Posted on May 17, 2008,

Aaron Greenberg Strikes Again: PS3 Being “Squeezed Out”

 

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It was just a little over a week ago that Microsoft exec Aaron Greenberg randomly lashed out at Sony and what he believed to be their history of over-promising and under-delivering. Speaking with Next Gen about the April NPD numbers and the 360′s competition, Greenberg again had a fairly harsh assessment of the PlayStation 3′s place in the market.

But our direct competitor today continues to be the PS3. …What you’re seeing, though, is two platforms [360 and Wii] are having tremendous success. Xbox 360 has hit 10 million units, the Wii is now getting close to that milestone, whereas the PS3 seems to be a bit stalled, and what you’re finding is that there are two platforms that are performing very well, going after two uniquely different types of consumers, while the PS3 really seems like it’s getting squeezed out.

Earlier in the interview, Greenberg mentioned that of the 18 months PS3 has been on the market, 360 has outsold it in 16 of those months. Let’s forget every region outside of the United States and just look at the claim that the PS3 is being “squeezed out.” In the last two months, the 360 has outsold the PS3 by roughly 5,900 units. In January and February, the PS3 outsold the 360. And in December, the 360 had a fairly good lead. That means that only one of the last five months has seen a dominating performance of the 360 over the PS3.

And, again, we’re only talking about the U.S. here, which is the 360′s strongest market in the world. I think Greenberg makes some good points in the interview (like how May and beyond will be much more telling about the GTA battle between the two consoles, and how Microsoft has, for the most part, been more of a straight shooter with their promises in the past), but to say that the PS3 has stalled is utterly ridiculous.

Oh, and one last piece of food for thought: would Microsoft still be talking about the Wii as being a compliment and not a direct competitor if it wasn’t selling so incredibly well?

image via Corbis.com and my poor Photoshop skills

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20 Comments on Aaron Greenberg Strikes Again: PS3 Being “Squeezed Out”

Norbit

On May 17, 2008 at 7:55 pm

You can use the liquefy function in Photoshop to do some pretty cool stuff like for this

http://i31.tinypic.com/20a8oe1.jpg

BTW Aaron Greenberg is now an absolute laughing stock. I even read an Xbox site the other day describing him as being mental :lol:

Matt

On May 17, 2008 at 8:30 pm

I normally come here to read news, but all I seem to be reading from you (Chris) is a PS3 fanboy’s interpretation of the news. I agree with you that many of the statements made by Aaron Greenberg are construed to put Microsoft in a positive light, but why not post the interview and shut up? We don’t need your take on it, especially when you try to sit there and spin it the exact opposite direction.

The fact that the 360 continues to outsell the PS3 in the U.S. is a laughing matter, and no amount of PS3 fanboyism can dig Sony out of that hole.

Jan

On May 18, 2008 at 3:41 am

I love my ps3.
I like to read here is every day very interesting. Go on that way.

Norbit

On May 18, 2008 at 4:53 am

Matt said: “The fact that the 360 continues to outsell the PS3 in the U.S. is a laughing matter, and no amount of PS3 fanboyism can dig Sony out of that hole.”

FACT yeah?

2008 total npd sales figures including Jan, Feb, March & April for Sony & Microsoft home consoles;

PS3 994,100
PS2 956,400
360 935,000

As you can see it is actually a FACT that the PS3 is outselling the 360 in the US this year and in the EU and Japan the gap is far bigger. It is also a FACT that the 360 is the worst selling console on earth this year yet you think Sony are in a hole? :lol:

Norbit's Bro

On May 18, 2008 at 6:37 am

lol dont worry what he says by the end of this year and beyond its ps3′s time 360 is gna fail becuase they suck .

Matt

On May 18, 2008 at 11:12 am

Norbit.

59,000 consoles more. You call that a success story? The 360 has been out a year longer and is still selling close to that of the PS3, in my book that gets listed under epic fail.

As for the Japanese and European markets, we all knew the 360 would do fairly poorly. Sony is a oriental company, therefore they cater more towards the east, therefore their consoles sell much better there. No one expected the 360 to do well in Japan. Period. In Europe, the 360 has done better than expected and has already sold more consoles that w/ the original Xbox.

In the end, the PS3 may end up selling more consoles everywhere, but you have to admit, for a second generation console with a market already heavily committed to Sony and Nintendo, Microsoft has done an amazing job pulling customers and becoming a competitive force in the market.

JohnMann

On May 18, 2008 at 11:38 am

Matt is right. The PS3 is only selling well because it is a valuable Blu-Ray player, and it may have a few good games coming out this year. As for 2009 & 2010, I believe the next Xbox will take the spotlight, (which will probably include a Blu-Ray player anyway) :wink:

Norbit

On May 18, 2008 at 11:55 am

Matt you are an imbecile. You come out with a load of crap and instead of admitting you were wrong you start desperately trying to argue that the PS3 selling better than the 360 at nearly double the price in every region on earth this year is somehow a failure :lol:

Did you even look at those sales figures? Not only has the 360 been outsold by the PS3 it has also been outsold by Sony’s 8 year old PS2 :lol:

How can that be anything other than absolutely brilliant for the PlayStation brand and terrible for the Xbox? Think about that for a second. That would be like the PS3 being outsold in every region on earth this year by the Xbox and the Xbox 360 :lol:

Daniel

On May 18, 2008 at 2:35 pm

We’ll see what happens when Metal Gear Solid 4 and Home come out ^^. I guarantee u those two alone will convince many more to come over to Sony.

Matt

On May 18, 2008 at 6:12 pm

Norbit, you accuse me of not looking at sales figures, while you yourself have obviously not looked at the prices of the 360 or PS3 recently. Currently, the PS3 is on sale for $50 over that of the 360. If thats “double the price” in your book, its obvious that not all of your pistons are firing.

As for the PS2 outselling the 360, this is an irrelevant factor. Not only are we talking about the 360 vs PS3, the PS2 is a past gen console and doesn’t factor in to any argument about current gen consoles.

The reason I argue that the PS3 SLIGHTLY outselling the 360 is a failure on Sony’s part is due to the fact that the 360 has been out for a year longer than the PS3. If you had any functioning brain cells, you would realize that sales of items start off high and decrease gradually. If you understand this, then you would also understand that the PS3 should be outselling the 360 by a wide margin. That is why Sony = Epic fail in the U.S.

As for Home and MGS4. Yes, both of these may help boost sales of the PS3, no one will aruge that, but I somehow don’t see kids going to their moms and saying “Mommy, buy me a PS3 because I want to run around in a virtual world called Home, where Sony can throw ad’s in my face while I have nothing else to do.” MGS3, yes, Home, no.

Rick

On May 19, 2008 at 12:25 am

Way to kick that idiot’s ass with logistics, Matt. Norbit just makes himself look like more of a Sony lapdog every time he clicks ‘Submit Comment’.

The MGS games are incredibly overrated. And MGS4? Yeah, I really wanna play as a 65 year old man popping his daily pills while he hides in a cardboard box and reveals himself to the evil arabs (or Russians, or whoever the morons who thought up made to be the bad guys) by farting. He knew that dairy doesn’t agree with him and he still insisted on a cheese omelette this morning!!

I’d say the series is equivalent to.. maybe the Blair Witch trilogy on PC in quality. What? You never heard of them? Maybe that’s for the best.. Okay, here’s a more recent series of epic failures: the new Sonic games since Sonic Adventure 2. MGS is like them. :)

ManOfTeal

On May 19, 2008 at 7:41 am

All my PS3 does is play Blu-Ray movies it has no use in my house as a video game device. My Wii and Xbox 360 get used all the time for gaming, because that is what they were designed to do.

Go Marlins!!!!

plz die

On May 19, 2008 at 12:17 pm

Please die, fanboys. Please ban them.

Norbit's Bro

On May 19, 2008 at 1:18 pm

OMFG SHUT UP FOR GOD SAKE BOTH CONCLES ARE GOOD IN BOTH WAYS NOW JUST BUY BOTH OF THEM TIT WANKS AND THEN EVERYBODY IS HAPPY THEY ONLY REASON U FAN BOY HATERS CHAT IS BECAUSE U EITHER OWN 1 OF THEM AND THEN HATE ON THE OTHER WELL DNT FUKIN HATE TIT WANKS BECUASE U MAKE NO SENSE LIKE I AM RIGHT NOW OMFG.

ManOfTeal

On May 19, 2008 at 3:54 pm

@Chris,

Can we get a delete on the comment above? Seriously some of you guys that post here need to grow up.

Go Marlins!!!!

Xboxlenny

On May 19, 2008 at 4:06 pm

I can say also i mostly use my PS3 aswell as a blu-ray player. Latley i have gotten into UT3 and Warhawk. but when i go on line for Xbox live, its a different story. for now the 360 is the gaming system of choice for me. I know the PS3 is great, i will be getting more games for it im sure, but when the same one is out for the 360, well the Xbox is the obvious choice for me. in my opinion sony needs to do the following:

improve the features of the PSN. more games, more commercials for their games and hardware, add the ability to friend games playing now and simply join them. more demos, instant messaging from in game, basicly make it similar to Xbox lives features. that is what makes online more fun and simplified. I am not saying this because im an Xbox fanboy, its just obvious xbox live is a better system and sony needs to catch up.

as for the topic sales numbers i think both are doing well, neither have thrown in the towel, and honestly who cares about ranting on sales figures, unless u work for sony or moneysoft.

gamer andy

On May 19, 2008 at 7:27 pm

I own both an PS3 and xbox 360 and like some people said before me they both had good and bad points.
Matt said that the PS3 costs more money, well Matt you honestly have to see that with the PS3 you get more bang for your buck.
YOU GET
Blu-ray
Wi-Fi
Bigger hard drive which is very easy to up grade (I upgaded mine to a 120gb)from an old lap-top i don’t use any more.
HD-MI
I live in Australia and everything cost so much more and the wi-fi for the 360 alone costs $100 which pushes it pass the price of the PS3.
For the Man of Teal you don’t know what your missing out on, games like Uncharted Drakes fortune was a masterpiece so was Resistance fall of man and Motorstorm was a blast, Haze is also getting great reviews.
For Rick It’s sounds like your a bit jealous that you MGS4 is a PS3 exclusive.
Foe xboxlenny Online gaming sucks major ass but if you like running around like a chook with his head cut off good onya.
As for my xbox 360 the only game I’m looking forward to is Gears of War 2 which is pretty sad because in the first couple of years the 360 had stellar game like the first gears Dead Rising and Saints Row.
Now on the subject of Aaron Greenberg, the guy sounds like most stupid F%#king
A*$#hole on the planet.

Matt

On May 19, 2008 at 9:55 pm

Andy,

I was not complaining about the PS3′s price being higher than that of the 360′s, I understand that the PS3 has more advanced hardware and therefore will naturally cost more, I was simply responding to Norbit’s claim that the PS3 was double the price of the 360, which is an absurd claim.

I’ll admit that I’m incredibly biased towards the 360, but if I thought the PS3 had potential, theres nothing that would stop me from buying one. I just feel that right now with my 360 I can get more games for a cheaper price with better service than Sony can offer me. When the day comes that the PS3 actually gets some good exclusives (sorry guys, I’m not an MGS fan) then I’ll probably get one, but for now Microsoft is delivering just about the best console package anyone can get. And once again, i’d just like to reiterate the fact that Microsoft has been in the market for less than 7 years, compared to Sony’s 14 years. I really don’t care how much you love your PS3, you have to admit that MS has done an amazing job getting into the market and pulling customers from both Nintendo and Sony and producing a console that truly can deliver

Norbit's Bro

On May 20, 2008 at 3:51 pm

Can i just say Xbox lenny everything you said is true.

Matt

On May 20, 2008 at 6:46 pm

Also…in response to Gamer Andy.

Haze review by IGN: http://ps3.ign.com/articles/875/875229p1.html\

Bahahahaha