Posted on May 17, 2008,

Sony’s Turn to Spin the NPDs: 410% Increase Year-Over-Year for PS3 Software


Okay, with Microsoft out of the way, it’s now Sony’s turn to give their spin on the NPD Group’s data for last month. Of the three current-gen consoles, PlayStation 3 sold the least in April (albeit by an extremely slim margin) and, overall, Sony platforms didn’t have a particularly good month. So what angle would Sony take?

The main talking point focused on year-over-year sales growth. The PS3 sold 127% better than last April, which isn’t huge, but software sales were up 410% to over two million units, thanks in large part to Grand Theft Auto IV.

Sony was also proud that, with 1 million copies of GTA sold, 23.6% of PS3 owners in the U.S. had purchased a copy, which is a 29% higher attach rate than GTA had on Xbox 360. (According to their math, the game had an attach rate of around 16.75% on 360.)

I found it somewhat amusing that the press release claims the PS3 “continues [its] blockbuster year” when, from a hardware standpoint, it really had a poor month. But that’s a minor gripe; what else do you expect from a press release.

Hit the jump for the full press release.

PS3 Continues Blockbuster Year:
> PS3 Hardware Sales Growth Exceeds 127% Year-Over-Year; PS3 Software
> Sales Up 410% Year-Over-Year
> Total PlayStation Hardware Sales Top 505,363 Units
> PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3™) continued its benchmark year with 187,071
> hardware units sold in April (according to NPD April 2008 sales
> data). This represents a year-over-year sales growth of over 127%.
> More than 2 million software units were sold for PS3 in April,
> representing a year-over-year growth of 410%.
> Spurred by the tremendous legacy of the Grand Theft Auto franchise
> on PlayStation, over 1 million copies of Grand Theft Auto IV for PS3
> were sold in April in North America, with 23.6% of U.S. PS3 owners
> purchasing a copy of Grand Theft Auto IV, a 29.0% higher attach rate
> for the title than Xbox 360.  Enthusiasm for Grand Theft Auto IV
> combined with the launches of Haze and SingStar for PS3, is expected
> to continue to lift PS3 hardware sales through May.
> Grand Theft Auto IV and Gran Turismo 5 Prologue mark the beginning
> of a monster 2008 software line-up for PS3, including the highly-
> anticipated exclusive titles Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the
> Patriots, SOCOM: US Navy SEALs Confrontation, Resistance 2, and
> LittleBigPlanet to name a few. These blockbusters promise to further
> drive PS3 sales through to the holiday season.
> Fueled by the launch of Gran Turismo 5 Prologue on the
> PLAYSTATION®Network, approximately 6 million pieces of content have
> been downloaded from the PlayStation®Store in North America since
> this time last month, with more than 73 million pieces of content
> downloaded from PLAYSTATION Store in North America to date. There
> are currently over 3.9 million registered PLAYSTATION Network
> accounts in North America.
> The recently introduced DUALSHOCK®3 wireless controller for PS3 also
> proved to be a hot-seller, with sales exceeding $10.9 million in
> April.
> PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) continued to boast strong sales in April
> with 192,696 PSP hardware units sold, representing a sales increase
> of 5.4% year-over-year. Fueled by enthusiasm for the exclusive
> blockbusters God of War: Chains of Olympus and Crisis Core: Final
> Fantasy VII, the top two selling titles the platform of the month,
> more than 1 million software units were sold for PSP in April.
> PlayStation®2 (PS2) also had another strong month in April with
> hardware unit sales reaching 124,376 units. More than 42 million
> PS2s have been sold to date in the U.S.
> Power of the PlayStation Portfolio
> The PlayStation brand continued to generate impressive sales,
> earning $387 million in April.
> ·          Year to date (Jan-April), the PlayStation brand generated
> over $1.9 billion in revenue, representing an increase of 17.6% year-
> over year.
> ·          PlayStation total hardware revenue was $126.2 million in
> April, representing a year-over-year growth of over 19.4%.
> ·          PlayStation total software revenue in April was $215.1
> million, representing a year-over-year growth of 68.6%.
> CEO Perspective
> “Clearly, the tremendous legacy of Grand Theft Auto on PlayStation,
> combined with the blockbuster launch of Gran Turismo 5 Prologue
> packed a one-two punch with consumers at retail this month. The
> proof is in the numbers and, in April, PlayStation 3 hardware sales
> experienced a 127% increase over April of last year. PS3 momentum is
> fueled by enthusiasm for Blu-ray as the definitive high def standard
> and the growing number of consumers gearing up for some of the most
> anticipated titles of the year, exclusively for PS3, including the
> June release of Metal Gear Solid 4, and other great exclusives in
> the second half on the year, such as Resistance 2, SOCOM:
> Confrontation and LittleBigPlanet to name a few. With exciting
> PlayStation Network innovations and our strongest console-driving
> titles of the year still on the horizon, PS3 remains on pace for a
> breakthrough year.”
>  – Jack Tretton, president and CEO, Sony Computer Entertainment
> America

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8 Comments on Sony’s Turn to Spin the NPDs: 410% Increase Year-Over-Year for PS3 Software


On May 17, 2008 at 5:41 pm

“The PS3 sold 127% better than last April, which isn’t huge,”

It is when you compare it to the 360 which only saw an 8% rise compared to April 2007.


On May 17, 2008 at 6:18 pm


Which means the xbox 360 sold well last april and this april while the ps3 didnt sell well last april. Congratulations, you are a victim to the spin zone. All you need to look at is the fact that xbox 360 sold more consoles and more copies.


On May 17, 2008 at 6:45 pm

@ CrazyChinchilla

I didn’t say it didnt sell badly last year. It DID sell badly last year but it is very very significant that its sales have risen dramatically since last year while the 360′s have stayed pretty much the same.

This was April last year

360 – 174,000
PS3 – 82,000

compared to this year

360 – 188,000 + 8%
PS3 – 187,100 + 128%

According to you that looks better for Microsoft but it clearly looks a damn sight better for Sony because sales of the 360 are now stagnant year to year while the PS3′s sales are rising considerably. If the trend continues (and why wouldn’t it?) the PS3 will outsell the 360 in April 2009 by over 2:1.


On May 17, 2008 at 7:53 pm


Hmmm… if I got it right, the fact that there’s a higher attach-ratio of GTA within PS3 owners, wouldn’t mean that there are less resons to have a PS3. I mean, when you have to wait for a game to sell 1/3 of your consoles you should re-consider how appealing is your product.

Also, if we talk about growth in the past year, we’re not talkin apples-to-apples. 1% of growth in the Xbox is greater than 1% growth of PS3. And of course, there’s the thing that since most people wouldn’t have multiple Xbox’s, well…. there’s less people to sell consoles to.

It’s yet to see if Sony would parry some hits from Nintendo and Microsoft, because loosing previously exclusive franchises and Microsoft even scoring exclusive content on its XBox’s versions really must hurt.


On May 18, 2008 at 2:06 am


The reason why the trend won’t continue is because GTA was the mainstream game that made the PS2, it releasing earlier time after time over the xbox was the only reason I owned one. Not so anymore. Sure MGS4 and games like that are gonna be great, but they aren’t the “Halo” of the PS3, that was supposed to be the GTA series. I own both, PS3 is better in terms of quality and longevity. Do I see it winning this war? Nope. By the time PS3 is about to pass 360 on numbers (and please be realistic, its not happening in 2009 lol, PS3 is gonna rise 127% each month from now lol) The next next generation will be coming out.

PC is better than both anyways.

The Man

On May 18, 2008 at 3:40 am

Norbit, please get Sony’s out of your mouth, thank you.

I’ve said it before and I will say it again, you’re intelligent – just misguided.

Oh, your numbers are wrong as well.

Al Gore

On May 18, 2008 at 2:42 pm

I have both all three next gen systems (WII, Xbox, PS3). I like the PS3 better than the Xbox. Graphics, speed are identical. I think the ps3 controller blows the xbox controller out of the water! Its that simple for me, the controller. Plus playing online with the PS3 is FREE!


On May 19, 2008 at 7:57 am

@The Man

Well said my friend…..well said. :lol:

Go Marlins!!!!