Surprise: A Console That's Available For Purchase Outsells Two That Aren't
from the fun-with-statistics dept
While the Nintendo Wii and the Sony PlayStation 3’s arrivals into the market were met with a lot of hoopla (and plenty of stupidity, the actual supply of the machines themselves couldn’t match the actual hype. Few of the consoles were actually available, while those that were being sold by third parties carried a high premium. It’s hardly surprising, then, to see that the Xbox 360, which was essentially available to anybody wanting to buy one, outsold both the Wii and PS3 in December, and its dominance during the month really doesn’t signify how things will play out among the three machines over the long term. After all, the same sort of shortages happened when the Xbox 360 launched, and now it’s the dominant console. Certainly not being able to have large numbers of machines on hand for the holiday season — though it looks like supplies might be easing — gave the Xbox 360 a boost. But the real battle will be to see which console leads sales at the end of the 2007 holiday season, and for the entire year. Update: Well, hold on: it looks like the numbers upon which the original story may be inaccurate. NPD Group, the purported source of the sales figures, says it’s not yet released numbers for the timeframe being discussed, and won’t do so until next week.