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We all know the PS brand is huge in Europe, especially back in 2006. PS3 launched with some of the biggest sales numbers a console had seen there when it launched back in March 2007, but would it have been bigger if it had launched in Nov or Dec 2006? And would that have been enough for PS3 to be ahead of 360 right now in WW LTD sales?

I think the holiday season+ 3 months in 2007 would have given them at least 1m+ more sales than they have now, but what about 2m?

 

IMPORTANT MESSAGE: I see the vast majority of posters here misunderstanding the topic. 360 launched way back in 2005 globally, PS3 launched in USA+Japan in 2006 and Europe in March 2007. I'm only talking about if they had been able to launch everywhere in 2006 (not just USA+Japan). I'm not asking "what if PS3/360 had launched at the same time". There would still be a year between them *IMPORTANT MESSAGE ENDS



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Well, assuming the PS3 is the exact same device... I actually think the PS3 could of sold worse. I mean it would either be sold at the same price at a higher loss, or for a higher price... and Sony wouldn't of been able to lower the price as fast... (lets say a little earlier chronologically then it did in real life). A price cut a little less then a year later in it's lifespan and you worry that it might actually LOSE customers and interest at that point.

I'm assuming too that we're assuming the tech just magically got done a year earlier, and that the new rushed launch isn't going to cause a 360 RROD type event.

Sold more at launch?  Yeah, long term though....



Perhaps, but since they didnt launch globally because of supply constraints, I dont think they would have moved anymore than they did.

Now if they had supply to actually deliver o every region...I dont know. There were only so many people willing to pay the launch price... I think Sony's sales would just dry up. Hard to say with hypotheticals.

It wouldn't have made much of a difference. The PS3 would have cost even more than it did and the 360 would have had all the games devs couldn't figure out how to run on the PS3.

Not sure, even separated launch it didn't sell that bad. Now if we are talking Vita, yes having to delay/separate their launch was horrible in hind sight, but that isn't the case for every system. We have to remember the world was a different place in 2006.

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yes PS3 would be in second with a likely 5m lead over 360

Quite possible, but who knows really. Releasing first was a strategic move by MS that worked, so you have to give them credit (considering the advantage releasing first gave PS2 over Xbox 1). But I think that the PS brand would have been strong enough that if PS3 and 360 were released at the same time, PS3 quite possibly would have had more sales than the 360 by now.

My side question is though, what about PS4 and 720 - which, if released about the same time, would PS4 outsell 720? I don't think it would, since MS with the 360 has successfully won the hearts of many former Sony faithful.

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Kasz216 said:

Well, assuming the PS3 is the exact same device... I actually think the PS3 could of sold worse. I mean it would either be sold at the same price at a higher loss, or for a higher price... and Sony wouldn't of been able to lower the price as fast... (lets say a little earlier chronologically then it did in real life). A price cut a little less then a year later in it's lifespan and you worry that it might actually LOSE customers and interest at that point.

I'm assuming too that we're assuming the tech just magically got done a year earlier, and that the new rushed launch isn't going to cause a 360 RROD type event.

Sold more at launch?  Yeah, long term though....

The PS3 was ready to go back in 2006, and it did in Japan+USA but not in Europe because of some manufacturing issues I think. I'm assuming that they could've made enough PS3s for a global launch in Nov 2006, instead of only in America+Japan



i'm pretty sure we had exactly that topic last month. i said it is not possible to talk about that because microsoft would have maybe changed the strategy then (and sony as well). maybe we would have seen a cheaper 360, maybe earlier price reductions, maybe microsoft would have invetsed more in advertisment for europe.



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kain_kusanagi said:
It wouldn't have made much of a difference. The PS3 would have cost even more than it did and the 360 would have had all the games devs couldn't figure out how to run on the PS3.

Why? It's only 4 months, and only in Europe I'm talking about.