January 2, 2007 - According to preliminary NPD data, the Xbox 360 was the best-selling console during the holiday season in the U.S. http://www.cnbc.com/id/15840232?video=158897930&play=1 is reporting that Americans picked up two million units of Microsoft's system during the period.
But Nintendo was not far behind. In spite of limited availability, the Wii sold 1.8 million units from its launch until December 25. Sony only moved approximately 750,000 units of the PlayStation 3, due to manufacturing problems and decreased demand. Over the holidays, IGN repeatedly found PS3s available at retailers while no Wiis were in sight. The price of a PS3 on eBay has also dropped to around its MSRP, while the Wii is still selling for over twice its retail price.
NPD expects to release complete sales data for the holiday season later this month.
Update 1/3/07: It looks like CNBC misreported their sales data as coming from the NPD Group. It's not clear where CNBC got its data from, but NPD claims it wasn't them. NPD will release its holiday sales data on January 11. Who wants to take bets on how similar it will be to CNBC's?
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