Sony: PS3 “the only platform” with growth in software over September of nearly 50%

Wednesday, 17th November 2010 14:39 GMT By Stephany Nunneley


Sony has responded to last night’s NPD figures, and has said it is seeing strong movement at retail for both hardware and software.

The firm claimed sales were “incredibly strong in October” with PS3 the “only platform that had growth in the software over September” to the tune of nearly 50 percent.

“With next week’s launch of the industry’s most anticipated title, Gran Turismo 5, we’re sure to carry the momentum through the holidays,” said SECA’s senior director of corporate communications, Patrick Seybold.

According to Sony, Move also did well in October, with an 15 percent increase in sales since its September launch. Seybold assures the firm is “working hard to keep the inventory up across the country to meet strong consumer demand” for the season, and talked up some of the software for the motion controller.

“With the growing content and services options for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Network,” said Seybold, “including recently added Hulu Plus and NHL GameCenter, as well as the pending launch of Vudu on PS3, we’re constantly adding additional value to the hardware and consumers are responding.”

According to last night’s figures from NPD, Microsoft topped the chart for the third month in a row with Xbox 360, moving around 325K units and bringing the console’s YtD total to around the 3.5 million unit mark.

While neither Sony nor Nintendo provided any unit sales figures for PS3 or Wii, IndustryGamers has posted up some numbers  and are reporting Sony moved 250K units and Wii 232K units – a year-over-year decline of 54 percent for the Nintendo consoles.

However, it was reported by NPD Nintendo DS “led the pack” last night, although there still aren’t any figures for the handhald floating around.



  1. Blerk

    Uh… why are they talking about their software growth in September when it was the October figures that were just published? Or was that a typo?

    But if it was a typo, it doesn’t marry up with what IndustryGamers are saying (17% software growth on PS3 in October), so someone’s wrong.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Erthazus

    and PS3 is the only platform that has the lowest software sales. (in most cases)


    #2 4 years ago
  3. daytripper

    last ps3 game i bought was ffxiii on release weekend

    #3 4 years ago
  4. theevilaires

    so embarrassing…..SONY shut up and make a $199 PS3 and be done with this competition of yours.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. itsucks

    sales of 1 over 0 are a 100% growth? ZOMG, Impressive!!!

    if you want to bloath shit around, start by telling numbers. When you don’t it’s obviously spin city bullshit going around. Go fuck yourself $ony.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. daytripper

    @5 do you get out much?

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Suikoden Fan

    @6 i’m guessing no

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Razor

    Maybe the first and only time, but I’m with TEA.

    Cut the price, Sony. It’s high time you did anyway.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Erthazus

    I like how you are all saying: cut the price.

    It is so easy to do when they have pricey Blu Ray driver inside.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. CptKurk

    @5 Try multiplying 0 with 100% and see how long it takes you to get to 1.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. theevilaires

    cut the HDD to a 10GB that should lower the cost a lot. Has for M$ with their 4GB HDD 360. Either that or start including better value in that $300 box. I’m talking Twisted Metal,UC3,GOW3, or even dare I say it GT5 pre bundled with a $300 10GB PS3.

    $240 PS3 + $60 game = $300

    Seems ok to me eh?

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Crysis

    @5, as CptKurk says, 100% more than 0 is still 0, imbecile, learn grade 4 maths before attempting to use it to prove an invalid point.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Crysis

    @11, it’ll be great for people considering purchaing a PS3, but Sony’s sales are still going very well, it wouldn’t be the smartest decision to lower the price when things are already going steady, wait til demand declines then expect a better offer on the table, til then, we’re stuck with a very basic deal.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Rah_Xephon

    Until the PS3 gets on a parity price wise with the 360, it won’t shift as many. But Sony seem to be happy where they are, but from this side it still looks like an expensive console. Once it hits that sub £200 mark, it’ll fly. Right now it’s a crawl.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. theevilaires

    Yup very true Crysis besides SONY isn’t in a rush. I really hope this gen just last a little longer than the rest.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. Erthazus

    Sony won’t drop the price until E3 2011 or September in 2011.

    Actually they are doing with it’s price surprisingly very well if not great. 299$ and they still sell it and console sales are always great when great games are on the horizon.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. OlderGamer

    I strongly agree with Tea and others calling for a price drop. I don’t care what is in the box or what the hardware can do, if the price stays around that 250-300usd mark, sales will be slower then they would like.

    Its just basic games industry principles. Lose cash on the hardware, make it up on software.

    I would also add that Sony should lose PSN+ and and start charging a standard fee for their online services across the board. Something as low as 30usd/year. Or each time you buy a new game it comes with one free month of PSN service. I mean something. Your going to pay to play online one way or another, either with your DLC, higher hardware price, or a modest fee sudscription.

    My point is that regaurdless of how you do it, none of it matters if folks won’t buy your system because they feel the price is too high at the store.

    Hell, lower the price to 150usd, charge 50usd/yr for PSN, pack in vouchers for 1st party games(10usd off new purchases) make it up on DLC.

    When your in last place, you need to offer more then the other guys and be more creative doing it. Otherwise your saying you like being last and nothing will change.

    #17 4 years ago
  18. Gama_888

    a price drop would be great for the ps3.
    its still £100 more than the cheapest xbox. albeit you get more in the box but a lot of consumers that are buying consoles this late in the game dont understand that.
    make it £50 more than the xbox and youv got yourself an xbox killer ;)

    as for getting rid of ps+, NOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    #18 4 years ago
  19. Stephany Nunneley

    @1 “PlayStation 3 software sales were incredibly strong in October and PS3 was the only platform that had growth in the software over September, to the tune of nearly 50%”.

    Full statement from the mail.

    #19 4 years ago
  20. lexph3re

    Wow, some of you guys are tards! You guys want a crap console as long as you save a couple bucks? Just plain idiots! Nothings wrong with the asking retail price. You can get a 250gb for 300 now and 320 with move for 400.

    These prices aren’t ridiculous considering what you are getting. Built in wifi, blu ray, free online service, netflix, hulu, ps+ all optional services as well. You might buy a 360 for 200 but then you have to spend 60 followed up with a descent hdd (that’s microsoft certified can cost between 20-100.) And then the services follow.

    Ps3 is fine they don’t need to change anything. If they drop a price it would kill the hardware and people will then complain about how shitty their purchase was. So, end of story stop asking for more dumb lthings like people asked for when we wanted a cheaper system for big bertha. Now you guys complain about lack of bc and usb ports as well for external memory units like the memory stick duo.

    #20 4 years ago
  21. Psychotext

    These are the software sales for October:

    Edit – Actually, not sure these are right. Stupid NPD and the chinese whispers we get now.

    I’ll try do dig up September’s to see how they compare.

    #21 4 years ago
  22. Stephany Nunneley

    You can get a Sony Blu-ray player anywhere from $299 – $154 depending on where you purchase one and which model. But for now, you can’t get everything PSN has to offer, so that is where they need to devote more advertising resources. IMO. Also, think about it. If you were a sales person working on commission, which would you push? The Blu-ray player or the $400 PS3 with Move bundle? I have no idea where I was going with this. I’ll shut up and make dinner.

    #22 4 years ago
  23. Kuwabara

    Fuck he sales. ps3 has the better games and so many exclusives next year. The xbox360 has turned pathetic. I dnt care if the xbox 360 sells a 100 million more, i just feel sorry for the lost sheep.

    #23 4 years ago

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