Sony boasts indexed software lead in console wars

Thursday, 8th September 2011 02:48 GMT By Brenna Hillier

When viewed in the context of instal base, Sony believes it has the edge over Microsoft when it comes to games sales.

“If you look at the index ratio and see that where they might have this massive lead on the hardware side, the people that are buying software, when the software growth is happening, it’s happening on the PS3,” SCE America’s Rob Dyer told IndustryGamers.

The senior vice president of publisher relations revealed a 1.6 index ration on hardware – meaning 1.6 Xbox 360s have been purchased for every PlayStation 3.

However, he went on to cite examples of multiplatform games selling better on the PS3 than the Xbox 360 – Mortal Kombat and Dante’s Inferno in particular, with an index ratio of 0.91 and 0.93 respectively. Meanwhile, L.A. Noire, NBA 2K12 and Portal 2 boast impressive index ratios of 1.22, 1.2, and 1.6 respectively. In all cases, the games sported platform exclusive features.

Dyer was particularly pleased by the performance of Medal of Honor.

“Here Microsoft owns the shooter category – everyone talks about how that’s their genre,” he said. “Medal of Honor, because we gave away a free copy of Frontline on the disc, wildly over indexed on ours. Microsoft absolutely felt that.”

The executive isn’t concerned about Microsoft’s Call of Duty times exclusives, either.

“They’re not running any higher than what the index ratio is – they’re right at 1.6. In spite of all the millions that Microsoft has spent on that relationship with Activision, people aren’t voting to buy a 360 version of that over and above a PS3 version, given the installed base,” he said.

“As much as people might associate Call of Duty and the shooting genre with 360, we don’t see that as a cause for alarm right now. What we’re hoping for, given the announcement we made at E3 with Battlefield (full Battlefield 1943 game included on disc), we believe that we are going to have a major player here with EA on our platform – and well over indexed given what we’re doing with them in order to promote that title.”



  1. daytripper

    dont see how battlefield 1943 will be a defining choice, it’s like getting madden 12 and getting madden 10 free. this is one of the reasons why i dont have much love for them (sony), they have brought some tremendous stuff to the table over the years but always lack something i feel, a bit more substance to what they do either their attitude, some of the fans attitude, the online, the controller and so on. they focus too much on slagging off the competition when they can be so much more than that. it’s a bit frustrating to see, especially this generation, if they had a bit more about them they could be doing a lot better.

    #1 3 years ago

    It’s all getting very statistical these days, isn’t it?

    #2 3 years ago
  3. OlderGamer

    Does seem like he is reaching a bit if ya ask me.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Christopher Jack

    I’d still rather a free game, albeit outdated one, with a purchase than earlier DLC at the same price as it’d normally be. Now if the CoD DLC was free & came out earlier, that maybe a different story, I’m sure Microsoft could afford it considering how much Gold subs CoD brings in, one 3 month Gold sub would be similar to 2 CoD mappacks, at least in Australia.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Erthazus

    Wow… a free outdated game.

    Go, download PS1 emulator and play old games that Sony include in EA packages.

    Oh my god, they are going to have BF1943 inside BF3 *rolls eyes* I’m sure i’m going to get it because PC version with 64 players, larger maps, better visuals (in all category), 60 fps and better controls are just shit compared to the old reharshed PSN game.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. tenthousandgothsonacid

    Where does he get the 1.6 hardware ratio from ? Doesn’t match any published figures. Is this just in the US ?

    [Reads post properly, oh aye, just US]

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Christopher Jack

    @5, Seems that you’re encouraging piracy D:
    You’re not supposed to be open about it.
    @6, The PS3 has outsold the 360 in most countries so it should have been pretty obvious that he was just referring to the US.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Blerk

    “If you mangle the statistics in this exact way, ignoring X, Y and Z and counting A and B as constants and C as a floating cloudy thing then it’s absolutely clear-as-fucking-daylight that Q equals R and Pie is better than Pasty and we’re the fucking winners and can all go home early.” – Corporate Knob, yesterday.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. OrbitMonkey

    All I heard out of that was *free game*. Is Battlefield 1943 already out on psn anyway? I distinctly remember playing some ww2 online only battlefield game…

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Gekidami

    ^ Yes, it is.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. OrbitMonkey

    ^ oh, right…*loses all interest In BF3*

    #11 3 years ago
  12. TheBlackHole

    Three things:

    @8 – LOL

    The title is misleading. Sony are saying a few titles over-indexed on PS3, not that they have the edge on ALL game sales. Ask him how well Portal 2 did against the 360 version, even after allowing Steamworks to be bundled with it. Pfft.

    I don’t know how the split sits in the US or ROW, but in the UK at least, 360 trounces PS3 in software sales almost every time.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. Fin

    BF 1943 is awesome.

    #13 3 years ago

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