PlayStation 3 tops Xbox 360 again, Microsoft cites shortages

By on March 14, 2008, 1:22 PM
The NPD sales numbers have come out for February, with Nintendo leading the way once again in the U.S. selling 432,000 Wii consoles. Meanwhile, Sonyís PlayStation 3 outsold Xbox 360 for the second straight month with 280,841 hardware units sold in February versus the 360ís 250,000 units. But could this become a trend going forward?

Microsoft has countered that the only reason PlayStation 3 has passed them in sales recently is because they've had problems with keeping up with supply, and that those problems should be over in time for the launch of Grand Theft Auto IV. Moreover, the company said that hardware sales arenít all that makes a winning platform, touting the Xbox 360ís winning software portfolio with five games in the top ten sellers for the month. By comparison, with only a single chart topper in the past two months, Sonyís boost in sales appear to be mostly Blu-ray related.

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9Nails said:
The real headline is that the PS2 tops the PS3 again... That console system is as bad as Bowser's return to get Princess Peach! You just can't make it go away for good. Even though Sony put something better on the market, people still flock to the cheaper system. (Speaking of which, did anyone notice that Microsoft dropped the price of their Xbox 360 recently?) Microsoft already said that they had supply issues, so the drop in the charts was expected. The 360 still tops the PS3 in titles shifted in the same time frame. Part due to it's larger install base I suppose. I would say that Microsoft should be concerned that Sony's positioning to take the silver medal from them, but not worried at this point. Their worries need to focus on their supply issues at the moment. Forecasting and supplying shorted numbers isn't good for business.
icye said:
The lack of backwards compatibility of the newer ps3 will drive more people to buy a ps2 to play the existing ps2 library which is huge. The surge in ps3 sales is due to the apparent winner in the Hi-Def wars, Blu-Ray though there are serious doubts whether most people will embrace it or not. With Microsoft not wanting anything to do with Blu-Ray, it may hurt them in the long run because most of the people who buy ps3s these days don't play games too often, they use it as an entertainment center.
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