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PlayStation 3 Shifted 263,000 Units in North America Last Month

Posted by Sammy Barker

Sales strong for Sony's system

PlayStation 4 may have stolen the headlines in February, but the PlayStation 3 proved that it’s still got the staying power to carry Sony into the next generation. GamesIndustry.biz has revealed that the manufacturer’s current flagship console sold 263,000 units in North America last month – enough to make it the second best selling platform in the region.

As reported by the NPD earlier today, the Xbox 360 led the charge in its home territory with sales in the region of 302,000 units. Nintendo’s recently released Wii U improved, but was still some way behind with 66,000 units sold during the same period. PlayStation Vita numbers are still being kept under wraps, but the console’s thought to have trumped its tally in January by 30 per cent.

Dead Space 3 topped the software charts for the month, selling 605,000 units across multiple platforms. The first entry in the series secured around 500,000 units during its launch month, but figures for its sequel aren’t readily available. At the time, publisher EA said that Dead Space 2 was outselling its predecessor by two to one, but it failed to specify regions.

[via gamesindustry.biz, joystiq.com]

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User Comments (7)

BornOfEvil

#1

BornOfEvil said:

A 39,000 difference isn't bad considering the PS3 came out a year after the 360. It's even more impressive if you consider it's astronomical launch price.

Jaz007

#3

Jaz007 said:

@TheRealBatman It's been years since the launches and since PS3 had that price. How are those relavant unless your lookong at lifetime sales of the console?

BornOfEvil

#4

BornOfEvil said:

@Jaz007 I'm not saying they're relevant. All i'm saying is that with all the difficulties it faced during it's first year, the PS3 has done a pretty good job of closing the gap.

If you think about it, by the time Sony got the PS3 out there, the 360 had already established a pretty massive fanbase. Then add the the time before the price drop and it's pretty impressive that the difference in number of units sold is as low as it is.

I probably didn't explain it very well, but I think you know what i'm trying to get at.

Zombie_Barioth

#5

Zombie_Barioth said:

Thats pretty impressive considering how long this generation has been. I have a feeling the current consoles will play a much bigger role next gen than the previous ones did.

Gamer83

#6

Gamer83 said:

Hopefully this month will be even better thanks to great exclusives like God of War and the always excellent MLB The Show along with big multiplats like Tomb Raider and Bioshock. That GoW bundle with the red super slim will likely push some units off the shelves.

charlesnarles

#7

charlesnarles said:

Well, they're cheaper and "smarter" than they've ever been. If folks like me paid 600 for 60gbs in '07, everyone else'd have to be fools to not pay half that for 500gbs today.

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