DS Stomps On US Hardware Competition

PS3 trails at the back

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DS Stomps On US Hardware Competition
The DS outsold its nearest rival, the PS2, by almost two to one in the US last month. It racked up an impressive 508,000 sales, compared to the PS2's 280,000.

Coming in behind the PS2 was the Wii at 259,000 sales, followed by the 360 at 199,000, the PSP at 180,000, the GBA at 148,000 and then the PS3 at 130,000.

Sony can't be too happy about the PS3 lagging behind even the GBA. In response, it issued a statement pointing out that the PS3 was the only console to see an increase on February's figures.

It claimed that this was in spite of supply problems arising from focus being placed on the European launch. With stock languishing on British retailers' shelves (and forcing them to drop prices), however, it sounds like Sony needs to give the way it allocates its hardware a re-think.

The DS helped to boost the American games industry's overall sales figures to an impressive $1.1 billion (549 million). That's a hefty 33% increase over last March.

The PS2-exclusive God of War II led the way in software sales, followed by Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 and Guitar Hero II (in spite of its console-killing problems). Wii Play was the Wii's best-selling title, coming in at Number 4. SPOnG might be surprised by this had we not just taken a peek at the Japanese charts and seen it sat at Number 5. MotorStorm was the PS3's best-selling title, but it reached less than a quarter of God of War II's numbers.

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alex 20 Apr 2007 12:01
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sony thisis b..... s......! its not a problem of storege because i work on best buy in usa virginia store 1163 and we never sold out of ps3 the real reson is no body want the over price ps3 the 360 have just a little lees graphic power for lees price and a lot of beater game and the wii its the most fun video console of all time
Marcus 20 Apr 2007 12:09
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Stock problems Sony, yea to right, what you mean is you cant shift the stock to retailers as no one wants any. Do they seriously expect us to believe they are having problems in America when all shops are overflowing with stock, they must think we are more daft than them.
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LUPOS 20 Apr 2007 14:35
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Hi Europe, this is america calling. just wanted to let you know that we have plenty of PS3's. If you guys need any more, we have em!

Now I know there are compatibility issues to consider, but really, no one actually plays games with em anyway, so no worries. There are more Blu-rays in the US anyway ;-D
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Arabonis 20 Apr 2007 16:00
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LUPOS is right. I've had to travel to Philadelphia and Washington DC last week and there were PS3's aplenty. Does Sony think the general masses are idiots?! Seriously... paying $600+ to play a console FPS is retarded.
Rutabaga 20 Apr 2007 16:10
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AaaaaHHHHH! We get the idea no ones buying the PS3, you've said it a million times, we all know it's a piece of s**t and technically inferior to the Jaguar and anyone buying it is a retard.

A question: Why does every thread get hijacked into the same formulaic diatribe with terrible spelling at how bad the PS3 is, how arrogant Sony is blah, blah, why they stink. Why not concentrate on the success of the DS being as that was what the story was about or how well God of War II has sold?
config 20 Apr 2007 16:42
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Arabonis wrote:
Seriously... paying $600+ to play a console FPS is retarded.


Oh. I didn't realise that Motor Storm, Genji, Virtua Tennis, Ridge Racer, Blazing Angels, THP8, F1 06 and Sonic were all FPSs.

Silly me.
LUPOS 20 Apr 2007 17:41
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config wrote:
Oh. I didn't realise that Motor Storm, Genji, Virtua Tennis, Ridge Racer, Blazing Angels, THP8, F1 06 and Sonic were all FPSs.

Silly me.


While i get your meaning... you didn't just list "genji" when defending the PS3 did you? ;)

And his rather blunted and shallow point still stands, relatively well. Motorstorm is the only thing on that list I can't play for significantly less on the 360.

I'll have a PS3 before years end, but right now it just doesn't make sense to anyone but the the die hard Sony faithful. Thankfully for Sony theres enough of them to still move a few hundred thousand consoles a month.
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soanso 20 Apr 2007 18:55
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I had to re-read those figures and wow that's impressive.
No not the half million DS sales, the PS2 figures.

For all the SONY bashing going on here take a look at those numbers.
This is a 6 year old console outselling the entire lot of next gen consoles. It does beg the question, who is buying it?
Ditto 20 Apr 2007 19:00
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LUPOS wrote:
And his rather blunted and shallow point still stands, relatively well. Motorstorm is the only thing on that list I can't play for significantly less on the 360.


I still precieve the Xbox as having only hardcore FPS and PC games, but don't have these perceptions with the PS3.
LUPOS 20 Apr 2007 19:24
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soanso wrote:
It does beg the question, who is buying it?

Parents, for there 5-12 year olds. My girl friends little cousin JUST got a gamecube for christmas. There are a ton of cheap games already out and plenty of new kid friendly titles continue to come. Old hardware always tends to fill in for the younger demographic.



Adam M wrote:
I still precieve the Xbox as having only hardcore FPS and PC games, but don't have these perceptions with the PS3.


I perceive my dick to be 12" long, doesn't mean when it comes time to put it into practice I'll get the same results.

360
The always touted viva pinata. crackdown. PGR. FORZA. GEARS (not really an fps at all nor does it play like one). Dead rising. Mass effect. table tennis. amped. DOA4... not to mention all the multi platform releases.

PS3:
Resistance. Motorstorm. and VF5 for now.

Maybe you would like to compare DLC? cause they would be even sadder. Live arcade has a lot of crap but id still probably rather play rootbeer tapper for extended periods of time the flow. Geometry wars isn't even fair.

Sure the PS3 will be better off a year form now, but so will the 360. Much as i thought it was silly to rush out ahead of Sony, the strategy of being first seems to really be paying off for them.

EDIT:DAMN!
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realvictory 20 Apr 2007 20:55
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LUPOS wrote:

Adam M wrote:
I still precieve the Xbox as having only hardcore FPS and PC games, but don't have these perceptions with the PS3.


I perceive my dick to be 12" long, doesn't mean when it comes time to put it into practice I'll get the same results.


Perception is important - most of the time, when I buy a game, I won't have already played it. If you can persuade someone your dick is 12" long, it doesn't matter if it's not. On the other hand, if people think it's 1", even if it's not, it won't be very good.

I've got a PS2 and an XBox1, and the PS2 has a wider range of games; more better games, so (if I didn't know better) I would naturally assume the PS3 will end up in the same situation (although it's definitely not right now).
LUPOS 20 Apr 2007 21:13
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realvictory wrote:
I've got a PS2 and an XBox1, and the PS2 has a wider range of games; more better games, so (if I didn't know better) I would naturally assume the PS3 will end up in the same situation (although it's definitely not right now).


Why would that be what you "naturally" assume? Is a PS3 a ps2? is an Xbox1 and Xbox360? Do they have similar designs even? What about similar launch conditions? Is Nintendo in a similar position as last time? There is nothing to lead you to "naturally" assume that except the letters "P" and "S". Unless you "naturally" don't think about things to deeply ;)

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Ditto 21 Apr 2007 01:25
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LUPOS wrote:
realvictory wrote:
I've got a PS2 and an XBox1, and the PS2 has a wider range of games; more better games, so (if I didn't know better) I would naturally assume the PS3 will end up in the same situation (although it's definitely not right now).


Why would that be what you "naturally" assume? Is a PS3 a ps2? is an Xbox1 and Xbox360? Do they have similar designs even? What about similar launch conditions? Is Nintendo in a similar position as last time? There is nothing to lead you to "naturally" assume that except the letters "P" and "S". Unless you "naturally" don't think about things to deeply ;)


Well, you don't think about it too much. My perception is that it's a Playstation 3 and I base my assumptions and perceptions about it on the previous outings 1 and 2.
Arabonis 21 Apr 2007 05:04
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config wrote:
Arabonis wrote:
Seriously... paying $600+ to play a console FPS is retarded.


Oh. I didn't realise that Motor Storm, Genji, Virtua Tennis, Ridge Racer, Blazing Angels, THP8, F1 06 and Sonic were all FPSs.

Silly me.


Genji blew balls, Motor Storm was alright, Virtua Tennis was alright (and was on 360), Ridge Racer on 360, Blazing Angels sucked IMO ( and was on 360), THP8 is on 360, F1 06 is not worth 600 bucks (nor is anything else listed before), and tell me the last time they made an awesome 3D Sonic game (the last Sonic game was on 360 too if memory serves me right).

Let's break it down. The only real good game on the PS3 is Resistance (PC FPS are ftw in the end), Motor Storm was not bad, Genji sucked badly, and personally, I can care less about a racing game. The rest are on a 360.

So I'll go spend $700+ dollars on the system and two games that aren't a BFG killer app wise.... Oh and since I'm such a rich kid buying a PS3, I'll go spend a couple of thousand dollars on getting a 50 inch+ 1080p HDTV to get the true quality of the system.

Now for the competition.
360: Gears of War, Crackdown, DOA4, soon to come: Too Human, Bioshock, Mass Effect, Blue Dragon, Halo 3 (I hate halo, but I had more fun with halo 2 than I did with Resistance), Fable 2. I'm pretty sure I'm missing a crap load more. These are all exclusive titles to 360, correct me if I'm wrong.
Wii: LOZ:TP, Paper Mario, Wario Ware (nice party game), Trauma Center. Soon to come: Super Smash Bros. Brawl (I don't even have to type any more games, but I will), Metroid Prime 3:Corruption, Super Mario Galaxy, Strikers, Batallion Wars, Crystal Chronicles, No More Heroes, Type-S (not soon to come I guess =P). I'm also sure I'm missing more games.

Exclusive titles sell a console, I don't care if a system can give me a handjob and shoot lasers, it needs awesome exclusive games. PS3 is going to have LittleBigPlanet, Lair, MGS which may not even stay exclusive from some rumors I'm hearing, and FFXIII. I hear Devil May Cry is going to 360 as well. GG Sony.


ozfunghi 22 Apr 2007 12:28
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PS2 is outselling Wii because people still can't find one in stores. That's the only reason. But still, it's impressive to see the PS2 pummel the PS3 like it does. It's an interesting console to buy, lots of games, cheap price. Just like PSone continued to sell after PS2 was out for 2 years.

The list of games Config mentioned is funny. Him being a mod on a videogames news website, I would expect a better argument and more knowledge of the games he listed. Blazing Angels being a reason to buy a PS3? If anything, that's actually an argument NOT to buy a PS3.
FrankenVater 22 Apr 2007 14:44
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Thing is, the PS3 is tanking. Everyone says so. And the 360 is flying away with the market. Everyone says so... But PS3 seems to be selling 2/3 what 360 is selling. And that's before Home is launched, and when there are no games for it.

Doesn't seem quite as bad as everyone is making out if you ask me.

In fact, just listening to the forum fanbois, I was expecting PS3 to be selling a third to a quarter what 360 is selling. I guess that shows that you should get you opinions from facts and data, and not second hand from people who can barely spell.

Drew 22 Apr 2007 17:42
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In response to Frankenvater, the problem with the fact that the PS3 is selling 2/3 of what the 360 is selling is that the 360 already had a 10 million consoles sold by the time PS3 launched. Sony was expecting to catch up with the 360 by the end of this year but it appears that they may actually end up farther behind. It's unfortunate since the PS2 was such a great system. I think Blu-ray must be the greatest mistake of all time (oh wait...or was it Betamax. Sony should not join format wars!).
config 23 Apr 2007 13:12
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ozfunghi wrote:
The list of games Config mentioned is funny. Him being a mod on a videogames news website, I would expect a better argument and more knowledge of the games he listed. Blazing Angels being a reason to buy a PS3? If anything, that's actually an argument NOT to buy a PS3.

The point I was attempting to make is that there is much more than FPS games for PS3, so I chose a selection of disparate genres to demonstrate this. As for Blazing Angels - given a choice I wouldn't play Sonic either, but, you know, different stroke and all that.
Nicholas Hyett 23 Apr 2007 17:29
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I was expecting something like this to happen. If the Wii's were available i would have expected that to outsell everyone by miles. The DS, i was a bit surprised with the way its been selling recently. I thought that the PS3 sales would have been lower than what is stated as the interest in it has just gone through the floor rather than through the roof. In fact the only interest i have at the moment in it is "Will it go down in price? (at least 100 to be reasonable)" and "Will better games become available? (Not to mention will they be available with all the HD quality, not just 720p)"
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