Microsoft: FFXIII will sell better on 360 than PS3

Saturday, 21st March 2009 22:00 GMT By Stephany Nunneley


Microsoft has said that Final Fantasy XIII will sell better on Xbox 360 than PS3 when it’s finally released outside of Japan.

This bit of confidence is based on this week’s NPD data, which also has the console-maker confident that the 360 version of Resident Evil 5 will also outsell its PS3 counterpart.

FFXIII is still a PS3 exclusive in Japan.

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  1. Syrok

    O rly?

    #1 6 years ago
  2. Psychotext

    Worldwide? No. Europe? No. US? Yes.

    #2 6 years ago
  3. Soong

    Hahahaha come on! It’s PS3 exclusive in Japan FFS, you know – that crazy country where each FF game sells way more copies than there are Japanese citizens.

    #3 6 years ago
  4. DarkSide

    shut the fuck up ms always talk bullshit

    #4 6 years ago
  5. Trivi4l

    US? Yes, Europe? Maybe, Japan & everywhere else? Most likely No

    #5 6 years ago
  6. crackdude

    Japan isn’t where FF sells the most..

    #6 6 years ago
  7. DaMan

    gawd this story is 690 at N4G atm. people there always care more about the sales than games they play :))

    #7 6 years ago
  8. Gamoc

    Sorry, wait a second, I just have to clean the vodka and coke from my keyboard.

    #8 6 years ago
  9. Psychotext

    Now why did you feel you had to ruin your Vodka by adding something to it? Neat, straight from the freezer, or NOTHING!

    #9 6 years ago
  10. Michael O'Connor

    The 360 has a larger userbase. By the basic law of averages, the game will sell around the same percentage on each format, but since the 360 has more users, the equal percentage is automatically a larger number of people.

    Multi-format titles always sell in higher numbers on the 360 simply because it has a larger userbase. That’s not fanboyism, the figures are out there if you want check.

    The Japanese market has shrunk year on year. Final Fantasy game or not, it makes up the smallest sector of the gaming market, probably somewhere in the region of 20% of overall worldwide sales.

    This *will* sell better on the 360, but not because of any inherent advantage of the format. The PS3 is the better storage medium for the game (Blu-ray storage space likely means higher resolution textures and video quality), but the consumer only cares about what’s cheapest.

    #10 6 years ago
  11. Gamoc

    Except Japan, where it is not only exclusive but the PS3 has sold very well. That’s a very large market that loves Final Fantasy and can only get it on the PS3. Oh, it releases there before everywhere else, too.

    I think it’ll sell more on the PS3.

    #11 6 years ago
  12. cachucha

    any other title i Would say yes, but since this is a strong name in japan; Just no.

    #12 6 years ago
  13. Mad-elph

    Not one person I know who owns an X360 gives a shit about FF. They all think RPGs are terrible wastes of time and money. I would be VERY surprised if they equaled the number. By the time FF is released Sony will have given PS3 a price drop (of course because its release is a year away) There is no possible way this is going to be correct. Unless Sony stops selling another PS3 from today on.

    #13 6 years ago
  14. Psychotext

    I get the feeling that the MS guy wasn’t exactly counting Japanese sales… given there’s no 360 version at all there. :D

    #14 6 years ago
  15. hitnrun

    The PS3 isn’t going to make up ground on the 360 because of a price drop, at least not in the frame of time relevant to FFXIII and *especially* not with FFXIII being multiplat.

    As for the MS guy, he very well could be right. FF wouldn’t be the first series which tween Sony fanboys have called a “Sony franchise” to sell way better on the 360, although I expect the margin won’t be 2:1 a la GTA4.

    #15 6 years ago
  16. NiceFellow

    Worldwide 360 sales have no chance of outselling PS3 version – Japan will tilt the scales on this just as it has in the past.

    FF always sells big numbers in Japan.

    US sure, and as he’s responding to NPD I’m guessing that’s what he means. But he should properly caveat his words or expect to get shot down for spouting something that’s frankly unlikely.

    #16 6 years ago
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    #17 6 years ago
  18. The Benny

    Street Fighter IV’s US sales were surprisingly close though considering the difference in userbase, so the PS3 probably had the edge there, percentage-wise. Considering its Sony roots these past few generations and it being a jRPG FFXIII will likely be a lot closer than something like CoD:WaW.

    Then again, among Sony communities there’s so much talk of ‘betrayal’ and ‘boycotts’ around Square discussions these days that certain portions of Final Fantasy fans may skip it altogether (of course, being the internet, that probably won’t be as large a group as it appears).

    #18 6 years ago
  19. Cort

    hitnrun, why not? Look what a price drop did for the 360 recently and note how most research points to price as the only significant reason many people are holding off buying a PS3.

    #19 6 years ago
  20. DaMan

    they’re probably right about US.

    #20 6 years ago
  21. Quiiick

    In the US of A alone: Yes!
    In every other region / worldwide combined sales: NO!

    #21 6 years ago
  22. crippledhooba

    I know alot of people who bought there PS3 solely for this game. I know I was one of them, so I’ll still be buying it for PS3 at least.

    #22 6 years ago
  23. DaMan

    I know a lot of people who were happy when SE announced the game is going multiplatform, and now aren’t going to buy a PS3 at all.

    who cares? we don’t even know if this game will be good.

    #23 6 years ago
  24. ecu

    Final Fantasy games sell over 2 million in Japan. It’ll sell more in the US, but I don’t think it’ll be by a huge amount, I don’t even think it’ll be by more than a million.

    #24 6 years ago

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