US PS3 sales surge
But not enough to knock the Wii off course
US PlayStation 3 sales almost doubled last month on the back of the latest in the Metal Gear Solid game series - but the Wii remained June's games console champion.
According to figures from market watcher NPD, Sony shifted 405,500 PS3s through US retail channels in June, up 94.3 per cent on the May's total of 208,700.
The Xbox 360's sales were up 17.8 per cent month on month, from 186,600 units to 219,800. PS3 sales have kept ahead of the Microsoft console this year, though for two months - March and April - they were neck and neck.
US Console Sales 2008
Compare that to the Wii's trajectory. In January, Nintendo shifted 274,000 consoles, just beating Sony's 269,00 PS3 and Microsoft's 230,000 360s. But the following month, Nintendo shot ahead to 432,000 then, in March reached 721,000. It's dropped back to the upper 600,000s since then, but that still leaves it outselling the 360 more than 3:1.
But for June's sudden increase, the Wii would have outsold the PS3 by the same margin.
PS2 sale remain strong, coming in not far from the 360 and PS3 curves, sometimes above, sometimes below, on average much the same. The average number of PS2s Sony has shipped each month this year is 223,500.
Microsoft's figure is 229,000. Ignoring the PS3's sudden jump, the next-gen console's average is 240,520 - take June's total into account and the average monthly sales figure rises to 268,020.
The Wii's average is 580,500 - more than double the PS3's figure.
I have four PS3's now
And i plan on buying another next month to put in my car.
This way i am never away from one of my lovely consoles.
I love Metal Gear 4, I play it all the time, honest. Man I wish I had some other good games so I could stop pretending I actually enjoyed Drake.
Why didnt you print the entire 12 months sales chart that NPD produced? Showing ps3 being outsold by some margin all the way up to january, at which point the sales became close.
Im not a 360 fanboy or a ps3 fanboy, just think it would be nice to paint the full picture for once.
Time Will Tell
It's all a bit immaterial really, M$ will release a new console doubly early next time around, i.e. 24 months early, such is their desparate lust to beat SONY. They care not for their user base, they mearly wish to beat SONY and add to their coffers. It's all quite sad.
I think Sony & Nintendo are true gaming consoles, Nintendo especially so although I do think the Wii is a nonsense, a Smaller updated Gamecube with a new pad, Clever but boring.
No, for me SONY deserves the prize, it's console reeks quality and who knows, maybe the developers and middleware providers will extract that un-tapped grunt the console has, perserverance gets rewarded.
Paris..... well, something to do with coming in an attractive box.
Please... stop.. you're killing me!!
"Really? Is that it? Then the PS3 really is screwed. Hardly stands even close to the likes of Gears of War 2, Fable 2, Left 4 Dead, Splinter Cell: Conviction and similar."
Ha ha ha ha ha!! Please.... stop... you're killing me....!!! No.. please... it hurts so much!
"A lot of PS3 fans seem to be really running scared now, scraping the barrel on what excuses they can come up with next for their console that has failed, even by Sony's own acceptance."
Ha ha... *cough coughc cough*.. ha ha ..EEerrgh!! *BANG!*
*We are sorry to announce that the writer of this post has died from laughing too hard. His sides have split, and his brain haemorraged. You can send donations of PS3s and PS3 games to the Grim Borhters Mortuary in South Caroliner*
*His was the one with the SONY logo on the back..*
Unless I am mistaken, I think there is more than 1 Anonymous Coward at work, or multiple personalities, or sumink...