December Hardware NPDs: DS Pushes Nearly 2.5M, Everyone’s a Winner
If you’re in the videogame console manufacturing business, you had a good holiday – regardless of what company you work for. With five of the six systems breaking a million units sold in the month (sorry, PS3), everyone has something to be happy about.
Let’s take a look at the numbers. (November’s sales in parentheses)
- PlayStation 2 – 1,100,000 (496,000)
- PlayStation 3 – 796,600 (466,000)
- PlayStation Portable – 1,060,000 (567,000)
- Xbox 360 – 1,260,000 (770,000)
- Wii – 1,350,000 (981,000)
- Nintendo DS – 2,470,000 (1,530,000)
Perhaps the fanboys will be able to take solace in seeing that every system saw a major boost over their November totals. No?
Then let’s break the numbers down.
The first thing that really jumps out from these numbers, aside from the DS’ ridiculous 2.47M units sold, is what a large margin the PS2 created over the PS3 in December. In November, the lead was just 30,000 units, yet that number jumped up to over 300,000. While the PS3 certainly had a respectable month, it still trailed the 360 by roughly 460,000 units – making me think that the PS3 needs another price drop before it’s going to be able to surpass the 360.
There’s little to be said about Nintendo, which dominated the month in my estimation, with a total of 3.82M systems sold between the Wii and DS, which is well above and beyond Sony’s three system total of just less than 2.96M.
And of course Microsoft has to be happy after the PS3 trailed the Xbox 360 again and selling only 90,000 units less than the Wii. They clearly should be optimistic for 2008, although my gut tells me that the Wii’s sales were only capped by the number of units that could be produced.
It’ll be fun to see the aftermath in January, and certainly beyond as we see if Microsoft can continue its ascent towards dethroning the Wii, and if another price drop can help propel Sony back into first place.