Sony: We're Number Two! We're Number Two!

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News Posted: Thu, Apr 17 2008 8:04 AM

The fight for dominance in the console videogame market has long since devolved into a race for the number two slot. The Nintendo Wii continues to outsell the Playstation 3 and the Xbox 360 combined. Perennial third place finisher Sony might actually find something to smile about in the sales figures for March, at least according to analyst Michael Pachter at Wedbush Morgan.

According to Patcher, the PlayStation 3 sold 365,000 units, while the Xbox 360 ended the race with only 310,000 sold consoles. In the mean time, the Wii is credited to have sold around 700,000 units.

Speaking of Wii, Patcher noted that the company might've been shipping a larger slice of the 1.8 million monthly-made Wii units to Europe, due to the weakening of the US dollar

It's interesting that instead of raising prices in response to fluctuations in currency, the makers simply concentrate on other markets. Also reported are figures for the top selling games. Nintendo's Super Smash Bros. Brawl was the best seller in March with over two million units sold.



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Thanks in great part to the PS3 being a Blu-ray play, I'm sure.  But remember that neither Sony nor Microsft make profits on console units sold.  Accessories and software is where the money is at, and the Xbox 360 continues to sell more software than the PS3.  While the PS3 is sloooooowly closing the gap on the 360, I know at least some of those buyers will use it almost exclusively for movies, and thus Sony will not turn profit on as many console owners as Microsoft will. 

Sony still has a big battle to fight for that coveted second place spot. 

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Looks like Sony is going back to the track once again but as "Crisis Causer" said: slowly. This could be the lucky year for PS3 and get some revenge again ts the other consoles, let see what happens when "Metal Gear Solid 4" is release it.
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AjayD replied on Thu, Apr 17 2008 5:39 PM
I wasn't the least bit impressed by the graphics of the Wii. I think its lower price in relation to the Xbox 360 and PS3 is partly responsible for its success. I wonder how long it will be before some idiot decides to sue Nintendo, claiming they developed arthritis or some other condition due to the excessive repetitive movements involved in Wii gaming?

 

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Dev replied on Fri, Apr 18 2008 7:50 AM

 Nintendo is making a killing off the Wii. Sony have their fingers crossed that enough Blu Ray disks are sold, to jusify the loss of the console. Microsoft hugging rabbits feet that enough games are sold. 

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