PS3 GTAIV presales outpace 360 version down under

PS3 version of Grand Theft Auto IV leading presale numbers in Australia; PS3 GTAIV bundle also confirmed.

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When Microsoft announced its multimillion deal with Rockstar for exclusive downloadable content for Grand Theft Auto IV, many predicted that this would provide a significant incentive for gamers to choose the Xbox 360 version of the game over the PlayStation 3 version. But Australian presale figures seem to be telling a different story, with major retailers contacted by GameSpot AU today saying that the PS3 version was currently in the lead.

A spokeswoman for EB Games Australia--the largest specialty games retailer in the country--told GameSpot AU that the PS3 version of GTAIV was just ahead of the 360 in terms of presales. "We are happy to tell you it's neck and neck, but at the moment, PlayStation 3 is currently in the lead," EB Games Australia brand and public relations manager Debra McGrath said.

The PS3 version was even farther ahead with retailer Gametraders. The company's national marketing manager Chad Polley said, "According to the figures we have at the moment, we're [pre-]selling two PS3 versions for every one 360 unit."

Last night, Sony Computer Entertainment Australia fired back at Microsoft's DLC incentive, finally confirming rumours that there is indeed a PlayStation 3 GTAIV bundle on the way for Australia. The pack comes with a 40GB PS3, one Sixaxis controller, and a copy of the game. If you haven't got a PS3 already, the bundle will be available on April 29, the same day as the game's release, for A$749.95 ($709.44).

Discussion

215 comments
jakie91
jakie91

Getting it tomorrow, Yah Don't care who out sells who, As long as Rockstar continue making kick ass games, and from the review i have seen its 10/10 work they have made, Thanks Guys

Lungorthar
Lungorthar

A small fact for the hell of it: In this site itself, there is this nifty "Wish list" feature. Looking at the numbers there (at the time of this writing) this is how the split look: X360: 15,506 (55.1%) PS3: 12,638 (44.9%) But this is all just statistics, and as wee all know, there are good lies, bad lies, and statistics. Not sure why many people feel they need to know their version of choice is in the winning side, but it seem to happen a lot. And i say this objectively, I admit myself a bit guilty there but try to avoid it to drag me into arguments. I just know i chose my version due to things that i care about, and hope I have a blast with it. Have fun guys, witch ever version you get! Even if you get the lame version I didn't pick... OK OK its a joke!!! :P

darkride66
darkride66

@ JDog0769. Yeah, it's getting great reviews so far. I can't wait to pick a copy up on Tuesday.

JDog0769
JDog0769

No prob. Anyways you're right it doesn't matter, I just got my Official Xbox magazine and they gave GTA IV a 9.5.

darkride66
darkride66

@ JDog0769. Sorry, I shouldn't have been rude. All too often I find people on these posts don't bother to research points they argue and It's a bit of a pet peeve of mine. I was using vgchartz for the sales on both. They've proven to be fairly reliable in the past.

JDog0769
JDog0769

darkride66 I have looked up this info and the only place that i found were the PS3 version of DMC4 is outselling the xbox is obviously in Japan. I admit my source isn't exactly up to date so if you have a link that tells me otherwise i will gladly concede my argument. And there's no reason to get all pissy over a comment,

darkride66
darkride66

@vlam. vgchartz is showing the PS3 version with a 110k lead as of last weeks sales. Really doesn't matter, I suppose. Just the fact that it's close with the 360's huge console lead is worth noting.

vlam
vlam

Ummm, I just checked and DMC4 apparently sold more on 360 than PS3. I don't know where you got your figures from. The only place where PS3 outsold the 360 in DMC4 copies was Japan, but Japan also doesn't have many 360 owners. Figures are different from different sources, but most of the sources I've seen are claiming that 360 DMC outsold PS3 DMC by approx. 10k copies, so far. I'm not suggesting anything else, though. I just hate it when people pull 'facts' out of their a****. Anyway, GTA4 is gonna rock (on both systems)!

darkride66
darkride66

JDog0769 said "remember when Devil may cry 4 was coming out and all the PS3 owners were saying that the Xbox version could never out sell the PS version because PS was its true home? We all know how that turned out. " Um. That the PS3 version has so far outsold the 360 version worldwide? I'm pretty sure that wasn't the argument you were trying to make. Did you bother to actually look into this?

monkeyd_93
monkeyd_93

i dont really care if we austalians get the GTAIV 40GB bundle, but i really want the 80GB MGS4 bundle as it should be only $50-$100 more than the 40GB which is pretty good. hopefully we will get a 80GB bundle because frankly 40GB isnt enough for me :) not too long till GTAIV, cant wait to play it soon hope its good :D

planbfreak4eva
planbfreak4eva

ppl chose ps3 coz gta got split screen and 360 dont.....so thats why

rainpett
rainpett

sony has better potencial of graphiks and larger games but xbox has a head start and easyer to use software for game developers.

dvd1234
dvd1234

yo yall need 2 stop cuming at playstation, and from wat sony and rockstar said the ps3 will be getiing downloadable content and the ps3 does have a slight color difference that results in slightly better graphics. also gta 4 on da ps3 is home enabled

Zuoitsy
Zuoitsy

Just... just one more thing... I'm a casual gamer so... (I'm a Sony Fan, but I really enjoy XBOX games...) Why all this stupid war over the consoles? "Ohh X360 version will be better""Oh noez! PS3 will roooockkkk" For God's sake, just stick to your own console and don't start stupid wars over it... geez... (Yeah I know that from my other post I defended PS3, but look, I like X360 too....)

Zuoitsy
Zuoitsy

"_guenter_26 All PS3 owners, you need to realize that DLC is important and you should recognize the 360 superiority in games, graphics, and online until the PS3 can get a decent title that is not multiplatform." Ok.. you can call me Sony fanboy if you want, I won't lie, I love Sony, still... they have their flaws *cof cof* Europe *cof cof*... Graphics better in XBOX360? In my opinion they are way better in PS3, but that can be only a matter of personal taste... "PS3 can get a decent title that is not multiplatform" ok... have you ever heard before about a game.. oh what is it called? Aw yeah: METAL GEAR SOLID 4. It can have mediocre scores here, but I'm sure Kojima won't disapoint us... It's going to be the grand final. Still you aren.t convinced? Haze? Final Fantasy XIII? God of War? Gran Turismo? Metal Gear Online? Ok, on the other side, I won't lie again. I saw movies from Ninja Gaiden 2, and I was like "oh my God... I want to play it..." and I love Gears of War, in fact I was going to buy a Xbox360.. But then again, it's only a matter of taste... PS: Sorry for the bad english..

PseudoFinrod
PseudoFinrod

The only reason I am getting it for the 360 is for the exclusive DLC.

_guenter_26
_guenter_26

Only if you got your 360 before 2007, i play my 360 for hours and it is just fine, but it is from 2006 and i doubt gta would be any better on the PS3 than on the 360.

jon_cia
jon_cia

I have a 360 and a ps3 and I went for the ps3 version simply because I reckon that gta4 will be very hardware intensive on the console and I think the ps3 can handle it better. My 360 sounds like its gonna explode after playing gears of war for a few hours so I would not like to play gta4 on it for hours on end (like I intend to do) I predict that after gta4 launches there is going to be a lot more RROD complaints with the 360 crowd.

_guenter_26
_guenter_26

All PS3 owners, you need to realize that DLC is important and you should recognize the 360 superiority in games, graphics, and online until the PS3 can get a decent title that is not multiplatform.

JDog0769
JDog0769

remember when Devil may cry 4 was coming out and all the PS3 owners were saying that the Xbox version could never out sell the PS version because PS was its true home? We all know how that turned out.

_guenter_26
_guenter_26

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_guenter_26
_guenter_26

GTA oringinated on the PC then went to PS1 and SNES.

jmoney10000
jmoney10000

Yah PS3 fans don't be stupid. If you think that just because a few folks are pre ordering instead of just buying the game when it comes out more on the PS3 doesn't mean the Xbox 360 won't win the total number of GTA 4 sold

pilot872
pilot872

OMG people stop arguing over "oh the PS3's gonna beat the 360 by far in this game" or "the 360 versions not gonna be as good" or how bout "PS3 is gonna rock always". These games are probably identical to each other any way on both systems. Except for the 360's online might be better. But the graphics for the PS3 and 360 are so close you couldn't tell a difference.

alglach
alglach

who cares about DLC the ps3 is a quality system and gta and playstation go back a long way

_guenter_26
_guenter_26

This is not going to save the PS3, it does not have DLC, and buying a 360 and GTA4 would be more cost-effective and not to mention the good online and good games.

WJCJ
WJCJ

Y are people so surprised of this.......PS3 is gonna rock this year!!!

Spyder25000
Spyder25000

a good console dose not need to offer exclusive downlaods for games. I cant play GTA on xbox and never plan 2, the PS has been in my life ever since i was 6 :) so PS for life :)

NWA_31
NWA_31

As expected, GTA is still strongly associated with the PlayStation brand. It happened with DMC4 as well, I believe, so it's not THAT surprising.

JDog0769
JDog0769

quirky_clayboy @ Darth_Slayer. The PS3 console has been outselling the Xbox 360 for some months now. If the trend continues, it won't be long before it out strips it. Actually the 360 just outsold the PS3 last month but not by much. Either way i don't care i will play it on the console i own and i will enjoy it until i grow tired of it.

darkride66
darkride66

I just read it looks like the UK is going the same route. Retailers there are reporting the PS3 version is outselling the 360 version 3:1. I guess we'll find out next month. This is still going to be a monster hit on both systems. With the 360's installed user base in the US there's no way the PS3 version will sell more there.

randy_ham
randy_ham

ps3 outsells 360 preorders for gta? so what? arguing about this will succumb to nothing. ps3 is great and 360 is great. and you know what's even greater? that both systems will be able to play gta iv! frankly, whether you own one or the other, consider yourself lucky, because this game is going to be big. i mean really big. can't wait to play online with everyone!!

Lungorthar
Lungorthar

"In Australia". How about everywhere else?

forchy
forchy

I pre-ordered the PS3 version cause my x360 has been so sketchy, had to get it repaired 6 times, my ps3 has only a few games, but at least i don't keep losing it for months at a time.... the way I look at it, i want to be playing GTA4 worry free, and not get screwed by having my console RRoD on me at the wrong time, and not get to play an amazing game... that said x360's game catalogue is vastly supperior, but the hardware blows monkey nuts

darkride66
darkride66

This shouldn't surprise anyone. The 360 has really struggled down under. First there was the MS screwing Aussie Gamestops and not taking back rrod's. Then retailers started to openly comment they were thinking of pulling 360's from store shelves due to poor sales (I don't get this. It's selling the same as the PS3 down there, and no one is saying they should pull that console). Japan has moved almost twice as many 360's. Hopefully the 360 will get the same price cut down there that Europe did, otherwise they can kiss that whole continent goodbye.

the_mitch28
the_mitch28

The 360 version will sell better, PS3 just has more preorders... which means nothing. Oh and might i add, this is just EB so who gives a flying f***

softymcsoft
softymcsoft

lol I got ppl on my friends list already playing the game. 4 days b4 release.

quirky_clayboy
quirky_clayboy

@ Darth_Slayer. The PS3 console has been outselling the Xbox 360 for some months now. If the trend continues, it won't be long before it out strips it.

Snowy_90
Snowy_90

im not too surprised really only hardcore gamers really own PS3's so when a game that appeals to both hardcore gamers and casual gamers, and yes the first decent game to arrive on the console, it will beat 360 in presales. i also reckon that most of PS3's sales will come thru pre-orders for this game due to its fan base of hardcore gamers but still there are alot more 360s kicking around out there so i reckon MS will sell alot more after presales than Sony. plus alot of 360 owners are only casual gamers so they wouldnt have pre-ordered. so congratulations Sony for finally heading towards a profit from the PS3 which i can say is only the beginning with such games as MGS4, Tekken 6, GT5 and FFXIII still to come weighing it all up, looks like the PS3 might live up to its potential and is finally gonna start competing with the 360 and wii things can only get better from here in the gaming industry

Fenriswolf
Fenriswolf

Heh, find it funny Microsoft kissed RS butts, paid them out a fortune and they still can't take lead or buy out fans. Of course since that's PS3 first "hit game" in 2 years and PS fanboys are starving for it. Then RS make their next title exclusive to PS3 and have nothing to do with MS again. Never confirmed, and just like how DMC4, UT3, and VF5 are PS3 "exclusiuves" right? Well done MS! This is was about your last light and your pulling the curtain on it already. Yeah, let's totally stop supporting the X360 because of a few thousand extra PS3 GTA4 preorders in Australia, despite the fact that X360 is still 8 million ahead and with Gears of War 2 and Fable 2 coming. Then RS make their next title exclusive to PS3 and have nothing to do with MS again. Well done MS! This is was about your last light and your pulling the curtain on it already.

xXrebel666Xx
xXrebel666Xx

Heh, find it funny Microsoft kissed RS butts, paid them out a fortune and they still can't take lead or buy out fans. Then RS make their next title exclusive to PS3 and have nothing to do with MS again. Well done MS! This is was about your last light and your pulling the curtain on it already.

bennae66
bennae66

meh. ive already paid for my 360 copy will pick up in a few days. chose not to get it on my bluray3. i really only bought the bluray 3 for its very few exclusives and blu ray.

twistedhades
twistedhades

PS3 profitable by August, say Nikko Citigroup analysts Nikko Citigroup analysts have upgraded their rating on Sony, anticipating that the company will start to break even on the PS3 in August. If correct, this would be three months earlier than analysts have previously speculated. In January, Sony's Kaz Hirai said that the company would be shooting for profitability within the fiscal year that began in April. According to Endgadget, Sony's break even point will come only when both the cell processor and RSX graphics chip are shrunk to smaller sizes. The latest news has caused rumours of a slimmer model PS3 to resurface, although Sony has not commented on such speculation.

MonkeManFoSho
MonkeManFoSho

yah Microsoft needs to advertise the exclusive DLC, i wouldnt expect your causual gamer to know this

Trogeton
Trogeton

And this is breaking news when??????... Everyone should have knew this was going to happen

Chickasaw87
Chickasaw87

They are only looking at preorders not the actual game sales.