nearly Ties 360
The entire point of any business is growth. Every year, a successful business sees overall growth, so this being the case, it seems clear the PlayStation 3 is headed in the right direction.
Obviously, there's no chance the PS3 sold as many units as the Xbox 360 in 2007; that would've been borderline impossible, what with the exceedingly high price, lack of software, and Blu-Ray's infancy. But how did the two fare against each other in 2008? Well, according to UK gaming site Gamezine, the hardware numbers were quite similar last year, but bear in mind that the following numbers are shipping totals. It's certainly true that the PS3 sold less than the 360 during the latter part of the year (when Gears of War 2 launched), but PS3 worldwide sales topped 360 sales for several months in a row earlier in the year, when Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots released. Yeah, see what we always say about software? Anyway, Sony shipped about 10.77 million units worldwide in 2008, which is up significantly from the 8.85 million they shipped in 2007. In comparison, the good holiday season for Microsoft allowed them to shift 6 million units worldwide, bringing their 2008 total to around 10.8 million. That's neck-and-neck, people.
As for the overall sales numbers, they're about where both Microsoft and Sony said they were: the 360 is at around 28.45 million and the PS3 sits at about 21.35 million. This is, however, a little closer than the 8 million gap Microsoft tossed out earlier this month. Yep...sounds like a heated war to us!
1/29/2009 Ben Dutka