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NPD May 08: PlayStation 3 Outsells X360, Wii Rocks Chart

The PlayStation 3 continues to see momentum month-after-month, as it has yet to perform notably worse than the Xbox 360 in sales. Since January 2008, the PlayStation 3 has either outsold the X360, or sold neck-and-neck with it. For May 2008, the trend continues, but this time Sony's advantage grows considerably. The PlayStation 3 has outsold the Xbox 360 by a sizeable 22,100 units - certainly far from statistical noise. The PlayStation 3 sold close to 209k consoles, where as the X360 sold about 182.5k. With the PlayStation 3 over taking total sales of the Xbox 360 in Europe, among other PAL regions, and being the prominent next-gen console in Japan (despite slow sales), it's looking quite probable that over the next 18 months, the tides may turn and favor Sony.

The rest of the breakdown shows the Nintendo Wii winning-over 675k gaming hearts, with the DS taking in an additional 453k units for Nintendo. The PSP is selling moderately well in the US, with 182.5k, but it certainly can't compete to the enormous numbers it's pulling over in Japan every month. Finally, the PlayStation 2 shows that it's still got some life left in it with 133k sold, and with a $99 price-tag approaching possibly next month, it'll keep pulling sales in for Sony.

  • Nintendo Wii 675.1K
  • Nintendo DS 452.6K
  • PlayStation 3 208.7K
  • Xbox 360 186.6K
  • PlayStation Portable 182.3K
  • PlayStation 2 132.7k

6/12/2008 Arnold Katayev

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Comments (13 posts)

Bugzbunny109
Thursday, June 12, 2008 @ 10:41:42 PM
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wow wii is really dominating, and this results shows that many people have now realized that ps3 dominates

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aaronisbla
Thursday, June 12, 2008 @ 11:47:42 PM
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this is true, i can honestly see the wii as an impulse buy, not to take anything away from that system, but its just my opinion.

Those ps3 buys, i wouldnt consider those impulse buys, i consider it people are starting to wake up, realize that hey, you can have both, cuz you just cant discredit the ps3 cuz of a slow start. i see it continue to gain speed

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Warukyure [Power User]
Friday, June 13, 2008 @ 12:11:16 AM
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Lol, the PSP is almost on par with the Xbox... That's when M$ really needs to do some planning on what to do next now that Halo is over...

With 80GB consoles making it into the market this month, I bet the PS3 numbers will jump a lot for June. Especially because there were a lot of people that held off on the 40GB PS3

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SHADOW [Moderator]
Friday, June 13, 2008 @ 1:26:04 AM
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I think at some point we have to ask. Is it fair to put the Wii in the same category as the PS3 and 360? Nintendo has found a market that no one even knew existed. It can barely even be counted as the "casual" market. My mother (a woman who hasn't played a video game since scorpion and pong in her childhood) expressed interest in getting a Wii. I have never seen her play any video game that wasn't 20 years old before. No bejewled online or anything like that only a game of solitare on windows from time to time. So she wouldn't even fit into the "casual" crowd. So what group of consumer would she fit into?

It's my opinion that at some point the major media will stop comparing the Wii to the game consoles. I'm not insulting the Wii I'm just saying that this is a completely different kind of product that has monopolized a market no one knew existed and deserves to be treated as such.

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Fabi
Friday, June 13, 2008 @ 2:23:45 AM
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@SHADOW - Great observation. I couldn't agree more.

How wrong I was. I remember telling my friend a year ago that once GTA4, MGS4, Devil May Cry, GTP, Uncharted, Halo 3 came out, everyone would come back to their senses and realize that the Wii has no games.

So wrong.

Not even GTA4 and MGS4 will be able to turn the tides.

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ThePoetRazel
Friday, June 13, 2008 @ 7:00:04 AM
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SHADOW makes a good point.
I find it very debatable whether or not the Wii can be called a games console. I mean, DVD players could play DVD-games. But no one calls DVD players games consoles. Mobile phones and some MP3 players can also play video games.
Perhaps it's time to create a new category. We have some separate categories already, PC, Console, Handheld.
To me, consoles represent the unlimited in gaming while the other categories are limited in some way. Can we really say that the Wii is not limited compared to the 360 and PS3?

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CptGreedle
Friday, June 13, 2008 @ 9:38:02 AM
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It would be hard to put the PS3 in a category like console and not pc. Even though it is a console, it is as powerful as a pc and can do almost as much, especially if you install Linux on it.
The Wii really is not a "gamers" console. It is "the console for the rest of us", for the average joe. There is no complex learning curve, there are no series of buttons to push, it is easier than point and click. Everyone can just pick it up, and that is why it is popular with non-gamers, while the fact that the Wii does not handle next-gen graphics and titles shy it away from many hardcore gamers.
The PS3 also is one of the best home theater devices on the market. It plays and upsamples DVDs, Blu-ray, SACD (for certain models), CDs, mp4, DivX, and more! It is one of the most powerful things you can hook up to your TV, while the 360 is lacking in many of these features still and remains more geared toward downloads and games. The 360 seems to be the only console geared toward gamers only, while the PS3 is expanding and the Wii has gone totally out there!
Finding the right balance between gamers-support and non-gamers interest will yield a truly powerful system that anyone would want. The PS3 is close, but only after it has had over a year of upgrades and tweaks.
I for one hope that the PS3 continues to make waves.

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Minishmaru
Friday, June 13, 2008 @ 9:41:32 AM
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I REALLY wish the Wii appealed to me...but it seems sooo gimmicky and the amount of games that they have...I'd buy maybe...1 or 2 of em...or decide that I still have previous systems that have the same exact thing minus a stupid nunchuk and extra characters or levels. Such as Smash Bros or Mario Kart

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Naga
Friday, June 13, 2008 @ 10:05:43 AM
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psn id Ultra_Beatdown The wii sucks nuff said

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bamf
Friday, June 13, 2008 @ 6:14:55 PM
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Good points.

With so many mobile phones being able to play mobile games and so many people downloading and playing them. Adding mobile phones into this category, we'll find that mobiles are kicking ass. We don't include phones because its an entirely different product that caters for a different audience.

Its not the case of having the PS3, Wii and 360 being offered to the same crowd and seeing which console they buy. Microsoft and Sony are fighting for the same last gen hardcore crowd while Nintendo isn't. Nintendo have gone for the casual 'play only once' family crowd, which I call the 5 minute market. Microsoft is staying with the hardcore crowd but Sony is trying to cater for every audience which they did successfully with the PS2, only this time the PS3 is out of the casual players price range, at the moment I must add.

I think Nintendo has lost many of its fans due to the lack of games. I'm sure Nintendo said after the N64 that the Gamecube will have more hardcore games and more mature titles? They wanted to get rid of being critisized for the console being for only children. With the Cube this wasn't the case, as it became known again for the console being for children and having less hardcore titles. IMO the only reason that Nintendo sold any cubes at all was because of the Nintendo faithful who buy house bricks if the name Nintendo was written on it.
So Nintendo go a different route with the Wii and IMO ignoring their true fanbase (with Nintendo knowing they are not enough) so to create a console for new temporary gamers.

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AscientDire
Friday, June 13, 2008 @ 9:41:49 PM
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The Wii is the Ralph Nader of game consoles

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karneli lll
Saturday, June 14, 2008 @ 8:38:53 AM
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I dont know if its everywhere,but at my local gamestop, the dudes there discourage people from buying ps3's. They wont tell you to your face but they ask questions like "why would you want a ps3?" and insist that there are very few games to play

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AscientDire
Sunday, June 15, 2008 @ 2:28:21 PM
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Karneli, I've actually had the exact same conversation with MANY people before. Their angst towards the PS3 has lead me to believe that X360 might have a lot of pull at Gamestop. Anyone else??

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