PS4's first-week GameStop sales surpass PS3's first 3 months

Sell-through so far is 80 percent higher than the total number of PS3s sold in retailer's entire 2006 fiscal year.

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The PlayStation 4 is breaking records at GameStop. During an earnings call today, GameStop president Tony Bartel said PS4 sell-through since launch on November 15 is 80 percent higher than the total number of PlayStation 3s sold during GameStop's entire 2006 fiscal year.

The PS3 went on sale at GameStop in November 2006. The company's fiscal 2006 ended in February 2007, meaning the PS3 was only on sale during GameStop's fiscal 2006 for a period of three months.

Bartel declined to disclose the exact number of PS4s GameStop has sold so far for "competitive reasons," but did say that GameStop's share was higher than any previous console launch. The PS4 has officially sold more than 1 million units across North America so far.

Bartel also addressed future PS4 sales, saying of the 3 million units Sony plans to sell by the end of the calendar year, a "large portion" will be sold at GameStop.

Also during the call, Bartel said GameStop is poised for success this holiday with the PS4 and Xbox One due to its industry leading market share. For the latest quarter, a record 52 percent of all Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 games sold in the US were sold at GameStop, he said.

GameStop attached software at a rate 2.2 times greater than the competition, he added. In addition, Bartel explained that every GameStop associate received three hours of training on the Xbox One and PS4 to ensure that GameStop employees are the "most prepared staff in all of retail."

Looking ahead to the Xbox One launch this evening, Bartel said the value of reservations and additional allocation of the next-generation console is 15 percent higher than the total number of Xbox 360s sold in fiscal 2005.

Discussion

135 comments
Hurvl
Hurvl

This is good, but a direct comparison between PS3 and PS4 isn't fair or accurate. The PS3 was launched a year after the Xbox 360 and was more expensive. Either way, this means that the demand for consoles is high which is good for the industry. Whether it will change some people's notion that Sony/MS is better off selling their gaming sections is another matter. The attach rate and other stuff like Xbox Live/PSN Plus (that can't be calculated right now) will decide if the console business is profitable enough.

northArrow
northArrow

It's the price point. Last gen the 360 was being more reasonable, this gen the PS4 is.

brinxster
brinxster

It would help sales even more if I could even find a PS4 to buy... it's sold out everywhere. I hope they get more in stock before Christmas.

AyatollaofRnR
AyatollaofRnR

Most people did not have the two jobs required to afford a PS3.

soulless4now
soulless4now

Not surprising giving the price point. 

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

Maybe this time Sony will actually release the US sales figures.

Zloth2
Zloth2

I know the console wars are more in fashion now but there's an old war that needs settling.

To all the folks out there who were screaming last year about how there's absolutely no need to start a new console generation and that nobody wants it... GAME OVER.  YOU LOSE!

Ravenlore_basic
Ravenlore_basic

For me the PS3 was just trying to be everything and too much money was spent on that. The PS4 is a GAMES CONSOLE first and anything else second. 

PS3 was too complex and Sony focused on the power on paper and not the accessible power where as PS4 will be easy to develop for yet have more to give for those who really try to push what the PS4 can do. And we know the First party developers will push hard. 

kbaily
kbaily

I think this isn't a surprise to anyone. The PS3 was so expensive when it came out. No one could afford it. Especially that was during a time when the economy was in the toilet. Sony learned from their mistakes and realized you can't sell a game console for $600 and expect everyone to buy it because it's a cheap Blu Ray player.

Vodoo
Vodoo

Makes sense. The PS3 was way over-priced and most people took a pass on it at launch.

pszone
pszone

Well like it or  not that PS4 here stay so if Microsoft don't like it stuff them.  So if xbox1 fans try get rid off ps4 sorry but ps4 here stay . im  prowd to be PlayStation fan since began

Senor_Kami
Senor_Kami

PS3 did terrible for years though.

Chr0noid
Chr0noid

SONY ALWAYS WINS BABY

SONY SONY SONY SONY SONY SONY SONY!!!!

lowkey254
lowkey254

That's due to the established 360 and the Wii's casual base trouncing the ps3 back then. This is good news for the gaming market, gamestop, and the consumer. Competition brings the best out of companies. Oh yeah, the cost of a ps3 was ridiculous.

bobtsu50
bobtsu50

Gamestop sucks. They dont even have the best deals on games and stuff. Target had buy 2 launch titles get 1 launch title free and wal mart games usually come with some wal mart exclusive content (usually minor content but its something). The only reason gamestop is relevant is because they will buy your old stuff, but they rob you doing it.

smokeless_0225
smokeless_0225

DUH!!!! Sony actually had some real competition in '06!

lol!

Necrotron
Necrotron

So, there were that many more consoles available?  Or did the PS3 not sell out completely constantly at launch too?

Mr_Big_Boss
Mr_Big_Boss

Will the Xbox get a similar article? We'll soon find out.

Death_Masta187
Death_Masta187

It helps that this console is like half the price.

mikemaj82
mikemaj82

I would never buy gaming hardware or software from Gamestop. I can go to Best Buy and buy a PS4, 1 game, and an extra controller and get a $20 certificate from Reward Zone Gamer's Club earnings. What do I get at Gamestop?

mattress805
mattress805

Well that's funny because according to all the analysts before the PlayStation launch day, they were saying tablets and mobile games were taking over and that console gaming was dying. Guess not. Lol

soulless4now
soulless4now

@DiscGuru101 Hopefully they will unless M$ does it first and sells more than maybe Sony won't in that case. 

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

@Zloth2 - Some people do want it. It just isn't much better.

brinxster
brinxster

@Vodoo The PS4 however isn't overpriced at all ... They did a tear down of the PS4 and estimated it cost $385 to make. 

The PS3 actually cost much more to build than they sold it for... they didn't even start making a profit from PS3 until a couple of years later. They were basically paying gamers to take a PS3. 

AM-Gamer
AM-Gamer

Expensive and overpriced are not the same thing. The PS3 was far from overpriced, as the lost about $250 on each console.

brinxster
brinxster

@Chr0noid Yeah, the Xbox was just immensely popular because of Halo. But as people get tired of Halo I think Xbox will continue to grow weaker in sales... unless they can invent a new "Halo" of sorts in that scale of popularity. This is likely why Xbox is going after general entertainment appeal... they know they can't survive on one exclusive game.

Vodoo
Vodoo

@Chr0noid Sony is losing money year over year. You call that winning? They make shit products and sell them for a premium price. People don't fall for their bullshit lies anymore. They should only stick to the Playstation and drop all their other money-losing electronics. They USED to be the king of the electronics world, though that has long since faded and everyone realizes it except Sony.

Zloth2
Zloth2

@Mr_Big_Boss Doubt it.  It's mostly the hard core folks buying right now and that's bound to go to PS4.  I'll be real interested in who is winning after the next holiday season, though.  All the folks who will be wanting the TV features might be buying by that time.

PartyGavinParty
PartyGavinParty

@mikemaj82 If you use Gamestop's rewards program, you'd probably get that much back after buying 500-600 dollars worth of stuff. 

michael0825
michael0825

@mattress805 Tablet and mobile phone gaming sucks.  It's not gaming, it's just a mobile distraction/quick fix for real video games.

CnConrad
CnConrad

That's because the the people making those statements know nothing about gaming.

They saw console sales dropping every year since 2009 and assumed intrest was waning.

They were too stupid to understand that people won't keep buying the same console every year. Because it doesn't change.

Unlike tablets and phones.

mikemaj82
mikemaj82

@PartyGavinParty @mikemaj82 I don't know, I can't find any information about it on their website anywhere. Two things that turn me off to their rewards program are that there are two types of membership and one of them costs $15. And the other thing is it doesn't tell you what you get for all the points you earn...nowhere.

mattress805
mattress805

Good pt. The console makers just waited too long between generations as well. Instead of a 7 to 8 yr console cycle, it should be 4 to 5 years. Technology is changing so fast. Every other tech company comes out with a new model every year. Plus everytime a new console is released, it reinvigorates the whole industry.

Dantes0007
Dantes0007

By the way you answer the question twice LOL.

Dantes0007
Dantes0007

Is very difficult when you are typing on iphone and the same time watching not get caught by you boss at work

Dantes0007
Dantes0007

I never say that i was an expert in English??? Comprende.

Dantes0007
Dantes0007

Don't get over excited kid, disconnect you brain an put some ice on it before meltdown

michael0825
michael0825

@Dantes0007 In addition to being fluent in English, I'm also fluent in sarcasm.  Which is why I called you a genius.  Do you understand that????

michael0825
michael0825

@Dantes0007 Of course I do.  His post almost unreadable and really doesn't make much sense.  Which is why I asked him if he speaks English.  Nice retort though, genius.