According to the latest European data, Sony’s PlayStation 3 is outselling the Xbox 360 by approximately 25 per cent in the first four months of 2010. This hardware discrepancy points towards Sony’s latest effort to close the gap between Microsoft’s home console.
The data comes by the way of Nintendo’s latest financial reports, compiling independent research companies’ data from “each country in Europe.” We’re not sure which countries these are, but we’ll presume that they comprise of market research company GfK’s nine key nations; UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands and Belgium. These make up over 90 per cent of Europe’s video games market.
The graph provided below compares the hardware performance of the console’s first four months of 2010 against that of 2009. Of course, the Nintendo Wii tops the chart by a considerable margin, but it’s the changing split between the PS3 and Xbox 360 that’s most interesting. Microsoft’s console just about snuck out a win in the first sixteen weeks of 2009, but 2010 is another story. The graph illustrates approximately 25 per cent higher sales of the PS3 compared to the Xbox 360.
Although our calculations are approximate, it’s certainly a different story than that of the US, where Microsoft’s console sports an 11 per cent sales domination over the PS3. This greater gap in Europe, and the PS3’s dominance in Japan, demonstrates how the PS3 has been able to close the gap between the Xbox 360 to only 4 million units.
PS3 software has been performing similarly well in Europe, with 9 of its games entering the top 30. This compares to 8 from the Xbox 360, 7 from the Nintendo Wii and 6 from the DS. Four PS3 games pervade the top 10; Final Fantasy XIII, Modern Warfare 2, God of War III and Heavy Rain. The first Xbox 360 title to chart only manages a 12th position. Europe could be winning this battle for Sony.