Howard Stringer says the PS3 beat the Xbox over Christmas?

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Okay maybe I am missing something here but for the life of me I cannot see how Howard Stringer can make the statements that he is currently making.

Lets get the ones I agree with out of the way first, he has claimed that Sony sold 797,600 PS3’s in the US in December 2007. According to VGChartz it was slightly less but they are only estimating so lets go with Howards statement.

This is also a huge jump from November’s sales (wow)… He also goes onto say that the PS3 is out of the woods and is beginning to hold its own. Now that I completely agree with however he also mentions

PS3 has now gone past Xbox on the Christmas market.

Now unless he is comparing the PS3’s sales to the now discontinued Xbox original he is completely wrong. In the US over December the Microsoft sold 1,225,824 Xbox 360’s.. Which is just ever so slightly more than the number of PS3’s sold.

If he was talking about software sales then he is even further out since the PS3 sold around 4 million units and the 360 sold around 12 million units.

I can only imagine he was meant to say that the PlayStation brand sold more than  the Xbox since the PS2 moved 1 million hard units….

This follows on nicely from his infinitely more fun statement last month.

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Last Updated: January 30, 2008

Gavin Mannion

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  • doobiwan

    He may very well be right. Unfortunately there are no NPD type numbers for Europe, but PS3 did very well for itself in the old countries and the fact that the 360 will never do well in Japan, may have given them the edge.

    Having said that he’s still talking out his ear, because as far as I know there are no solid stats for the whole of Europe so he can’t really substantiate the claim.

    Either way it’s great news for potential 360 owners, it means MS will have to sweeten up the platform to entice more EU sales 😉

  • LazySAGamer

    Doobiwan that would be valid if he was talking about the worldwide sales but he specified the US….

  • papa-action

    Hmm, I think this is being misinterpreted.

    “CEO Sir Howard Stringer has come out and stated “PS3 has now gone past Xbox on the Christmas market.””

    In the line above he he doesn’t say in which Christmas market….

    “He stated that in December Sony sold 797,600 PS3 consoles in the U.S., this was a 331,600 jump from November.”

    In this line he doesn’t say that it beat the Xbox. Sure, you could read the two quotes together and interpret it as him saying that the PS3 beat the Xbox but I think the “journalist” that wrote the story at “PS3 Centre” has presented these quotes in a a very misleading way.

  • scotty777

    yup… pap-action just said it hey… I rate that it’s the article that misleads not Howard

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