Both HD consoles released newer, slimmer – and debatably, sexier – versions this generation. The PS3 slim was a sales powerhouse; Many people reluctant to pick up the PS3 (probably because they didn’t get that 2nd job) at first were happy to open their wallets for the newer, slimmer and more importantly cheaper PS3.
The Xbox 360 S, likewise, managed to provide a huge sales boost for Microsoft. while the newer console, with its upgraded networking and storage capabilities didn’t get a price decrease per se, the newer hardware did instil a bit of confidence in hesitant purchasers aware of the machine’s infamous failure rate.
Let’s take a look to see which slender machine made its way in to more homes in the weeks succeeding launch.
We can see that in the home of the Xbox, North America, Sales of the PS3 slim started off HUGE, then tapered off quite substantially before spiking again with the release of Uncharted 2 – and then settling quite nicely. The Xbox 360 S, on the other hand, started off slower, spiked considerably when stock became more readily available and then stabilised to similar levels as the Ps3 slim, increasing only slightly with the release of the Arcade variant of the 360 S.
European territories (Including the middle east and Africa) have traditionally been Sony strongholds – and that doesn’t seem to have changed at all. while the Xbox 360 S is doing decent numbers in the regions, they’re significantly overshadowed by the PS3 Slim’s sales.
Amalgamating the regional weekly graphs in to a worldwide graphic shows that the PS3 Slim had a significantly bigger launch than its HD rival. It did also, however have a significantly larger 2nd week drop; with both stabilising to similar levels at 7 weeks. While the PS3 slim is still ahead, this does show the power and influence of the North American market.
Looking at total compounded figures, the PS3 slim is clearly ahead. In its first 7 weeks in stores, the PS3 slim sold around 2.2 million units – while the Xbox 360 S managed 1.8 million, a 400 000 unit difference. While you could put the disparity down to the fact that the 360 S has yet to launch in many of the EMEA regions, it is quite easy to see that the PS3 has gained in momentum and popularity – and much of that can be attributed to the slim.
Oh yeah..these charts come courtesy of VGchartz – so feel free to take them with a pinch of salt. Accompanied with a slice of lemon and a shot of tequila.
Source : VGChartz
Last Updated: September 9, 2010