updated 12:35 pm EST, Fri November 16, 2007
PS3 hits one, beats Wii
Sony's controversial PlayStation 3 console has reached its one-year anniversary, bringing with it a collection of milestones. Sony says that there are now over 200 titles for the system, and that over 60 million downloads have been made through the supporting PlayStation Network service. While sales of the PS3 have generally paled next to those for Nintendo's Wii and Microsoft's Xbox 360, and Sony itself admits that it has only 19 exclusive games, the recent release of cheaper 40GB and 80GB PS3s is claimed to have boosted sales by over 192 percent at the top 10 North American retailers.
Also notable is that Japanese market tracker Media Create has published figures showing that for the first time, the PS3 has beaten the Wii in a weekly sales chart. Approximately 55,924 PS3s were sold in the week ending November 11th, versus just 34,456 Wiis and 5,817 Xbox 360s. The Wii has long dominated in terms of next-generation sales in Japan, likely due to a lower price and games more appealing to Japanese tastes.