NPD: March game sales skyrocket 57 percent

US retailers sold nearly $1 billion of gaming software alone last month; total with hardware and accessories a record $1.7 billion; 360 and PS3 neck-and-neck.

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When a professional athlete produces unbelievable statistics, they are sometimes said to be posting "video game numbers." The industry-tracking NPD Group today released its US retail sales figures for the month of March, and the gaming industry itself can safely be characterized as producing "video game numbers."

Overall, the US game industry's total retail take for hardware, software, and accessories amounted to $1.7 billion combined, up 57 percent from the $1.1 billion it posted for March 2007. "You'd never know that the U.S. economy was under distress by looking at the video games industry sales figures," NPD analyst Anita Frazier said in a statement. "Year-to-date growth is a rock-solid 27 percent through March 2008."

Software sales for the month were up 63 percent year-over-year to $945.6 million. To put that figure in perspective, last March--a month that saw the release of God of War II on the PlayStation 2 and Guitar Hero II on the Xbox 360--only managed $957 million with software and hardware sales combined. While catalog titles like Wii Play, Rock Band, and Call of Duty 4 have driven game sales so far this year, March was dominated by new games.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl for the Wii easily topped the charts with sales of 2.7 million copies. The next-best-selling game was Ubisoft's Rainbow Six: Vegas 2, which just reached the 752,000 mark. New releases like Electronic Arts' Army of Two, Take-Two Interactive's MLB 2K8, and the PlayStation Portable debuts of God of War: Chains of Olympus and Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII also made the top 10.

While Frazier noted the success of Super Smash Bros. Brawl, emphasizing that it sold to nearly one-third of the Wii installed base in its first month at retail, she said credit for the software sales growth should be distributed widely.

"The amazing year-over-year increase in software sales isn't just explained by a few top games," Frazier said. "As compared to last March, twice as many SKU's achieved sales in excess of 100K units this month."

The explosive growth wasn't limited to software, as sales of hardware also soared 46 percent to $551.3 million. Nintendo earned bragging rights once again as the Wii sold 721,000 units, with the DS not far behind at 698,000 systems. The PSP was the next-best-selling piece of kit, moving 297,000 systems into gamers' hands. The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 were neck-and-neck with sales of 262,000 and 257,000 respectively, while the PlayStation 2 brought up the rear with 216,000 systems sold.

US VIDEO GAMES INDUSTRY - MARCH 2008
Software: $945.6m (+63%)
Hardware: $551.3m (+46%)
Accessories: $220m (+58%)
Total Games: $1.7 billion (+57%)

TOP-SELLING HARDWARE - MARCH 2008
Wii--721,000
Nintendo DS--698,000
PlayStation Portable--297,000
Xbox 360--262,000
PlayStation 3--257,000
PlayStation 2--216,000

TOP-SELLING SOFTWARE - MARCH 2008
Title / Publisher / Release Date / Units
1) Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii) / Nintendo / March 2008 / 2.7M
2) Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas 2* (360) / Ubisoft / March 2008 / 752.3K
3) Army of Two (360) / Electronic Arts / March 2008 / 606.1K
4) Wii Play w/ Remote (Wii) / Nintendo / Feb. 2007 / 409.8K
5) God of War: Chains of Olympus (PSP) / Sony / March 2008 / 340.5K
6) Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII (PSP) / Square Enix / March 2008 / 301.6K
7) Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock (Wii) / Activision / Oct. 2007 / 264.1K
8) MLB 2K8 (360) / Take-Two Interactive / March 2008 / 237.1K
9) Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare* (360) / Activision / Nov. 2007 / 237K
10) Army of Two (PS3) / Electronic Arts / March 2008 / 224.9K
*Includes Collector's, Limited, Legendary, Bundles (Guitars) Editions

Discussion

351 comments
fmprodguy
fmprodguy

Interesting, other sites are listing different numbers for the consoles. NPD Group has released its latest numbers on American console sales. Let's take a look at the numbers and do some deconstructing. Nintendo Wii - 601,000 Nintendo DS - 563,000 Xbox 360 - 330,000 PlayStation 3 - 218,000 PlayStation Portable - 168,000 PlayStation 2 - 112,000

xXZak-ataKXx
xXZak-ataKXx

sony is doing well. i luv my psp and ps2 and ps3! GO SONY!!!

255Utah
255Utah

Whoa.. how much money did nintendo pay?

Humorguy_basic
Humorguy_basic

VINDICATED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Although I got negatives and flamed for saying that video gaming was not soaring because it was been covered up by Wii and DS sales, a report out yesterday by IDG, another industry tracking group, said that very thing. That just giving out one overall percentage, the excellent success of Wii and DS was covering up a downturn in 360 and PS3 sales and overall covering up a video gaming downturn. Although not mentioning PC, it's obvious that PC gaming is down on 3 years ago too, so as I said in this thread (see below) take out Wii and DS and you have a very different story! So to anyone who gave me a negative or flamed me, just think of me smiling!

darkride66
darkride66

DiscGuru101 "Carefully notice, game sales on the PS3 are always lagging way behind." That's actually incorrect. Jan/Feb the PS3 edged out the 360 in US numbers but it's been comfortably ahead of the 360 in worldwide sales every month since December. Still has a long way to go but it's good to see all consoles enjoying healthy sales. Please don't turn this into a system wars thing.

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

Carefully notice, game sales on the PS3 are always lagging way behind. More proof, that the PS3 is the counsel king of movie rentals.

Humorguy_basic
Humorguy_basic

Take the fast growing Wii and DS game sales out of the above numbers and see what's left. Not a lot.

matthom23
matthom23

No wonder game sales are up. With gas as high as it is, people are staying home more and finding things to do. Who can blame them?

darkride66
darkride66

@ jackrocks123. LOL. Ok, Makaatsu has a theory that games are in decline because sales have declined since, wait for it, December! I'm sure you're as shocked as I am. Actually, vgchartz shows us that all 3 consoles are showing significant increases from the Jan - mid April period of 2007. The Wii moved 3.4 million more than last year at this time (5.2million total), the PS3 1.3million increase (3.1 total) and the 360 1.6 million more over 2007 (2.25 total). Did you look into these numbers at all? According to vgchartz the PS3 has been in second place worldwide every month since December, and if anything vgchartz has been accused of overtracking the 360's numbers. Bottom line is all 3 consoles are going strong and as gamers we all win.

jackrocks123
jackrocks123

TheRaiderNation I think what nintendo has done with the Wii is pretty amazing. The Wii has pretty innovative gameplay elements compared to the 360 or PS3, but is technological inferior & it was also the last system to launch in the US. Now on average it sells more than the 360 and the PS3 combined. I've really got to hand it to nintendo, some people thought they were dead after teh gamecube. Regardless, what a great time to be into gaming, you have two excellent portable systems out and I don't care what anyone says, the 360 is an excellent system and the PS3 is an excellent system, and then throw in the Wii! well said, finally someone has sense lol,

jackrocks123
jackrocks123

Makaatsu @Darkride The new figures have just come in to vgchartz and again the figures are prooving me right and you wrong. Worldwide sales for 18th April PS3 = 164k 360 = 141k Compared to last week PS3 = 164k 360 = 132k Which means the PS3 growth continues to decline because the PS3 had it's first A+ title of the year released a week ago in Pro-logue and sales failed to increase. In fact the 360 sold 9k more consoles then it had the previous week. More worryingly for the PS3 is that it fell to 4th in the UK being re-over taken by the 360 despite the release of pro-ogue in it's best sales territory for the game. And even more worrying is that it only sold 8k in japan while the 360 sold 2k. So again this prooves your argument the PS3 is gaining on the 360 is true but it's only 20k extra a week, at that ratio it will take a lifetime to catch up to the 360. just drop the argument alot of people don't buy the ps3 for the prolouge, they rather wait for the proper one.

jackrocks123
jackrocks123

hmm the ps3 sales willl start to go up as most people buy it for MGS 4, thats what i did, i also got 360, but good thing about ps3 is its free online, i refuse to give microsoft my money just to play against over people

belwyrm
belwyrm

I have both and I don't think I've turned my 360 on in a couple months.....Never played online with the 360 either, I refuse to pay.

darkride66
darkride66

cjnwo4life said "This is a problem as i go looking for a game and i get it (3rd party) on the 360 for reasons i am sure u know why." Because you don't quite feel right unless your paying extra subscription costs to play 100% of your games? No, actually I don't know why. I buy all my multiconsole titles on the PS3 and have since I sat around waiting to play my copy of Halo 3 while my 3rd 360 console was off for a month waiting for MS to send me back an older console as a replacement. I'm not living in fear that my PS3 will die on me after 2 hours of gameplay, I don't like paying extra to play 100% of a game and every single reviewer out there claims differences between the 360 and PS3 version of current titles are negligible.

scarface_tha_se
scarface_tha_se

I like the battle that the PS3 and 360 are locked in. No one has given us Play station fans competition for the last two generations. The 360's good numbers and decent software base is going to push Sony to work harder and harder on the PS3.

cjnwo4life
cjnwo4life

I love my ps3 its overall feel. However, the games lack (harder this gen as most are 3rd party dev are not going exclusive which i feel is needed however the reality is the cost is way to high to favor 1 console over another. Thus the need for more ps3 games by sony and its contracted devs. This is a problem as i go looking for a game and i get it (3rd party) on the 360 for reasons i am sure u know why. So what do i have to look forward to MGS. This will be the 1st ps3 purchase this year (not good). I want more. Yes i am selfish but what gamer isn't i guess. So I sit waiting for monday night for GTA for... yes the 360 for the online and the exclusive additions. I guess i real good question would be how many gamers have BOTH like me. Maybe that would explain the low attach rate for the ps3? Just a thought!

darkride66
darkride66

@ cjnwo4life. I 100% agree. Sony should market the hell out of the fact the PS3 has Blu-ray. That's a good thing, it's one of it's strongest selling points. A 40GB PS3 costs $400, has free online, a great games lineup and Blu-Ray. A 360 Pro costs $350, live costs you $50 each year and it has a great games lineup too. Sony needs to hammer home those two points, Free online and Blu-Ray. And that's what they appear to be doing. We already know they have the games. I really thought you were trying to argue no one buys games for the PS3. Sorry about that!

cjnwo4life
cjnwo4life

@ darkride66 Just to get more info on the ps3 as a blu ray player 1st (i think for some reason u think i believe noone plays games on it. that isn't my point the point is blu ray movies are the push and without the ps3 they wouldn't exist). Want proof... We can't say we didn't see this coming. It was inevitable someone would tie the PlayStation 3 (a Blu-ray player) to the success of Blu-ray. This startling conclusion is brought to us by ABI Research, who note the Blu-ray market is "heavily tilted" on the success of Sony's console. That's not all, though. It seems they've concluded that upscaling DVD players are doing just fine, since many of today's DVD enthusiasts are sitting tight for digital distribution to take over. Blu-ray can't "rest on its laurels," they say. It's true that the PS3 is the main unit getting Blu-ray sales. It's a Blu-ray player. We're certainly not going to stick a Blu-ray disc in our toaster. If it's really a problem for standalone players, it's definitely a matter of price. It's telling that the PS3 is less expensive and more versatile. Who knows where the future will take us, but we'll probably be hand-in-hand with our PS3's. http://www.ps3fanboy.com/2008/04/25/blu-ray-success-due-to-heavy-reliance-on-ps3/ Again, the main plan for the ps3 is to market it as a blu ray player and without that blu ray would be dead as the article says most are waiting for digital distr over blu ray. Remember I have a ps3 so don't think I am hating just stating some hard realities.

darkride66
darkride66

@ Makaatsu. I appreciate you altering your blog. To clarify, I went over my previous posts, all hidden from multiple thumbs down. I've said before that the current sales trends seem to indicate that the PS3 could overtake the 360, but I've always tempered this with, "But 360 price cuts could change this," and that there are variables at play. Personally, I think the PS3 can do it, but I wouldn't spout this as gospel and so much can change that it's anyones guess. I think things got a bit out of hand which is why I sent you that first message asking you to agree to disagree. As perhaps your blog wasn't meant to personally offend me, I never set out to offer anything other than an alternate viewpoint.

Makaatsu
Makaatsu

@Nineball Firstly my spelling is fine thanks. It dosen't bring my seriousness into play but rather gives you ammo to insult me with. Neither of which bother me. Secondly i don't hope sales decrease i hope sales increase. I'm a gamer, it's my hobby. I'd much rather have more people to play against.. If you read my blog maybe your see which console i support :) @Darkride But you did say that the ps3 will outsell the 360 by 09, you repeated it in this thread. You think i have it in for you or something and that is quite funny because i don't. I simply say it as i see it and having seen it your posts are most of the time pro ps3. Because of that my posts seem pro 360 where i counter your arguments. :) So i'm sorry if you think i'm being nasty and i have removed your name from my blog. But my blog was never created to "offend" you it was created because the topic is true. All of us started playing games somewhere and when we did none of us looked at the console logo and declared loyalty to that brand. We found fun in the games and that was the point of my blog. People need to remember why they play games.

Nineball2112
Nineball2112

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darkride66
darkride66

@ Makaatsu. So your argument is that console sales have decreased? Since Christmas? That's why you're arguing? This may come as a shock but I'll agree with you. Sales have slowed since Christmas. I did respond to a couple of your posts by sending a message, that's true. One was trying to agree to disagree, the other was to attempt to have the a rational conversation without getting off topic in these news posts. Both attempts failed and have been met by your continued stubborn need to argue with me. I'm not saying that the PS3 will overtake the 360 in 2009. I've never claimed that. I have no idea what will happen because in my opinion there are too many variables. What I've said is that analysing the current trends from the sales data I can see where some analysts hold this view. Frankly it doesn't affect me as I game on, and love, all three consoles. Your attempts to make me out to be some raving Sony lunatic are flawed, despite what you write about me in your blog.

Makaatsu
Makaatsu

@Nineball Right so i put 2 letters in the wrong place due to typing fast. That must mean i can't spell. Seriously do people still use that card? Firstly go read the entire thread not the current page. Because if you did you would see nobody is talking about weekly sales we are talking about monthly sales....this is a news piece about march console/game sales.... So as i said go back to the start and your see i was saying month to month sales of the PS3 have been DECREASING since dec 2007. That means the current month sales less then the previous month understand? When i used the weekly sales figures i was showing darkride that the trend is continuing. Thus meaning that the growth of sales is not increasing as he tries to suggest. And that is what we were arguing about. Seriously go back through any sales news posts and i'm sure you will see what we mean. I'm not being confrontational, i've not called him names, i've not insulted him or anyone. I simply disagree with his belief that PS3 sale growth is increasing. Especially to the point it will overtake the 360 by 2009 which were his claims. So you can disagree with me all you like but as i said since dec 2007 month to month sales of the PS3 are decreasing and that is fact and now were go all the way around in a circle again.... But thats it for me, there is only so many times you can try to explain the same thing.

Nineball2112
Nineball2112

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Makaatsu
Makaatsu

@Darkride Wait wait, right you just said i quote "If anyone else can figure out what Makaatsu is arguing, would someone please let me know?" Then you said i quote "it still tracking over a million more PS3's from Jan - mid april this year over last year" So obviously you do know what are argument is about as you just added your own little piece to it.....Seriously dude what is wrong with you as you just contradicted yourself...... As for the smeering campaign again wtf are you talking about?? My blogs don't smeer you at all they use you as an example as to someone who is a fanboy who pretends to be neutral. Everyone on Gamespot knows that, majority of your messages are hidden with like minus 10+ thumbs down etc.. maybe there is a reason people think that way about your comments? As for "your obsession is creeping me out", er dude your the one who keeps sending me private messages and reads my proiles etc...your the one who has tried to twist a discussion about games sales into an attempted character assasination etc...You really need to stop acting the fool.

darkride66
darkride66

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Makaatsu
Makaatsu

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xFullSurfacex
xFullSurfacex

PS3 is going to catch up with it's giant releases this year, and makaatsu drop the subject with darkride it's a little annoying for you to sit here and whine about this. just let it go

Makaatsu
Makaatsu

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darkride66
darkride66

@ Makaatsu. Damn. I can't find the ignore feature. I used to have it. I have one other guy ignored on my contacts. Oh well. Anyway, you said "If i add up how much he has got wrong in the past 3 months it is nearly 500k PS3's, that is over 2 months worth! That is a huge mistake and you know it." Know what? Who are you talking about? Why do I care if some analyst is wrong occassionally? What are you even arguing? You think the PS3 won't catch the 360 worldwide? Great! More power to you. You think the PS3 is selling less than last year? Fantastic! Way to not let things like retail sales numbers get in your way. Good for you! Please leave me alone. And quit smearing me in your blog posts. I haven't done anything wrong, I'm just a gamer discussing gaming issues. Isn't that what this site is for?

L1qu1dSword
L1qu1dSword

PS3 can't be saved by MGS either. First off even if that franchise was not on the decline( which it is MGS2 had install base of no more then 10 million and sold 6 million copies. MGS3 had install base of around 120 million and sold 3.5 million copies) it would not matter because that one game cannot compare to the combined effect of NG2, Fable 2, and Gears 2 ( among other things). PS3 is not gaining it is sinking back into flopdom and SONY fanboys are in just as much denial as ever.

darkride66
darkride66

@ Makaatsu. I'm confused as to what you're even talking about. What arguement are you referring to? You said "Sales of the PS3 this year compared to last year have nose dived this is FACT." Um, a quick check of Jan 1 - April 24 from last year over this year shows almost 1 million consoles more sold than the same period last year. Shouldn't you be able to back up "Facts"? Usually facts are something that you can verify. You claiming that somehow everyone on the face of the earth is wrong but you really doesn't hold any water. So, here's how it's going to go from here. Since you are obsessed with bashing Sony, and myself personally based on your own blog posts dedicated to smearing me, and clearly have no idea what you're talking about, I'm going to add you to my ignore list. No more emails from you, claiming victory in arguments I never knew I was having, no more having to slog through your ridiculous posts. Have a nice life.

Makaatsu
Makaatsu

@Darkride Mate it's becoming silly now. Your argument is critically flawed as it has nothing to back it up where as my numbers are facts. Analysts PREDICT numbers month to month without thinking about how wrong they were once the real totals are actually released. Like take Mr Pachter for example, he is meant to be among the top analysts for Buisness. His last prediction for the month of march was to sell 300k PS3s, it barely sold 200k (in fact it didn't) thats like 50% out! Those numbers don't get corrected so these so called analysts haven't corrected their forecasts. Why? Because if they admit they are wrong they might aswell be sacked from their job. If i add up how much he has got wrong in the past 3 months it is nearly 500k PS3's, that is over 2 months worth! That is a huge mistake and you know it. Sales of the PS3 this year compared to last year have nose dived this is FACT. This is despite 2 price cuts and a title from a series that is amongst the most units sold in history (GT). I can list you month to month worldwide sales that i have done countless times but it won't make any difference, you believe what you believe because you don't want to believe sales of the PS3 are declining, even the growth predictions by the guy on gamespot news said sales have peaked but again you ignore it.....The only thing you will believe is an analyst who says the PS3 is selling xyz amount that are far higher then what the 360 sold. But that isn't reality. Right now both consoles are selling at the same ratio and that is FACT. The difference is one is almost 2 and a half years old and one is a year in a half old. The PS3 will stay in front of the 360 sales wise now, the 360 has been out too long and everyone who wants one probably has one now. But those sales are tiny compared to the numbers the 360 was posting over the PS3 is the consoles first year. That is why the PS3 won't catch up this generation because in that first year the 360 was selling at 2-1 over the PS3 in almost 12 months. It's to big a gap to close down. And any analyst who thinks they could do that in 12 months is just an idiot who clearly needs maths lessons.

darkride66
darkride66

You can check out a handful of these as listed on wikipedia. The numbers they have posted there are of Jan, but are generally in line with what vgchartz is reporting. There are only a few on there, notably missing is COD4, which we know from Activision has sold close to three million on the PS3, for example. vgchartz has an excellent track record. You mentioned "Never buy into unreliable info esp for a site or new origanizations for that matter that are clearly baised " and I admit that vgchartz has been accused a few time before of tracking the 360 numbers higher than they are, if that's what you're refering too, but in those cases they've corrected their data when official numbers became available from MS. You're comparing them to the National Inquirer isn't accurate. Are they off sometimes? Of course they are. Unless you're on the ground, counting every single console and game that leaves every single store you have to extrapolate from samples. The only ones who truly know how many units are being shipped are the individual companies themselves, and they don't all get together and file a big report for the internet community to keep them updated. But still, I don't know what you have to gain in claiming there is only one, one million seller on the PS3. With knowledge may come understanding, and could change your point of view.

cjnwo4life
cjnwo4life

Please supply the link with the info and not u saying what it is. Not that I don't trust u but DTA! And if you ever believe anything for a site that makes up their numbers for their own reason then u are only deluding yourself. Never buy into unreliable info esp for a site or new origanizations for that matter that are clearly baised (games or in more real life issues).

darkride66
darkride66

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darkride66
darkride66

@ cjnwo4life. Don't like vgchartz? I'd be happy to hear your source. So, sometimes they're numbers are slightly off, then they correct them. So you're saying they're reliable then because they correct their data to the industry numbers when available. Interesting... I never claimed the PS3 wasn't being marketed as a Blu-Ray player, I just disproved your theory that people are buying more Blu-Rays than games. Anyway, for your pleasure, worldwide software sales for the PS3, over one million. That's the wonderful think about the internet. Anyone who wants can have access to the information, so they can independently verify numbers if they choose. A wonderful thing called Google. Enjoy! Motorstorm Sony Computer Entertainment 3.17 Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Activision 2.95 Resistance: Fall of Man Sony Computer Entertainment 2.71 Assassins Creed Ubisoft 2.51 Uncharted: Drakes Fortune Sony 1.48 Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 Konami 1.45 FIFA 08 Electronic Arts 1.29 Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock RedOctane 1.15 Need for Speed: ProStreet Electronic Arts 1.14 Devil May Cry 4 Capcom 1.12 Gran Turismo 5 Prologue Sony Computer Entertainment 1.11 Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction 1.02

greatestali
greatestali

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cjnwo4life
cjnwo4life

@darkride66 Wow Vgcharts. You should just give us numbers from the national inquirer instead. Just as reliable! I am sure that isn't the first time u have heard it and you should ask yourself why? Because they are always proven wrong and thay are always correcting their data as they always get it wrong (they must work for the current presidents admin). Another thing, I love how u avoid the Blu ray marketing in retail completely. Good job! The fact remains, today it is marketed as a blu ray player Fact! Maybe next year it will change but the reality is clear, its a good blu ray player and it doesn't matter if you like that or not, it is simply how it is marketed and sold! Since u "love numbers"... Check out key PS3-exclusive bestsellers, after the cut. Ninja Gaiden Sigma - 470k sold (99th place) Ratchet & Clank: Tools of Destruction - 600k sold (81st place) Heavenly Sword - 630k sold (78th place) Uncharted - 730k sold (64th place) The top selling PS3 exclusive, Motorstorm, managed to become a million-seller worldwide, but ranks 51st in overall 2007 sales (according to Next-Gen). http://www.ps3fanboy.com/2008/04/10/best-selling-ps3-exclusive ranks-51st-in-overall-2007-sales/ Sorry but one gme sold a million Fact! Now go run and cry to someone who cares as the ps3 is a blu ray player first game console a distant second as of today!

darkride66
darkride66

@ Makaatsu. Here's a little bit of homework for you that may have you rethink how you're approaching this matter. Have a look at "Hardware from Launch" on vgchartz. Chart the PS2, PS3 and Xbox360 for 150 weeks. I don't know how to put this any simpler to you. Look at the chart and tell me how the analysts think the PS3 may end selling more consoles than the 360 before the end. I'm not saying that something won't come along and change this, but currently the data is speaking pretty loud. http://vgchartz.com/hwlaunch.php?cons1=PS2®1=All&cons2=PS3®2=All&cons3=X360®3=All&weeks=120

Makaatsu
Makaatsu

@Darkride But it isn't a short term thing, it isn't a week by week thing. I have proved to you since Dec 2007 PS3 sales have plumited around the world. I have shown you stat after stat but yet you persist with your view that the PS3 is gaining enough on the 360 to overtake it in 2009. The PS3 is over 7m consoles behind the 360 and this would mean the PS3 would need to increase sales by 70% to just get on par. The figures i keep showing you proove that is not happening.....But you just don't get it. Its all about numbers and having 100k extra a month will take you 10 months to just gain 1m. By your theory would mean to reach 7m in a year the PS3 would need to sell 700k a month more then the 360, and that just isn't going to happen.

Myzz617
Myzz617

funny how people try to argur their point and get it across like they gona make $$ from it. Lets play the numbers game. Think not! oo and 2 those who are sold on this fact it not even true....GAMES dont sell CONSOLES alone!!!

greatestali
greatestali

lol darkride66 dude that is sooo true

darkride66
darkride66

Not a lot of fans of numbers around here, I see, considering this is a news article about sales figures. How does responding to comments with statistics warrant so many thumbs down? These numbers can't hurt you. Censoring me won't change them. Are you afraid if people know that the PS3 sells more games then Blu-Rays there will be rioting in the streets? I don't understand this mentality.

darkride66
darkride66

@ cjnwo4life. I was just pointing out your facts were off on your claim the PS3 is purchased more as a Blu-Ray Player. 48 million PS3 games sold. 10 million Blu-Rays. You were wrong. More games are being purchased. 48 > 10. You also asked how many million plus games has the PS3 managed? I could easily turn this around. One year into the life of the 360, how many million plus titles did it have? I count 12 titles on the PS3 that have sold over one million. One year into the 360 they had 6 titles by my count that had reached one million. Of course the 360 is doing better now, almost three years in and 18 million consoles sold. I've never argued that, but you need to stop with the "PS3 owners buy more Blu-Ray's than games." You buy more Blu-Ray's than games. Don't try to pass off your opinion as fact.

darkride66
darkride66

@ Makaatsu. Hi. I'm only going to bother mentioning this to you one more time and hopefully you'll finally drop this. It doesn't matter. Short term sales don't matter. Long term trends matter. The current long term trend on the 360 and the PS3 look good, but looks like the PS3 should overtake the 360 in about a year, year and a half. Six months of negative data for the PS3 may change this trend but week over week sales don't matter much. How about we only discuss this once every 6 months when it's clearer what is actually happening. You don't see me quoting weekly data every single time the 360 pulls ahead or the PS3 pulls ahead. In the end I really don't care as I'm a fan of all three consoles. Gamers win. Period.

greatestali
greatestali

@Makaatsu it should be obvious that figures are gonna change like insanity for both the consoles when gta4 comes out and the ps3 is going to sell lik lemonade when mgs4 and the actual gt5 comes out (I want a ff7 remake sooooooooooo bad after playing crisis core)

Makaatsu
Makaatsu

@Darkride The new figures have just come in to vgchartz and again the figures are prooving me right and you wrong. Worldwide sales for 18th April PS3 = 164k 360 = 141k Compared to last week PS3 = 164k 360 = 132k Which means the PS3 growth continues to decline because the PS3 had it's first A+ title of the year released a week ago in Pro-logue and sales failed to increase. In fact the 360 sold 9k more consoles then it had the previous week. More worryingly for the PS3 is that it fell to 4th in the UK being re-over taken by the 360 despite the release of pro-ogue in it's best sales territory for the game. And even more worrying is that it only sold 8k in japan while the 360 sold 2k. So again this prooves your argument the PS3 is gaining on the 360 is true but it's only 20k extra a week, at that ratio it will take a lifetime to catch up to the 360.