Originally posted by Harhol on Escapist:http://www.escapistmagazine.com/forums/read/9.85607?page=3
Statistics are the PS3's friend. Unfortunately, the American media isn't, meaning you have to read between the lines.
The PS3 has been on sale since November 2006 and has sold 21.6 million units. That's 26 months, at a rate of ~830,000 units per month. The X360 has been on sale since November 2005 and has sold 28 million units. That's 38 months, at a rate of ~736,000 units per month. By my estimation, PS3 has therefore sold at a rate of ~94,000 units per month faster than the X360.
Side by side comparisons aren't favourable to Microsoft either. When the X360 had been on sale for 26 months (this time last year) it had sold a total of 17.7 million units. Compare that with Sony's 21.6 million units sold in the same period of time. An even bigger margin for Sony!
Considering that the X360 was released first, is cheaper, has undergone multiple price cuts, has been advertised incessantly, has been backed by the majority of the gaming press and has lived through one more holiday season, this is a substantial victory for Sony. This doesn't even take into account the hundreds of millions that Microsoft have spent to secure various timed exclusives (Eternal Sonata, Last Remnant, Bioshock, Fallout 3 DLC, GTA4 DLC etc).
The big losers this generation have been Microsoft, not Sony, despite what various American corporate interests would want you to think (The Escapist included).
I for one am very comfortable buying most my games in PS3 format. Emphasis on "very". Just like I was buying everything Blu-ray as soon as it was available, and well before there were any indications who would win the format war. But I like my Xbox 360 too! This comment was edited on Feb 16, 2009, 07:41.
PS3 resurgance by GOW3 - Check! Mass Effect for PS3 - Check! Diablo 3 for consoles? I say "For sure"!