A lot of folks are saying that 2008 is the year of the Playstation 3 and it’s increasingly looking like that may be true. It’s taken awhile to get here, but the PS3 has picked up some serious momentum. While it’s no where near close to the Nintendo Wii in terms of hardware sales, it has been outselling the Xbox 360 for the past several months and has doubled its sales from this time last year:
Following the latest NPD video game sales data for July, which showed the PS3 outselling the Xbox 360 by about 20,000 units, Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) has issued its own reaction to the sales, noting that PS3 hardware was once again boosted by the Metal Gear Solid 4 bundle. With the inclusion of the July data, the PS3 has now sold 1.8 million units in the U.S. in 2008, which represents 99 percent growth over last year.
Furthermore, PS3 software sales have grown 206 percent year-to-date. And Sony said there are now more than 10 million registered PSN accounts worldwide and approximately 200 million pieces of content have been downloaded across the globe. Overall, year to date (Jan-July), the PlayStation brand has generated nearly $3.3 billion in revenue, which is an increase of more than 22 percent.
The Xbox 360 still has a larger installed base, but that’s to be expected given it had a whole year to itself and the slow start the PS3 suffered due to its high price tag and lack of software. There’s quite a few major titles being released this year that are good candidates for selling hardware with the most anticipated being Little Big Planet. Of course it doesn’t hurt that the PS3 is the most future-proof Blu-ray player available.
With the Nintendo Wii shitting out money at a record pace for Nintendo it’s doubtful that Sony will recapture the number one console position this generation, but they can’t be too upset at the likelihood of being number two. As of November the PS3 will be two years into a 10 year life cycle so there’s still plenty of time left for improvement.