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While the general perception is that this generation has been "won" by Microsoft -- largely due to the Xbox 360's dominance in North America -- analyst firm IDC's data now shows a slight advantage for Sony's PlayStation 3.
In a new report entitled "Worldwide Video Game and Entertainment Console Hardware and Packaged Software 2012-2016," IDC says that Sony passed Microsoft's worldwide numbers in the recent holiday season. PlayStation 3's worldwide sales numbers now stand at 77 million, compared to Xbox 360's 76 million.
This near dead heat is surprisingly, considering that Sony got a late start in this generation, and has struggled to catch Microsoft in the U.S. and Canada. It's also worth noting that -- despite the previous conventional wisdom -- the video game market in this generation was robust enough to support not one, but three, successful home game consoles (including Nintendo's Wii).
Source: IDC via Digital Trends
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I only bought my PS3 for its exclusives. Everything else is done on my Xbox 360.
I agree with your closing statement. Probably cause it is a fact. Lol
Seriously though so many other generations have had sorta failing consoles but as of the last 2 generations we have seen strong consoles.
Hopefully Wii U Ps4 and 720 will be just as successful.
I own every major console of this generation (minus the Wii U, I'll get one eventually [maybe]) and I have to admit that my PS3 is the least played of my systems. Hell, I play my Vita more than my PS3. It's a good system, though, and it's good to see it's doing well.
In Perú, I'm the only one of my friends who has a 360. And I still have a PS3.
Wow. Impressive. A console has never taken this long to overtake a rival before. I never expected this would happen. It was really against the odds, but damn, there it is.
I would like to see it confirmed by another source or two, but if it is, then that's one prediction I made that was made wrong. Good job, Sony.
Congrats sony. glad to see they aren't in the 3rd place position any longer
surprising to me that it took this long, considering it was a no brainer choice for me. pay for online play, vs don't pay for online play. LOL WICH 1 2 CHOOZ
Next gen I am only buying one box, Valve's, Microsoft's (if they make gold free), or Sony's (if they can secure their network and keep online free). Going to wait 2 years into the new cycle to determine who to go with though so the companies better rethink their strategies for my fat dirty overly taxed dollar.
Considering that some games such as the Mass Effect Trilogy have the majority of the DLC in disc with the PS3 version and that both AC3 and Far Cry 3 have exclusive non timed content, no surprise there.
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Playstation forever :)
I play my PS3 more, but I love my X-Box as well. If I ever want to play online again, I'd rather not have to pay an arm and a leg to do it. PS3 is cheaper.
Doesn't winning really mean who is profitable? Sony has been in the red as a company overall for years now. Having more units out there is hardly winning. MS has made missteps with Windows and such, but they are still a profitable company.
Especially cause Xbox has the more important public "mind-share". That can certainly change next-gen. Nintendo had it in the 80's, Sony with PS2, and now 360 this generation. But I believe MS will capitalize on this better than the others did in previous years.