The Xbox 360 got off to a flying start in this generation with the PlayStation 3 preferring to stay at home perfecting its make up before leaving for the race. By year 3 the Xbox 360 was miles ahead of the PS3 and unbelievably it decided to take a nap.
According to investment company, Cowen and Company, the two big hitting titles from last month are both failing to gain traction at retail and as such they expect them both to miss their sales targets.
We recently let you know that the PS3 was wining the HD console race by way of some figures from the International Data Corporation that claimed the PS3 had sold through 77 million units. That’s apparently not entirely true, and the numbers cited were “shipped, not sold.” The race is close though; Microsoft’s just announced that 76 million Xbox 360’s have been sold worldwide to date.
In their new forecast on the state of console gaming, the International Data Corporation has revealed that Sony’s black box of Bluray, The PlayStation 3 has leapfrogged Microsoft’s Xbox 360 to become the number one selling console worldwide.
The Wii sold bucket loads, we know this but that wasn't actually why the Wii did so well for Nintendo’s bottom line. What really made them money was a great attach rate at the beginning of its life cycle.
Game publishers seems to be in the business of losing money. THQ is close to being worthless, Ubisoft posted a multi million dollar loss, as has Square-Enix. You know who is making a ton of money though? Yup, Activision.
We all know that in the land of Apple Pie, frivolous lawsuits and Honey Boo Boo that Microsoft’s Xbox 360 is king of the consoles – consistently outselling the competition, month after month. That’s certainly not the case in the rest of the world though.
I’ll be standing in the queue for Nintendo’s new Wii U on day 1 – and Nintendo’s hoping there’ll be millions of other people like me rushing up to grab their new console.
I’m not a fan of the PS Vita, I think it’s overpriced and not really required in the industry at the moment so it doesn’t shock me at all that its sales are incredibly poor at the moment even in its native Japan.
EA, echoing comments it made last year, believes that the NPD’s monthly sales figures are irrelevant and give a false representation of the gaming industry - providing a mere “sliver of what's actually happening in gaming.” the NPD, unsurprisingly, disagrees.
Microsoft’s very happy to let the world know, via its official blog, that its generated over $56 Billion in retail revenue this generation from the sale of the Xbox 360 and its maddeningly successful motion-sensing peripheral, Kinect.
How many console sales does it take to make that sort of money?
Are we still allowed to make Error 37 jokes or has it become inappropriate now since Blizzard really have had enough time to solve it for good and yet it’s still occurring for some people?
Either way to give Blizzard some defence here the latest sales figures for Diablo 3 have been released and it did well, really really well.
The market for dedicated handhelds, thanks to the proliferation of gaming capable smartphones and tablets, has shrunk to nothing. Nintendo, likewise, is doomed; their new 3DS has stalled at retail, proving itself to be a worthlessly unnecessary bit of tech. Only neither of those statements is true.
We’ve reported before that the 3DS wasn’t the picture of doom and gloom the media (us included!) painted it to be. In fact, it’s gone on to become Japan’s best selling console hardware for a single month, ever.
It’s amazing what you can be led to believe simply by subjective reading and listening to rumours.
If anyone had asked you about how the Nintendo 3DS was doing you’d likely tell them that the sales are slow and the handheld is on the verge of being classed as a failure and you couldn’t be more wrong.
So the PS Vita has finally been released in the land of the rising sun and while it’s first week’s sales only come in 4th on the all time charts it is important to remember that it’s first weeks sales only include 2 days.
On Saturday and Sunday in Japan the PS Vita sold 321 407 units which is twice as much as the PSP’s first week in sales and was only beaten by the 4 recent Nintendo products and the PS2.