PS3 overtakes Xbox 360 in worldwide shipments - Report

International Data Corporation study states Sony's home console (77 million) passes Microsoft's (76 million) in 2012, despite launching a year later.

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The PlayStation 3 is now the reigning king of the high-definition console market, if one report proves to be accurate. The International Data Corporation this week published a study that states worldwide PS3 shipments (77 million) surpassed global Xbox 360 shipments (76 million) in December 2012. Notably, the PS3 launched a year after the Xbox 360.

The IDC's Worldwide Video Game and Entertainment Console Hardware and Packaged Software 2012-2016 Forecast also concluded that, despite what the naysayers may be predicting, the disc-based home console market will remain viable through at least 2014.

"The console ecosystem is in a state of flux since these platforms need to support an ever-growing array of non-gaming features and services at the same time that game distribution and monetization is moving in a digital direction," said IDC gaming research manager Lewis Ward in a statement. "At the same time, it doesn't appear that alternative platforms--set-top boxes from cable companies, Web-connected smart TVs, and so on--are positioned to materially disrupt the trajectory of the 'big 3' console OEMs in 2013 or 2014. Discs will remain the console game revenue mainstay for years to come."

Though the IDC believes disc-based systems will remain the main revenue generator for consoles in the years ahead, the group does expect the volume of packaged goods shipped to contract by 3 percent every year through 2016. This is a result of a shift in consumer spending behavior toward digital channels, the firm said.

The study also predicts that Nintendo's new Wii U console will "find an audience," with global shipments exceeding 50 million by the end of 2016. If the Wii U does achieve that mark, it will not even come close to edging out the original Wii, which to date has sold more than 97 million units.

"2011 and 2012 were tough for many console game disc developers and publishers," Ward said. "With the advent of eighth-generation consoles, starting with the Wii U, historical norms strongly imply that game disc revenue will stop bleeding in 2013 and rise substantively in 2014."

Discussion

691 comments
milomell
milomell

eilegz the live subscription is another reason why i cant enjoy my xbox because i buy the console and i buy the game so why charge us to play online

milomell
milomell

i know guitarist1980 me myself have a 360 slim and a fat ps3 and this is my second xbox 360 because i use to have one of the jasper 60gb model xbox and it got rrod on me and i have my old fat ps3 from launch day and its still working like a charm and dont worry about the noise because the ps3 tens to speed up the fan depend on the climate of ur room

milomell
milomell

am not ignorant am speaking the truth i know every hardware is not perfect but to buy a xbox within the timeline when it comes out i can promise u that it will have red ring of death but with ps3 u hardly see them having the yellow light of death

Albaficas
Albaficas

the 360 finally enjoy the last place....


LONG
LIVE
PLAY

Landsharkk
Landsharkk

Not sure if anybody will still read this article, but the PS3 has NOT sold more than the Xbox 360.  

Around mid-way through 2012 Sony started combining PS2 with PS3 when reporting on PS3 sales/shipped numbers.  So when they report 77 million shipped, that number also includes PS2.

Don't believe me?  Well take at look at Sony's own official documents.  It's their Q3 FY2012 Consolidated Financial Results (ending December 31st, 2012).

www.sony.net/SonyInfo/IR/financial/fr/12q3_sonypre.pdf

Once you have the PDF open, do a search for 'ps2' and see the numbers yourself.

Realistically Sony ha shipped about 74 or 75 million PS3's, which means they could not have sold that many.


Xbox 360 has sold more consoles globally than the PS3.
Xbox 360 has more games/titles than the PS3 (3300 vs 2700 respectively)
Of the top 50 most sold games world-wide the Xbox360 has 7, while the PS3 has 3.
When comparing the top 20 games available on both Xbox360 and PS3, the Xbox360 outsells the PS3 on almost every single title when looking at volume sold.

Lastly, Xbox 360 has seen more than 300% growth compared to the previous gen, the original Xbox.  Meanwhile, PS3 has only seen about 50% growth compared to the PS2.

blackace
blackace

I own all 3 consoles. The real winner is me. lol!! XBox 360 is king in the USA, which is all that matter to Microsoft I'm sure. If Microsoft could actually compete in Japan they would have a better chance, but Nintendo and Sony own Japan's market and it would take a miracle and act of God for Microsoft to sell 5-7 million consoles in that region.

RobDev
RobDev

I needed to put my fire retardant undies on before clicking this link, otherwise i'll never survive the fan boy flaming!

oisbush
oisbush

after going through the vast majority of the comments I have came to one conclusion..........

this gen games should be made compatible for next gen consoles

oisbush
oisbush

if people knew how shitty the wii was the ps3 would be the top dog of all its generations consoles

The_Third_Place
The_Third_Place

To all the people in 06 who said the PS3 was a failure I'm sure Sony accepts your apology.

However that was 06 and its now 2013 - we need something new. Not Spongebob new (Wii U) but decent new. 

phillkillv2
phillkillv2

Forgot about this side of Gamespot.

(Acting like five year olds fighting over the last cookie) No one will win because your parents will make you split it..

sonicare
sonicare

I contributed to +1 on that count.

piedude67
piedude67

I really hate fan boys, this isnt sega vs nintendo anymore people, the games are quite similar and they do the same stuff.

SuperLegends
SuperLegends

On the PS3 360 video...I love how he says "the PS3 is now the reigning king of the console market" hahaha...as if the Wii doesn't even exist lol...yeah PS3 is King again

ed6565
ed6565

well, it only makes sense that it surpassed because by now a lott people who originally bought a xbox/ps3 end up buying the other a couple years later.  So if the xbox had been ahead, and now a bunch of people have both, they should be about even.  Add to that the people in Japan and sony should be (is) winning

garysingh34
garysingh34

I own Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii U now and I still believe the PS3 is the best both in terms of value for money, and games library.

janejp
janejp

PS3 is Great.

2013 is the year of PS3 . 

Finally PS3 will overtake Wii . 

Wej_accept_it
Wej_accept_it

Still a long way to go to meet or even surpass the sales figures on the PS2

anfunny
anfunny

BUT PS3 HAS NO GAMES? Seriously though, as a pc gamer that forces my games to run at 60fps. Playing any sort of game on the ps3 hurts my brain (talking to you especially Borderlands 2), and I can't use my monitor's native resolution because the xbox can't even run 1080p, and when the ps3 tries it stutters like crazy. In response, I've sold all my multi-platform games and re-bought them on steam (for less than I sold my used copies for, mind you), and couldn't be happier. Both consoles are extremely outdated.  have clunky interfaces, terrible online services, and a lack of downloadable games and content. I think they ended up helping the PC market by stagnating the console market with garbage hardware and overpriced games.

DuaneDog
DuaneDog

Seems to me this whole 'disc' console thing has to be part of the reason the PC is quickly regaining its position as the gaming platform of choice. I have an Xbox 360 and PS3 but it has honestly been nearly a year since I've bought a game for them. I use my 360 for Netflix and streaming through Plex media server or playing a DVD now and then. Why? because I have a good PC with a GTX 670... I purchased an xbox 360 controller for it and could not be happier.  


I think both Sony and Microsoft made a huge mistake not rolling out some better hardware and encouraging all developers to make their games available through downloadable content. I may still be in the minority but to me the disc thing feels tired, old, and a pain to keep all organized, clean, and even spin up all the time. 

I'm having a hard time seeing myself jumping on the new consoles unless they have some seriously solid exclusives. JMO... a year ago I was more console but now it is just a media player for the most part.

mark_unix
mark_unix

i can't imagine what they live will do for the sale of the PS3, the difference between the xbox360 and PS3 is that Sony has all the exclusives you'd want and Microsoft has absolutely nothing but a bunch of shooter crap.

Sony will always reach 100 million sales before Microsoft <~ what i said when the xbox360 launched (lol@afterwards).

ACWH
ACWH

I personally am bored of the PS3 (same goes for xbox). I use it as a media centre more than a games console and it's just not cutting the mustard any more. Roll on next gen because I'm curious to see what the costs are going to be, the capabilities and the innovation (if any) for the new game types there will be.

sribz
sribz

"shipments", how many of those consoles are still on store shelves collecting dust LOL. My PS3 only turns on for blu ray movies. PC rig handles the rest, while the xbot does the majority of the console gaming for me.... doesn't mean it does for everyone else. Just my opinion.

TommyT456
TommyT456

I am dead chuffed to see the PS3 overtake! There are those fan boys out there that, when you try and state the greatness of the PS3, would always fall back on that 1 weak argument that the 360 had sold more and act as if that was the final say in the matter. I have always said the PS3 has sold faster but just that the XBOX had a head start, finally there is proof to back that up. Don't get me wrong I love and own both consoles and only favor the PS3 due to having been a PlayStation gamer since the first PS. But despite the 360's slightly superior performance (that I'm willing to admit) in my opinion there are so many ways in which the PS3 is a far superior machine all in all* and I am glad to see it regain the crown (among the more hardcore consoles) that the PS2 wore proudly for so many years.


*For instance, Sony's online is free while MS charges, PS+ is just awesome with the constant stream of amazing free content, MS charges for loads of features and accessories that come free with the PS3, the home screen and interface is sleek and mature on the PS3 but childish looking on the 360, the analog sticks are shorter on 360 leaving less room for precision (in racing games and FPS's), and MS rely on pumping out the same couple of exclusives over and over while PS3 innovates and has a wide array of great exclusives with more arriving all the time.


Well done Sony, great to see you back on top (although no offence Microsoft, the 360 is awesome too :)

decoy1978
decoy1978

In overall numbers the Wii clearly spanked MS and Sony, but those two companies had better games. People just lost interest in the Wii except holiday season when its was "kid" friendly.

I guess Sony could take this as good news considering it was behind most of this generations race. Better late than never...

DangerT3
DangerT3

"Around mid-way through 2012 Sony started combining PS2 with PS3 when reporting on PS3 sales/shipped numbers.  So when they report 77 million shipped, that number also includes PS2."

Of course no one will believe that, stop twisting your arguments with  nonsense to prove your point fanboy, stop being a sensationalist.  & the top 20 games could be consisted mostly on Call of Duty & other FPSs, please as if the entire market relies on that crap. Also on the 360 having more games, who the f$%k cares, that ain't nothing compared to Xbox(968) vs PS2(3857) which is a total far-cry. And it seems you're bringing crap out of your mouth because as of April 2 of this year, 360 has about 952 titles while PS3 has 772 which differs to 180, while the difference in exclusivity is 20 games in favor of the PS3, so it's not as if PS3 gamers are missing out on a lot, unless you're counting the indi-games which I don't think it's that huge of a difference on both consoles, & I know you're making up some of those claims up, maybe you're right, but FPSs & Madden doesn't speak for all multiplats.

Evo8u
Evo8u

@queuing_for_PS4 keep drinking ur kool-aid fanboy.

RobDev
RobDev

@piedude67 What do you mean. It's perfectly rational for anonymous people to abuse each other on the internet based purely on the console that was probably first bought for them by their parents. The fact that they have no shares in the companies, no real stake in how either of them do and are basing their puerile comments on the fact that their console is the greatest ever just because THEY own one. sounds fine to me.

Bgrngod
Bgrngod

@janejp PS3 passed the 360 according to this article.  It still has a LOOONG way to go to catch up to the Wii, even with the WiiU out and slowing down Wii sales.

Do you really think the PS3 will sell another 30 million and catch up?  Unlikely.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

@anfunny Really? You came here to vent? "playing any sort of game on the ps3 hurts my brain"??? Seriously? I bet you hate a lot of those classic games, which are on the legacy platforms, that have a hard time getting to 30fps? What about when pc games crash, forcing you to try and find the update, sometimes taking weeks before a fix is found? The PC isn't without it's flaws when it comes to gaming either.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

@mark_unix It's all about preferences. I enjoy the 360 exclusives better, although they have dried up a bit lately. Now by the time Sony reaches 100 million, Microsoft will have already launched their next system, therefore leaving that gen to Sony alone, since Nintenod already jumped ship(sorta). Heck, I think Sony will have released their PS4 before the PS3 even sniffs 100 million!

fanboyxbox
fanboyxbox

@ACWH They say the cost of both systems will start at 350.00. 

piedude67
piedude67

@sribz i would have an xbox if there were any good games on it. i can only think of 2.

strongmokus
strongmokus

@sribzAt least those PS3s that were bought for Blue-Ray movies, are in good use, unlike the millions of RRoD Xbox's that are in the garbage pit.

oisbush
oisbush

@TommyT456 I can see where you're coming from with all that, and for the most part I agree with you, but PS+ is absolutely shit, once your subscription runs out you lose everythiing that you bought with its benefits till you renew your subscription 

WolfGrey
WolfGrey

@decoy1978 The plan was the long haul in the first place.Always how they have been.

Albaficas
Albaficas

@godzillavskong what exclusives xbox have lol except halo,gears and forza lol ?

at least sony has exclusives for any type of gamers and release them yearly unlike MS who simply put a middle finger you know where  since they brought kinect

Bgrngod
Bgrngod

@piedude67 So out of the 1000+ or so games on the Xbox, you can only think of 2 that are any good?

Interesting.  Makes me wonder what your threshold is for calling a game good.

sribz
sribz

another good point i guess, all the good games are also on PC, what's the point of playing on a console....

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

@strongmokus Garbage pit? I thought they repaired those for free and sent them back? Nice try.

sribz
sribz

that's a good point, it is, in my opinion of course, the best blu ray player on the market.

nedrith
nedrith

@WolfGrey @decoy1978 Indeed and behind by who's estimation.  360 had a year long head start before the PS3 was even released.  6 years(7 maybe?) later they are now ahead.  I know when I ran estimated numbers about 2 years ago the PS3 was ahead by quite a bit.   This was of course calculated in a fair way to support the 360: Removing the first year of the 360's sales and then another calculation of removing the last year of the 360's sales.  Both calc's put the PS3 ahead. 

Albaficas
Albaficas

@Bgrngod gaylo and gears,flopza thats all the xbox get every 2 years


at least the ps3 brings new IP's every year

Albaficas
Albaficas

@godzillavskong if it was only one time would be nice but it happened more than once...there is a reason why the xbox got huge boost sales back in the day....but now....they enjoy the last place

sribz
sribz

@godzillavskong  yes actually, that is also a good point, I have had 4 RRoD on my systems (3 different units - my 2 and my bro's i got for him), and all were after warranty, M$ repaired them all for free.... so maybe people arent making a big enugh stink to the service on the phone?

Bgrngod
Bgrngod

@godzillavskong I've tossed out two dead RROD'd systems because they died after warranty.

Replaced them both though.