Aaron Greenberg Strikes Again: PS3 Being “Squeezed Out”
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?
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