Report: PS3 sold faster than Xbox 360 for same period
by Blake Snow | 02/20/2008 | 9:50:47 AM PST
The PlayStation 3 sold slightly better in its first 14 months of availability than the popular Xbox 360 thanks to solid sales abroad, says a homebrew estimate from VG Chartz.
Maybe more people buy and like the PS3 than meets the online eye, that is if unofficial numbers from sales tracker VG Chartz
are to be believed.
According VG Chartz, Sony has sold more than 10 million PS3s worldwide through January, something the Associated Press
corroborated on Tuesday. By contrast, the Xbox 360 didn't reach the 10 million mark on global VG Chartz charts until June 2007, some four months after the PS3.
Further analysis of the numbers reveal why: the PS3 enjoys consistent sales worldwide in all major markets. The Xbox 360, meanwhile, sells lopsidedly better in the U.S. than Europe and is widely considered a failure in Japan.
Despite its accomplishments, the PS3 has been widely criticized by outspoken pundits and consumers alike since launch, something that has largely simmered down in recent months thanks to a price drop and better games, particularly those released during the holidays.
Adding to the momentum is today's fresh announcement
that Toshiba will discontinue its HD DVD business, making Sony's Blu-ray the optical HD standard, and the PS3 that much more compelling as a product.