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GamePro compares PS3 sales to those of Gamecube


A lot of people are seemingly comparing the PS3 to a number of other systems. First, it was a 3DO. Now, it's a Gamecube. GamePro took ten months of NPD data and made an intriguing graph showing the sales for both the PS3 and the Gamecube. Although Nintendo's last-gen system featured a number of genre-defining hits, such as Metroid Prime and Resident Evil 4, it failed to capture the same market share as its competitors. The current momentum of PS3 seems to suggest that Sony's system may meet the same fate, if it continues to follow its current trend.

There are differences, of course. Gamecube had a relatively short life span, with Nintendo reusing the technology in its currently best-selling Wii console. Sony has stated a potential ten-year life cycle for PS3, one that suggests they're planning for a much longer life cycle than that of the Gamecube.

Although a price cut and a redesigned system may revitalize sales, Sony could always follow Nintendo's footsteps in the years to come: simply duct-tape two PS3s together and call it the PS4.

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1. I sure hope this isn't Sony's time-out phase. Kinda like the one Nintendo went through in the mid 90s. It will really suck if MS is leading the pack. I mean I will stop being a gamer for a while.

Posted at 5:15PM on Oct 2nd 2007 by Akamaru

2. oh god not this shit again.. wow how many times has there been articles on this shit, with psone and ps2 and now ps3. Once PS3 gets its flow goin like the otehr consoles. All these websites and mags are gonna suck sony's dick. Its getting old

Posted at 5:32PM on Oct 2nd 2007 by NastyN8

3. I wouldn't say that the interpretations of this graph can be entirely accurate. For one, both the PS3 and Gamecube were released around the same time in order to gain momentum in the pre-Christmas sales, something that both the 360 and the Wii also did. Therefore, the fact that the numbers are so much higher in the second month rather than the later months could simply be because that time period isn't exactly the "season" for entertainment systems to sell well. In order to truly glean any realistic ideas about the PS3 potential future as a console, a graph featuring the other competing consoles as well as other past consoles would be far more informative. I'm not saying that there isn't some truth in the similarities between the sale rates of the Gamecube and PS3, but that instead there needs to be more information to predict its future overall.

Posted at 5:33PM on Oct 2nd 2007 by georgeZimmer

4. 40GB ps3 pretty much guaranteed since they took all the model numbers off the Blu-ray savings page and just wrote "Playstation 3." So I'm guessing Sony is trying to cover this leak up... but its too late.

Seeing that the ps3 is 3 times as expensive than the Gamecube, its selling well. Whoever is comparing these two must be an idiot. The average consumer is much more willing to spend 200 than 600.

Posted at 5:37PM on Oct 2nd 2007 by lovingps3owner

5. Well, the ps3 has its first xmas coming up in the uk, it was only released in March so its not been out that long.

If you want figures, check the sales for the 360 and PS3 in the Uk for the last few months, they are neck and neck........go figure.?!?!

Posted at 5:38PM on Oct 2nd 2007 by finelicker

6. Can't help but notice they are only counting north american sales. PS3 is doing a lot better in the Japanese and European markets, both of which Gamecube did poorly in.

Posted at 5:43PM on Oct 2nd 2007 by Extinction

7. Fuck a gamecube and get off Sony dick you bitches. Sony is about to get the flow going again.

Posted at 6:01PM on Oct 2nd 2007 by ekbigpimping

8. I have high hopes the PS3 will stick around. It is very much future proofed, where the game cube was not. Hardware only gets cheaper as time goes by, so look for the price on the PS3 to steadily drop.

Also, the PS3 is backwards compatible where the game cube was not. It also uses an established media format where the game cube did not. As the article said, the PS3 is designed to stay around for 10 years, and my guess is only a couple of those years will be overlapping with PS4.

Posted at 6:06PM on Oct 2nd 2007 by Nate

9. What's gamepro? I'm not just saying that because I don't like them or anything I honestly don't know, lol. Is it a magazine or something?

Posted at 6:20PM on Oct 2nd 2007 by Random1448

10. @9

try clicking the links Smart one

Posted at 6:30PM on Oct 2nd 2007 by Exo

11. That is one of the worst graphs I have ever seen. It makes no sense. According to it, sony started off with 200k units sold. Then, sold 300k units in less then a month. But then it seems...folks returned 100k units and then everyone followed suit until it leveled off a bit. Then everyone started returning them again till about half way through the seventh month, where people started buying them again...and then changed their minds and returned them. As it stands now...according to that graph there are only about 175k PS3's out there. I love statisics...especially when they use graphs to validate their BS numbers.

Posted at 6:30PM on Oct 2nd 2007 by Paul

12. What GamePro didn't post was that PS1 and PS2 sales followed a similiar path, whereas with Nintendo's consoles N64, Gamecube and now I suppose the Wii sales spike early than drop off as time goes on. The PS1 and PS2 chugged along at steady modest paces with console sales with spikes in sales considing with the release of major AAA games. I expect the same thing with the PS3.

Hell I bought a launch PS2 and all I did with it for the first year was play PS1 games on it.

Posted at 6:30PM on Oct 2nd 2007 by Simstim

13. @Paul

The graph makes perfect sense. You see the little tick marks that run on the bottom of the graph? Consider each one of those ticks to be a month. The numbers on the side should be self explanatory. The PS3 (which is the blue line) sold roughly 400,000 in the first month if you look at where the first tick is (month #1). Now look at the second tick (month #2) and where the blue line is at. I'd say about 400,000 again. If you add month #1 and month #2 together you'd get 800,000 in sales for the two months. Now do that for each tick mark. I really hope I don't have to add the rest up for you.

I'll give you one thing though, the graph was pointless. Just ignore the crap that these so-called experts say and know that you knew bought quality when you bought your PS3 and not that shatty gamecube.

Posted at 7:00PM on Oct 2nd 2007 by erx3

14. @11

Please tell me you're joking.

Posted at 7:00PM on Oct 2nd 2007 by Mat

15. Wow paul you just won at the internet!

Have you honestly never read a graph?

Posted at 7:23PM on Oct 2nd 2007 by Frank

16. Wow im amazed that the Wii60 crowed isn't chiming in here with the comparison. Their presence was slim during the PS3DO thing too. What's the deal guys?

Anyway, I think that sure, you could try and use this to put the horse blinds on us and force similarities through partial information, but as was said before, place PS2, Xbox 1, and the 360 on there(hell even Saturn, DC, and Wii) and then we can see a true comparison.

Notice the initial spikes at the beginning. How many PS3's and GC units were available at their launches? Did the GC's spikes in sales come from resupplying the retail stream with units, as there was a drought of available consoles like the Wii?

If you compare the 360's current installbase-to-month ratio with the PS3's, the PS3 actually has a good ~55,000 unit lead on it, and if nobody else has heard, the recent 6-to-1 ratio of Wii's-to-PS3's sold is now down to 4-to-1. So SOMETHING must be happening to either slow down the competition or.....*GASP*.....cause people to BUY PS3'S!!!

I know a great deal of people that have their credit cards ready for when the 40gb PS3 hits, so I'll pretty much ignore all the comparisons until the end of the fiscal year.

Posted at 7:38PM on Oct 2nd 2007 by OrganicShadow

17. Okay, not trying to attack the PS3 here, so don't flame me: what I want to say, is stop bringing up the "slow" sales of the PS2 as evidence on how the PS3 is going to take off. Yes, the first couple months of the PS2 were crippled by a lack of production, but then it just took off. In fact, the Wii is just barely selling more then the PS2 in it's first year. Would you call the Wii's sales slow? So, that comparison is ridiculous. The PS3 is not the PS2, and it never will be. It will be successful, but not like the PS2! Move on. It isn't that big of deal if the PS3 doesn't sell over 120 million consoles.

Posted at 8:33PM on Oct 2nd 2007 by mshimer5

18. @ Andrew Yoon.

Because we haven't heard those Wii/gamecube jokes before. You write this article with such contempt for Nintendo that it makes me feel like you think Nintendos the one who wrote the article.

Fanboys. Ugh.

Posted at 8:46PM on Oct 2nd 2007 by dancingtosirens

19. Graphs like that are fairly useless if you understand the factors surrounding it. It is true Sony's high price line and slow software support have hit them hard this year. But I would say when compared to Nintendo's Gamecube Sony seem to be making more moves to sort out the situation. I think we will see a boost in software quality, third party support and better games from early next year onwards. I also don't think Sony can reign like they have done in the past..but I think competition may actually bring the best out of them.
Look at this compared to the mindset of last year where it seemed the idea was to release it and the units were instantly going to sell even without software... I am glad they did not do well with that attitude.
This must benefit consumers in the end.

Posted at 8:52PM on Oct 2nd 2007 by Sammy

20. still cant belive i have a gamecube, ima give it to my lil sister, dam thats bogus how they keep on trating the ps3, just wait folks, when sony's time comes these people will be feeling salty. GTA4 BABY

Posted at 9:17PM on Oct 2nd 2007 by G26-VERCETTI

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