Console sales: Wii leads, PlayStation 3 closes in on 360

By Justin Mann on January 29, 2009, 4:22 PM
New information on how well the current generation of consoles is doing has been posted. There are two interesting things to note this time around, the first of which is the sheer number of consoles Nintendo has managed to deliver. The most recent figure puts the Wii at nearly 45 million sold worldwide, an impressive number no matter which way you look at it. A little under 18 million of those were sold in the U.S., showing that the Wii has a wide international appeal which is contributing to the console's success. From the perspective of the U.S. alone, it is number three for all-time sales, trailing the Nintendo DS and the PlayStation 2, which still remains number one.

The other interesting thing to note is the shortening difference between the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3. The 360 is no slouch, sitting at around 28.5 million units worldwide. Their sales have not stopped, though they certainly have waned, which may be due to the PS3. Sony's beast has seen a growth spurt of sorts and now touts over 21 million consoles sold, narrowing the game between themselves and Microsoft to only around 7 million. A taste of things to come or merely the market filling out? This is a bit hard to predict at this point, as both Microsoft and Sony have a lot of things going for them.

Neither Sony nor Microsoft, however, can really hold a candle to Nintendo at this time. The Wii is still outselling both consoles at nearly a 2 to 1 ratio. Can that continue for very much longer? Sony's biggest hurdle, in my opinion, still remains their price. Microsoft has the cheapest console and Nintendo has the greatest sales, whereas Sony has both the highest price and the lowest sales. While it's not completely that simple, it's not a coincidence either.

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therickster90 said:
As a ps3 owner, always good news to hear. I think it's about comparable with the 360. Lot of people will compare the prices, but ps3 also comes with wifi (which I needed), and bluetooth, and free online services. Like I said, I'm not here to fight about it, I like the 360 too. Just nice to see them evening out.The success of the wii is slightly saddening.
yukka said:
Its good to see that people who cant play games (Wii Players) are't being outnumbered by people with skill and taste (PS3 and 360 Players)...Interesting that the 360 sales have slowed down given the price of the console. How many consoles is "saturation point" anyway? Really need some new games I guess.
Julio said:
[b]Originally posted by yukka:[/b][quote]How many consoles is "saturation point" anyway?[/quote]I thought the same a while ago, until I saw 'current' PS2 sales numbers. Despite of the obvious slowdown in the past couple of years they keep selling hundreds of thousands every year.
paulwuzhere said:
I own a 360 and a Wii. I enjoy both systems in different ways. I am glad to see Nintendo doing so well for itself. Microsoft has other things to keep it afloat if things slow down too much for the 360. As for the PS3... couldn't care less. Haven't played a PS since FF7.Also interesting to see the 360 and PS3 slow down during the recession but the Wii is not.
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