Sony announced today that it would launch its popular hardware in Latin America, and included in that press release was their up-to-date PlayStation 3 sales tally.

Sony has confirmed that the worldwide sales of the PS3 have reached 21.3 million, with about 17 million registered PlayStation Network accounts. The former number is encouraging and mostly expected, but we have to remember that the latter statistic likely includes duplicate accounts and handheld (PSP) accounts. The only good news is that if you're going to compare it to Xbox Live, the number for Live will almost certainly include duplicate accounts as well. As for the console sales competition, not much has changed in the past few months; the 360 is around 27 million (depending on which source you use) and the Wii is at…oh, maybe ten trillion. Well, it's certainly true that the non-gaming crowd – those that would own a Wii, of course – is larger than the gaming crowd, right? There have been signs of a crack in Nintendo's armor, though, as recent tallies showed a steep 33% decline in Wii sales, likely caused by the almost complete lack of new software. This may continue (can anyone think of any must-have games for the Wii in 2009…or beyond?), allowing Microsoft and Sony to continue to close the gap.

But anyway, 21.3 million is the current total, so don't go exaggerating it. Considering it was at only a few million two years ago at this time ( terrible launch, that thing had), it's a pretty damn good number.

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Kingharris
Kingharris
11 years ago

But every month the 360 outsells…

Qubex
Qubex
11 years ago

For now… 🙂

Q!

"i am hOme"

Im The Man
Im The Man
11 years ago

It doesn't matter man. As long as each one keeps delivering great games, everyone should be happy.

Wage SLAVES
Wage SLAVES
11 years ago

Thats why I digg Im The Man, he is a gamer (opposed to the one that rhymed with posh). Just keep bringin those great games and the corporations will keep doin what they do.


Last edited by Wage SLAVES on 2/20/2009 5:25:52 PM

shindelion
shindelion
11 years ago

There is one thing i hope a few people keep in mind. some of the 360 sales are also based on a few people who buys a 360, 2 or 3 times due to RRD. It's unfortunate for them, my friend just told me last night he got the RRD and the funny thing is he did not use his 360 for about 2 to 3 months, he just turn it on to play and it was dead. luckily was able to send it in for repair free.

JasperLoons
JasperLoons
11 years ago

That's a good point. My brother has had the RRoD twice, so that's 3 360's according the way they count numbers.

The problem though is that their software sales are still so much higher. So, even if we assume there are actually only about 21mill 360 owners, it makes software sales on the PS3 look horrible.

www
www
11 years ago

That's what i also keep thinkin',that 360 sales are up cause ppl get rrod n buy a new one.

Fane1024
Fane1024
11 years ago

While I wouldn't be surprised, I doubt Microsoft counts replacement units as shipped 360s, but there are definitely people who have bought Arcades to replace dead Pros and Elites, rather than bothering to send their systems in AGAIN.

Also, Microsoft presents statistics for units shipped, not units sold.

I would guess the actual number of working 360s and working PS3s in peoples' houses is probably much closer than a ~6 million unit difference.

As for software sales, the worldwide totals are usually relatively close except for some games (mostly shooters)–and some PS3 games outsell the 360 versions.

People forget that NPD numbers only reflect U.S. (N.A.?) sales, where there IS a larger disparity between total 360s and total PS3s.


Last edited by Fane1024 on 2/20/2009 6:25:47 PM

JasperLoons
JasperLoons
11 years ago

@ Fane

That's a good point about NPD numbers. I wasn't thinking about that. As for replacements being counted, I thought that was a known fact, but who knows with all the rumors out there being stated as if they are facts.

Orvisman
Orvisman
11 years ago

Well, if the 33% fail rate is true, then of the 28 million 360s sold, about 9.24 million have failed.

I don't know how many of those people just bought new ones instead of sending it into M$ft for repair though.

InfiniteRetro
InfiniteRetro
11 years ago

i had a manager at our local EB store tell me that ppl will just put down #300 AU on a xbox arcade when their xbox dies. they dont care. never heard of anyone doing that with a ps3, why? cos it fu**ing works.

migabyte
migabyte
11 years ago

The 360 outsells in America. Europe is close. In Japan 360 is an absolute joke. I've seen it in person. I've been to electronic stores in Japan and they have Nintendo, and Sony machines, and then the 360 with the pokemon cards and stuff tucked away in the corner. They will never crack that market no matter how many JRPG exclusives they get. They are to savy to buy a machine that offers nothing important (crappy FPS's, no first party support, and inferior technology).

photo K
photo K
11 years ago

Is this going to be a recurring issue between MS and Sony? If MS keeps introducing their hardware before Sony does, Sony will always be playing catchup. I would like Sony to introduce PS4 before MS releases xbox720 but that would only upset the sony community that was told that the ps3 has a 10 year life span. But anyways, its pretty clear that Sony makes quality machines that consumers realize and that's why they ARE catching up.

Qubex
Qubex
11 years ago

Yhea… even though in a recent post ppl here commented here they wouldn't want to migrate to a PS3 upgrade… I would say I agree that Sony would need to update and release a new PS3/4 in the near future to be ahead of the curve…

I mentioned in my post (associated with that particular article), that Sony should look at something like a PS3 "Advanced" model… doubles up on Cell cores and includes 1 GB of RAM…

So essentially games made for the PS3 model can be played on both the standard edition model and the "advanced" mode. If the game is loaded into the "advanced" model it could make use of the extra ram or cores… whatever it needs… but essentially backward compatibility would not be an issues… development would the same… quick and easy (if you look 2 to 4 years from now) as developers will know the hardware very well… and you would have specs in an "advanced" model that should out perform a new updated 360 model…

Q!

"i aM hOMe"

www
www
11 years ago

That's why i sometimes feel there should be a gaming body that gives release dates for all new consoles.Hence,nobody waits for the other n copy-cat's it.
-We can then judge which's the best console.
-There will be no i-released-first-so-i-got-the-upper hand BULL!

I don't think a gaming body will be embraced though but picture it,everything will be fair and sweet!


Last edited by www on 2/20/2009 12:42:36 PM

www
www
11 years ago

Qubex,they can't,early adopters will be cheated.Business can't be done that way.

Qubex
Qubex
11 years ago

Hmmm; WWW, but what about early adopters such as myself? I feel money is no object for the very few things I enjoy (that is if I have the money in the first place), the PS3 (or future model) being one of them…

I would really like more power under the hood!

Q!

"i aM hOme"

city96
city96
11 years ago

Yea i agree Qman
They should make a advanced version and it wont be as expensive in the start because the tech in the ps3 right now is very advanced but it was like having a jet pack as a car back in 2006 so now would cheaper
or they could make a silver, aqua and slim one
LOL
it is a great idea though

Orvisman
Orvisman
11 years ago

Sega released the Saturn and Dreamcast before the PSX or PS2 and both times it didn't matter.

Back then, however, Sony's PR team was good; and they had people waiting for the PSX and PS2 to come out before they upgraded to a then-next-gen system. Of course Sony's marketing/advertising was much better back then with a multitude of cool, hip, irreverent ads.

Nowadays, Sony's PR/marketing/advertisng is virtually nonexistent. There is some truth to the anti-Sony statement that Sony became complacent this gen and rested a little too much on their laurels.

Sony let M$ft out-Sony Sony this gen and become the cool, hip console of choice.

It, however, is not too late for Sony to turn it around. They just need some cool, hip, irreverent advertising for the PS3.


Last edited by Orvisman on 2/22/2009 7:10:07 PM

isaya85
isaya85
11 years ago

21 million at $400 dollars a pop in 2 years is very impressive I can't wait to see what will happen with a price cut, Good job Sony keep up the good work you already have the games all thats left is the price

PSN ID Biggest_GMoney

Qubex
Qubex
11 years ago

Yes, but every 21 000 000 of those PS3 sold were sold at a loss… ouch! Let's include a 1-3% failure rate and the loss grows a little larger…

Let us add to that loss by giving away HOME for free (or at least the major components and free areas available currently) and the cost of running PSN… and the loss widens even more… I am positive that business done through PSN solely does not cover all costs yet; I may be wrong though!

Q!

"i aM hOMe"

rell
rell
11 years ago

yeah I agree with u isaya85

Naga
Naga
11 years ago

What terrible launch? It was quite decent

InfiniteRetro
InfiniteRetro
11 years ago

xbox 360 didnt exactly have a fantastic launch as well with its selection. why does everyone dog on sonys launch?

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
11 years ago

I'm not referring to software regarding the bad PS3 launch; I'm referring to the almost complete lack of system availability and its exorbitant price.

Of course, if you did manage to get one at launch, at least it WORKED…unlike the 360. 😉

Qubex
Qubex
11 years ago

Well, it still continues… here in Singapore there have not been any PS3 adverts on TV; nor has there been any marketing for Killzone 2? 360 awareness here is far higher than the PS3…

I don't know what is wrong with Sony's marketing department… honest!

Q!

"i aM hOMe"

Im The Man
Im The Man
11 years ago

yeah my ps3 does feel more reliale.

djduke316
djduke316
11 years ago

You couldn't find a 360 almost 4 months after launch. The Wii even longer, so what's the point on that comment? Don't even get me started on software…

BengiePR23
BengiePR23
11 years ago

Hi i'm new. I think if we see at the numbers the 360 has sold 27 millions in 3 years while the PS3 has sold 21.3 millions in 2, for me i see the numbers very close, based on just 1 year difference. Right?

Qubex
Qubex
11 years ago

I think it is fair to say it will not be long before the PS3 surpasses the 360… when the aforementioned price drop comes along… that will be when Sony finally shifts into 6th gear… topping out at top speed!

Q!

"i aM HoMe"


Last edited by Qubex on 2/20/2009 12:39:48 PM

www
www
11 years ago

Not only the price drop but software as well,really if games like GoWIII,versusXIII came out this year,the ps3 would be in 10th gear.

Qubex
Qubex
11 years ago

Yes WWW; that will be another huge boost in itself!

Q!

"i Am HOmE"

Fane1024
Fane1024
11 years ago

The big bump will come when it starts selling consistently in Japan, which has yet to happen.

Microsoft's tactic of preventing certain games (AC6, JRPGs) from appearing on the PS3 for the last two years hasn't earned them much traction in the Japanese market, but it has slowed PS3 sales (and likely driven Wii sales).

Eventually, though, Wii owners will want to get a current-gen system and most won't buy a 360.

When FFXIII hits (if it ever does), PS3 sales in Japan will likely skyrocket.

infekt
infekt
11 years ago

I think in conjunction with the lack of software for the Wii, the fad maybe dying out a little. The novelty of owning one is wearing off.

Qubex
Qubex
11 years ago

I would love the Wii as a doorstop… If anyone wants to donate me a plastic doorstop… do let know please 0_o

Q!

"i aM hOMe"

PS3addict
PS3addict
11 years ago

I got a Wii for my 6 year old this Christmas…
It has been turned on maybe 6 times.

Last time was 'cause I wanted to play mario kart. Guess what.. You can not hop to dig into the corners. LAME! Good thing I bought it used… back to GS, BACK!

Freaking thing is like a party virus, you get to the party, play it, and sware it was "Kinda" cool. Then you buy it and it loses all levels of fun after 20 minutes.

Pretty sad even a 6 year old knows it's lame but that happens only after you buy it. He now has one of my old PS2's and could not be happier.

Orvisman
Orvisman
11 years ago

That and the fact that everyone who wants a Wii already has one.

There is no way the Wii surpasses the PS2 as the all-time-greatest-selling console.

Fabi
Fabi
11 years ago

If MGS4, LBP, R2, and Killzone 2 (I'm assuming this because I just don't see people outside the PS3 owners even aware of what Killzone is) didn't help the PS3 catch up that much faster then I don't think any games can.

Of course they help for a few months, but then the 360 outsells the PS3 after the hype for the games die down, and it's back to how it was before.

I actually don't think the PS3 will catch up to the 360, until MS releases another system.

I've seen the numbers the PS3 would have to do, and how people would have have to stop buying the 360 completely for it to catch up anytime soon.


Last edited by Fabi on 2/20/2009 12:53:52 PM

Fane1024
Fane1024
11 years ago

Actually, the 360 started to outsell the PS3 again (after 6-7 months of trailing the PS3) not because hype for PS3 games "died down", but because Microsoft dropped the price.

PS3 sales have been steady and fairly good for the last year-and-a-half (since its first price drop). They got beat handily over the holidays here in North America, but didn't lose ground over the year.

A price drop would certainly help, but the trends show the PS3 passing the 360 (worldwide) sooner rather than later, unless Microsoft manages another price cut (which seems unlikely given that they must be losing even more than Sony per unit).


Last edited by Fane1024 on 2/20/2009 6:45:01 PM

Fabi
Fabi
11 years ago

BUT, I will say this. I do think GOW3 will convince a whole bunch of people to buy a PS3.

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
11 years ago

sorry this is off topic but it could boost sales in KZ2 and PS3 anyways i found some new advertising bits for KZ2 on the web sony unveiled Killzonewebgame.com.
it seems really cool and im downloading the plug-in as we speak but apparently after u get the plug-in wherever u go on the net a helghast soldier could be waiting for u whether ur checkin e-mail or surfing or sitting on PSXextreme.com. the cursor becomes a cross-hair and the browser becomes an online battle field, and i guess even if u miss your bullets will tear through whatever is on your browser this should be great fun! There is multipliers, headshots, and explosives, u can invite friends to join the fight, which means more multipliers, and the ability to heal each other if they have the game and there browser open, and its keeps track of stats for prizes and such, the link below has all the details! well sony is doing something to get this game going i think it'll do great!

Here is the link where i found this at and there is a link there to download the game as well if u dont go to the site i posted above…

http://www.ps3attitude.com/new/2009/02/sony-unveil-killzone-2-web-game/


Last edited by bigrailer19 on 2/20/2009 1:03:36 PM

Sir Shak
Sir Shak
11 years ago

Are we going to see more articles of the 'dying ps3'now that the real numbers are out ?

coverton341
coverton341
11 years ago

Of course they have to have a whipping boy and it was chosen to be the PS3 when it launched. It isn't going to change just because of facts, hell if that were the case tons of things would be different in this day and age.

Jordahn
Jordahn
11 years ago

I need to throw this out about the 360. RROD and 360 repurchases have been talked about so fine. But if the userbase is really smaller than reported because of RROD and 360 repurchases, that means realistic the software attachment is higher. We know that normally games make and sell the console. Don't you think you guys are giving 360 fanboys ammo that the 360 has games and the PS3 doesn't? See the logic here.

Sir Shak
Sir Shak
11 years ago

Somebody put this on n4g .

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
11 years ago

The ps3 will win it, just 6 million behind. Something they'll definitely close with GoW3, Gran Turismo 5, Uncharted, etc.

Randomhero1
Randomhero1
11 years ago

Yes, I cant wait until The Ps3 Surpasses the Other consoles. I want to see what the Console fanboys will say haha

jdt1981
jdt1981
11 years ago

M$ should be downright embarrassed that the PS3 is only around 6 or 7 million behind their system… This is despite the facts that their system launched a year earlier, has always had a much lower price tag and had more games when the PS3 first launched. Despite all that the PS3 has closed allot of the gap, that's pretty impressive.

Jordahn
Jordahn
11 years ago

Does anyone know how many 360's have been sold and is it out pacing the PS3?

Randomhero1
Randomhero1
11 years ago

According to NexGenWars 28,000,000+ 360s have Been sold, Im Not to sure how accurate NexGenWars Is though.