PS3 hardware outsells Xbox 360 by 25% in Europe

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.

Readers Comments (13)

  1. The PS3 is really picking up speed.

  2. Hey guys, when are you going to reveal your “rumour” you mentioned couple of days ago, how many more days we have to wait?

  3. @PP

    Dude, you lose everytime!!! PS3 has this year like last year against 360. Nintendo + Sony = THIRD place for 360. 🙂

  4. @pp
    Halo 3 Reach? We already have enough shooting games on the market. Using Halo Reach isn’t going to persuade me into buying a 360. It actually has the opposite effect. I immediately lose interest whenever a new shooting game gets announced. I’m sure many people share my point of view.

  5. PP= pathetic pedophile

  6. Europeans and Japanese are smarter than American gamers.

  7. Patrick Steen May 18, 2010 @ 00:54

    HGH: You’ll see it sometime this week.

  8. i live in europe, i hawent ben looking at sales figures at all, and i would like to ask,
    wasent the ps3 outseling the 360 in europe like ewer since it got out?
    cuz thats prety much how it semes to me, you barely see any 360 or 360 games on shelfs in local or online stores

  9. No big surprise. The PS3 has had a blockbuster year so far with games like Heavy Rain, White Knight Chronicles and God Of War 3 while the 360, as per the usual, hasn’t had any exclusives at all.

    Well, OK, they’ve just released Alan Wake but it’s a little late now. Plus, Alan Wake is reviewing like a polished turd, it’s about as far from a “AAA” game as you can get.

    Sony are dominating 2010 the same way they dominated 2009 and it’s only going to get better with Gran Turismo 5 and Playstation Move releasing in the next 6 months.

  10. Cant wait Patrick Steen

  11. Patrick Steen May 18, 2010 @ 17:11

    Dont be too excited…trust me.

  12. Told ya Europe doesn’t Xbox,and I know it all along cuz I’m live in Europe.
    Next is the Wii…

  13. i think this trend will continue for other territories too, very soon, american’s need to come out of cocoon

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