260w ago - It's been a long time coming for Sony; gaining the 300k mark for the PS3, that is. The latter part of this year wasn't looking too good for the big black box, but some holiday consumer spending put some ample steam under the PS3's numbers for November.
The Associated Press reported some hefty numbers from the NPD, all the way across the board: for the Wii, the Xbox 360 and the PS3.
Nintendo, as usual, ranked number one with console sales for the Wii. Nintendo's motion-movement killer sold an estimated 2 million units. The Xbox 360 wasn't too far behind, though it looks sad for Microsoft because the Xbox 360 [Arcade] sells for less than the Wii and it only managed a respectable, yet disappointing 836,000 SKUs sold.
It was the PlayStation 3 that showed signs of life, despite selling a little less than half of the 360's numbers. Sony's console did an impressive 378,000 units for the month of November, and considering that this is the PS3 we're talking about (and no price drop in sight) that's not half bad.
Heck, the PS3 actually passed up the PS2 with flying colors -- the last gen system is finally showing its age (and uselessness) with consumers purchasing only 206,000 units last month.
Sony also managed some impressive numbers with the PSP, putting out 421,000 units for the month of November. Although, said numbers were nowhere near what the Nintendo DS did, trumping all other consoles on the market with an astounding 1.5 million units being sold.
On the software front, Gears of War 2 led the pack with 1.56 million units sold during the month, followed by a bunch of Nintendo shovelware. Further down the list Resistance 2 managed to make it on the top ten with an impressive 385,000 units sold last month.
Finally, LittleBigPlanet was still nowhere in sight of the top ten software sales for November. So it's still a LittleBig-Flop in my eyes. What about you?
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I believe that, Black Friday being included in last month helped the other consoles sales boost. You are correct in saying that the PlayStation did well but, if there are any comparisons between its sales and the sales of the Xbox 360 and the Wii, it may be because deals on cheaper consoles seemed like more of a grab than a $400 system.
As tech starts picking up in the development part of the gaming community, so will the PlayStation 3 sales. I really would love to be able to switch my console on and play with my friends but, sadly they all have a 360, not a PlayStation 3...
As I speak! I just switched my TV on to the Discovery channel and low and behold, a PlayStation Network commercial! It didn't have a picture of the PlayStation and/or the PSP though. We all know that the PlayStation network is connected to the PlayStation 3 system.
The Xbox 360 commercials I see display the current system with Lego Indiana Jones and Kung Fu Panda then saying that the system includes over 200 family games and, finally displaying the $199 price tag.
I know I'm getting it for xmas. Heck, my son couldn't wait and rented it Saturday, so we got a head start - it's very cool. It's the kind of thing that'll spread by word-of-mouth (or look-at-screen, at least); it's the kind of thing that, once you see it, you like it.