Friday, October 24, 2008

Playstation 3 Sales Continue To Plummet In Japan

If you've been following the news lately, the Playstation 3 has been suffering huge losses WEEK AFTER WEEK against the Xbox 360 in Japan. Surprisingly the Xbox 360 has been holding up well, despite being unable to defeat the Nintendo Wii and its strong sales run.

Hardcore gamers are most likely staying tuned to the battle between the Xbox 360 and the Playstation 3 since both consoles are home to the kind of games that they want to play. The casual gamers continue to support the Wii and thus, it remains on top for this generation of consoles.

These are the latest figures for Media Create for the week of October 13 to October 19, 2008:

• PSP - 159,816
• Nintendo DS - 29,839
• Wii - 26,024
• Xbox 360 - 7,856
• PlayStation 2 - 7,261
• PlayStation 3 - 4,725

Sources: http://kotaku.com/5068081/playstation-tops-bottoms-weekly-japanese-sales-charts
http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=339753

Alternative numbers from Famitsu/Enterbrain paint the same story for the battle between the two hardcore gaming systems:

Hardware - This Week Last Week LTD
1. PSP - 156,000 20,000 10,358,000
2. NDS - 34,000 34,000 23,598,000
3. WII - 25,000 22,000 6,874,000
4. PS2 - 7,800 7,500 21,471,000
5. 360 - 6,000 6,700 762,000
6. PS3 - 4,800 5,900 2,381,000

It will be interesting to see how the upcoming release of 'The Last Remnant' for the Xbox 360 will affect the hardware sales numbers in Japan.

The XBOX 360 has beaten the Playstation 3 for SIX STRAIGHT WEEKS now in Japan!

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