updated 10:45 am EST, Tue January 2, 2007
Xbox 360 wins holiday wars
In spite of stiff competition from Nintendo, Microsoft's Xbox 360 was the best-selling game console of the Christmas season, says research firm NPD. Tracking US sales from the beginning of November until December 25th, Microsoft sold roughly two million Xbox 360s, while Nintendo was close behind with 1.8 million Wiis. Sony's Playstation 3 ranked a distant third, selling just 750,000 units.
These figures are thrown into relief however by the fact that the PS3 launched November 17th, and the Wii November 19th; Microsoft enjoyed a considerable lead time, such that the Wii would likely have won had research been geared to be perfectly fair. Approximately 511,000 360s were sold in November, compared to 476,000 Wiis and 197,000 PS3s. Sony's poor performance can be partly attributed to inadequate manufacturing capacity. [Via The Register]