Why Can't Microsoft Fans Correctly Assess Sales Figures?
It's starting to get tired. It really, really is.
For most of the generation, Microsoft and Xbox 360 fans have continued to point to sales figures to prove their favorite system's superiority. Of course, they use those sales to imply the quality of software is better, especially when comparing those numbers to sales of PlayStation 3 exclusive titles.
And then you get ridiculous headlines that continue to push the absurdity of the situation. Nothing is taken into account besides the numbers themselves. Nothing. 360 fans will crow about the 11 million in sales for Halo 3 in comparison to the 2 million for Killzone 3. ...really? We're comparing the established, insanely loyal Halo fans to Killzone? And it doesn't matter that Halo is the AAA exclusive for Microsoft? I suppose it also doesn't matter that the 360 fan base has always preferred shooters to just about anything else?
And when it comes to hardware figures, nobody has ever once considered the number of systems that have died and been replaced by the same consumer. As of now, the PS3 isn't far behind the 360 in terms of worldwide sales, but given the catastrophic failure rate for the 360 during its first four years of existence, the sales numbers are obviously skewed. How many new consumers are there? Do you know anyone that hasn't had a 360 die on them? Hell, I don't know anyone who hasn't had at least two die. This is hardly a difficult observation to make.
But getting back to the software, let's say one final thing- considering the 360 doesn't really have much in the way of exclusives, especially in comparison to the PS3, is it any real surprise to see 360 exclusives sell? They rarely even exist so yeah, I'd jump on an exclusive when it shows up, too. I'm getting Gears of War 3...is there some other 360 exclusive this year that I'm missing? Is there even one? So because Gears 3 sells more than Killzone 3, Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, inFamous 2, and LittleBigPlanet 2, that somehow means the 360 has superior software?
Okay, sure. Guess you don't have much else to crow about these days.
8/24/2011 11:56:08 AM Ben Dutka