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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 have both systems 360 and ps3 but i have to admit i like my ps3 more
i used to think there were hardly any diffrences but considering how you can customize the ps3 ie: i have 1t hard drive and customize the home screen and of course with the blue ray player . i think the ps3 is a superior machine. over the 360 and on line is free.
I've been with PlayStation from the beginning, and I have to say, this makes me happy. On the other hand, "slight advantage" is right. I mean, 1 million more isn't that much. I'd say the two are totally neck-and-neck. I can't really see an actual winner here.
To bad the ps3 hardware couldn't be used to the fullest....
we did it!
No console flame wars in the comments yet huh? I'm impressed.
slow and steady B***'s
I don't like the PS3, but it's also worth noting that North America is not worldwide. X360 has no presence in Japan, and Europe prefers Sony over MS. I don't see this as great news for Sony given its current struggle and 360's has no winning position in Europe and Asia. Still, this is a day for you Sony fanboy to rejoice, so go on.
The PS3 is dominant in Europe, and especially in Asia, where the Xbox never gained great traction, so its not too surprising for me, as North America is just one continent out of the 3 major entertainment hubs of the world, plus its become one of the cheapest high quality Blu-ray players on the market. Although its not a big deal, as its only one million higher and its not like either system has failed.
Why does everyone celebrate when 1 console outsells another? How does that benefit you, the individual?
that's good to hear...
Ummmm........... This is great for Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft. They all make legit stuff.
Whats baffling is that the 360 is new to the international gaming and is standing its own with the PS's worldwide sales. Playstation has been around the world for a while so this news isn't really a happy one for PS3 owners. You did think there would be a slightly larger gap...
If they can drop the price for Vita and release better games (mainstream type games dedicated only for the vita) maybe it might add to it... but handhelds are not my area...