Sony ships 50m PS3s
Not all of them into punters' hands, but still more than Microsoft
Sony has shipped more than 50m machines. It has also shipped 8m Move accessories.
The Move total runs to 3 April, but since that's only five days after the PS3's tally, we think they're close enough to be comparable.
Equally, while these are shipments into the retail channel - not to punters, in other words - we can't see too many of the consoles gathering dust on shelves. Well, beyond some fat PS3s left standing by the arrival of the slim model, perhaps.
Earlier this month, market watcher Strategy Analytics put the PS3 installed base at 43.4m at the end of 2010. So that's 6.6m PS3s left unaccounted for. Some will have gone into buyers' hands in the first three months of 2011, others, as we say, have not.
Sony shipped 14.2m PS3s in the whole of 2010. It is very unlikely to have sold the equivalent almost half that number between the beginning of January and the end of March 2011.
Whatever, it has still shipped in greater volumes than the Xbox 360, which has been on the market for a longer period. Strategy Analytics put the Microsoft console's installed base at 42.9m.
But Microsoft can at least claim victory in motion control: it hasn't released a Kinect shipment total of late, but it hit the 8m-unit mark before 2010 was out.
Of course neither company can get cocky: there are 75.5m Nintendo Wiis out there. Yes, some may be unused these days, bought in the early days for their novelty value, but a lot continue to be played. ®
You need to take a chill pill , your inner fan boy is coming out !
75M is 75 million end of story, Niitendo won this round period , deal with it !
TMe I'm a very happy xbox360 owner :D
I've got one, my boss has, at least three of my colleagues have, my brother is thinking of one and so is my girlfriend. The original 60GB PS3 is a great piece of kit. Backwards compatible to TWO generations, Blu-Ray playback, network playback from my server upstairs - the list goes on. It still amazes me that it was slagged off for being expensive @ £425 RRP, when the iPhone and iPad sell for over £600 a piece.
Not that many
Out of 30 or so PS3 owners I know, only 1 person had a failure, a launch 60Gb units, everyone else's is just fine (including 5 or 6 launch 60GB models).
I'm guessing that the Squaretrade figures of 1-2% failure rate for the PS3 is not that far off the mark, and WAY better than Microsoft's 35-45%
Wonder how many of the Xbox360's are ones that replaced RROD machines? I know of a couple of people who bought two because the first one died and got tired of waiting for t when it was sent in for repairs.
75m is quite impressive for the Wii, but you make it sound like this generation is over.
Xbox sales have dried up, as have the decent games (aside perhaps Gears Of War 3), the Wii sales are falling quicker than a stone.
The PS3 will easilly overtake the Wii in sales in the next 5 years of it's life, simply because it has the longevity to survive and was designed to last, not a rushed out half-baked and non-working response (Xbox) or a Gamecube in a new case, only designed to last 5 years (wii).