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PS3 beats out Xbox 360 in US January sales, says NPD

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 15 Feb 2008 14:48 User comments (30)

PS3 beats out Xbox 360 in US January sales, says NPD According to the NPD Group, year-over-years sales for the US videogame market fell 6 percent to $1.18 billion USD for January 2008.
Software sales for the month increased 11 percent however, to $610.6 million USD, but NPD's Anita Frazier attributed that increase mainly to higher prices, such as the expensive "Guitar Hero" and "Rock Band" bundles that both sold very well.

Hardware sales were down a hefty 25 percent to $377.8 million USD with the Nintendo Wii leading the Pack again with sales of 274,000 units. Notably though, the Sony PlayStation 3 took second place with 269,000 units sold, placing it just ahead of the

Hardware sales were down 25 per cent to USD 377.8 million, with the Wii once again leading the pack with sales of the PS2 (264,000) and the Microsoft Xbox 360 (230,000).

"Based on this month's results, software sales are off to a fantastic start," said Frazier. "Accessories are also very hot, so the industry looks to be pretty healthy out the gate."

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115.2.2008 15:45

No great surprises then. Wii is a 'fad' that is starting to slow down.
PS3 is the next Gen Console to watch.
PS2 - not sure why its so popular - probably the price drop.
360 - great console, but 'yesterdays' technology.

My thoughts are non bias, no fan of any console before I get slagged off.

Thanks

215.2.2008 15:48

Firstly, congratulations to Sony for jumping back into the game with the PlayStation 3, now we can have a war of prices and mouthwatering offers to consumers ;-)

The overall drop in hardware sales had to be expected though, last January people were flocking to get their hands on any Wii they could and the PS3 had just launched a couple of months before as well. This year, none of the consoles were new and guess what, people don't have money to spend on games consoles after Christmas ;-)

Sony really made some very strategic decisions when it comes to cutting prices and the newer models, and I think they will have a very good 2008 H1 (not fiscal) because a lot of gamers who avoided the PS3 either because of the price or a once poor line-up of games now will be more interested in getting their hands on one.

It will be interesting to see how it goes from here on out :-)

315.2.2008 15:53

Originally posted by kingrob:
No great surprises then. Wii is a 'fad' that is starting to slow down.
PS3 is the next Gen Console to watch.
PS2 - not sure why its so popular - probably the price drop.
360 - great console, but 'yesterdays' technology.

My thoughts are non bias, no fan of any console before I get slagged off.

Thanks
I don't think Wii is going to crash for a long time and I think the company behind it is very smart with its marketing decisions, which of the other two consoles expanded the genre so widely? If Wii has any problems, for me at least, it's the low number of third-party game titles that I have perceived for the console.

I don't think Xbox 360 is yesterday's technology either, I actually find that a bit of a strange term. Sure the PS3 has Cell, but developing for Cell is not exactly the world's easiest task. RSX and Xenos both have their selling points too, but from what I've been reading for the past couple of years, Microsoft, being a giant in development, has provided game studios with a much easier platform to create stunning looking games on. That's really the focus isn't it? It's the games and for games, both are comparable.. and thats the best compliment either console deserves, least in my opinion!

415.2.2008 16:53

The Wii will have lasting power as long as people still have standard def televisions. It could be a couple more years (maybe even more) before 30" and larger telvisions take over. The decrease in sales could be that the economy blows. Let's see what happens when US households get their "gift" rebate in June. Will people go out an buy a Wii, or get that HDTV with a 360 or PS3 they've been thinking of for the past year.

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515.2.2008 17:08

2008 it's gonna be a SONy year, remember those words

615.2.2008 17:38

Originally posted by emugamer:
The Wii will have lasting power as long as people still have standard def televisions. It could be a couple more years (maybe even more) before 30" and larger telvisions take over. The decrease in sales could be that the economy blows. Let's see what happens when US households get their "gift" rebate in June. Will people go out an buy a Wii, or get that HDTV with a 360 or PS3 they've been thinking of for the past year.
I fail to see how the Wii can be compared against the PS3 or the 360 in the same context. The target audiences are way different. The Wii's main appeal is not to the hardcore gamers that the next-gen consoles are aiming for, but to those people who for whatever reason may not have opted for any form of console in the past. It's the interface that sells the Wii and not the capabilities. So really, the types of TVs that people own will probably not affect the types of consoles that they buy.

What's really held back the next-gen sales will undoubtedly have been the prices. With the 360 being the first console out, MS would have been able to drop the prices quite early on, since they had a fairly good run with no real competition. The high price of the PS3 on its release meant that it's initial uptake was rather slow. However, now that Sony too have been able to lower the prices, sales are picking up.

Of course, I'm sure that price isn't the only decider. The gaming experience, the way the product is marketed and yes, even the graphical quality and abilities are all factors too. Rest assured however, that the 360 and especially the PS3 will most likely have their year this year, as the prices come down enough to bring the rest of the gaming public into the fold.

715.2.2008 17:55

Wii can only compared to PS2.
There is no way that Wii can be compared with PS3 or 360 is like comparing a Yugo with Buggati Veyron.

2008 and 2009 will be very good years for PS3 for the reasons that already have been said plus blu-ray win will play its role too, like DVD did with PS2.
I believe that M$ will be forced to release another version of 360 if things go really good for PS3.

815.2.2008 18:24

Totally agree with all the above.
A good crew of sensible posts, and non bias.

The Truth Will Out.

Thanks.

915.2.2008 19:00

Originally posted by SDF_GR:
Wii can only compared to PS2.
There is no way that Wii can be compared with PS3 or 360 is like comparing a Yugo with Buggati Veyron.

2008 and 2009 will be very good years for PS3 for the reasons that already have been said plus blu-ray win will play its role too, like DVD did with PS2.
I believe that M$ will be forced to release another version of 360 if things go really good for PS3.
Yeah, I think it'll be quite intersting to see how much further MS proceed with HD-DVD backing, thanks to recent events. I think that any future use for next-gen media on the 360 will have to be questioned, now that some of the larger retailers seem to be heading towards Blu-Ray.

@kingrob

So True! Some adults do exist in these forums after all.

1015.2.2008 21:24
jagstilv
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It's good to see the PS3 is finally starting to come into its prime. 2007 was a great year for X360 and 2008 should be PS3's year to shine. The Wii - the only of the three that I don't own - is of course out in front early. It'll be interesting to see if it can stay there. I'm waiting to see what MS answer is to the failing HD-DVD. Will they go Blu-Ray?

1116.2.2008 6:06

The WII is still the king of the 7th generation,its going to take the PS3 5 years of solid sales to match the profits they made in the first year.

I still hate the PS3 as its currently priced and configured take 100$ off the 80GB model and 150 off the crappy 40GB model and it will be a better deal the 360 is also over priced by 100$.

The PS3 is going to lead the market in a year they have no place to go but up while the 360 can only get worse, the WII will pretty much maintain a nice chuck of the pie.

1216.2.2008 9:54

It is nice to see the PS3 finally start to pick up some real numbers. I'll agree with Zippy (and many others) that it is still overpriced, no matter which model.

I think the PS3 will only continue it's upward movement this coming year.

1316.2.2008 10:43

Overpriced? I was one of those people who had faith in the Playstation brand since day one and bought the $600 60 gig unit. You say overpriced I say one of the cheapest blu-ray players on the market.

1416.2.2008 10:49

Quote:
I was one of those people who had faith in the Playstation brand since day one
Oh, i'm an avid Playstation fan. I had faith in them too. I shelled out the $500.00 for the 80GB model, and don't regret it(although i should have bought the 60GB when i had the chance). I think it could stand to be $100.00 cheaper, if not more on the 40Gb model.

I'm not complaining about the price, i bought one. What i'm saying is a bit of price drop would've boosted sales right out of the gate.




1516.2.2008 22:03

Yeah at the beginning it would have been nice. At the time look at how much Sony was losing on each individual unit. The technology is cheaper now so it is not as devastating. The boost in sales has been rising due to the recent price cuts.

1616.2.2008 22:06

Originally posted by ooZEROoo:
Yeah at the beginning it would have been nice. At the time look at how much Sony was losing on each individual unit. The technology is cheaper now so it is not as devastating. The boost in sales has been rising due to the recent price cuts.

the reason its cheaper they have raped about 70$ worth of parts from it under the the premise to sale more new titles....

Copyright infringement is nothing more than civil disobedience to a bad set of laws. Lets renegotiate them.

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1716.2.2008 22:10

Originally posted by ZippyDSM:
Originally posted by ooZEROoo:
Yeah at the beginning it would have been nice. At the time look at how much Sony was losing on each individual unit. The technology is cheaper now so it is not as devastating. The boost in sales has been rising due to the recent price cuts.

the reason its cheaper they have raped about 70$ worth of parts from it under the the premise to sale more new titles....
wich also proves that the ps3 cannot be any cheaper cuz they just can't

it's like asking a 1000$ laptop to be $500 wich cannot be done at least for now there's gonna a day when it probably cost 99 usd thought :)

1816.2.2008 22:13

Originally posted by chaos_zzz:
Originally posted by ZippyDSM:
Originally posted by ooZEROoo:
Yeah at the beginning it would have been nice. At the time look at how much Sony was losing on each individual unit. The technology is cheaper now so it is not as devastating. The boost in sales has been rising due to the recent price cuts.

the reason its cheaper they have raped about 70$ worth of parts from it under the the premise to sale more new titles....
wich also proves that the ps3 cannot be any cheaper cuz they just can't

it's like asking a 1000$ laptop to be $500 wich cannot be done at least for now there's gonna a day when it probably cost 99 usd thought :)
acutly in order to get into the market and on it they can MS did with the xbox, so meh

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1917.2.2008 14:10

It only going to get better for the ps3, now with blue ray the De facto winner in the DVD race. PS3 is better technology with a bigger up side then the 360. I have both system and yes I play the 360 more, but after Haze, MGS4, and the new home network come out on the ps3. My 360 is going to start collecting dust.

2017.2.2008 14:13

Originally posted by bib1234:
It only going to get better for the ps3, now with blue ray the De facto winner in the DVD race. PS3 is better technology with a bigger up side then the 360. I have both system and yes I play the 360 more, but after Haze, MGS4, and the new home network come out on the ps3. My 360 is going to start collecting dust.
I hope they polish BWC alil more,I fool with getting a 360 when I can get a simi reliable premium for 200$.

2117.2.2008 22:06

it seems obvious that price is behind the drop in sales, therefore it's no surprise to me that ps2 is still selling like crazy.

i can agree that the ps3 is the console to watch, but 360 isn't old tech. wii is definitely not a fad that's dropping off, and will likely dominate at least another year of sales.

Originally posted by ooZEROoo:
Overpriced? I was one of those people who had faith in the Playstation brand since day one and bought the $600 60 gig unit. You say overpriced I say one of the cheapest blu-ray players on the market.
the average consumer would, obviously, rather buy one of the cheapest game consoles on the market, even if it doesn't even play dvd.
like many, i don't need (or want) a blu-ray player.

2218.2.2008 17:14

Quote:

like many, i don't need (or want) a blu-ray player.

Nor do I need another standard DVD player. They come with everything. Might as well come with toasters...

2318.2.2008 18:33

I work the stockroom at a local Walmart on weekends to help make ends meet and to this day we can't hardly keep Wii's in stock. They're gone as soon as we get them unlike the other two.

2418.2.2008 18:36
armyman45
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im not a big fan of ps3 personally i own 360 and i prefer the games but it is nice to see it not turn into the total bust it seemed it would at first besides i may get one one day the main reason being blueray players are more expensive than it but they can do the same

2524.2.2008 0:09

Originally posted by Nephilim:
I work the stockroom at a local Walmart on weekends to help make ends meet and to this day we can't hardly keep Wii's in stock. They're gone as soon as we get them unlike the other two.
I talked to the electronics guy at Walmart the other day about the Wii and he said they get 7 in per week. =(
I don't know where they get sent but they aren't coming here very fast.

2620.3.2008 11:02

PS3 = no games
xbox 360 = good games

i bought a ps3 last weekend on a saterday and i took it back on a sunday because it does not match to the xbox 360 at all.

ohh am sorry ps3 fanboys ho say the ps3 has 8 prossesors and he 360 only has 3 so EDITED BY MODERATOR wat.

ps3 does not compare to the xbox 360 at all.

the online on the xbox is extremly slow and it has to update all the time takin about 7 mins each update.

unlike the xbox which take no more that 30 seconds each update and their not very often requered

and what is the point in blu ray yeah it is good but ho needs it ime happy with hd which is better because extras and menus.

the only thing that the ps3 is better at is that i looks better but what sort of hardcore gamer needs their console to look good ?

and you name me one good game that is on the ps3 that is not on the xbox ohh and dont say resistance fall of man because that is just crap i mean really crap and it is the same story with all the other ps3 exclusivs and look at the xbox 360 exclusive gears of war halo 3
i dont need to say anifin else.

ps3 fanbois shut ure face and get a xbox 360 which is know half the price of a ps3 and doubly better.

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2720.3.2008 11:14
goodswipe
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This is probably because of all the Blu-ray hoopla that was being pushed on people during the months of December and January. It was a cheaper alternative to buying a 500 dollar standalone.

I'm not a fanboy, so don't even try and play that card.

2820.3.2008 12:01

jkeryder First off watch you language, because if you can't I will gladly remove your account from aD. As for YOUR opinions, they are exactly that, your own. Not everyone feels the same way (Thank God) as you, personally I really don't like the 360 (though I own one as well as Wii, DC, PSP, PS3, PS2, PS1, Xbox and more) as all there is are FPS's. If I wanted that I will stick to my PC.

You want some great games? Sure he we go

1) Resistance Fall of Man - yep I put it as it IS a great game just because YOU don't like it does not mean it is a bad game.
2) Ratchet & Clank - high scoring title
3) Eye of Judgment - while not my kind of game it is amazing the interactivity and creativity this game is/has
4) FF13 & FF vs 13 - these games alone will be nothing short of amazing
5) GT5P & GT5 - this game is a BILLION dollar franchise for Sony whether you want to agree/believe or not understand
6) Haze
7) Killzone 2
8) Little Big Planet
9) MGS4 - since you didn't even mention this game I really should have just left this post alone
10) Motorstorm 1 & soon 2 - excellent, fun game
11) Uncharted Drakes Fortune - awesome graphics and game play to match

I could go on as there are SO many others but I know I am just wasting my time and breath with what I have already said. Especially when you think Halo 3 was "great". It might have sold well but that does not mean it is a good game in itself.

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2920.3.2008 12:24

Originally posted by jkeryder:
PS3 = no games
xbox 360 = good games

That statement is over a year old now and is dead. After that, the rest of your post lost credibility with me, and I'm totally open the opinions of 360 fans (although it usually doesn't change my gripes with the hardware issues and XBL). Any other thoughts I had have already been covered by Oner.

309.4.2008 4:36

The stats always go up and down and sony may put a great fight in however with nintendo's wii still doing strong however i think the key is to try and keep competitor low if that means a tag team 2 against one mentality at first so be it then after the 3rd party disapears then you can focus on yourselves and your one and only opponent left in the market.

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