PS3 Version Of FFXIII Dominates Pre-Order Stats
Just about every source that has conducted a compare-and-contrast between the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of Final Fantasy XIII has said the same thing: get the PS3 version.
Certainly, it remains true that when a franchise has been exclusive to one of the two aforementioned platforms for nearly 14 years, the vast majority of its fans have continued on with that platform. But with everyone saying the PS3 version is slightly better, that might also have had its impact on the pre-order numbers: as noted by VGChartz, FFXIII has hit the pre-order chart and the PS3 version resides in the #3 position with 338,765 reserves. The Xbox 360 version? It's in at #5 but with only 135,000 pre-orders taken. These numbers mean that approximately 70% of all pre-orders have been for the PS3 version. The bottom line is that if you own both consoles, there's really no reason at all to purchase FFXIII for the 360 and it seems that most of the long-time fans have recognized that fact. At the same time, the reserve crowd certainly includes the hardcore; the casual gamers who have yet to even try a Final Fantasy (maybe because they've only had an Xbox in the past) have yet to make a decision. And with over 38 million 360s out there, the sales numbers could end up being just dandy for Microsoft.
But I think we all knew what the proper platform was for this game; it was initially designed with the White Engine and the PS3 in mind and if there's one game that screams for Blu-Ray, it's right here. By the way, God of War III topped the pre-order chart with a massive 425,497 total reserves, which is pretty damn impressive for a PS3 exclusive. Remember, any exclusive is only catering to about half of the total potential audience multiplats can reach. It's just math.
Related Game(s): Final Fantasy XIII
3/8/2010 10:34:46 AM Ben Dutka