IDC: PS3 sales surpass Xbox 360 worldwide in December 2012

January 11, 2013

IDC: PS3 sales surpass Xbox 360 worldwide in December 2012While 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. 

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21 Responses to “IDC: PS3 sales surpass Xbox 360 worldwide in December 2012”

  1. Godless:

    This is going to be a PS3 bukkake party ;)

  2. Andrew_DS:

    Good job I’m wearing my “special” rain mack! Was just on my way to the local primary school but seen this party instead!

  3. Godless:

    Take a seat dude and make sure that Mack is zipped up tight, as this could get messy.
    I’m predicting quite a show :D

  4. phranctoast:

    I would have liked to make it official and wait for the real numbers from MS and Sony to come in before the circle jerk. Here Godless. Have a cookie. :)

  5. Godless:


    Takes cookie. . applies topping and returns ;)

  6. PS3 RULEZ890:


    Shoves a massive 60″ vibration device up where the sun never shone and reveals he is part the Cookie Geneva Convention justice squad.

  7. CarlB:

    “PS3 RULE” zzzzz

  8. Godless:

    What’s wrong with a slice of brie & a dash of cranberry being applied to a cookie?

    Maybe you’d prefer a nice bit of Gorgonzola. :D

  9. Andrew_DS:

    Ah, I remember Gordon the Gopher. Now that was proper kids tv. Wait a minute…what…

  10. phranctoast:

    IDC also predicts the Wii U will move 50M consoles by 2016.

    Personally, I find >12M consoles a year for the Wii U to be on the rather high side for an estimate.

  11. dans:

  12. Godless:


    2016 is only 3 years away, that would imply Wii U sales of closer to 15.5 million a year for the next 3 years.

    Not a chance.

  13. phranctoast:

    They may have meant by the end of 2016.

  14. gunstar:

    I remember here at GB, Greenburg saying there is no way M$ will allow PS3 to outsell Xbox in the US in whatever way possible.

    That was a very serious statement. They will keep that statistical record no matter what even if they resort to lies. And every one knows how M$ has stuffed millions in just about every media publication, including NPD, in America just to make them spew favorable numbers.

    Will never trust such a company.

  15. phranctoast:

    “They will keep that statistical record no matter what even if they resort to lies.”

    What do you mean?

    The PS3 will not outsell the 360 in NA. Unless your speaking about a month or two here and there, this is not going to happen unless they stop selling the 360 for several years in the states while the PS3 continues to sell for a few years.

  16. Roca.:

    Godless should just shut up and accept the fact that the 360 is going to finish this generation in last place.

  17. ncaissie:

    LMFAO @ dans.
    That’s 100% there. And now it’s much worse with this fucking basket shit. And the store is so poorly designed you would swear it came from MS or the same idiot that just redid the App Store on iOS.

  18. ncaissie:

    “Godless should just shut up and accept the fact that the 360 is going to finish this generation in last place.”
    Yeah that will happen. LOL

  19. greenLanternfan:

    The PS3 won this generation over the 360. There’s no way around this and no excuses (from 360 fanboys) whatsoever.

  20. gunstar:


    “The PS3 will not outsell the 360 in NA.”

    Bottom line that’s it.

    We can live with that just like but a US Champion is different to an overall World Champion.

  21. gunstar:

    I called this turn out of events in 2009 here on Gamer Blorge and it was true and it was right.

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