Saturday, September 09, 2006

PS3 Launch Will Be Bigger Than Xbox 360's.

In an interview with, Sony's senior director of corporate communications, Dave Karraker, points out that despite the recently announced PS3 launch cutback, Sony will actually be shipping more PS3's than Microsoft did with its Xbox 360 console.

Referencing Sony President Ken Katarugi's statement that the North American market would initially see a scant 400,000 units, Karraker is quoted as saying that that "is just below what we had available at launch for PS2 and is higher than what Microsoft had for Xbox 360".

"More importantly, in my mind," he continues, "is that we will have 1 to 1.2 million units available by December 31 in North America." He again compares it to the Xbox 360's performance, noting that, "[t]his is more than double what Xbox 360 sold through during the same period".

According to some estimates, the Xbox 360, which was released on November 22, 2005, sold 326,000 units in its first nine days of sale and 900,000 units at year's end. If Sony can deliver on its revised promise of 400,000 launch units and 1 million plus units by year's end, then numerically, it would outperform Microsoft's next-gen console by a thin margin.

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