The box office isn't the only thing that's up this year. It turns out that a new study from NPD Group shows that console sales are up a whopping 44% this year thanks to PS3, Xbox 360 and (especially) Wii.
Wii Helps Growth in Console Sales
Console sales are up to $6.1 billion for the first half of 2007, a trend that has helped console game sales rise 24% to a healthy $2.9 billion.
Though Xbox 360 and PS3 were expected to be the big players in the next-gen console war, it turns out that most of the growth is due to Nintendo, whose Wii continues to outsell the other consoles. As a little salt on the wound, Nintendo's portable DS is also kicking the shit out of Sony's PSP.
Stings, right? Well, Nintendo is also raising a toast to the fact that six of the ten bestselling console games for 2007 belong to its console.
The Nintendo Wii has sold more units than the Xbox 360 and PS3 combined for 2007. So far the year has been miserable for Sony. The PS3 sold less than 100,000 in both June and May, and has only sold 750,000 units all year. The Xbox 360, thanks to the help of the new 'Elite' model, has sold 1.25 million unites this year. Microsoft isn't necessarily worried, however, as their console has been around the longest with 5.8 million total sales compared to the 3.2 million Wiis and 1.5 million PS3s.
Sony hoped to increase demand for the PS3 by dropping the console's price by $100; something we have recently been told is temporary. The company has released new data claiming that sales have surged 133% thanks to the price cut.
Though Xbox 360 and PS3 remain behind Wii in 2007, they have a lot to look forward to with E3. Showcasing highly-anticipated games due out by the end of this year and next, the demand for these games should increase demand in the consoles that play them.