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The 360 vs PS3 Gap Up to Date – 2009

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When the PS3 launched in November of 2006, Microsoft’s Xbox 360 had a 5.4 million lead over it’s Japanese rival. Of course, when the PS3 launched, it was prohibitively expensive, with many people waiting for it come down in price before jumping in experiencing living.

Fast-forward to the end of 2009, the combined power of the PS3’s incredible library and it’s cheaper price thanks to the PS3 slim re-launch and you’d expect that gap to have decreased quite substantially, right? Well, no.

According to VGchartz, as of December 2009 the global gap has actually increased, by the insignificant amount of 100K. This is mostly thanks to the US market where the Xbox 360 is undoubtedly the dominant HD console. The 360’s lead in that territory has increased significantly, now sitting at a gap of 9.1 million. Interestingly, the gap is now 300K units larger than when the cheaper PS3 slim launched. It seems the PS3 is going to struggle to win the hearts and minds of the Americans.

Of course, the converse is true for Japan, where the PS3 is the HD console of choice. As a matter of fact, it’s not even fair to put the 360 in the running, so dismal is it performance in the land of the rising sun. VGchartz has the PS3 lead there pegged at just under 3.4 Million units.

The rest of the world – Including Europe, the Middle East, Australasia our own Africa – has historically always been Sony territory. It still is, thanks largely to the PS3 price drop, which saw PS3 sales skyrocket. The current console disparity though is a mere 248 thousand, in Sony’s favour.

Taken all together, we can see that the Xbox 360 currently has a sales lead of about 5.5 million units, slightly larger than the lead they had just before the PS3’s launch. In fact, sales of the rival since Sony’s console made it to market have only differentiated by about 0.3% in the last 3 years.

From this data it would seem that PS3’s lower price hasn’t done much to bridge the gap, but it is worth noting that the price reduction was a mere 4 months ago, and the PS3’s library is looking stronger and stronger with each new release schedule.

Maybe 2010, like the 3 years before it will finally be the year of the PS3.

Source : VGchartz

Last Updated: January 11, 2010

28 Comments

  1. Flamebaitboy

    January 11, 2010 at 13:46

    By the end of the day the two biggest fanboys will have left their comments below mine.

    Reply

  2. Ladunia

    January 11, 2010 at 13:46

    The 360 will still win in 2010. One Word. HALO.

    Reply

    • WitWolfyZA

      January 11, 2010 at 14:20

      Hollow… or Halo? 😛 Killzone 2 so totaly owns Halo ANY DAY.

      Reply

  3. eXp

    January 11, 2010 at 13:47

    So, assuming the Ps3 and Xbox launched at the same time (and assuming that everyone who would’ve bought an Xbox bought an Xbox and Vice-Versa), they would be neck and neck in the amount of consoles sold?

    Reply

    • ewie

      January 11, 2010 at 13:56

      Not realy, ps3 would be slightly ahead, as the xbox only sold 5.5 million in the first year, so ps3 would be ahead by a few million(purely on pend up demand from ps2 users).

      this year is going to be very interesting with microsoft launching Nadal, and they can drop the price alot , as the entertainment area is making a profit, so expect another $50 drop in the next few months. Or they will just use this to include Nadal into the bundle.

      Sony on the other hand have been making a loss and could potentialy (when the financials are released)
      at the end of january post another big quartarly loss (incedently the last few yearsw Q3 have been the only profitable quarter for them) so that will dampen any price cuts going forward, but will not deter people looking for a ps3 specificaly, but we know most sales
      is done by moms over christmas, and that is why the xbox sell more in america.

      Reply

      • WitWolfyZA

        January 11, 2010 at 14:23

        i strongly disagree about that. remember the massive 1.8 million player ban last November thats where that huge chunk of 360’s went.

        Easy science. Lets think realistic, why buy a PS3 and start over a new library ,when you can buy a new 360 mod it again . And keep playing for the next year before you get caught AGAIN.

        Reply

        • ewie

          January 11, 2010 at 14:33

          Would like to know where you get 1.8 million from but that is beside the point, yes it would have added aditional xbox sales but in the grand scheme it does not matter, because the old xox would still be used for playing pirated games where the new one would be used to
          go online. And a lot of new games does not include “system link play” anymote forcing more of them to buy a legit system.

          Reply

          • WitWolfyZA

            January 11, 2010 at 14:39

            if you did your home work you would know having a banned console corrupts your profile so even if you recover your profile from xbox live and put it back into your black listed xbox it corrupts all over again. So i dont see the point of people keeping the same console thats gonna keep on corrupting your gamertag and saved games imbo.

            think about it its gonna be anohter 11 months until MS bans again. sell the console on craigslist or junkmail get a new one for R2500. Believe it or not ALOT of gamers i knew did it . freaking bastards

          • ewie

            January 11, 2010 at 14:57

            That is only if you want to keep your ganmerscore high.

      • RSA-Ace

        January 11, 2010 at 17:09

        according to vgchartz the ps3 is about 4 millions ahead with launches aligned…

        Reply

    • easy

      January 11, 2010 at 14:03

      i was thinking the same thing, sales seem to be almost on a par.
      not entirely sure what means in context of the ‘war’ though, except that maybe both consoles are worthy buys if you enjoy gaming?

      Reply

      • WitWolfyZA

        January 11, 2010 at 14:43

        i have both consoles dude and trust me. you have best of both worlds. Stream movies/animes through the browser. And in game cross chat with the other one.

        And the best thing is i got my PS3 at shelly beach CNA on specail for R2300 NEVER opened (too bad it wasnt a 60GB)

        Reply

  4. Seal

    January 11, 2010 at 13:50

    It would be more helpful to look at the gap between the systems at the beginning of 2009 – at one stage, the 360 was 8 million ahead worldwide.

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    • ewie

      January 11, 2010 at 14:02

      You are right , in 2009 from september onward the ps3 sold about 2.5 Million more, Last year in 2008 the same happened when the price dropped on the xbox, it sold about 2.5 million more. So this “race” have its ups and downs, with sony pushing the nitro the last few montnhs (at a cost), /Interesting what would happen rest of the year, with Heavy rain / MAg /GT5 / GOW III on the one side and
      Natal / Halo REACH / Fable III / Mass effect and splinter cell on the other.

      Good time for us gamers.

      Reply

  5. Bobby Kotick has an xbox 360

    January 11, 2010 at 13:55

    Ladunia, so you mean Beyoncé’s Halo song will help the xbox 360 to global domination in 2010?

    It’s a cunning dastardly move from the Americans. How can they be so evil? :getlost:

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  6. Milesh Bhana ZA

    January 11, 2010 at 14:17

    Uncharted 2 + Killzone 2 = Year of the PS3 regardless of sales.

    But I suspect that the PS3 will overtake XBOX this year with the release of GT5/Gow3/FF13.

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    • WitWolfyZA

      January 11, 2010 at 14:27

      I read an article back last month saying Sony has surpassed Xbox in PAL regions. wonder how true that was then…. Even in VGS it shows the PS3 sold more then xbox or maybe i just tilted my screen to make myself believe it did 😆

      Reply

  7. uberutang

    January 11, 2010 at 15:01

    Microsoft and Sony loves me.

    2 PS3’s, 2 360’s. (total of 4 bought till date)

    So their total life time sales are of no bother to me.

    Reply

    • ewie

      January 11, 2010 at 15:07

      Will still get a ps3 if i can convince the wife,
      need to work on the blue-ray angle.

      Reply

      • WitWolfyZA

        January 11, 2010 at 15:20

        Screw blu ray tell her she can surf on facebook with the thing she’ll tottaly get it then

        Reply

        • uberutang

          January 11, 2010 at 15:48

          Facebook also runs on 360 now 🙁

          Reply

          • Geoff

            January 11, 2010 at 15:49

            Yeah, but youporn doesn’t. 😉

          • WitWolfyZA

            January 12, 2010 at 07:48

            FULLY run Facebook. Like load the whole page not just pictures and latest updates

  8. eXp

    January 11, 2010 at 15:40

    One thing that we can all agree on, is that the Wii is stupid :sleeping:

    Reply

    • Someone

      January 11, 2010 at 15:55

      Yep… & it only sold well coz there’s lots of supid people.

      Reply

      • LazySAGamer

        January 11, 2010 at 21:35

        Damnit I bought a personal one for Christmas… time to get my IQ checked again :wassat:

        Reply

    • LazySAGamer

      January 11, 2010 at 21:35

      I disagree :tongue: , the Wii is the best family gaming console around and ntohing on the 360 or PS3 touches Super Mario Galaxy or New Super Mario Bros Wii…

      The Wii just has a lot of shovelware

      Reply

      • WitWolfyZA

        January 12, 2010 at 07:49

        I wont touch a wii with an ugly stick, its crap and over priced for what it can do.

        cant even play Dvds or upscale, what a joke. Dont forget to pirate yours 🙂 And make us all feel better about your decision

        Reply

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