PS3 Beats Xbox 360 in USA Christmas Sales


Sony’s PS3 has outsold the Xbox 360 in the core market of the US this Christmas, a major coup for Sony as it tussles with Microsoft for the much coveted status of being the losers in second place.

The sales for 11/29/09 – 1/2/10, as reported by NPD:

PlayStation 3 – 1.36M

Xbox 360 – 1.31M

Nintendo DS – 3.31M

PSP – 654.7K

Wii – 3.81M


Not entirely surprisingly, Nintendo’s Wii easily manages to exceed the combined sales of both PS3 and Xbox 360, although looking at the top selling games for the Christmas period rather affirms the notion that the Wii is operating in a completely different market:

1. New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Wii – Nintendo, Nov-09) 2.82m

2. Wii Fit Plus (Wii – Nintendo, Oct-09) 2.41m

3. Wii Sports Resort (Wii – Nintendo,Jul-09) 1.79m

4. Modern Warfare 2 (360- Blizzard, Nov-09) 1.63m

5. Modern Warfare 2 (PS3 – Blizzard, Nov-09) 1.12m

6. Wii Play (Wii – Nintendo – Feb-07) 1.01m

7. Mario Kart (Wii – Nintendo, Apr-08) 936.1k

8. Assassin’s Creed II (360 – Ubisoft, Nov-09) 783.1k

9. Left 4 Dead 2 (360 – EA, Nov-09) 728.5k

10. Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story (DS – Nintendo, Sep-09) 656.7k

Overall the US games industry is said to have experienced the most lucrative holiday period ever, up 4% on the previous year, though overall annual sales were down 8% on the previous year in spite of this.

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    Avatar of drunkspiderman667
    Comment by drunkspiderman667
    05:38 17/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    360 is a piece of shit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:50 18/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Microsoft has money coming out of their ass!

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:15 17/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    wont be like that next year when natal comes out :)

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:10 17/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sony's been making web cam games for what, 5+ years now? Never really caught on.

    I'm not sure Natal will be any different.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:55 18/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    thats what i said. natal is basically the ps eye toy with better tracking, right. though, to be honest, i havent really been following the news on natal.

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    Comment by Genius
    08:48 17/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah I cant wait to flail my arms and legs around like a retard in my living room, sounds like a winner to me.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:05 17/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Don't Fuck with Nintendo!!!

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    Comment by Exitium
    09:33 17/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Even though Xbox 360 received second place, it did rather well. Only 0.06 million more and it would have been first.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:06 17/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    360 go third place.. The Wii sold 3.81 Million.

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    Comment by Exitium
    07:02 18/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I see, didn't notice that at first. My mistake, thanks for pointing that out.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:19 17/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    02:45 17/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    it's like clockwork

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:43 17/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The only thing I get from this is...... Don't Fuck with Nintendo.... Don't make excuses either Nintendo is kicking ass and Sony and Microsoft is struggling. Sony and Microsoft dead copying Nintendo so I don't wanna hear anything about different market.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:19 17/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    2007 "360 beats PS3 in worldwide!!!"
    2008 "360 beats PS3 in Western countries!!"
    2009 "360 beats PS3 in USA!"
    2010 " ....... "

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:18 17/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Okay sure, Nintendo is sorta like a family thing. Make sense to have one in every household. PS3, it has bluray, free online access, and have enjoyable games too.


    what to play halo? ..... lol

    Some people out there are so stupid.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:46 17/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Mario is still popular?

    big shock

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:59 17/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    this bar chart is totally non-sense but the title of article

    Wii is mostly sale than PS3

    the article should fix.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:37 17/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    In Europe/US the 360 is far enough ahead as it is, the PS3 is not ahead and likely won't be for some time if it ever gets that far.

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    Comment by Sylar
    13:59 17/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Look at the numbers again. PS3 is in front in Europe. When was the last time you checked the numbers? Three years ago?

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:22 17/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The primary reason I will stick with the 360 is because there are more pervert games on it than the PS3...

    Well, at least until AT3.

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    Comment by Ota-Kool
    03:09 17/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    cmon psp is only more or less 1Mil? I think sony should release more games, no major title release on dec. Why not? don't tell me psp is retired and they will release PSP 2

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:18 17/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Because everyone already has a psp lol.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:20 17/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    hmmm... it's so close I don't really see that it matters. A bigger and better question is why the PS3 has jumped in sales. What "killer-app" game is moving units, or is it selling more because it is also a blu-ray player?

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    Comment by ScarredBushido
    07:28 18/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    dont really care just clicked cuz of the lucky star pic epic win

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    Comment by Zeick
    23:56 02/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    um everyone already owns an xbox so yeah no shit the sales are down

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:13 21/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    honestly i feel like the wii is in the same boat as the 2600 was, loaded down with so much shovelware that people are gonna start getting scared to buy any game, lol

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:45 19/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    the wii is truly nintendos best system @_@. the sales are unbelievable. 3 years and still climbing

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:03 19/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    viewing the stadistic the real title is wii defeats PS3 and XBOX360 in USA christmas sales

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:07 17/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I noticed a lot of people were getting bored of their 360 and sold it for either a Wii or PS3. My friend, being one of those people, said that developers aren't delivering like they used to in many aspects, like online features and games. I kind of see that recently, and unless Microsoft do something, they're gonna be behind very soon.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:59 17/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I really don't know why people are surprised by this. Most people who wanted a Xbox 360 got one. In the previous years, it's been one of the most accessable consoles in the US due to it's price being lower than the PS3, and having a wider reach than the Wii.

    I know it's only speculation, but thanks to the drop in price and the slim PS3, a large majority of the *new* PS3 owners that got one for or around christmas are those that already have a Xbox 360 and/or Wii. It's just Sony dragging it's ass behind trying to catch up from the last few years of being behind Nintendo and Microsoft and saying they're not out yet.

    Comment by Anonymous
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    Comment by GodOfSpeed
    17:56 17/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not surprising for the PS3 to win the 360 in Christmas, especially with that new design and price point.

    What surprises me is the number of MW2 copies sold on the PS3 and the 360. The difference is not that much, considering the userbase for the 360 is more than the PS3 in the US by at least a few million.

    Looks piracy is killing the 360 games sales as well, and the developers are benefiting from the PS3 game sales :D

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:15 18/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Or maybe MW2 just blows.
    Oh wait, it does.

    Comment by Anonymous
    Comment by Anonymous
    17:44 16/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    PS3 + XBOX360 + PSP [1.36M + 1.31M + 0.6547M]


    Wii – 3.81M


    Comment by Anonymous
    17:35 16/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    All these shitty wii games make me want to vomit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:41 16/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nintendo DS – 3.31M

    PSP – 654.7K

    Goodbye SONY handheld and PSP GO (to HELL)

    It's time to announce PSP 2

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    Comment by obro
    20:59 16/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah they really shit things up with that GO thingy

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:22 16/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol, go Wii!!

    But seriously though....Monster Hunter Tri, Fragile, and Muramasa.

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    Comment by Reg3e
    18:22 16/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nintendo still win >;3 , proud to own a Nintendo DSi

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:36 16/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    PS3 Slim barely passed the 360 in sales.

    Should have sold more then that, considering the PS3 does EVERYTHING! The only thing the PS3 is lacking is games..too few good ones out.

    Every year I hear about the games Sony is coming out with for the PS3 but most of them are shitty when they come out. GOW3 is PS3's only hope. lol good luck.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:31 16/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The one thing I dislike about about Sony is the Japan first policy of the system. Last time I checked the bulk of their consoles are sold off shores. North America has what, about triple the consoles. Why does everyone else have to wait for releases or in particular the new item that turns a ps3 into a dvr, are simultaneous releases not option for them. Well here's to both the 360 and PS3 for both remaining competitive.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:22 16/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually, PlayTV - the equivalent in Europe has been out for quite a while now. The reason why the DVR add-on hasn't made it to the US is because of possible copyright issues. Major studios are not going to be too happy when people can record TV shows in full HD and in a format that is ready to be distributed digitally. They won't be able to sell the show in DVD/BD. TiVo pays good money in royalty to provide similar service. Sony will have to work out a deal with the studios for it to materialize.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    16:25 16/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why are people STILL buying Wiis...

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:30 17/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    LOL! Same reason anyone buys anything. Because they like it and it does what they want.

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    Comment by cats
    18:12 16/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Because they're dirt cheap and easy to give to a kid/older relative.

    Kids will play pokemon and more pokemon, adults will play mario/zelda. Throw in the other franchises they've milked to death like metroid, and there you go.

    Nintendo's had the same "market plan" for YEARS...

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:17 17/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Their "market plan" owns both the 360 and the PS3...

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:45 16/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    theres a simple known natural order

    ps3 for rpg lovers
    xbox for online play
    wii for party games

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:27 16/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    PS3 for RPGs?


    Comment by Anonymous
    04:56 17/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Let me Fix it PS3 not for RPG but:

    PS3 For JRPG Lover!

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:32 16/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    No RPG has sold over 1 million copies on the PS3. The PS3 is for shooter fans. Sony has been pushing shooters with Resistance, Killzone 2, Uncharted 1&2, InFamous, and Ratchet & Clank.

    Sony royally screwed all the fans of every other genre that made the PS2 a success. After Grand Theft Auto, most of the PS2's top selling games were RPG and racing games, not shooters. They've left gamers like me stranded.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:54 17/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    and that is only in japan alone compare it with LO in x360 that only sell around 800k,

    also LO is sold far below S04, ToV, and Blue dragon in Japan!

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:59 17/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    ToV also sold more than 1 million copies. Pretty sure that if you actually look, there are other titles, too.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:58 17/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    IF you consider bullshit like final fantasy RPGs, that is...

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:12 17/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, FFXIII didn't even come close to 1 million copies sold. It only sold 1.8 million copies.

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