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So, apparently, No Fuss Reviews had surveyed 500,000 people (via visitors being randomly surveyed that come from search engines; they also used measures to reduce duplicate submissions) on whether their consoles had failed and how many times they needed to get repaired or replaced. Well, here are the results of the survey:
42% of 360s?! I know, personally, I’m on my third one. PS3 being at 8% isn’t too bad, though. Wii’s is very low, but is that because it’s really well built or people just don’t play it enough? Anyway, they had follow-up questions as well, concerning how many times they needed to be repaired/replaced. Those numbers can be seen after the jump. They kind of make you wonder how many 360 sales are due to multiple purchases because of faults as well.
Usually when conventions like GDC roll around everyone expects to hear from “The Big 3″, aka Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo, for their line up of product reveals. Unfortunately this year, no keynotes will be held for any of the three.
On a brighter note Sony will in fact be holding a session to show off the anticipated PS3 Motion Controller, which will be held at the the convention on Thursday, March 11th, from 3-4pm PST. Sony’s Dev Support Team will be on hand as well to look over the show.
Even with the lack of keynotes, I’m sure Sony’s got some secrets to unveil, they always do.
GDC 2010 runs from March 9th – 13th at the Moscone Center in San Francisco
*Article is an opinion of the writer and should not be seen as fuel for the “console war”, even though that will probably be it’s fate*
This generation of gaming consoles has proven a lot of things since the Xbox 360 launched. Remember the days when the PlayStation 3 was stumbling down a steep hill, with sales numbers faltering up until the price drop and the release of the Slim model? Out of the big three, Sony is, indeed, in 3rd place in total number of consoles sold, lagging behind the 360 by 5 – 6 million units (Wii is at around a ridiculous 67 million).
Because of this, people claim that Sony has lost the console war; jumping to an invalid conclusion. Keep in mind, the 360 was released in November of 2005, a year earlier than the release of the PlayStation 3. A lot of people couldn’t wait to get into the “next gen” world, and this, in turn, caused a wave of people buying the console because friends owned it. With total 360 sales nearing 38 million, and Sony closing in on 32 million (according to VGChartz, which isn’t an entirely reliable source, but the numbers are close enough for a relative sales figure within the realm of reality).
That being said, the 360 has been out for about 50 or so months, with the PS3 being out for about 38. Doing the math, that would mean the PS3 sells about 840,000 units a month (remember, the console was a staggering $600 at one point, too), with the 360 selling 760,000 per month (keep in mind, this is just total number of consoles sold over the number of months since release, there are slow months and there are big months (last calendar quarter of last year, the PS3 sold over 6.5 million consoles alone)). At this rate, within the next calendar year’s months (going by this number, and counting between March and December, being 9 months), the PS3 could potentially sell 7.56 million consoles, with the 360 selling 6.84 million.
Two weeks later, the PS3 is still the best selling video game product on Amazon (which is updated hourly), beating out both the Wii and the XBox 360 Elite, which are ranked 11th and 15th respectively. Funny thing is, the 360 had a price drop as well, within the last week, and its sales are nowhere near what the PS3 is getting (and it’s the only hardware in the top 10). Hopefully, this means the tides are truly turning and the PS3 really comes into fruition and starts taking its rightful place on top.
For those interested, here are the current Top 10 items on the list:
- PlayStation 3 120GB
- Wii Sports Resort
- Wii MotionPlus
- Halo 3: ODST (360)
- Batman: Arkham Asylum (PS3)
- Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box (DS)
- PlayStation 3 DualShock 3 Wireless Controller
- Batman: Arkham Asylum (360)
- Tales of Vesperia (360)
- Wii Remote Controller
It’s always nice to see a multiplatform game do better on the PS3 as well! Can’t wait to see NPD numbers for September! Also of note, Best Buys and Targets are running out of PS3 slim systems, and a lot of them are even sold out, so it’s looking like the price drop and system redesign is really attracting attention, and people are seeing the PS3 as the better bargain now, since it’s the same price as an Elite system, but has a lot more built-in features (such as blu-ray and Wifi). Only thing I’d like them to do would be to include the component cables like the Elite system rather than the basic composite.
Here is how it breaks down, but these numbers are averaged over the course of this study.
Average player using the console
PS3 – 10.6%
360 – 10.2 %
Wii – 6.8 %
Average days used
360 – 7.1 Days
PS3 – 6.8 Days
Wii – 5 Days
Daily average number of sessions
PS3 – 2.74 Sessions
360 – 2.15 Sessions
Wii – 1.78 Sessions
How does this compare to your console usage?