The scales were in the favour of the PS3 the entire gen everywhere except the US. It won Europe at a canter without needing to wait for anybody to jump ship, and PS3 vs 360 in Japan was just a massacre.
Ah, but the PS3 and 360 were neck-and-neck sales wise. Some sites even report that the 360 narrowly outsold the PS3.
It wasn't until the XB1 PR disaster that Sony took a clear, worldwide lead.
How do you definine "neck and neck"??? By sales by year or lifetime??? Are PS4 and Switch sales neck and neck right now or not because one have around 60M sold more than the other??
PS3 always sold each year more than X360, only the very first years can be considered neck and neck, that's why PS3 recovered from a year later start in USA and almost a year and a half in Europe to finish with even more lifetime sales. To diminish the worldwide success of PS4 saying that it was because of XB1 PR disaster is a fallacy. PS3 was the best selling console in 2013 and PS4 was in 2014. The only reason some people get confused is because X360 finished way stronger in USA compared to its rivals Wii and PS3, so the USA centric media and forums expected XBO to dominate next gen, but for everyone else outside USA with a knowledge of how PS3 was selling elsewhere it surprised nobody. PS4 was going to sell more worldwide even if XBO PR disaster never happened in its launch. That only secured that PS4 was going to sell even better than XBO.
To put things into perspective right, a Playstation home console has been the best selling console of the year since 1996 until 2017 except in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 (Wii was the best selling console those years). that's 18 from 22 possible years being Playstation the leading platform of the year.
If something, a person, a team, a company, "wins" 18 of 22 years, how do you not expect to win always next year?? And yes, there is handhelds where Nintendo is the clear winner, but the industry of handheld consoles don't move anything closer the amount of money and softaware sales that home console bring to the table. So to compare success of a home console against a handheld console 1:1 is not completely fair. That's why i prefer to disccuss only home console in this topic, because the original topic was about PS4 against XBO anyway...
Last edited by colafitte - on 26 September 2018