Posted on November 1, 2007, Chris Xbox 360 Sells More Games Per System, Wii and PS3 Similar
The Xbox 360 having a higher attach rate (which the NPD was nice enough to tell Joystiq, is a term that technically only refers to a specific game) than its two next-gen competitors is no surprise; it’s long been flouted by Microsoft as evidence that the Xbox 360 is having more success. 6.59 games are sold per Xbox 360 system, compared to the PlayStation 3’s 3.58 and the Wii’s 3.44.
- Xbox 360: hardware to software ratio: 6.59 (hardware total sold = 6.8 million; software total sold = 44.8 million)
- PlayStation 3: hardware to software ratio: 3.58 (hardware total sold = 1.9 million; software total sold = 6.8 million)
- Wii: hardware to software ratio: 3.44 (hardware total sold = 4.5 million; software total sold = 15.5 million)
These numbers are from the NPD, so they obviously only encompass the US. Depending on how you decide to interpret the information, you could draw any number of conclusions. And that also doesn’t take into account things like Wii Play, which are considered software, even though we all know that people only buy it for the packed in Wiimote. Given the millions it has sold, that would really cut down on the Wii’s number. PlayStation Network games like Warhawk also aren’t tracked, which would boost the PS3 number.
Of course, many of the truly big name games for both the PS3 and Wii have yet to see the light of day, and with the release of Mario, Metal Gear Solid and others, it’ll be interesting to go back to these numbers next year to see how they stack up.