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PS3 overtakes Xbox 360 in worldwide sales according to new report

A new report from the International Data Commission reports that the PS3 is now outselling the Xbox 360, despite the latter launching a year later.

According to the report the PlayStation 3 has now shipped 77 million consoles on a worldwide basis, compared to 76 million for the Xbox 360.

In addition to the above, IDC are also suggesting that it expects the Wii U to have sold 50 million consoles by 2016.

Overall the report suggests that the console business still has plenty of life left in it, despite suggestions that mobile and tablet devices are cutting into sales.

"The console ecosystem is in a state of flux since these platforms need to support an ever-growing array of non-gaming features and services at the same time that game distribution and monetization is moving in a digital direction," said Lewis Ward, research manager of IDC's Gaming service. "At the same time, it doesn't appear that alternative platforms - set-top boxes from cable companies, Web-connected smart TVs, and so on - are positioned to materially disrupt the trajectory of the 'big 3' console OEMs in 2013 or 2014. Discs will remain the console game revenue mainstay for years to come."

"2011 and 2012 were tough for many console game disc developers and publishers," added Ward. "With the advent of eighth-generation consoles, starting with the Wii U, historical norms strongly imply that game disc revenue will stop bleeding in 2013 and rise substantively in 2014."

IDC's 67-page report is being sold for $4,500 so we'll just have to take Game Industry's word for it.

Edited On 10 Jan, 2013

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Aminu 3 years ago
Well its about time. Too bad it happens when this generation of consoles is nearing an end. haha what if the same situation happens with Xbox 720 and Ps4
HappyNoodleBoy 3 years ago
Should expect the PS3 to have a superior year over the 360. What does the 360 have for exclusives in 2013? The PS3 has God of War, The Last of Us, and Beyond; all of which are looking brilliant
New Gears of War only as far as I know, but that will sell a lot, probably as much as all 3 of those PS3 titles.
Gloria 3 years ago
Gears of War won't sell as much as God of War, the Last of Us and Beyond combined. That's just foolish to even suggest.
DynamiteWhyte 3 years ago
yeah right if Gears sells more than The Last Of Us I would be surprised.
Skiba 3 years ago
Big established franchise with a strong fanbase versus a franchise on it's last legs and a couple of unknown quantities, it'll be a close thing.
Gloria 3 years ago
sorry but The Last of Us is a unknown quantity? you know Naughty Dog are making it right? the same guys that smashed the PS3 with the Uncharted series, blew the PS2 away with Jak and Daxter and kicked it all off on the PS1 with Crash Bandicoot? Thats a solid, loyal fan base across 3 generations of consoles. To quote a wise man by the name of Stan Lee "Nuff Said"
GazF5 3 years ago
on its last legs what are you talking about GOW has a HUGE fanbase. guess we can tell what console you own. unknown it is one of the most wanted games in 2012.
Skiba 3 years ago
2013 as well.
Skiba 3 years ago
"Big Established franchise with a strong fanbase versus a franchise on it's last legs." Just shows your Xbox fanboyism kicking in right there.
DynamiteWhyte 3 years ago
I think Gears 4 will easily outsell any one of those PS3 titles, maybe even 2 together, but all 3 is unlikely. Gloria is right about the status of the 3 PS3 titles though, God of War is definitely flagging, they wouldn't have put multiplayer in it otherwise, Last of Us is a good looking game from a reputable developer, but the general public don't know that and quality is no guarantee of sales, as for Beyond I've never even heard of it.
Silly Billy 3 years ago
ROFL, I'm a Xbox fanboy now am I?
That's news to me, everyone round here knows I'm a Nintendo girl :P
Gloria 3 years ago
I would say your both. they put MP in everything is AC3 a failure for it no don't talk rubbish Davey H. if the PS3 is the number one console out of the 2 software sales will start to be higher.
Skiba 3 years ago
You're known for commenting on how great XBOX/Nintendo things are, and downing on PS3 stuff, from what I gather. Just because GOW is adding multiplayer doesn't mean its flagging. It's like saying Assassins Creed is flagging due to adding Multiplayer...
DynamiteWhyte 3 years ago
shenmue4real 3 years ago
Well its all predictions at the moment that its 'shipped' more but i would be surprised if Sony managed to ship 7M in 2 months ;) It only reached 70m shipped in November.
Gloria 3 years ago
These industry analysts should be taken with a pinch of salt, half their predictions are ones so obvious we can work them all out for ourselves and the other half usually end up to be a load of crap.
yoda soldier 3 years ago
The one thing that has dissapointed me the last couple of years with the xbox is not enough new games, they have played it safe and stuck with gears,halo etc.
Carl-G 3 years ago
Well done SONY :P It was hard getting there because of all the negative internet hate SONY has had over the past 6/7 years(from MS lovers mainly) :( One thing tho, on another site it said 'shipped' consoles but here it says 'sold' consoles? I wish there was an accurate 'worldwide console sales data' because i am sure the PS3 has overtaken the Xbox 360 in worldwide sales by now anyway. So if this is true the Xbox 360 is last place this gen?...LOL
Your moaning about xbox fanboys but come out looking like a sony fanboy.
yoda soldier 3 years ago
Joe Anderson (Editor) 3 years ago
Sorry it should say PS3 vs Xbox 360 shipped. Both figures above are shipped, tho sony has shipped 1 million more and based on the last figures we heard I'd imagine Sony is selling more by now. 360 only outsells PS3 in UK and US. PS3 dominates elsewhere in the world.
Skiba 3 years ago
well done Sony the PS3 has a great year for games coming as well.
Masterchocobill 3 years ago
I've only had a PS3 for the last year and I have to say PS Plus is pretty awesome and the exclusives coming to the PS3 are a lot more appealing to me.
Baiken_ 3 years ago
Congrats Sony, im really looking forward to some of the exclusives coming out this year i hope they live up to the hype.
BARRY 3 years ago
I sold my PS3 towards end of last year, was just becoming a dust magnet and to be honest didnt really use it the whole of last year. Just hope they try something different with PS4 but i think ill pass on that anyways.
Robichoico 3 years ago
Makes sense. While the 360 sells slightly better than the PS3 over here and in America the fact that the 360 terribly in Japan kinda made me guess this would happen sooner than later.
Couldn't really happen much later, with both consoles pretty much at the end of their life cycle.
Gloria 3 years ago
PS3 will be like the PS2 will carry on for years there are PS2 games still being released. the PS3 beats the 360 everywhere but UK US.
Skiba 3 years ago

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