PlayStation 3 overtakes Xbox 360 worldwide according to analysts

Despite leading the way in America, an independent report has stated that the global PlayStation 3 install base has finally overtaken that of the Xbox 360, leaving Microsoft in last place on the console leaderboard.

The article posted on Gamasutra goes on to state that Nintendo’s Wii console still holds first place with 75.5 million active units around the world, while the PlayStation 3 has garnered 43.4 million with the Xbox 360 just behind at 42.9 million units.

As mentioned in the article, it seems that it is the Xbox 360’s weaker performance in both Asia and Europe has held the Microsoft based console back from overtaking Sony’s PlayStation 3 worldwide, this despite it being a cheaper option to many.

Strategy Analytics Digital Consumer Practice analyst Jia Wu stated that “While the Kinect peripheral has given a boost to Microsoft’s Xbox 360 strategy, the console’s performance outside of the U.S. continues to disappoint” Wu also went on to say that global sales of the PlayStation 3 have outstripped the Xbox 360 two years in a row.

In North America, Microsoft has the edge thanks to sales of 25.4 million units when compared to the 15.4 million that Sony’s PlayStation 3 has built up, but in Europe the roles are reversed with Sony leading with 14.7 million while Microsoft is just behind with 13.7 million sales.

Despite the highly successful Kinect for Xbox 360 launch, new titles have been holding back the buzz, though Microsoft stated back in March that new “hardcore” titles were on the way.

Price drops for both consoles are expected at some point this year and surprisingly it could be Microsoft who will be the first to do so, something many would not have expected to happen. Despite the PlayStation 3 still remaining expensive in the eyes of some gamers, the boost from Blu-Ray sales and the recent 3D update could have helped sales over the past year.

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BTW, people, this is "active consoles", which I believe takes into account consoles lost or re-purchased due to RRoD and YLoD. For isntance, my 60GB PS3 that YLoD'd on me, and which I no longer use, wouldn't count; the 80GB one I bought as a replacement would.

In terms of actual sales, PS3 still lags by about 4 million, which is an achievement (trophy?) considering the 9+ million lead MS had at PS3 launch, the $600 price tag, and lag in quality games (especially 3rd party multiplatform games).

With their phone, xbox and IE basically lagging behind...I think it's time Microsoft actually starts listening to consumers rather than shareholders. As Apples OS (in one flavor or another) is slowly creeping into consumers hands now; I think Microsoft best stop trying to fix imaginary problems with it's Windows OS.

This dissapoints me, I own both consoles and enjoy the xbox alot more purely because of its online service, PSN is not nearly as integrated as XBL and it shows, Party chat is a must have for me and whenever i play a game on PS3 I'm always missing party chat, Lag, It may just be me but I get alot more disconnections on the PS3
And the movie rental service on the xbox actually gives you 5.1 audio surround

This is just my opinon but XBL trumps PSN
Otherwise both consoles are the same and PS3 exclusives have been much better than xbox ones over the past few years

danisflying527 said,
This dissapoints me, I own both consoles and enjoy the xbox alot more purely because of its online service, PSN is not nearly as integrated as XBL and it shows, Party chat is a must have for me and whenever i play a game on PS3 I'm always missing party chat, Lag, It may just be me but I get alot more disconnections on the PS3
And the movie rental service on the xbox actually gives you 5.1 audio surround

This is just my opinon but XBL trumps PSN
Otherwise both consoles are the same and PS3 exclusives have been much better than xbox ones over the past few years

In my very experienced use and ownership of both, I think you'll find it's probably true for some and not true for others. My PSN has never dropped me any more than my Live account.

And why does it disappoint you? Why do you care? Do you have money riding on it? Microsoft have sold over 40 million consoles. I'm sure they wont ditch support for the Xbox just because PS3 has sold more units. You're safe

The childish side of me likes this for gloating reasons to slap those Xbox360 guys in the head ... but the reality of it is that both companies have sold over 40 MILLION units. FOURTY MILLION!!!! That, for any business is a monstrous success. And that means both companies will be in a financial position and see it as viable to release the next generation, and keep supporting these current systems. For that reason, these sales articles are a good thing. I have no gripe with Xbox360 beyond my own horrible personal experiences with my Xbox360 (and the fact that I went through four of the damn things before I realised I was sick of it). I am just glad neither company is lacking sales Makes for a good gaming future

Unfortunately, I'm not surprised. Even though I'm an Xbox fan (despite owning no Xbox, just a game), free online play is very lucrative for us cash-strapped college students. My roommate has had both the first gen PS3 and Xbox 360, but his PS3 broke during winter break, and he received a new PS3 slim for his birthday a week ago. Most of his games titles are for PS3 with the only ones being Xbox are exclusives.

There's practically no online perks if you're just a Silver member on Xbox. Kind of a bummer. I hope Microsoft can allow online gaming for free by the time the next Xbox comes out.

Quikboy said,
Unfortunately, I'm not surprised. Even though I'm an Xbox fan (despite owning no Xbox, just a game), free online play is very lucrative for us cash-strapped college students. My roommate has had both the first gen PS3 and Xbox 360, but his PS3 broke during winter break, and he received a new PS3 slim for his birthday a week ago. Most of his games titles are for PS3 with the only ones being Xbox are exclusives.

There's practically no online perks if you're just a Silver member on Xbox. Kind of a bummer. I hope Microsoft can allow online gaming for free by the time the next Xbox comes out.

I agree. Free online is a deal breaker for a lot of people. I have a friend that chose the PS3 over 360 for that. However one of the main things I'd need to have for paid usage would be dedicated servers

Kreuger said,
I agree. Free online is a deal breaker for a lot of people. I have a friend that chose the PS3 over 360 for that. However one of the main things I'd need to have for paid usage would be dedicated servers

I've owned both Xbox360 and PS3 for a long time, only recently dumping Xbox360 because of replacements getting irritating ...

I can assure you, there was never any point I felt a difference playing on Live or PSN. The end user simply never gets affected either way. I prefer my PS3 in the end, but I'm not biased to the degree that fanboys are. I can honestly say this without feeling like I'm talking s**t. lol. I enjoyed a lot of games on my 360, but online wasn't any different other than the cost.

Spirit Dave said,

I've owned both Xbox360 and PS3 for a long time, only recently dumping Xbox360 because of replacements getting irritating ...

I can assure you, there was never any point I felt a difference playing on Live or PSN. The end user simply never gets affected either way. I prefer my PS3 in the end, but I'm not biased to the degree that fanboys are. I can honestly say this without feeling like I'm talking s**t. lol. I enjoyed a lot of games on my 360, but online wasn't any different other than the cost.

My problem is lag. I understand there will always be some. The difference is, I'm not paying for a laggy service on the PSN. If I am to pay for a service, I expect it to be useable and fun. Gears of War is my prime example for problems with lag on the 360. I did get a lot of fun out of it but it was very frustrating at times as well

I'm honestly surprised it took this long, as Sony had a huge lead with the ps2. Microsoft is the newcomer in the console wars, and if they held the lead over Sony for this long it will be interesting to see how things turn out next gen.

Ruran said,
I'm honestly surprised it took this long, as Sony had a huge lead with the ps2. Microsoft is the newcomer in the console wars, and if they held the lead over Sony for this long it will be interesting to see how things turn out next gen.

The 360 had an early start with a pretty good line up of games when it was released. That, and the PS3's starting price only hurt it at the beginning. Back then, I opted for the 360 due to its price and the line up of games. Sony's worked double time to turn things around for the system in both its lineup as well as its features through firmware updates. For me, it's the better of the two now.

NeoTrunks said,

The 360 had an early start with a pretty good line up of games when it was released. That, and the PS3's starting price only hurt it at the beginning. Back then, I opted for the 360 due to its price and the line up of games. Sony's worked double time to turn things around for the system in both its lineup as well as its features through firmware updates. For me, it's the better of the two now.

the 360 did have an early start, but PS3 had brand name. Usually customer loyalty and brand name will carry something further than a head start -- Microsoft has inserted itself quite well into the console wars, and the fact they held onto the lead above ps3 for ~5 years is evidence of that.

Ruran said,

the 360 did have an early start, but PS3 had brand name. Usually customer loyalty and brand name will carry something further than a head start -- Microsoft has inserted itself quite well into the console wars, and the fact they held onto the lead above ps3 for ~5 years is evidence of that.

Sony lost me on just trusting "brand name" when they axed ps2 BC and lack of rpg / jrpg's (this gen in general).

on NEOGAF there was a thread that got a hold of some EU numbers and they were able to combine them with all current numbers and the 360 was still over 4 million units ahead.

In the end though there simply is no up to date sales numbers that include accurate number from all of europe and given the fact this gen is alsmot 6 year old anwya does it really matter?

swanlee said,
on NEOGAF there was a thread that got a hold of some EU numbers and they were able to combine them with all current numbers and the 360 was still over 4 million units ahead.

In the end though there simply is no up to date sales numbers that include accurate number from all of europe and given the fact this gen is alsmot 6 year old anwya does it really matter?

Of course it doesn't. But it helps pass the time at work

shakey said,

Of course it doesn't. But it helps pass the time at work

Not only that, it opens room for a flame war that was thought to be long gone...

I happen to like my PS3 enough that I sold my 360 the other day and all my games for it. It had sat in the bedroom playing Netflix for the past 6 months and that was about all the action it got. After you get used to having a bluetooth remote that you don't have to point at the device when you want to pause your Bluray movie, the XBox just doesn't seem that grand any more, not to mention free online play and Hulu Plus.

CoMMo said,
I happen to like my PS3 enough that I sold my 360 the other day and all my games for it. It had sat in the bedroom playing Netflix for the past 6 months and that was about all the action it got. After you get used to having a bluetooth remote that you don't have to point at the device when you want to pause your Bluray movie, the XBox just doesn't seem that grand any more, not to mention free online play and Hulu Plus.

So free online play is the deal breaker but you happily pay for hulu plus? sounds to me like you don't even play games and the ps3 just makes it easier for you to couch potatoe

blahism said,

So free online play is the deal breaker but you happily pay for hulu plus? sounds to me like you don't even play games and the ps3 just makes it easier for you to couch potatoe

What's wrong with paying for Hulu Plus?

blahism said,

So free online play is the deal breaker but you happily pay for hulu plus? sounds to me like you don't even play games and the ps3 just makes it easier for you to couch potatoe

Well, since he doesn't have to pay for online access to games, he can spend the money elsewhere. Don't hate because he has that option.

blahism said,

So free online play is the deal breaker but you happily pay for hulu plus? sounds to me like you don't even play games and the ps3 just makes it easier for you to couch potatoe

Because Hulu+ is like netflix. It's a service that happens to be supported on the PS3 but exists outside the ps3. Won't surprise me if it came to xbox in the future, that requires gold account to access, like netflix.

Normally april fools jokes are published on april 1st, not march 31st....
Just because Xbox outsells the PS in USA doesn't mean the rest of the world sales don't matter.


shakey said,
Normally april fools jokes are published on april 1st, not march 31st....
Just because Xbox outsells the PS in USA doesn't mean the rest of the world sales don't matter.

Yep - people forget every other country selling consoles it seems. As you say - people haven't read the source, its March 31st, I don't think that April anywhere

Byron_Hinson said,

As you say - people haven't read the source, its March 31st,
I don't think that April anywhere


No, it's 1st April now ... in about 3hrs 47mins from now, it'll be 2nd April . . .

shakey said,
Normally april fools jokes are published on april 1st, not march 31st....
Just because Xbox outsells the PS in USA doesn't mean the rest of the world sales don't matter.


Yes, but this one analyst is running contrary to all other reports so far this year stating that the 360 still has about a 5 million console lead on the PS3 to date. Its not an April Fools joke, its just wrong.

Byron_Hinson said,

Yep - people forget every other country selling consoles it seems. As you say - people haven't read the source, its March 31st, I don't think that April anywhere

Some people forget that there are other countries, period.

Have to say that shameless American joke haha.

There are three words that best describe for this so called independent report . . .

Male Bovine Excrement!

But the Xbox 360 is still the major console outside of Asia, is the PS3 cheaper in asia or is it just popular there because it's from sony ?

Gaffney said,
But the Xbox 360 is still the major console outside of Asia, is the PS3 cheaper in asia or is it just popular there because it's from sony ?

Its not the major console in Europe or Asia - just America. It's not cheaper, but the lack of games aimed at that section and poor advertising/pr hasn't helped it.

Byron_Hinson said,

Its not the major console in Europe or Asia - just America. It's not cheaper, but the lack of games aimed at that section and poor advertising/pr hasn't helped it.

Looking at the numbers without looking at the whole picture won't tell the whole story, although one can say that in Europe, both Xbox and PS3 are close matched (the rate is near 1.07 PS3 for each Xbox). Now, when you go to Asia, and I assume this means Japan as the lack of PS3 game piracy until recently would have hampered its adoption in China and India, things are pretty different in that the are almost 4 PS3 for each Xbox. This could mean either there are no games for Xbox the Japanese like (and I doubt that's the case, especially because of Kinect lately) or the folks there still have prejudice against western brands in their electronics.

The numbers:
Xbox: 25.4 (US) + 13.7 (EU) = 39.1 out of 42.9 million which means "only" 3.8 million Xbox's sold in Asia

PS3: 15.4 (US) + 14.7 (EU) = 30.1 out of 43.4 million which means 13.3 million PS3's sold in Asia

Gaffney said,
But the Xbox 360 is still the major console outside of Asia, is the PS3 cheaper in asia or is it just popular there because it's from sony ?

PS3 is more expensive. I don't know what NZ counts as, but I think is more popular than 360 here.

And you can say that PS3 is more popular in Asia because is from that region, then I could say the 360 is more popular in America because it is from America. If Europe beats out America as the stats say or essrntially, then wouldn't any evenly thinking person that says AMERICAN have a prejudice too, against Japanese product, or favour their own products.

Sorry, but it riles me to no end when American (I presume) accuses of other country for favouritism when the evidence points favouritism on their end as well.

Eddo89 said,

PS3 is more expensive. I don't know what NZ counts as, but I think is more popular than 360 here.

And you can say that PS3 is more popular in Asia because is from that region, then I could say the 360 is more popular in America because it is from America. If Europe beats out America as the stats say or essrntially, then wouldn't any evenly thinking person that says AMERICAN have a prejudice too, against Japanese product, or favour their own products.

Sorry, but it riles me to no end when American (I presume) accuses of other country for favouritism when the evidence points favouritism on their end as well.

I don't think Americans have any sway towards anything made in or out of America. We tend to go by price, function, durability, and color , and basically in that order. The PS3 coming out with a price almost double that of the 360 is what kept it from rising up. With the systems now almost even, the sales are evening out, though the 360 had a great lead to start with.

From a personal perspective I've played on my PS3 more in the past year than I have the 360, seems to have been a lot better exclusives released during that period. I'm not knocking the 360 as I still love it, its just that I'm preferring the PS3. Also not enjoying what feels like a huge amount of advertising on the Xbox dash these days and when I'm subscribing, I don't want it.

Byron_Hinson said,
From a personal perspective I've played on my PS3 more in the past year than I have the 360, seems to have been a lot better exclusives released during that period. I'm not knocking the 360 as I still love it, its just that I'm preferring the PS3. Also not enjoying what feels like a huge amount of advertising on the Xbox dash these days and when I'm subscribing, I don't want it.

Bingo.
2009, I played the 360 almost exclusively except for a few PS3 exclusives here and there.
2010, into 2011, the situation has been reversed. I now almost play the PS3 exclusively.
Does not mean I prefer one over the other, just means I am fortunate enough to enjoy the best of both worlds and I do not have a blind allegiance to one or the other. I personally go where the games are at, not where the cool kids online are at. Always have, always will.

I love my slim 250GB PS3 that I bought last summer. I haven't owned a console since my Sega Genesis back in college and have been a rabid PC gamer since the mid-90's. I put off buying a console for many reasons but finally bought the PS3 because it was the entertainment center device I was looking for. Without going through the feature list - suffice to say it just had more features along with exclusive titles that made it much more than just a killer gaming console.