Microsoft: Final Fantasy XIII will sell more on 360

Despite having been a PlayStation exclusive (barring Final Fantasy XI) for the past 12 years, Microsoft are certain that when Final Fantasy XIII finally goes on sale, the 360 version will be the more popular version.

Commenting shortly after NPD figures for February were made available, a Microsoft spokesperson said that they expected releases of other Sony associated titles, such as Resident Evil 5 and Final Fantasy XIII, to sell better on the Xbox 360. A somewhat bold statement considering that XIII is to remain a PlayStation 3 exclusive in Japan, where the series is most popular.

"We're happy with the performance of Street Fighter IV on Xbox 360. It follows in the steps of franchises like Grand Theft Auto and Madden NFL which have historically been associated with PlayStation, that are now selling better on our platform," the representative added.

Street Fighter IV sales marginally favoured the Xbox 360 platform in February. Although this was expected due to the difference in install base numbers across the United States, the subsequent gap was a lot smaller than has been seen in previous multi-platform offerings.

Due for release later this year in Japan, Final Fantasy XIII is expected to hit shelves across North America and Europe in 2010.

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Expect a Xbox360 Final Fantasy Special Edition, that will come with lots of posters and dvds and things like that. In SKUs, Microsoft does beat Sony.

It really depends on how Square handles their FMVs. Obviously, it'll require multiple discs, but if the picture quality of the FMVs suffers, then it's the PS3 version for me.

Microsoft seemed to have forgot about Japan....

The game ain't even coming out there on the 360.

Look at performance of the JRPGs in the west so far, such as LO/Last Remnant/Star Ocean 4/Blue Dragon/etc.

yeah sales of FFXIII in japan will push the PS3 sales over the 360. but then again some gamers might buy an xbox 360 just to play it because it is substantially cheaper than a PS3.
oh boy i can't wait until i play the FFXIII demo. i've already pre-ordered it with the advent children complete.

SojIrOu said,
yeah sales of FFXIII in japan will push the PS3 sales over the 360. but then again some gamers might buy an xbox 360 just to play it because it is substantially cheaper than a PS3.
oh boy i can't wait until i play the FFXIII demo. i've already pre-ordered it with the advent children complete.

It will break 1 million in Japan I believe.

In the West a cheaper 360 will surely help boost FF13 sales, but as I tried to point out above the West seems to have shunned JRPGs this generation with each of Squares last few efforts selling badly.

It should be noted most of them C/B class titles, FF is the big one, so it's bound to make more of an impact.

Still it will probably sell most in Japan and right now the japanese PS3 version will probably hit this year in advance of the USA/EU release, and it's not planned for the 360 over there.

MS better reissue that statement as "We think we'll sell more in Europe/USA", as as it stands they have very little chance of outselling Worldwide.

I also think that the 360 version will sell more simply because there are more consoles. On the other hand disc changing will be an issue. I personally won't mind it so much. I also won't be getting a PS3 for only one game. I will need a better reason than that when the time comes. Obviously I will still have at least a year to decide for sure though.

Internationally I think the game will sell better on the 360 because more people have them and theres a stronger community about it so word will get around.

In Japan though it'll be a different story.

Hmm I doubt this. I favor the 360 alot and when it comes to multi-platform releases always go with the 360 version, but I don't see the 360 version selling more copies in the US or worldwide. I'm sorry but switching 5 disks just won't cut it for me, this is the one time where I will acknowledge one blu-ray disk being better.

I can't see Square reducing the quality of the prerendered movies so they won't be saving any space. Blue Dragon was 3 disks and will have nowhere near the content of FF13

yert* said,
Is your 360 a mile away from where you sit? Switching a disc takes less than 30 seconds.

it's wireless...so that's kinda the point. I haven't swapped disks since the 90s and I don't intend to start doing it.

macrosslover said,
it's wireless...so that's kinda the point. I haven't swapped disks since the 90s and I don't intend to start doing it.

You do know the 360 can install games right? At no point is a spinning disk faster & quiter than a hard drive.

tntomek said,
You do know the 360 can install games right? At no point is a spinning disk faster & quiter than a hard drive.

yes but you still will have to wait for the install time for each disk over the time you play the game. Obviously not many people have the space to install 3 disks or 5 disks at one time, however many disks it will be. Even if you do just one disk at a time, the installs aren't exactly quick and you still have to put the disk in the tray for a cd check, so that changes nothing about the need for swapping disks.

I'm sorry I don't care how many things people come up with one disk is better than multi disks, period.

And were will you take the place to install this game if it is 3DVDs ? I have like 12 Gb free on my 360HD and i have no game installed.

Yeah, well. Final Fantasy 13 Versus will sell more for the PS3, considering it's still exclusive for it. :D

Though, I'm looking forward to FF 13 regardless of the console.