Digital distribution comparison

What a silly stock photo. It's like I don't even try anymore with these pictures. Let's just hope I don't get lazy with the writing al

There aren’t that many statistics on WiiWare, PSN, and XBLA sales out there, and it is very hard to draw a straight comparison between the different platforms. Simon Carless gave a great talk at GDC where he summed up his findings on the state of sales, but we wanted something a little easier to read at a glance.

Enter Dave Nelson, our resident Sloanie (MIT MBA) who took the time to dig up some sales stats on all three platfroms. For good measure Dave threw in some figures on Steam and iPhone sales too, just for comparison’s sake. The work is great, so we thought we’d post it here. Great job Dave!

Full chart is available here, after the jump.

DISCLAIMER: We don’t promise these numbers are right, so take them with a grain of salt. If you want the real numbers go to the companies and ask them!



XBOX/XBLA
PS3/PSN
Wii/WiiWare
PC/Steam
iPhone











Hardware Install Base
28 million (Jan ’09)
21 million (Dec ’08)
50 million (Mar ’09)
lotsa computers
30 million











Community Members
17 million (Feb ’09)
6 or 7 million (Feb ’09)
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13 million+ (April ’09)
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Launch Date
November 2005
November 2006
May 2008
March 2002
July 2008


11/30/2005
11/11/2006
5/20/2008
3/31/2002
7/31/2008
Weeks since launch (2/28/09)
169
120
41
361
30











Games in North America (GDC ’09)
196
60
73
640+
6,500











Games Per Week
1.16
0.50
1.80
1.77
214.62











Game Price Range
$0 to $20
$5 to $30
$5 to $15
$0 to $99.99
$0 to $10











Game Price Average
$8.37
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$8.31
$19.57
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Game Price Median
$10.00
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$8.00
$14.99
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Cumulative Sales
$219million (2/28/09)
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NOA – $19 million (2/1/09) – est.
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39.53
28
9.47
84.2
7.07
Average Sales per month
$5.6 million
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NOA = $2.0 million – est.
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