While this may seem like old news, a recent market report revealed that Sony quietly reached a new milestone back in December 2012 when the worldwide sales to retailer numbers reached 77 million units surpassing that of the Xbox 360.
According to GI.Biz, International Data Corporation (IDC) recently published a report with a new forecast for the video game console market. The report basically stated that home consoles will continue to sell strong despite a depression in the marketplace.
Just this December, NPD figures show that the market is down by 22 percent during what should be one of the busiest months. The video game industry is in a slump currently, and many speculate that the release of new consoles would revitalize things. While, an interesting theory I have reservations around the logic of it.
Sales were down across the board, with Microsoft leading the console sales in the US with 1.4 million Xbox 360s shifted according to Major Nelson. Sony and Nintendo have yet to reveal actual sales figures for the month of December at this time.
According to Lewis Ward, research manager at IDC, console focus will continue to grow towards digital distribution.
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.
The report also revealed that Sony’s shipped (sold to retail numbers) for the PS3 surpassed that of the Xbox 360’s worldwide – 77 million vs. 75 million), even though it launched a year later in the U.S. and a year four months later in Europe.
It all makes for an interesting story with the PS3’s turbulent launch period and Sony’s uphill battle to win back the hardcore crowd.