The three console manufacturers have started rolling out fiscal end year numbers providing a clear picture of the video game landscape. The numbers reveal some surprising turn of events for the PS3 and Xbox 360 in 2009.
Back in August of 2009, I reported that the PS3 has reduced the gap with the Xbox 360 that year by extrapolating the numbers provided by the company heads. I received quite a bit of criticism and flak from the Blorge community for reporting that the PS3 reduced the gap with the Xbox 360 while no other sites were writing about it.
Many accused me of making â€œstuffâ€ up, despite the fact I linked all of my sources. Others just refused to believe my straight forward math, stating that it made no sense by looking at the NPD numbers. Which showed that the Xbox 360 was outselling the PS3 for the majority of 2009.
As it turns out the PS3 has managed to close the 7.1 million gap between the Xbox 360 in 2009 by a bit. According to Gameindustry.biz, official numbers indicate that Sony has sold almost 24 million units globally to date. Also, according to Microsoft, the company has now surpassed 30 million units shipped globally. This is very surprising as it means that the gap between the PS3 and Xbox 360 has been reduced to somewhere between 5 and 6 million units.
Since Microsoft is talking about shipped figures, I doubt that it will be 6 million, so something in the mid to high 5 million sounds about right. The burning question on my mind is â€“ where in the world did Sony sell all those PS3s this year? â€“ Gamer.Blorge
Back in 2006, Bill Gates declared that the Xbox 360 will have a 10 million head start over the PS3. In 2008, the gap was estimated to be 7.1 million units between the Xbox 360 and PS3.
As reported by the Examiner, recent fiscal numbers reveal that Sony sold 10.8 million PS3s in 2009, while Microsoft sold 8.5 million units total. The current total units sold to date for the PS3 is 33.5 million units and 38.7 for the Xbox 360 worldwide.
That means that the gap between the two systems is about 5.2 million units currently, which is pretty much in line with what I calculated several months ago.
Sony PS2: 5.6m
Sony PS3: 10.8m
Nintendo Wii: 17.0m
Microsoft Xbox 360: 8.5m
For some laughs and nostalgia head on over to my old story to read everyoneâ€™s reaction.