The Xbox 360 may sell more software than the PlayStation 3, but there are many reasons behind that. Here is the truth about the software situation for each company and why one sells more software than the other.
Now as most of you know, Microsoft sells more software for the Xbox 360 than the PlayStation 3. Games like Halo and Gears of War are two of Microsofts top sellers for their console and have become very popular amongst the hardcore gamers. Sony on the other hand, continues to strive to have games hit a Gears number or Halo number, but there is more to it than meets the eye.
Take Halo for example, it broke sales records and was marketed as well as hyped to the masses. But the reason is: Microsofts install base from last generation revolved around Halo, and Halo only. It practically built the Xbox single handedly. Whereas Sonys PlayStation 2 had a larger install base and that install base was chopped up into different fans of many different games like Socom, Final Fantasy, Gran Turismo, God of War, etc. These are just a couple of the games that the fans bought the PlayStation 2 for specifically. These fans are waiting to get a PlayStation 3 for these titles this generation.
Coming into the new generation, Sony had not one game that the fans wanted. Being $600, there was no way people were willing to pay this much for a PlayStation 3 when all the games coming out soon were new IPs that was not well known. Halo was the one game 360 fans were all looking forward to until Gears of War was announced and released. Gears of War looked to be the next best thing, and it was going to be the solid game to buy while waiting for Halo 3. Now that Sony has released some of its fan based games such as Metal Gear Solid 4 and Gran Turismo 5, the price of the PlayStation 3 still seems too high to justify the purchase. I am not saying that Metal Gear Solid 4 or Gran Turismo 5: Prologue (being a large demo) did not sell well, but if the console was more affordable, they would have sold much more.
The reason Microsoft sells more software does include their install base but also includes each owner of each console having a different taste in games. Owning an Xbox 360 that wasnt big on games last generation with the Xbox is obviously going to sell more software than a console that had a huge game selection in the previous generation. It is because most of those games that people loved last generation were on the PlayStation 2 and they are yet to release on the PlayStation 3 (not even including some of those that went multiplatform).
So Microsoft does sell more software than Sony, and they should, but Sony is also selling really well considering they barely market their games, have a smaller install base than Microsoft, and is at a higher price point.