Only one PS3 first-party exclusive has topped 1 million US sales

Monday, 29th June 2009 14:35 GMT By Mike


According to NPD Group figures (below), only one PlayStation 3 first-party exclusive has topped one million in sales in the US. That game is Resistance: Fall of Man. It must be pointed out that these numbers do not include bundled titles.


GameSetWatch‘s numbers man Matt Matthews has cast a beady eye of the figures and surmised that although Sony’s stance on new IP is commendable, it is simply not profitable. Matthews reckons Sony should concentrate more on sequels.

He says it might have been better for Insomniac to continue building on the Ratchet and Clank franchise, instead of investing on the brand new Resistance. Same too for Naughty Dog, who might have profited more from a sequel to the popular PS2 title, Jak & Daxter, rather than creating the rather excellent Uncharted: Drakes Fortune.

The article points out that Sony concentrated a large portion of its E3 conference on Uncharted 2, even though the game hasn’t even come close to the 750k mark in the US. Tretton said back then that Uncharted had sold 2.6 million copies worldwide. However, as Matthews points out, he’s including bundled software figures, not stand-alone sales.

One could also look at Resistance 2 which has sold less than 750,000 units in six months on the market, to a userbase of 6 to 7 million owners. For a game promoted as the latest and best on the platform, opening month sales of 385,000 units seems exceptionally weak.

If we compare these figures to the competition, Gears of War 2 had sales upward of sales of 1.56 million units in its first month to an userbase of 12.4 million users. By the end of its second month it had hit the 2.3 million mark.

One could say that comparing Microsoft’s [and Nintendo's] biggest hits to Sony’s games is unfair. However, the issue is quite simple: Of Sony’s biggest software ventures of the past three years, which have been as successful as Microsoft’s on the Xbox 360 or Nintendo’s on the Wii? Even adjusting for the installed bases, Sony’s hits on the PlayStation 3 simply aren’t of the same magnitude as those of its competition on their respective platforms.

Matthews rounds off by saying that that company’s biggest first-party franchises – Gran Turismo and God of War – both of which are sequels, and thus in the conditions of his argument bound to do well, still aren’t out yet, and aren’t likely to see the light of day until next year.

There’s loads more though the link.



  1. anasui

    “One could say that comparing Microsoft’s [and Nintendo's] biggest hits to Sony’s games is unfair”


    #1 6 years ago
  2. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    Uhhh…yeah….Resistance has been out the longest…

    #2 6 years ago
  3. Syrok

    People really should buy MS:PR. It’s very good and miles better than the first part.

    #3 6 years ago

    Sorry, but that’s really, really crap.

    There’s not really an excuse for that. There’s a good mix of genre’s there, and all have relatively poor sales.


    #4 6 years ago
  5. DrDamn

    One argument would be that the XBox had a strong reputation for shooters and that has continued with the 360. Hence if you like your console shooters you will likely have a 360 and purchase big, well made sequels in that genre. Look outside shooters to other genres and see how well they stack up. What is MS’s best selling platformer for example? BKN&B tanked.

    The key point that Sony should have released big sequels to their key titles is correct. We are a good few years in to this hardware cycle and we should have seen a GoW3 and GT5 a while ago. However bringing in new IP/ideas and trying to establish them is also commendable – even if it doesn’t always work.

    For me Sony’s strength over the PSOne/PS2 and PS3 have been in diversity of the catalog and trying new things.

    #5 6 years ago
  6. NiceFellow

    Seems to me US simply isn’t buying into PS3 in general an particularly for new IPs.

    Having played Uncharted and Gears they’re both really terrific games (Gears does have the MP angle so popular with the core male demographic in the US mind you) and really each deserves stellar sales.

    In the case of the PS3 IPs I don’t think the sales are so much a reflection on the titles so much as the PS3 and what it’s current install base is looking for.

    The assumption is that it’s waiting for the big sequels – and if that’s correct then certainly for US, Sony would have been better served getting God of War, etc. out the door before looking at new IPs.

    #6 6 years ago
  7. Blerk

    I bet LBP breaks a million if you count in bundled copies. And I’m somewhat surprised to see GT5:P in that bracket.

    Still, it’s a shame for some of those titles. And it’s even more of a shame for the ‘new IP’.

    Would people really be more interested in a new Jak and Daxter than in Uncharted, though? Really?

    #7 6 years ago
  8. Syrok

    According to Polyphony it sold 760.000 in NA so if you want to be pedantic you can move it the next bracket. ;)

    #8 6 years ago
  9. Mike

    There was a GT:Prologue Bundle, was there not?

    #9 6 years ago
  10. DrDamn

    Interesting aside. Ignore Gran Turismo, God of War and SOCOM and Sony only had one title which sold more than 2m on the *PS2* and that includes pack-ins.

    #10 6 years ago
  11. Shatner

    DrDamn, numbers can be jiggled around to tell whatever story the author wants to convey. Just introduce a technicality here, exclude a region there..

    #11 6 years ago
  12. mck3nzi3

    Ehmmm….where is MGS??? :-|

    #12 6 years ago
  13. DrDamn

    Filed under Konami and not Sony I’m guessing. :)

    #13 6 years ago
  14. DrDamn

    Though you do have a point as the VG247 article doesn’t make this clear – they chopped the top off the table which states “Published by SCEA”.

    #14 6 years ago
  15. Michael O'Connor

    Mike, I usually respect your news posts, but this is seriously biased.

    This is *not* a list of exclusive titles. This is a list of *first party* titles, and there are far more games than those which listed that have sold over 1 million on the PS3.

    How about making the title reflect the content of the story?

    #15 6 years ago
  16. OrphanageExplosion

    MGS4 is notable by its absence, but I wonder what other PS3 exclusives could have topped 1m sales?

    #16 6 years ago
  17. Mike

    @Mike O’C: Yeah, you’re right. It’s first party. Edited.

    #17 6 years ago


    #18 6 years ago
  19. Michael O'Connor


    “First party exclusive” is a bit of an oxymoron though. If it’s first party, it’s exclusive by default. So the “exclusive” part of the titles makes no sense.

    #19 6 years ago
  20. Mike


    #20 6 years ago
  21. Blerk

    It does seem a bit mean of them not to include the bundled copies, tbh. Pretty much all of those titles have been in at least one bundle, haven’t they?

    #21 6 years ago
  22. Aimless

    I think you mean tautology, Michael. An oxymoron is something seemingly self-contradicting.

    Now I can feel less like a failure for the rest of the day.

    #22 6 years ago
  23. desiredtime

    I own 9 of those games listed, I’m impressed by that.

    #23 6 years ago
  24. MushroomStamp

    That’s cuz these game really aren’t that great (Uncharted being the exception). More hype than quality (except to fanboys).

    #24 6 years ago
  25. Syrok

    All depends on what you enjoy, doesn’t it? ;)

    #25 6 years ago
  26. MushroomStamp

    True, but by the numbers it shows not a lot of people are enjoying what Sony has to offer :)

    #26 6 years ago
  27. Michael O'Connor

    “That’s cuz these game really aren’t that great (Uncharted being the exception).”

    Yeah, cause LittleBigPlanet, MotorStorm and Heavenly Sword are shite, amirite?

    #27 6 years ago
  28. Syrok

    “True, but by the numbers it shows not a lot of people are enjoying what Sony has to offer :)”

    I know, people just don’t have taste these days. ^.^

    #28 6 years ago
  29. MushroomStamp

    LBP, gets old fast. Motostorm… umm.. whatever.. and Heavenly sword is a great rental (beat in 5 hours)…

    #29 6 years ago
  30. dirigiblebill

    I wonder how the no-sequels-equals-no-sales argument accounts for Gears of War’s success, then?

    #30 6 years ago
  31. fearmonkey

    Im betting that when the big guns finally arrive, GT, and GOW3, they will have some big sellers on their hands. IF those titles dont sell systems and take off, then nothing will.

    #31 6 years ago
  32. Syrok

    Would God of War really attract that many people? From what I remember it never really sold spectacularly good.

    #32 6 years ago
  33. Goliath

    Why does this matter to anyone who bought any one of those games?

    #33 6 years ago
  34. Phoenixblight

    833,000 in 2007 for God of war 2

    #34 6 years ago
  35. The_Deleted

    I think both Resistance games are fucking superb.
    But maybe us PS3 owners are just buying Pre-owned or just wait for the prices to go down. I know I do. Games are just too damned expensive.

    #35 6 years ago
  36. No_PUDding

    Gears of War is different in that it actually had a marketing budget.

    That is the only thing.

    Microsoft and Nintendo have agressive ad campaigns while Sony kind of prances aroudn the outskirts of good marketing.

    #36 6 years ago
  37. theevilaires

    Syrok said: People really should buy MS:PR. It’s very good and miles better than the first part.

    nope, ms:pr should have never cost $60 out of the gate. it was an improved game built on the same engine so dev cost shouldn’t have been that much more expensive. The game should have cost $40-$50 at most.

    Then maybe more people would have been inclined or enticed to have picked it up

    #37 6 years ago
  38. Retroid

    I got Motorstorm and Resistance bundled in with my PS3. Really expected to love Motorstorm and find Resistance a big arse. As it turned out, I thought Motorstorm was crap and Resistance was above average at best but saved by having co-op campaign play.

    Motorstorm Pacific Rift is bloody great, though!

    #38 6 years ago
  39. No_PUDding

    Ugh, Resistance is such an underrated gem.

    It’s like Ratchet And Clank, but scary, and that my friend is fucking awesome. And some interesting characters that got ditched in the sequel for testosterone guzzling american frat-boy-come-soldiers.

    #39 6 years ago
  40. lk


    that was a dumb statement if I’ve ever heard one. by that logic, Gears of War 2 should’ve also only cost 40-50$.

    #40 6 years ago
  41. theevilaires

    yea im sure you’re the same dumbass that will buy left 4 dead 2 at full price when its the same fucking game only completed this time. you shithead xbot, its assholes like you that help the real crooks get away with the real crime.

    #41 6 years ago
  42. theevilaires

    and gears of war 2 was slammed by many people including your beloved xbots brothers that it was just the same old shit like the first gears. it should have cost $30 with the broken online it shipped with and heavy texture pop ins every 6 seconds.

    #42 6 years ago
  43. No_PUDding

    Come on people. You’re both wrong, so just give up and shake hands. We’ve shed the main conflict maker today, so lets be calm?

    Or is the main conflict maker position free, a spot you have to fill?

    #43 6 years ago
  44. theevilaires

    if you think the majority of games made this gen are worth $60 (vampire rain, bullet witch, too human, just naming a few) then you are a complete idiot.

    #44 6 years ago
  45. No_PUDding

    Listen I can’t make you two stop, becuase you guys are obviously in deep, but just have a sensible argument, okay?

    #45 6 years ago
  46. theevilaires

    No_Pud stfu because you are probably LK

    now moving along, if you can’t improve every aspect of the sequel title you’re developing for then you don’t deserve full price like the original because all that does is just make the sequel a big down loadable update on a disc.

    Enter: Left 4 Dead 2

    #46 6 years ago
  47. No_PUDding

    Oh god… Really dude?

    Whatever, I just wanted to rejoice today. But whatever.

    #47 6 years ago
  48. Psychotext

    /licks tea

    #48 6 years ago
  49. lk

    i dont even have an xbox, but i just got called an xbot 5 times… for defending pacific rift. teh fuck?

    #49 6 years ago
  50. No_PUDding

    Even more of an insult, you were called me.

    #50 6 years ago

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