It’s a question we have been debating all morning, but could the recent PSN outage have affected sales of Portal 2 on PS3, causing people to switch instead to the Xbox 360 version? The answer in our opinion is, not likely.
In the latest charts the Xbox 360 version of Portal 2 managed to shift an impressive 54 percent of all the units sold for the week, compared to the PS3′s 35 percent, however the latest PS3 charts show that Mortal Kombat actually outsold Portal 2 on Sony’s machine, suggesting that this was the game of choice for PS3 owners, rather than Portal 2. So could it be that Mortal Kombat actually played a larger role in the sales difference between the PS3 and 360 versions of Portal 2 than the PSN outage?
Looking at Shopt.net pre-order figures before the outage seems to suggest that this is the case. According to the figures we obtained the PS3 version of Portal 2 pre-orders are almost equal to that of the Xbox 360 version. In comparison PS3 pre-orders for Mortal Kombat were almost double that of Xbox 360′s. Interestingly both games are currently selling more units on PS3 for the current week.
One unnamed insider told us this morning “Portal outsold MK on Xbox 360, which is why it went number one. If it was just PS3 and PC, Mortal Kombat would’ve been number one by a mile.”
It also must be considered that for the PS3 sales to shift in favour of Xbox 360 people would have to own both machines. While this may be the case in some households, is the percentage of people owning both machines really enough to justify such a large difference in sales between both formats?
So while the PS3 version of Portal 2 may have suffered some difference in sales due to the recent PSN outage, we do not feel it would be significant enough to make up the difference between that and the Xbox 360 sales.