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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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No surprise here. If the PS3 costed $350 from the beginning, the PS3 would be WAY ahead of the Xbox.
Congrats to Sony :)
As a 360 owner, I can say that I'm not surprised. I love my 360, but I've had too many problems with LIVE, and the 360's focus is becoming less and less on games. For this next generation, I'll be getting a Wii U, and either a Durango or PS4. It's pretty close.
Me, I'm still not over Pearl Harbour.
Viva la Sony...?
HaHAAA!!! I always knew PlayStation had the game going.
Surprised me, I was sure that the 360 was ahead by just a little. I know that I'm a proud owner of a PS3 slim (and the 360 and Wii U). :)
The info is wrong. PS3 has outshipped Xbox 360 worldwide not outsold.
Owning a PS3 slim, I'm glad to contribute to that. Yay PS3! Just keep up the success and don't screw up your PS4 launch. . .
ok now before you get all YAH SONY IS BETTER
there are some explanations for this
sony stopped making ps2's so everyone who has one decided maybe it was time, rumors of the ps4 not being able to play used games and totally sucking makes people wanna just buy the ps3 for a little while. Microsoft will be releasing the 720 soon so nobody is buying a 360 at the moment.
done and done
I still have my original PS3 from the day it came out, never have had a single problem with it. The original one looks better than the new ones IMO.
Stay neutral. You pick a side, you get ambushed. Proof ....below