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December: Single Biggest Month In PlayStation 3 History

We know the PlayStation 3 had its best holiday season ever - 3.8 million units sold worldwide, a 76% year-over-year increase - but Sony has more to add, saying December was one very big month in more ways then one.

According to the latest batch of statistics sent from Sony, December 2009 was the "single highest selling month for PS3 hardware and software since it launch in the US;" a total of a 90% leap in hardware sales and a 60% rise in software sales. Not surprisingly, the biggest titles of the month were Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, God of War Collection and LittleBigPlanet Game of the Year Edition. Of that aforementioned 3.8 million number, 1.7 million were sold in North America, and the PlayStation Network also enjoyed its single highest revenue month as well. Perhaps fittingly, the most activity on the Network was found on Christmas Day. Currently, there are now over 670 games available on the PSN and according to recent estimates, there are about 38 million registered Network accounts, which is a pretty damn impressive number for just over three years. Lastly, the top downloads of December were revealed; Final Fantasy VIII topped the list with PixelJunk Shooter, Final Fantasy VII, Resident Evil 3: Nemesis and Resident Evil 2 rounding out the top 5. Yes, December was a momentous, landmark month for the PS3 and they remind us to look forward into 2010, when they expect to gain even more ground on the competition.

Exclusive software really is starting to make its mark this generation, and in looking at the first quarter of 2010, one would have to think that Sony's machine once again has the advantage.

1/13/2010 9:24:21 PM Ben Dutka

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OtisFeelgood
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 9:48:30 PM
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Nice! And it's only going to get better. ;o

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Snaaaake
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 9:59:23 PM
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Instead of relying on one exclusive to be a system seller, why not release multiple to please everyone, now that is a very good idea.

The PS3 not only does everything, it has EVERYTHING, ranging from shooters to fighting and then platforming.

You name it you got it.

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Naztycuts
Thursday, January 14, 2010 @ 8:10:44 AM



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geovanwitdakick
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 9:59:28 PM
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Definetely starting to look better for us, & worse for the competition. Ubisoft delayed Splinter Cell Conviction for the fourth time until at least April. Get's me thinking....

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Snaaaake
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 10:05:45 PM

It's obvious Splinter Cell can't compete with FF, FF is simply too big to pass on.

Even from all the bad news we heard bout it, FF will still sell like "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows".

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FatherSun
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 10:34:18 PM

Splinter cant compete with FF! Smart move by the opposition. I just wonder if GT5 will make it out in March. As much as I want it to come out sooner SONY may have been listening when some of us asked to spread the exclusive love throughout the year. Dont let em breathe.

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Feregrin
Thursday, January 14, 2010 @ 4:05:15 AM

FF(XIII) isn't a PS3 exclusive, y'know.

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LegendaryWolfeh
Thursday, January 14, 2010 @ 4:17:19 AM

...no duh? We're not talking about hardware here, talking about software when it comes to FF and Splinter Cell. If FF was exclusive obviously Splinter Cell wouldn't care since it's only on 360

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 10:05:45 PM
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Good to hear that finally the better system is getting its recognition, and the better software, exclusives, network offerings and on and on and on. We will make the USA a Playstation nation once again people.

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Snaaaake
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 10:07:39 PM

USA a Playstation nation?

Are you saying that you're betraying your own company Microsoft by supporting the Japanese?

It's death penalty for you!!
Oh wait, you are death itself because you have the scythe.

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rogers71
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 10:17:19 PM

@World,
I agree with you 100%.


BTW, love the new avatar.

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FatherSun
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 10:29:56 PM

@Snaaaake. Ive debated this in my mind so many times. Love our USA and love to support in any way I can. But as a consumer I just cannot afford to have that Red Ring around my neck anymore!

Ill take the Scythe!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 10:30:27 PM

haha, thanks my friends, yup I got the scythe and I'm takin' it to MS's throat.

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BikerSaint
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 11:30:13 PM

World,
"We've got your back" in this fight!!!

Sony for the knockout, in round 4......
er......I mean, year-4


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Jed
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 11:32:51 PM

@ World

are you having an identity crisis? I swear that is like the fourth avatar you've had this week.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 11:55:11 PM

I have an identity crisis every day, but well I changed it to Chev Chelios a couple weeks back, caught some flak, changed it to squall, wasn't edgy enough for me, but I'm hyped for Dante's Inferno so I changed it to that.

If you want to count my personalities you don't have enough fingers brother :)

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Jed
Thursday, January 14, 2010 @ 12:13:44 AM

So it's more than seven?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, January 14, 2010 @ 12:38:25 AM

I'm a Joker, I'm a Smoker, I'm a midnight Toker.

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Jed
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 10:06:00 PM
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Sweet. The ps3 is finally getting the attention is so righly deserves. I had no idea that so many people were waiting for the price drop. Congrats SONY.

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Arvis
Thursday, January 14, 2010 @ 10:32:20 AM

Speaking of avatars, Jed, yours is pretty awesome! :)

-Arvis

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SvenMD
Thursday, January 14, 2010 @ 11:00:13 AM

Yeah I gotta agree - that is one flippin' sweet avatar. I love Conan.

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BikerSaint
Thursday, January 14, 2010 @ 12:32:24 PM

@Jed,
Just noticing that your new Conan avatar looks like he's some a long lost brother of the Joker's. LOL

That's cool!

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OtisFeelgood
Thursday, January 14, 2010 @ 5:56:04 PM

Conan ftw

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napoleon85
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 10:11:31 PM
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Im so eager to know the current ps3 sales numbers. Im guessing 32-33 million including last year?

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geovanwitdakick
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 10:11:40 PM
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I agree with you Snaaaake, but I was thinking more along the lines of using more time to do a well-done port & decrease the time between the 360 release & the PS3's release.

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geovanwitdakick
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 10:12:27 PM
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Wow did I really just do that? *serious face*. Sorry guys...

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 10:31:44 PM

Do what now?

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isaya85
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 10:18:38 PM
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It's the ps2 all over again, good job Sony

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FatherSun
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 10:22:08 PM
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Never had a doubt in my mind. Even at the steep launch price it held its own regardless of the headstart of the competition. And all this with almost nil on advertising up until the release of the SLIM. (I still call it the STEALTH model. It just sounds more sophisticated to me).
PlayStation is getting its MOJO back. Excellent Exclusives. Neverending Network. Historical Home. I can see SONY consolidating all its assets and dominating once again. I have a feeling its going to be a great year.
Lastly, let us not forget all the PS2 owners who have not upgraded as of yet and the few who have strayed only to realized that they miss the DARKSIDE will only add to those numbers.

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St_Jimmy
Thursday, January 14, 2010 @ 12:14:53 PM

it's only cuz microsoft went back in time and stole sony's mojo. But the good guys always win.

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geovanwitdakick
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 10:36:27 PM
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@ World

I thought I double posted, because after I posted the second comment I forgot I was responding to Snaaake, & then I posted a sorry, which was pretty much for no reason.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 10:38:22 PM

lol, no more drugs for you :)

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Scarecrow
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 10:40:08 PM
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If that was just December, I can't imagine what GT5 and GOWIII will do

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St_Jimmy
Thursday, January 14, 2010 @ 12:09:13 PM

"just december"? i thought december was a huge month for anyone, not just gamers.

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Hezzron
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 10:44:44 PM
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The cheap and easy 360 got off to a quick start and climaxed prematurely, leaving ones with a unfulfilled, empty and dirty feeling inside.

The superior PS3 took its time, teasing us with its superior equipment. It kept pounding away slowly at the market, until no one could stand it any longer. The PS3 has revealed itself as a master of ecstasy!


Damn.....I need a smoke now.

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Qubex
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 11:27:01 PM

Lol Hezzron!!!

Q!

"i am home"

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Jed
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 11:30:42 PM

And here I thought that I was the only one having sex with my PS3.

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BikerSaint
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 11:36:28 PM

Hezzron,
HA, I was ready for ya this time!!!!!
(I already coffee-proofed my monitor) LOL

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 11:56:07 PM

Jed you must have a slimpenis

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MyWorstNightmar
Thursday, January 14, 2010 @ 12:16:27 AM

Hez, hopefully you left money on the nightstand after that.

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Jed
Thursday, January 14, 2010 @ 8:37:34 PM

It varies from day to day.

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michiganfan1983
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 10:51:23 PM
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Yea for SONY!!!!!! It about time people started paying attention to the machine that isn't trying to rape their wallets and ruin the gaming world (not totally true but I thought it sounded nice).

Anyway I am glad that Sony had a good holiday season and I think it will only continue through Q1 with all of the amazing games coming out: MAG, White Knight Chronicles, Heavy Rain and God Of War III (that's just the BIG exclusives). The stellar multipats should also boost sales: Dante's Inferno, Army of Two and of course Final Fantasy XIII (even despite the recent news articles). Sony is looking at a huge six month span where they could just dominated they headlines (Oct-Mar). At the rate they are selling I could see them hitting that 13 million for the fiscal year that they predicted back at E3 and if not there should at least be YOY gain, which would be around 11 million and that not to shabby.

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frylock25
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 11:02:15 PM
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my dad was one of those new ps3 owners in december. i had to go there and set it up for them. downloaded some stuff and helped them understand what to do. its good to see ps3 is doing well.

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Snaaaake
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 11:16:40 PM
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All that's left is GT5.

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Jed
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 11:33:30 PM

Oh no, there will be much more fantasticness to come.

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Jed
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 11:34:40 PM
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I had a PS3 before it was the cool thing to do.

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dlte
Thursday, January 14, 2010 @ 11:56:57 AM

love the conan.

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BikerSaint
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 11:41:06 PM
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History shall three-peat itself.....

PS1 = #1

PS2 = #1

PS3 = #1

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___________
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 11:45:58 PM
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see what happens when you lower a products price to a reasonable level?
and they dont really have any well known IP sequels out besides R&C.
imagine what will happen when GOW3 comes out and what will happen if GT 5 comes out ;)

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Alienange
Thursday, January 14, 2010 @ 12:02:28 AM
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God of War Collection was one of the biggest of the month? Ok. Wow. That is some amazing news. Long live good gaming.

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WolfCrimson
Thursday, January 14, 2010 @ 1:13:05 AM

I'm guessing because it had the GoW3 E3 demo. Or maybe because GoW is just plain awesome.

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swapnilgyani
Thursday, January 14, 2010 @ 3:26:29 AM
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It'll be a wise move on Sony's part to spread out their blockbuster exclusives over a period of 6 months or so.

Firstly, it stifles the competition. Other companies would not want to release their games along with those blockbusters. But if these gigantic releases keep coming every 45 days or so, they'll totally squash the competition.

Secondly, by the time their current blockbuster list comes to an end, the juggernaut will start rolling for the likes of Killzone 3 and Uncharted 3, and gamers who have not yet come in to the light will have even more itching to do so.

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fooosie
Thursday, January 14, 2010 @ 3:50:25 AM
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Me and my ps3 fat CECHH01 are so happy together. Sure I had to open her up once and replace the blu ray assembly when she was one month out of warranty but it was fun and we got to know eachother.
My xbox 360? Had to open that beast up and fix the tinker toy heatsinks every other day.
That thing died on me more times than the Highlander. It is currently dusty, closet candy.
Now that developers are (finally) giving the ps3 the love it deserves, it just feels right.
There can be only one

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Robochic
Thursday, January 14, 2010 @ 5:35:40 AM
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Good to see and hear. I agree with World we will be a SONY nation again :)

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dante_zero
Thursday, January 14, 2010 @ 5:44:33 AM
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can someone please send these fingure to SCEE in the hope that the PAl regions like myself in the Uk might actually get to be able to buy RE2 and FF8 off the PSN store instead of winnie the poo and friends ps1 disney classic.

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tes37
Thursday, January 14, 2010 @ 5:52:45 AM
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This is the kind of news I like to hear. The better console is finally getting some love. I know Microsoft is relieved to be closer than ever to putting the xbox 360 to rest for good.

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Shatterday
Thursday, January 14, 2010 @ 7:21:32 AM
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So... with these results, I was the only person who didn't receive anything PS3 related on Christmas :-D

Oh well, that's what happens when you get old and poorer.

Happy New Year, Sony. Make us proud in 2010.

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tridon
Thursday, January 14, 2010 @ 8:35:50 AM
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Do you think that Sony will get the hint by looking at that top 5 PSN downloads list? You know... the hint that say four out of five of those titles are Playstation Classics? Bring on more PSOne games, Sony! =D

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Richy
Thursday, January 14, 2010 @ 9:54:30 AM
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hello ...

PS3 rules ....

i've been buying a lot of games too on PSN (flow + addon (nice) / flower (must try it, but know will love it) / Crash commando (hehe!) / .detuned (0O^) / linger in shadows (hummm...) / etc .., disc based just added inFamous & GOW Collection to my small heu .. collection ;)

I must now find time to play & finish my older games (AC1/Batman1/etc..)

yes, SONY owned the end of 2k9 ... Now 2K10 will be the year of the PS3 ;) ....

OMG, i need to rob a bank ... ha!

cheers!



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FullmetalX10
Thursday, January 14, 2010 @ 10:40:18 AM
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@World
How long will it take for you to take that scythe of your current personality up to M$' headquarters, cuz' I don't want any crappy fagbox to Playstation ports to come out anymore.

I'm really wishing those 360 people get those dam wheels spinning up in their domes, so they can make the right choice and get a PS3 for gods sake.
P.S: Can't wait for the GoW trilogy edition pandora's box thing, now hoping they'll do the same thing when Kingdom Hearts III comes out.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, January 14, 2010 @ 11:12:51 AM

Maybe I'll cut a swath through some xboxes on my way to headquarters, leaving every sad little boy with a PS3 slim to cheer him up as I continue on my journey :)

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Mr Bitey
Thursday, January 14, 2010 @ 10:48:15 AM
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What a long strange trip it's been.

I've had my PS3 for a few years now. It's been an amazing ride, watching the PS3 and PSN grow into what they are now.

I've been incredibly happy with my PS3. It's nice to see the system finally get the credit it rightfully deserves.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, January 14, 2010 @ 11:13:09 AM

Mohawk grenade!

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St_Jimmy
Thursday, January 14, 2010 @ 12:16:20 PM

I'M MR.T AND I'M A NIGHT ELF MOHAWK!

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maxpontiac
Thursday, January 14, 2010 @ 10:56:10 AM
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Everytime I see numbers like this, I can't help but wonder how the system would have sold if the price point of the PS3 was much lower from the beginning.

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FM23
Thursday, January 14, 2010 @ 3:59:50 PM
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Man when I first bought my PS3 back in 2008, I never really paidd attention to the Xbox 360. Then I started looking for games to buy, and then I saw that the Xbox had alot of highly rated exclusives, so I thought I made a bad decision, even though I could play games like Bioshock, Fallout 3, Dead Space, and GTA IV on PS3. But then I started researching their exclusives and it seems like most of them were these colorful shooters with these Star Trek stories (lol), except for Gears. So I wasn't really mad, but then Sony started pumping out exclusives like nobody's business, on top of that, they already sold me on MGS4. But PS3 exclusives have some much variety and none of them fit into the same class. Infamous, MGS4, Demon Souls, Uncharted 1 and 2, Killzone 2 and now soon to be GOW III, GT5, Heavy Rain, and Last Guardian. Each experience has been different and I can say PS3 has given me an experience that I would of truly missed if I bought and Xbox. Demons Souls has to be the best game I have ever played.

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