Official: PS3 has more fanboys than the Xbox 360 does
Installed bases compared
There are now more Playstation 3s out there than Xbox 360s, it has been claimed.
Market watcher Strategy Analytics said the Sony console's installed base hit 43.4m units worldwide at the end of 2010, just ahead of the 360's total, 42.9m.
That puts Sony a little over one percentage point ahead, and it's still well behind the Wii's massive 75.5m-strong installed base.
SA puts the 360's slip down to Microsoft's failure to build a huge fanbase outside of the US and, to a lesser extent, the UK.
In Japan, for instance, the PS3 outsells the 360 by a huge margin. Last week alone, some 1963 Xboxes were sold in the country, compared to 28,973 PS3s, according to local number cruncher Media Create. In some weeks, the 360 is outsold by the PS2, even.
At least 11,808 Wiis were sold in Japan last, but Nintendo will be happier with the 50,710 3DS handhelds that were purchased.
Worldwide, annual PS3 sales have eclipsed those of the 360 for the past two years, and SA said it sees that trend continuing. It expects some 15.7m PS3s to be sold this year, alongside 13.7m 360s and 10m Wiis. It said 2011 will be the first year the Wii has not topped the chart. ®
You seem to be forgetting...
The Wii wasnt designed as a console for gamers. It wasnt designed to take on the PS's and Xbox's of this world. It was designed for the casual gamer, the never played a computer game before over 50, and the under 15's. Onn this front it succeeded admirably.
Most of the friends i know with young kids, the kids love it. The over 50's and the casual gamer may have moved on, but for kids its stil the first choice. Just like the Gamecube was back in the days of the PS1.
Different horses for different courses, and all that...
The flaw in the sampling/anecdotal evidence is that groups of friends are likely to buy what their friends have based on either experience of similar gaming interests. By contrast, the majority of my friends own PS3s like me (one even traded his XBox 360 in to join us).
It's no real surprise. We're all consciously or unconsciously basing our decisions on peer pressure to some extent.
We got a PS3, 360 and Wii.
The Wii I dont talk about and it barely gets any use. Its the wife's console. Gets a bit of Wii Fit but other than that its a space wasting piece of white plastic.
Both the PS3 and 360 get a fair amount of use.
We got a lot of games for the PS3 and 1/2 dozen for the 360. The PS3 is probably the family console and mine, the 360 is exclusively my son as I'm not interested in playing Halo 3, Halo Wars, Halo Reach, Halo ODST, etc... which seems to be pretty much mostly what my son and his friends play.
Odd about your comment on GT5 but hey, whatever floats your boat. I'm a big fan of the GT series. Its not perfect from a game play point of view but I've had more than my value from it. Oddly enough so have all the friends that i know that got it too. But I can see its not your thing.
Regardless of my self professed fan-boi PS3 attitude, I geniuninely think the PS3 is a good console. Here is why:
- The console is locked down so if you play online you arent playing against cheats,
- Its multi-purpose - I use it a media player as well as console. 50% of its use is a media player
- Some of the games seem to look nicer on the PS3. We got Assassine Creed on the PS3 and Assassins Creed Brotherhood on the 360. The PS3 picture looks better. So much so that my wife commented on it. Could be our 360 setup but Ive seen other 360 and seems the same as ours. Who knows...
- The PS3 is a tidier piece of kit. Doesnt have the massive power supply like the 360.
- I can play online on the PS3 for free. I've had to subscribe to Live Gold to get my son playing with his friend.
- I dont think the 360 in real terms is any cheaper. Could be the 360 caught up but when we got the 360 it came without wifi, hard drive, blu-ray, controller didnt have rechargeable batteries. All those are standard on a PS3 - so price comparison isnt right.
- The blu-ray player isnt just about playing films. Its also about playing without changing disks. Its seem very primative playing a game and having to change half way through on the 360. I believe that some games you can install on the HD (if you've bought one) but some you still have to insert the disks... doohhh
- I would like to mention reliability of both consoles. Actually from personal experience, the 360 been fine, the PS3 blue-ray died on US but I had one of the orignal fat / 4 USB consoles. Statisticially though, the PS3 is more reliable. Out of all the people I know that own a 360 , I only know one other person other than ourselves whose 360 hasnt died. Some have had several 360s.
So there, here is the first serious salvo on the 360 vs PS3 fan-boi wars lol.....