PSOne continues to capture large market share; leads PS2 and Dreamcast.
Despite the tremendous popularity of Sony's 128-bit PlayStation 2, it has failed to outsell the portable version of the aging PlayStation for the third consecutive week. Sony continues to dominate the sales charts in spite of the sudden decline of PlayStation 2 sales, as the PSOne has secured a monstrous market share of 42 percent. Sega's Dreamcast claimed the second spot on the sales list, boasting an impressive 27 percent; only a pinch ahead of the Nintendo 64, which captured a 26 percent share.
"With the PlayStation 2 in short supply, the PSOne is becoming a lifesaver for toy retailers," explained Matt Gravett, the game analyst for PC Data. "Dreamcast has retained its second place position in the market, but it's experiencing a tough slog competing with Sony's massive PlayStation catalog and continued publisher support," he elaborated.
The current state of the system wars can be attributed to the the fateful Thanksgiving weekend, which saw the PlayStation 2 plummet a staggering 72 percent. In the same span, the PSOne jumped an impressive 58 percent.
12/5/2000 Bryan Keers