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Surprise, Surprise: Sony's PS3 the Big Loser of Console War 2006

Published November 28, 2006 in Gaming
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Nintendo.
Nintendo Wii Nintendo's Wii: One of 2006's Biggest Surprises

Though high demand normally spurs even more demand, Sony's shortage on Playstation 3's on the day of its release has somewhat backfired for the highly anticipated console. To be blunt, Xbox 360 and Wii are having a blasty blast.

2006 Console War Winners Decided Early: Xbox 360, Wii, and then PS3

Let's be honest, nobody ever gave the renamed Nintendo Wii a second thought until the console stole the show at this year's E3. When new PS3 developments were supposed to be all the talk, we could not get through all the Wii news to read up on, well, anything Playstation.

Sony, who enjoyed having a limited supply with the release of PS2, is now feeling the negative effects when gamers begin to look elsewhere for holiday shopping.

Though Sony sold all ~150,000 PS3 units on the day of the console's release, Nintendo has stole the company's fire by selling all of their Wii units only two days later. Though the fact would seem a small accomplishment, there were ~450,000 Wiis to sell; triple the amount of PS3. Since the release, Nintendo has now gone on to sell over 600,000 Wii systems.

Xbox 360 also continues to strive thanks to a couple platform games and Microsoft's new service, Video Marketplace. The ability to rent, buy and download HD quality television shows and movies right to the console's hard drive is a solid step into the future. The new HD DVD attachment has also helped Microsoft keep one step ahead of Sony. As of this article, the HD DVD is still less buggy than Blu-ray.

Sony's number one goal is to get another 1 million PS3 systems out to stores in North America before we can kick off the New Year. Since the company only got out half what they had hoped on opening day, they have a lot to strive for; starting meow.

According to the buzz, Xbox 360 is the clear winner of the 2006 Console War, but Nintendo Wii came in at a surprisingly close second. This console is one of the first where word of mouth has been the best choice of marketing. PS3, well, get those million orders out and then let's talk.

How exactly did the Wii surpass the PS3? Well, it looks like Sony was more worried about hyping the console then having everything ready for its release. Games are still unavailable for the system and the online network, though free, requires updates to be accessed. Today's gamer loves multiplayer gaming and, as of right now, the PS3 just doesn't have that polished out yet. By the way, charging gamers online subscriptions on a per-game basis sounds like a horrid idea.

Besides the lack of PS3 inventory, Wii got a step ahead with its new dual-remote system. The games played take the fun factor to the max while giving the gamer something that they have yet to experience -- sweat. Well, I guess that depends on the game. I recently talked to a friend who spent three hours playing Wii's Tennis and claims he couldn't move his arm afterwards. One could also guess that the latest Zelda installment, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, helped boost Wii sales as well.

While talking with USA Today, Technology Research analyst P.J. McNealy had this to say on the latest console battle:

"[Nintendo's launch] has been probably a little better than expected and Sony's has been a little bit more disappointing. If you have to rank on who won this holiday so far, Microsoft is first, Nintendo a close second and Sony a distant third, which is a rare statement."

Stay tuned for updates.

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