Xbox 360 To Outsell Wii & PS3 By Generation’s End
Xbox 360 will win this generation while Wii U sits ‘unsold on store shelves’ according to a new report.
Research firm DFC claims Microsoft’s console will outsell Wii and PS3 in the long run while Nintendo is in a ‘self-inflicted downward spiral’, says Gamesindustry.biz.
It said the 360 will sell just over 46million units in the US by 2017, eclipsing its predicted 42million Wii sales and 33.5million PS3s.
The report said: “Amazingly Microsoft didn’t have to do much exaggerating as in its seventh full year on the market the Xbox 360 had a stellar performance. For its generation, the Xbox 360, not the Wii, will end up as the number one selling console system in the US.
“In reality the decline has mainly been due to the ageing console systems and more importantly because of Nintendo’s collapse.
“Unlike Microsoft, Nintendo has been in a major downward cycle, much of it self-inflicted.
“Nintendo’s spin for the Wii U focused on how it made more revenue than the Wii at launch. Of course, the Wii was supply constrained at launch and sold at a lower price so that is not surprising.
“The reality is that many Wii U systems were sitting unsold on shelves at year end. Consumers love games more than ever but a new order of game providers is resulting in market shifts that are proving painful for Nintendo and other established game companies.”