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December 8, 2010

Xbox overtaking Wii in console battle

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by Darren Allan

Microsoft’s Xbox is witnessing a surge of sales as we approach Christmas 2010, with Wii numbers falling off.

As predicted by many, the fact that the Xbox now has its own motion control system, Kinect, to entice more casual gamers to the platform, means that Wii sales are being eaten into. And the PS3 has its equivalent, Move, too.

According to a report on the FT.com, analysts at Wedbush Morgan Securities are expecting Xbox sales to top a million in November, hitting 1,075,000 units in fact. That’s a 30% year-on-year increase, compared to the Wii which is down 23% on 2009′s figures, on 975,000 units.

The PS3 is expected to shift 650,000, which is down nearly 10% year-on-year, with the Move seemingly not having quite the same impact as Kinect has for the Xbox.

Estimations of Kinect sales are 2.5 million in the first three and a half weeks, and indeed there are shortages of the peripheral at some retailers (which Microsoft assures us aren’t “managed” shortages to make the device look more popular).

Sony’s Move has sold just over 4 million units, but that’s to retailers, not consumers, and it’s also been on sale considerably longer than Kinect (since mid-September).

Nintendo’s record run of profits over the past few years looks set to come to an end, with profits expected to fall to a five year low in the spring of 2011, Reuters states. The company has no new hardware out this Christmas, although it will be looking to the 3DS, the glasses-free three dimensional handheld, to revive its somewhat flagging fortunes next year.

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  1. This is utter nonsense.

    Sony have already managed to shift 4.1m Move units in the first 60 days, they will easilly outsell Kinect.

    I also know plenty of PS3 shoppers, but the only people looking at buying Kinect are EXISTING Xbox owners. The new market that Microsoft hope to open is not happening. The £150 add-on cost is clearly the reason.

    Your £300 Xbox/Kinect bundle gets you a couple of uninteresting games a novelty controller and a aged console with 2005 spec hardware still, and not even a Blu-Ray capability.

    Comment by Mark — December 8, 2010 @ 1:32 pm

  2. Still got 3DS coming up for Nintendo. They are still the kings of the handhelds.

    Comment by Shadow — December 8, 2010 @ 3:21 pm

  3. Mark, you are having a laugh if you think this is nonsense. It’s clever marketing by Sony - they count individual pieces of Move as sale. Eg, you need the move motion and navigation units to play a game - that’s one sale. Sony count it as 2 sales…Do the math…

    You are clearly a PS3 fanboy. Claiming the 360 is an aged console is a non argument. If it’s so bad, home come it is outselling the PS3 every month? How come multi format games are better on the 360 than the PS3? How come it has a better online service? As for BluRay, you don’t need it on a console. Dual layer DVDs are more than enough for games. Ok, it’s better for watching movies, but I have a standalone BluRay player that does it better than the PS3…..

    Comment by Fraser — December 8, 2010 @ 5:03 pm

  4. Might take this november or even holidays microsoft, but thats it Nintendo re-establishes its lead after that period. Watch and see. Like already noted mostly X-box existing owners shall buy the Kinect, and that’s only the US market, Nintendo owns the world.

    Comment by Truth — December 8, 2010 @ 8:11 pm

  5. @Fraser

    You know the PS3 is outselling the Xbox every month? Don’t listen to Microsoft’s lies.

    How do you think the PS3 has closed the gap from 9m consoles (due to Xbox 16 month headstart) to now be neck and neck in sales?

    Clearly the PS3 has been outselling the Xbox by 2m consoles a year on average. I won’t even bother mentioning that many of those Xbox sales are replacement units for failures or for people trading up to slims, so the reality is, the PS3 ACTIVE USERBASE is certainly larger than the Xbox one right now. Yup, your console is firmly in last place. enjoy.

    Comment by Mark — December 9, 2010 @ 10:25 am

  6. Still got 3DS coming up for Nintendo. They are still the kings of the handhelds.

    Comment by aplsong1212 — December 9, 2010 @ 4:06 pm

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