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Microsoft: "Xbox 360 beats PS3 in Europe"

Microsoft: "Xbox 360 beats PS3 in Europe"

Microsoft and Sony continue their battle of press releases today, with Microsoft claiming dominance in Europe.

Microsoft and Sony continue their battle of press releases today, with Microsoft claiming dominance over the PlayStation 3 in Europe with the Xbox 360.

Speaking to GI.biz, Microsoft's VP of Interactive Entertainment in the EMEA, Chris Lewis, region has said that it's clear who holds a greater lead in Europe - and it isn't Sony.

Lewis points to sales figures form GfK Chart-Track to support his claims, saying that the Xbox 360 is beating the PlayStation 3 in Europe, the Middle East and Africa by more than one million units. He also implies that Sony has attempted to confuse the issue by lumping these countries in as 'PAL regions' - a definition which actually includes Australia and New Zealand.

However you look at it though, in the UK and mainland Europe Lewis is adamant that Sony is failing to hit sales targets and that Nintendo and Microsoft dominate the market.

"There has been some confusion, but I'm not confused," he said. "Let me say we're confident that we talk about numbers that are meaningful customer numbers, whether they be GfK- or Chart-Track-generated, or otherwise, but they are numbers about shipments into the market, numbers that represent our performance in Europe, the Middle East and Africa - they're not PAL territories in totality, so the numbers I talk about don't include Australia and New Zealand for instance.

"If you look right across my area of responsibility, every data point that I've got, which I trust - and data points we've always used - put us approximately 1 million units ahead in the aggregate."

Lewis insisted he wasn't being arrogant though, saying that Microsoft was still highly respectful of it's competition and that the only reason he was singling Sony out was because it was a good barometer of the Xbox 360's success.

What's your opinion on the current generation of consoles? Let us know in the forums.

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Goty 16th February 2009, 13:57 Quote
I have a question. Other than stock holders, who cares?
freedom810 16th February 2009, 14:00 Quote
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Originally Posted by Goty
I have a question. Other than stock holders, who cares?
Fanboys, lol.
UrbanMarine 16th February 2009, 14:02 Quote
Nintendo Rulez All!!!!!!!
Major 16th February 2009, 14:04 Quote
I know way more people that own PS3s, but I don't know many 12 year olds, so that might be the problem.

;)
Veles 16th February 2009, 14:07 Quote
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Originally Posted by Major
I know way more people that own PS3s, but I don't know many 12 year olds, so that might be the problem.

;)

Whereas I know only 1 person who owns a PS3, and he looks like a 12 year old.
Mentai 16th February 2009, 14:37 Quote
So that Killzone 2 looks pretty good. I wish it were on PC :(
kylew 16th February 2009, 15:13 Quote
I'm pretty sure it is only kids that are bothered about stuff like this, kids or immature 'adults'. I'd say because most adults would be able to afford the consoles they like, at least the ones who are properly into gaming, those that aren't aren't bothered about what console sells more anyway.

Kids and fanboys make the fuss most probably because they can only afford one of consoles, and so they have to justify their purchase by slating the console they don't have.

Anyone who's serious has a PC anyway. If a game is multiplatform I will get it on the PC, if not I'll get it on the console with the better graphics (wouldn't get a game on wii over PS3 for example).
ssj12 16th February 2009, 15:23 Quote
The 360 is only about 1.5m ahead... who cares...it looks worse for Microsoft when you look at the fact the PS3 is a year younger.
itazura 16th February 2009, 15:35 Quote
i can't see why it should matter to people how much something has sold. i hate it when people are so insecure about their own purchase that they have to defend it to the point of irrationality. usually by quoting stuff like this.

besides, i often wonder just how many of the sales for the 360 have been because people have needed a replacement. i think the 360 is an excellent console (just like the ps3 and wii are) but it's build quality is terrible -- i've bought three myself since 2005 and i bet i'm not the only one. surely that'd beef these figures up just a tad? ;)

also: the only reason i pick up the majority of my games for the 360 is because i'm a slag for gamerscore :(
cyrilthefish 16th February 2009, 15:36 Quote
From what i've heard recently, in the UK particularly the PS3 isn't doing very well. But in other EU countries they do a lot better.

From my group of friends (~28-35 years old) and my brothers group of friends (~20 years old) i know of:
3 people with a PS3 (one of those for blu-ray only)
12 people with 360's
at least 8 with Wii's
proxess 16th February 2009, 15:41 Quote
All MS done was tie a rope to the barometer, chuck it off a building and saw the length of the rope. Nothing of good there.
Lepermessiah 16th February 2009, 16:33 Quote
Who cares, like a bunch of kids.
Farting Bob 16th February 2009, 16:39 Quote
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Originally Posted by
Well it does matter how many PS3's, 360's etc there are in the market. If the PS3 is unpopular in one country you can expect fewer games or later release dates, which pisses off people who did buy one and puts off people who might buy one.
Bauul 16th February 2009, 17:17 Quote
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Originally Posted by Chris Lewis
whether they be GfK- or Chart-Track-generated

GfK Chart-Track is one company. Noob. :D
B1GBUD 16th February 2009, 18:34 Quote
Wii FTW!!
Goty 16th February 2009, 19:06 Quote
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Originally Posted by proxess
All MS done was tie a rope to the barometer, chuck it off a building and saw the length of the rope. Nothing of good there.

Props for the physics reference =P
devdevil85 16th February 2009, 20:45 Quote
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Originally Posted by freedom810
Quote:
Originally Posted by Goty
I have a question. Other than stock holders, who cares?
Fanboys, lol.
+1
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Originally Posted by Farting Bob
Quote:
Originally Posted by
Well it does matter how many PS3's, 360's etc there are in the market. If the PS3 is unpopular in one country you can expect fewer games or later release dates, which pisses off people who did buy one and puts off people who might buy one.
+1

Considering the economy is not its best, the 360's (i.e. the 60GB SKU's) initial cost is much cheaper (especially with the mid-annual price cuts), the 360 had an entire year by itself and having multiple SKUs (the one I'm trying to hit upon is the barebone Arcade model), it's hard to see how the 360 couldn't be ahead.
delriogw 17th February 2009, 07:46 Quote
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Originally Posted by kylew
I'm pretty sure it is only kids that are bothered about stuff like this, kids or immature 'adults'. I'd say because most adults would be able to afford the consoles they like, at least the ones who are properly into gaming, those that aren't aren't bothered about what console sells more anyway.

Kids and fanboys make the fuss most probably because they can only afford one of consoles, and so they have to justify their purchase by slating the console they don't have.

Anyone who's serious has a PC anyway. If a game is multiplatform I will get it on the PC, if not I'll get it on the console with the better graphics (wouldn't get a game on wii over PS3 for example).

the most contradictory, and financially unaware comment i think i've ever read.
i play games every single day and still only own a ps2 (in the console world) i think generally speaking, even TRUE GAMERS have slightly more pressing concerns for their money - especially at the moment
[USRF]Obiwan 17th February 2009, 10:55 Quote
"Simon says"
liratheal 17th February 2009, 10:58 Quote
Enter fanboys, every direction!

Big who cares, Microsoft.

I wish they'd stop this pissing contest. By they, I mean everyone.
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