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The next generation console battle comes down to the 360 and PS3, because both consoles are trying to be the all-in-one media device for the living room that offers high definition gaming and movies at a (sort of) reasonable price. The Nintendo Wii was also launched […]

The next generation console battle comes down to the 360 and PS3, because both consoles are trying to be the all-in-one media device for the living room that offers high definition gaming and movies at a (sort of) reasonable price. The Nintendo Wii was also launched this year, but is going for a completely different audience – one more focused on gameplay than glitz. So, of the two competitors in the main race, who came out ahead?

Microsoft by a landslide.

David Riley, Senior Marketing Manager with the NPD Group, a global marketing and retail statistics firm, sent us the December 2006 sales numbers, and of the consoles, Microsoft dominated. According to the numbers, the Microsoft XBox 360 sold 1.1 million units in December as compared to 490,700 units sold for the PS3. What could be the cause of such a discrepancy?

Of course, the PS3 launched with low initial stock shipments, but according to Jack Tretton, President and CEO of SCEA, there have been a million PS3s shipped to the U.S., which doesn’t explain why the total PS3 sales up to December 2006 capped at 687,300 unless the system hadn’t completely sold out. The real issue is probably one more of cost than availability. Either way, Microsoft has to be pleased with this.

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  1. Based on current capabilities and officially announced planned capabilities, the Xbox360 blows the PS3 out of the water as an “all-in-one media device for the living room” and that’s not even factoring in the lower cost, and “a-la-cart” style of the Xbox360. Don’t need to be able to play HD discs? Save yourself 200 dollars and don’t buy the HD-DVD drive for the 360! That’s not an option with PS3’s built in blue-ray player.

    I’m sure the PS3 will eventually have most of the features the 360 is offering but it will likely be a year or more behind. Microsoft really did take advantage of their head-start and hasn’t looked back since.

  2. No porn on Blu-Ray = death of PS3. Gamers want only 1 thing more than games…and that’s porn. If they can’t get porn on BR, why would they want to fork over 600 bucks for the PS3 when the 360 has most of the same games and some exclusives …and PORN on HD-DVD !!!

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  4. This is typical MS shill FUD. Don’t be fooled. It is just plain stupid to compare the sales numbers for the PS3 during this period of time because they were in such short supply. There are so many MS shills on the net, from paid reviewers to Zune Masters to fake bloggers all on the MS payroll. If sales numbers really mean something in your “analysis”, why didn’t you mention that the readily available PS2 outsold the readily available xbox 360, 6 to 1 last year?

  5. Cause this guy wouldn’t get his check from Bill if his article was entitled “Playstation Domination: PS2 Hextuples 360 sales”

  6. Way to reply to yourself.

  7. “This is typical MS shill FUD.”

    Why would NPD be shills for MS? They have a pretty good reputation in their industry, one that I doubt they’d risk on something so silly.

    As for comparing sales in this time period, wtf do you think NPD does? Do you even know who NPD is or what market research entails? What do you want them to do, use mythical figures for the tracking of the current market?

    As for why they didn’t compare the PS2 to the Xbox 360, this is just a guess, but perhaps it’s because the PS2 isn’t next generation, and thus doesn’t fit a market assessment of next generation consoles?

  8. This is definitely MS FUD.

    As for comparing PS2 to Xbox 360 – Maybe the point is that the Playstation is the most dominant gaming platform in gaming history. As for features the PS3 matches if not betters the Xbox 360.

    Microsoft made a fatal blunder: They backed HD DVD which is destined to go the way of Betamax. Sony backed the winning horse with Blu Ray

    So Long Xbox

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