January 4, 2008
Xbox 360 Sales Surge Ahead (With A Little Help From Halo 3)
Today Microsoft announced the number of Xbox 360 consoles shipped to date and it's a pretty staggering amount. In total they've shipped 17.7 Million total consoles with over 4.4 Million consoles shipped during the holiday season. Keep in mind that by "shipped" they mean "sold to retail", so while Microsoft has its money, that doesn't necessarily mean that nearly 18 Million people currently own an Xbox 360.
Another impressive number touted by Microsoft was that nearly half of all Xbox 360 owners also own Halo 3, which shipped 8.1 Million copies since its release at the end of September. Mass Effect also showed impressive numbers with 1.6 Million shipped during the six weeks since it has been released.
In comparison, Sony has shipped 5.59 Million PS3s and Nintendo has shipped 13.7 Million Wiis (up until September 30th). Both Sony and Nintendo are expected to report their holiday sales in the coming weeks so we won't know who is leading the "console wars" just yet.
It's pretty amazing that two years since the release of the latest "next-gen" console we're still right in the middle of a dogfight between all three companies. This is fast becoming one of the most interesting console wars to date, with the previous underdog shooting to first place, the previous champion falling to the bottom, and the newest contender jumping up to a strong second place. With so many variables to account for it's hard to predict what will happen this year: without another Halo for Microsoft will they be able to keep up the sales? Will Sony's popular exclusives give it the boost it needs? Will the Nintendo Wii become a gimmick or continue to sellout in record time?
Which console do you think will "win" in 2008?