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Sony sells 1.2 million PS3s during holiday season in North America

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 10 Jan 2008 1:57 User comments (22)

Sony sells 1.2 million PS3s during holiday season in North America Following a price cut, improved game line-up and availability of a lower priced model, Sony managed to move 1.2 million PS3 units in North America during the crucial holiday shopping season, providing a significant boost for the gaming platform and - Sony claims - the Blu-ray disc format. The PS3 rivals Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Nintendo's Wii in the multi-billion market for video game content.
The PlayStation Portable (PSP) handheld console also had a decent holiday season with 1.4 million units snatched up by consumers. To remind us that the previous generation of gaming is still alive and well, the PlayStation 2 (PS2) was very popular during the holidays in North America also, managing to sell 1.3 million units.

Adding up the figures for the three common PlayStation-branded items; PS2, PS3 and PSP, you get a figure of 3.9 million unit sales in North America during the holiday season for the devices. Last year, the PS3's launch was negatively affected by a high price tag, lack of attractive games and of course, the consumers' fascination with Nintendo Wii and DS Lite.

"The PlayStation brand ended the year in a very strong position and clearly indicates more positive momentum going into 2008," said Jack Tretton, president and chief executive of Sony Computer Entertainment America. "The strong PS3 sales also further establish Blu-ray's dominant position as the high-definition medium of choice for games and movies."

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22 user comments

110.1.2008 4:29
nobrainer
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So what were nintendo's and M$ sales data, just so this news article is less than Sony bias?

i know the npd wii data for just november was 5+ million units across north america!


This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 10 Jan 2008 @ 4:30

210.1.2008 6:47

well good for them i guess. as cost keep coming down and the big games come out 2008 will be their best year yet i think. of course the same could be said for 09 and the year after that but i think their fortunes are turning never the less. they took a heavy punch at first but they manage to get those blu ray diodes in many consoles and made them cheaper because of the manufacturing en masse. what would we be or what would technology be without the early adopters right? ha. this can only help extend blu ray's reach. i wonder for a ps4 if they would use (im assuming they will) blu ray as well. imagine it blu ray and the cell without the high costs. a next gen console looking even better than now (if thats possible or if theres something better than 1080p) and the a.i. being even smarter and so on. hopefully since blu ray will be established by then it wouldnt cost as much. if they learned from their mistakes this gen then they know not to go more than $300-400 max. and imagaine the next step in inovation. we'v already got the eye's card game and everything...wow... man dont pay atention to me, im just daydreaming hehe

my 2 cents. peace ^_*

310.1.2008 8:42

Originally posted by nobrainer:
So what were nintendo's and M$ sales data, just so this news article is less than Sony bias?

i know the npd wii data for just november was 5+ million units across north america!
It is a news article about Sony's sales, not a comparative sales article.

Wii pushed over 5 million? Even with the shortages? Their strategy is working well for them.

410.1.2008 8:53

Quote:
"The PlayStation brand ended the year in a very strong position and clearly indicates more positive momentum going into 2008,"
Seems a little late to play too much catch up, but at least they finally got the hint. Lower the price + some decent games = sell more units!
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 10 Jan 2008 @ 8:54

510.1.2008 10:51
smoobies
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Goto :http://www.vgchartz.com/ to see all the sale figures for all systems =+ actual systems sold. Excellent site. I discovered it today.

610.1.2008 11:53

Quote:
Quote:
"The PlayStation brand ended the year in a very strong position and clearly indicates more positive momentum going into 2008,"
Seems a little late to play too much catch up, but at least they finally got the hint. Lower the price + some decent games = sell more units!
They probably were not concerned with trying to catch up. Just improving from the previous and gaining some more customers. A positive trend this past holiday season is great. It's probably a combination of the price reduction, people buying into blu-ray and people expecting a good year for the exclusives in 2008.
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 10 Jan 2008 @ 11:53

710.1.2008 13:10
davidrose
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Price is everything.
Next drop Playstation is mine, I want one, soon, real soon. My Xbox has rrod and died on me 3 times I am sick of M$, back to playstaion and or Nintendo for me.

810.1.2008 13:11

I bought one just for the Blue-Ray capability alone. The loading seems to be quicker on a PS3 than a stand-alone player. Also, if Blue-Ray went under, I would still have a game system. I agree with 7thsinger that they need to make more games. I'm looking forward to Burnout Paradise this month.

910.1.2008 13:36

Originally posted by smoobies:
Goto :http://www.vgchartz.com/ to see all the sale figures for all systems =+ actual systems sold. Excellent site. I discovered it today.


just gave it a look and it's a great site , nintendo is Selling really good. but remeber they were last the previus gen

1010.1.2008 14:32

Originally posted by nobrainer:
So what were nintendo's and M$ sales data, just so this news article is less than Sony bias?

i know the npd wii data for just november was 5+ million units across north america!
We just write the releases we get mate, we're not biased, we could care less about fanboyism!

1110.1.2008 15:12

looks like ps2 is also doing well

i know two people who recently bought one. mainly because its so easy to find and download ps2 games

makers of swap disc are very happy

1210.1.2008 16:02

I ahev a PS2 HDD hack with code a beaker loader hack I been putting off installing becue I is noob..and du have the time for it right now :P


But anyway the PS3 is doing well all things considered, I wish they would polish the BWC more that is stopping me from fooling with it since I ahve like...10 new PS2 games I have not played yet 0-o

LOL

my PS2 is kinda going so I need the BWC or just buy a PS2 and let the PS3 piss off till its cheaper and the games more stable.... mmmm now theres a though :P

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jove
Dude....like I am one to give grammar advice...but please....paragraph those mountains of text....

1310.1.2008 18:34
vinny13
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Originally posted by ZippyDSM:
I ahev a PS2 HDD hack with code a beaker loader hack I been putting off installing becue I is noob..and du have the time for it right now :P


But anyway the PS3 is doing well all things considered, I wish they would polish the BWC more that is stopping me from fooling with it since I ahve like...10 new PS2 games I have not played yet 0-o

LOL

my PS2 is kinda going so I need the BWC or just buy a PS2 and let the PS3 piss off till its cheaper and the games more stable.... mmmm now theres a though :P

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jove
Dude....like I am one to give grammar advice...but please....paragraph those mountains of text....
Nice :P

1410.1.2008 19:09

Originally posted by ZippyDSM:
I ahev a PS2 HDD hack with code a beaker loader hack I been putting off installing becue I is noob..and du have the time for it right now :P


But anyway the PS3 is doing well all things considered, I wish they would polish the BWC more that is stopping me from fooling with it since I ahve like...10 new PS2 games I have not played yet 0-o

LOL

my PS2 is kinda going so I need the BWC or just buy a PS2 and let the PS3 piss off till its cheaper and the games more stable.... mmmm now theres a though :P

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jove
Dude....like I am one to give grammar advice...but please....paragraph those mountains of text....
Holy cow. My eyes hurt in the attempt of deciphering that mass of letters.


1510.1.2008 21:11

LOL nice way to put it zippy, alot nicer than normal.
Anyway, its good to see PS3 is doing well, but how many of those were sold as Blu-ray players alone. It would be an interesting stat i think. I ain't bashin, just curoius. Although I doubt theres anyway to track that.
LD

1610.1.2008 21:25

Originally posted by lawndog:
LOL nice way to put it zippy, alot nicer than normal.
Anyway, its good to see PS3 is doing well, but how many of those were sold as Blu-ray players alone. It would be an interesting stat i think. I ain't bashin, just curoius. Although I doubt theres anyway to track that.
LD
they wil push 70% or more of PS3 sales as stand alone players, presonaly I think 25-35% is a fair number.

7thsinger
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1711.1.2008 12:25

Looks like xbox 360 + ps3 were pretty evens this christmas.

Check this out

here

1811.1.2008 23:51

Microsoft threw its best punch this year with Halo 3, 2008 will be Sony's turn, Metal Gear Solid 4 and Gran Turismo 5 coming out this year (and if we are really really really lucky FF13 and FFvs13). More consoles sold though the better the quality of games will be as there is more money to be made for these companies.

EDIT: And I was one of the 1.4 million people buying a PSP. Needed myself some entertainment for a 13 hour road trip to the relatives. =(
Got the Silver Ratchet version of the PSP along with Hotshots Golf and Final Fantasy 1&2, and boy was it a life saver.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 11 Jan 2008 @ 23:55

1911.1.2008 23:57
vinny13
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Ahh crap I can't wait any longer for those games... Especially GT5. That looks amazing. They already released it in Japan ;(

2013.1.2008 9:21

Quote:
Originally posted by nobrainer:
So what were nintendo's and M$ sales data, just so this news article is less than Sony bias?

i know the npd wii data for just november was 5+ million units across north america!
It is a news article about Sony's sales, not a comparative sales article.

Wii pushed over 5 million? Even with the shortages? Their strategy is working well for them.
I assure you that if you know who was here writting, he would have said..."the article was incomplete, the 360 sold x more than the ps3 and the wii and ds sold x more than the ps3 and its still firmly in 3d place even with the price drops and all that"...

2114.1.2008 16:40

It's really kewl to see that the ps2 is still doing well in the market.

2214.1.2008 16:56
nobrainer
Inactive

Originally posted by borhan9:
It's really kewl to see that the ps2 is still doing well in the market.
possibly the best console ever, but when you have only 1 console in the race its going to be great, as exclusives aren't a problem.
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 14 Jan 2008 @ 16:57

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