Sony doesn't report specific sales numbers to the NPD anymore, so it can be difficult to gauge current statistics for hardware and software.

But according to Sony, the PlayStation 3 did well over the Black Friday weekend; the first official holiday shopping weekend according to many. An SCEA representative told IndustryGamers that sales for both the console and software were strong. Bundle deals helped, too, apparently.

" Consumer demand for the PlayStation 3 system, peripherals and software was very strong during the Black Friday weekend. Gamers were quick to recognize the incredible value of the PS3 with its free access to PlayStation Network, Blu-ray capabilities, and the industry's best lineup of new titles, including the critically acclaimed Uncharted 3 ."

As usual, though, no specific numbers were reported. If you're wondering, at last count, the PS3 had hauled down around 58 million in worldwide sales, which is only about four million behind its primary competition, the Xbox 360. Now, you can feel free to argue shipped and sold numbers if you like, but don't forget that the PS3 launched one year after the 360. When gauging popularity this generation, that's significant.

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Anonymous
Anonymous
10 years ago

Sales numbers are for the Xbots and the losers with no lives and girlfriends over at NeoGAF to debate. Sony had a great Black Friday, they will have a strong Xmas and that's all that matters, regardless of the total number of PS3s and PSPs they sold.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
10 years ago

I disagree, sales numbers help a great deal when writing about the industry.

Anonymous
Anonymous
10 years ago

It also starts the fanboy wars that are seemingly unavoidable.

Jawknee
Jawknee
10 years ago

Actually fanboys start the fanboy wars. The numbers are just numbers.

Anonymous
Anonymous
10 years ago

Yeah, that does make sense, Jawknee.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
10 years ago

Just saying it helps to draw conclusions, yes it's sad that people use them to draw insane conclusions too 🙂

Bonampak
Bonampak
10 years ago

The numbers also have an effect on game developers and companies. They tend to support more the platform that sell more.

We saw that during the PS2 days. The fact that the Xbox was more powerful than the PS2 or Gamecube didn't matter. What mattered was who got the biggest numbers overall. Thus the PS2 got all the support.

The numbers also have an influence on consumers. Who will always go for the console that sells more.

So what the fanboys do with these numbers is irrelevant. Is how the media handles them and the effect it has on consumers and game companies.

playaplus
playaplus
10 years ago

between black friday and now i've bought…a ps3 bundle (gift) tekken hybrid (mine) satin silver dualshock3 (mine) move bundle (gift) game (gift)

Excelsior1
Excelsior1
10 years ago

Sony does not report actual sales in NA anymore, but those numbers do always somehow manage to get out. CVG, The Sixth Axis, and Games Radar always has them so it's not impossible to guage the success they are having in NA. Just be careful you get the year right when looking them up. That's a mistake I have made more than once. It's the European sales numbers that I have found almost impossible to readily obtain. Japan and NA are easy to find in comparison.

CrusaderForever
CrusaderForever
10 years ago

Stay classy Sony! 🙂 I love how they don't ram it down our throats. They just want their hardware/software to do the talking. I am glad but not surprised that Sony did well. I am proud to say I contributed modestly to these numbers. I just bought a logitech wheel, Cars 2 and Darksiders (GoW and Zelda!! Are you kidding, how did I miss this game! 🙂

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
10 years ago

Here's a little something interesting. Nevermind the consoles for a minute. I got 3 Black Friday alerts for 360 stuff for every 1 alert for PS3 stuff. Comparing deals on games, the 360 version was always cheaper by approximately $10.

Proof that Microsoft over-ships to make their numbers look better? If you have a bargain bin in your neighborood, take a peak inside… mostly 360 games isn't it? The evidence is piling up.

Jawknee
Jawknee
10 years ago

I concur.

Excelsior1
Excelsior1
10 years ago

That's true. All the game bins are filled with 360 stuff, but these are the same bargain bins that were filled with PS2 games last gen. It's even like that at my local video store. Wall to wall with 360 games. 1 wall for PS3 games. They don't even rent out a PS3 system either even though they have all the others. That weird. It's Family Video I am talking about.

telly
telly
10 years ago

That's interesting. As you note, the deals are based on surpluses vs. demand most of the time. I'm not sure we have enough to make your conclusion, but it's an intriguing question.

Excelsior1
Excelsior1
10 years ago

I just read on CVG that almost 1 million 360's were sold last week in NA. 800,000 in single day. Almost 750,000 Kinect units were sold not including bundles. That's the best weekly sales in Xbox history. That gives you an idea of what Sony is up against here in NA.

Bonampak
Bonampak
10 years ago

Yep. That's right. MS is boasting that they sold 800,000 units on a single day in the US.

Nintendo did that too, but they only sold 500,000 units of the Wii in two days. Which they claim was a record for the Wii.

Thus the 360 actually is setting records that not even the Wii could match even back in its fad days.

Its official… the 360 is the mainstream console of choice.

main_event05
main_event05
10 years ago

I've been pushing PS3s like you wouldn't believe. Just doing my Civic Duty.

oldmike
oldmike
10 years ago

you know whats funny thou i got my 4th Xbox game well got 2 games but one was not for me
why well price, i got the gears pack for me $8 as i never played the game
and got gears 3 as a gift as it was cheep
but i get PS3 games for full price

Russell Burrows
Russell Burrows
10 years ago

I got three BF PS3 bundles since after selling the two bundled games it came with the PS3 unit cost was under 149 per ps3.

Good deal.

Excelsior1
Excelsior1
10 years ago

NPD Results 10/2011 (source: Eurogamer)

US Hardware Sales 10/2011(year on year change)

360: 393k (+20.92%)
3DS: Above 250k
Wii: Under 250k(+7.75%)
PS3: Under 245k(-2%)
NDS: Under 180k

I triple checked these numbers. CVG, and Games Radar reported the same thing. I know it is November's numbers but it shows these numbers are pretty easily come by. Gives you an idea of NA is shaping up.

Maybe Beamboom can answer this. Is there anything similar to the NPD in Europe that tracks console sales?

Paolo Kutaragi
Paolo Kutaragi
10 years ago

Ben, the gap between PS3 and 360 has been decreased to around 2m units worldwide since a couple of months.

Check out the official sales/shipped from Sony and Microsoft, also VGchartz figures.

Excelsior1
Excelsior1
10 years ago

That is true. The PS3 is catching up. If it were not for NA Sony would have overtaken MS even with the 360's 1yr head start by now. I was surprised by the 360's European sales though. A lot stronger than I thought they would be. I was under the impression MS was not very popular in Europe. They really are not that far behind Sony over there. The sales gap is just a little over 2 million units. What really stands out on that chart is the gap between the 360 and PS3 in Japan, and the gap between them in NA.

I actually found the sales broken down by region on Wiki

PS3

Canada: about 1.5 million as of Oct 6,2010
Europe: 16 million as Aug 17, 2010
Japan: 6,341,960 as of Apr 1, 2011
UK: 3 million as of Jan 26, 2010
US. 13.5 million as of Nov 11, 2010

Worldwide Total: 55.5 million as of Sept 2011

360

Canada: 870,000 as of Aug 2008
US: 25.4 million as of March 31,2011
Europe: 13.7 million as of March 31, 2011
UK: 3.9 million as of Jan 13 2009
Japan: 1.5 million as of June 17, 2011
Austrilia and New Zeland: 1 million as of April 18, 2011

Worldwide Total: 57.6 million


Last edited by Excelsior1 on 11/30/2011 7:30:50 AM