January Hardware NPDs: PlayStation 3 Outsells All But Wii
The January NPD results certainly aren’t what anyone expected them to be. After a monstrously dominant December for Nintendo, the PlayStation 3 has pulled ahead of every system in US sales for January, trailing only the Wii by 5,000 systems. No console sold more than 274,000 units, so it was a major downgrade across the board from December (as is expected), and the margin between all six major platforms wasn’t major. Nevertheless, Sony has got be very pleased with January’s results – even if Microsoft said that there were supply problems.
January 2008 Hardware Sales (December’s figures in parentheses)
- PlayStation 2 – 264,000 (1,100,000)
- PlayStation 3 – 269,000 (796,600)
- PlayStation Portable – 230,000 (1,060,000)
- Xbox 360 – 230,000 (1,260,000)
- Wii – 274,000 (1,350,000)
- Nintendo DS – 251,000 (2,470,000)
I’d certainly chalk this one up as a victory for Sony, even though Microsoft’s comments about supplies being constrained (and Nintendo’s supply constraints, but of course) do cast a shadow on the numbers to a degree. Still, even though it wasn’t a huge month for hardware, Sony is off to a fine start in ’08.