Microsoft: Xbox 360 Ahead of PS3 in Europe

Console war not over yet

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David Gosen
David Gosen
Microsoft has said that it has sold "well over" five million Xbox 360s in Europe, putting it ahead of Sony and the PS3.

Speaking in an interview with MCV, David Gosen (European VP of strategic marketing for interactive entertainment at Microsoft EMEA...phew) has indicated that the console war is far from over, stating, "Anyone trying to call a winner this Christmas is calling too early.

"We are incredibly well positioned – our installed base in Europe is well over five million and contrary to what's been reported we are at least, if not more than, three quarters of a million ahead of PS3."

"What's been reported", of course, is the assertion by David Reeves back in May that the more PS3s than Xbox 360s had been sold in Europe.

Gosen isn't the first Microsoft man to question Reeves' assertion, with Aaron Greenberg, director of product management for Xbox 360 and Xbox Live, having said that Reeves' statement was "not based on actual data". If SPOnG understands Greenberg's English correctly, he also said at the time that the 360 was over a million units ahead of the PS3 - more of a lead than Gosen is claiming now.

Gosen also hit out at analysts who have said the 360 has hit a wall in Europe, saying, “If we look at the momentum in the business in the last few months, the trajectory has changed significantly. My only message to the analysts is to check their numbers”.

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will 26 Jun 2008 12:25
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reeves didnt say that the ps3 has outsold the 360 completely, he said that its sold more ps3's from its release till playstation day than the 360 did from its release to playstation day, which means that it took less time to reach the 6 million mark than the 360, but if you look at vg chartz u wil see that the 360 is 750,00 ahead. (more or less). get it right
David Armstrong 26 Jun 2008 12:33
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I think I know about 3 people with a PS3, and only one of them is a gamer. Sometimes I wonder why the charts don't reflect observations of the real world. Are there really that many people buying it just for films? I'd think that was the case but MGS4 has a pretty good sales ratio against consoles (1:5). I'd like to see some figures for sales to film buffs against sales to gamers.
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Joji 26 Jun 2008 12:37
3/11
Gotta love the mudslinging. Think its about time for the annual rep wrestling tournament.

Now there's a good game idea. Fully Rep Wrestling....coming to consoles soon.
otryBlue 26 Jun 2008 12:49
4/11
What a pathetic loser. Even after a price cut the PS3 outsells the xbox2 every week in Europe. If the PS3 hasn't passed the xbox2 install base yet, it will shortly.
SuperSaiyan4 26 Jun 2008 13:20
5/11
I think European gamers are finally reasling that the best games and entertainment can only be found on the Xbox 360 given the exclusives and the online gaming community and the online content it surpasses what the PS3 offers offline and online 100:1.

Overall the Xbox 360 is a far better experience for gaming and entertainment with the movies you can download and all the content, the 360 just offers far more than what the PS3 offers that is a fact.
schnide 26 Jun 2008 13:59
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SuperSaiyan4 wrote:
I think European gamers are finally reasling that the best games and entertainment can only be found on the Xbox 360 given the exclusives and the online gaming community and the online content it surpasses what the PS3 offers offline and online 100:1.

Overall the Xbox 360 is a far better experience for gaming and entertainment with the movies you can download and all the content, the 360 just offers far more than what the PS3 offers that is a fact.


I'd put money on you not being a day over 16 years old.
Tomoko 26 Jun 2008 16:23
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PS3 is ahead in PAL markets and ahead in Europe (excluding Middle East and Australia but including Russia) on installed base and last week sold twice as many as XBox 360 in PAL markets .
Wii is ahead of both of them.
Take it from a Japanese lady who is objective tracks all the stats in minute detail.
Tomoko
bd 27 Jun 2008 04:32
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I would not believe neither one of them I certainly know that MS is typically full of crap. But Sony has had its days on the toilet to. That being said the media should and needs a good beat down for being such A-holes during the PS3 release I have never seen such a deprived bunch trying to find something wrong. Media needs to stay out of the industry until they can be trusted to tell the truth, relay worth while news, and not fill us full of there foolish uneducated opinions, and prove that they are not making money trying to derail any of the systems.
Isaac Kirby 27 Jun 2008 12:54
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i would also like to know how many consoles have been sent in for repair, or have been replaced. If as many 360s have RRODed as rumoured then there may be more PS3s in homes than 360s.
SuperSaiyan4 27 Jun 2008 13:26
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Tomoko wrote:
PS3 is ahead in PAL markets and ahead in Europe (excluding Middle East and Australia but including Russia) on installed base and last week sold twice as many as XBox 360 in PAL markets .
Wii is ahead of both of them.
Take it from a Japanese lady who is objective tracks all the stats in minute detail.
Tomoko


The PS3 is not ahead of anything or in any market, this time its Sony losing tons of money and having to DEGRADE, SACK and DEMOTE its employees because of all the losses.

Hell even MGS4 couldn't keep the no.1 spot for long and nor did it sell as many as HALO 3, this is because the overall userbase of the PS3 is very small.

I think the PS3 is the best value for a blu-ray player, although I would not buy one will get a Samsung blu-ray player eventually.
p 30 Jun 2008 18:14
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SuperSaiyan4 wrote:


I think the PS3 is the best value for a blu-ray player, although I would not buy one will get a Samsung blu-ray player eventually.


The PS3 is probably still the best value Bluray player. I was speaking to someone who installs AV at the weekend, and he said that the Panasonic players he's seen take a good few minutes to boot up and get to the disc menu screen. So I'd check any player in the flesh before purchase.
Also knowing that Bluray is going through a few different versions at the moment (versions 1, 1.1 , 2 and who knows what else) I'd say that a PS3 that's online is going to the safest bet for a while too come. At least when download movies kill of disc movies you'll have a games console that might, by then have some games you want to play.
You could try trading that HD-DVD drive too buy back your old PS3.

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