November’s sales figure for the US were released last night and the Xbox 360 came out on top for the sixth consecutive month, besting the Wii and PS3. Whereas Nintendo’s platform was only around 100,000 units out, the PS3 was less than half selling a comfortable but still concerning 530,000 systems despite being America’s busiest retail period. Responding to the numbers, Sony reminded us how their hardware sales were up 112% month-over-month and that three PS3 games were sitting happily in the top 10 all-software charts for November; Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, Call of Duty: Black Ops and Gran Turismo 5. Two of those are multiplatform titles so the fact that the PS3 versions are in the top 10 is even better for Sony. It shows their system is just as competitive with third party titles as it is with first party.
But the company chose not to directly comment on their less than impressive numbers and instead credited Move as a “blockbuster success” which “undoubtedly helped to pave the way for [Sony] as [they] head into 2011.” Patrick Seybold, senior director of corporate communications at SCEA, then went on to name four huge PS3 only franchises (via Industry Gamers) that are heading our way next year and their ability to “solidify our place in the living room.” By ‘our’ he means Sony but since the franchises are of particularly high quality, many gamers will be reluctant to leave their living rooms. The newly announced Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, LittleBigPlanet 2, Twisted Metal and Killzone 3 are all scheduled for a 2011 release and as of now, Sony are looking to have the more robust exclusive titles for the year ahead of us.
That’s not to say Microsoft don’t have a few secrets up their sleeves. This weekend’s Spike VGAs will surely out a couple of zingers like the much-rumoured Mass Effect project from BioWare. Given the history of the series, MS could bag themselves an exclusivity deal on that. Forza 4 has been promised for 2011 as is the Star Wars Kinect game. And Gears of War 3 was famously moved back until Autumn next year in order to fill a gaming hole for MS in that particularly affluent period. In that respect, both HD platforms are still very close in the ‘battle of the consoles’ and their efforts in winning are only help entertain us with games. Carry on lads!