Gaming Console Wars

After first week sales, it appears as if Nintendo's Wii has beat out Sony's Playstation 3. As we reported in our online exclusive, "Sony's Risky Game," earlier this month, Sony faced serious challenges with meeting demand for its gaming system. Though both consoles sold out on their first day to market: Nov. 17 for the $500-$600 PS3 and Nov. 19 for the $250 Wii, Nintendo seems to be winning the battle because of a greater supply.

According to USA Today, New Media Strategies, a research firm that monitored Web activity related to the systems released a report that revealed: "Many gave up on getting a PS3 and opted for the Wii. And 38 percent who sought a PS3 and were subjected to sleep deprivation, lost wages, missed classes, the elements, and even muggings came away from the experience with a bitter taste in their mouths." About 49 percent of online discussions were favorable to Wii, compared with 27 percent for PS3. Says the firm's Sam Huxley: "The hype machine went too far."

Overall, Nintendo reported North American sales of more than 600,000 units of Wii in eight days, with about $190 million in sales. Meanwhile, though Sony has not disclosed total sales, the company says it will ship 1 millions PS3 systems in North America by the end of the year, compared to the 4 million units of Wii that will have been made available for consumer consumption. In comparison, reports reveal that Microsoft has shipped more than 6 million of its Xbox 360s since its launch in November 2005.

Though quality of each respective console will definitely play a part in consumer demand, supply and price point may end up being the determinant of which unit wins this war. Ultimately, this could mean the end of video game domination for Sony.

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  • johnny

    Everyone knows that microsoft's xbox 360 is the strongest since it has 3 processing cores and ati graphics,only the blue-ray disc of sony's ps3 sends xbox 360 over the edge.who thinks i'm right?

  • Kyle

    I'm a PS guy, and personally I think this whole Wii thing is just a phase. In several months, since this system was obviously geared towards a younger audience, if I know kids as well as I do they will get bored of the whole controller deal in a very short amount of time.(Just like every other kids toy that comes out!) So live it up Nintendo, cuz in the long-run PS3 will take the top place.

    "The kids aren't spending their time WATCHING DVDs"

    Well I'm 14 (will be 15 by the time I get a PS3, 15 in Jan.), and I would love to watch high def movies on blu-ray via PS3. So if by "kids" you mean yougner than me, definitely read my above statement.

  • Kathy

    As the mother of three gaming obsessed offspring, (We own 2 PS2, a Game Cube, a PSP and a DS) I can tell you that PRE-release, my kids were begging for the PS3. Once the unit was released and the reviews were in, they quickly switched to asking for the Wii.

    This is definitely a case of PS3 not living up to the hype. The biggest misstep: the DVD capabilities of the PS 3. It's addition drove up the price and didn't add any value to the machine.

    Looking at the habits inside our humble abode, the kids are in the media room playing video games while the "adults" are in the family room, watching the DVDs.

    The kids aren't spending their time WATCHING DVDs (even high def blue ray)... they're playing the games. It's why we don't have the game consoles hooked up to the big screen... because if we had to wait for the kids to quit gaming, we'd never see a dvd.