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PS3 update

Take that, Xbox: Sony’s PS3 is now the best selling console in the US

It had to happen, eventually. After two and a half years as the US’ best selling console, the Xbox 360 has now been knocked off the number one position by Sony’s PS3 according to NDP statistics. The reason? GTA V, said Geekwire.

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Matter of fact, this is why GTA V made the PS3 sell like proverbial hotcakes:

GTA V bundle

Click the image to see Amazon’s deal. It’s just so damn cheap…

Only R2700 (US$269) for a PS3 and the best game of 2013. Just take our money, please. Need more evidence? For that, we go to VGChartz.

ps3 GTA V sales

It’s the console that’s seen the most GTA V sales, naturally

PS3 global sales

And is now the eighth most sold console of all time, with the Xbox now the ninth

“PS3 was the top selling console this month, breaking the 32-month streak of the Xbox 360 leading console hardware sales from January 2011 to August 2013, demonstrating how Grand Theft Auto V can shake things up in hardware as well as software.” said the NDP.

GTA V is the US’ most popular game — who is nipping at its heels though? Below are the top 10 most sold games in the US.

Grand Theft Auto V
Madden NFL 25
NBA 2K14
Diablo III
FIFA 14
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix
Disney Infinity
NHL 14
Minecraft
Saints Row IV

The PS3’s success even sparked off a comment from Major Nelson himself, who replied to a gaming journalists enthusiastic tweet.


You can taste the bitterness in his words. But not in the sales figures. NDP stats for September 2013 in the US tells us that by the end of 2013, the industry would have made US$1.079-billion, a 27% increase from 2012. All portable hardware and software sales (3DS, PS Vita, iPod Touch and so on) has climbed 52% to US$745-million. Analysts and anyone with half a brain knows that in a few years time, portable would have utterly dominated the gaming market. Ain’t no one got time for sitting down in front of their TV any more.


  • Cooe

    Very misleading article. You make it sound like it’s the best selling console in the US across the whole generation (which is completely false). Rather than the honest fact that it outsold it just this MONTH. Bad journalism….

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    I dunno, the first thing I thought of when I read the email and article title, was of the monthly/quarterly sales, rather than total.

  • memeburn

    Hi Cooe. Thanks for the comment… We do mention in the article that PS3 sales surpassed Xbox 360 sales in September — we didn’t say all time, just ‘now’ (the most recent stats / month). Also, we state in the first line that it’s happened after 2.5 years, not the entire generation. Finally, we included the NDP quote which further states that it’s for this last month only, not all time. Sorry if this was unclear.