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EA's Q1 earnings show PC generated more revenue than PS3

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on 1 August 2012

Electronic Arts, one of world’s biggest publishers, has released its Q1 financial results, which shows that PC games were a bigger revenue generator for the Redmond-based company than PS3.

Xbox 360 has unsurprisingly generated the most revenue, raking in $292 million in the last three months, while PS3 has achieved $267 million. However, PC, spurred by sign-ups to the Battlefield 3 Premium service, has generated $276 million during that period.

John Riccitiello, CEO of EA, has recently said that PC is the fastest growing platform in the industry today, and these figures certainly show that this may be the case. He also stated that these figures aren't from traditional boxed sales, but rather from micro-transactions, downloads, and subscriptions.

Recent news has also revealed that EA's Origin has hit 21 million users, and Battlefield 3's Premium service has been subbed over 1.3 million times.

Is this bad news for PS3 and console gaming as a whole, as EA strives forward with its plans for 100 percent digitally-distributed software, or do you think there’s nothing to worry about and its PC results this quarter were just a fluke? 

Author: Ollie Hammond