The console wars are still raging even though all three of the top-tier consoles are getting older now. Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo are battling for the gamers dollars and Microsoft has claimed a victory over Sony for the all-important Black Friday shopping dollars.
Microsoft announced that the Xbox 360 had record-breaking sales over the Black Friday/Thanksgiving weekend. Microsoft giddily notes that the Xbox 360 outsold the PS3 by a margin of 3 to 1 and turned in a 25% increase from Xbox 360 Black Friday sales in 2007.
Microsoft says that it also saw record-breaking sales for its software with Xbox games like Gears of War 2, Fable II, and Lips turning in the highest game attach rate of any console at 8.1 games per console.
Microsoft Senior VP of Interactive Business Don Mattrick said in a statement, "We entered into the Black Friday sales period with cautious optimism, knowing that dollar for dollar, Xbox 360 offers more social entertainment value than any other console on the market. Record Black Friday sales in the U.S., coupled with our existing global install base of 25 million and an online community of more than 14 million Xbox LIVE members, have laid the groundwork for continued global sales momentum in 2009."
Microsoft claims that the Xbox 360 has outsold the PS3 week over week across Europe since the September price drop bringing the basic Xbox 360 system to $199.99 worldwide. The Jasper revision of the Xbox 360 was recently launched with revisions to make the console cooler among other things.
quote: The Wii regularily has a few games in the top 10. The PS3 rarely does at all.
quote: The $199 Xbox (Arcade) doesn't have BC either.
quote: Waving the wiimote and nunchuk is radically different than X, X, Y, B, right-trigger, left-thumbstick up play.
quote: I am still waiting for Jasper Elite to come out first before I buy the new one.
quote: The PS3 can do it for free so it wins.
quote: Since when does free constitute as better? Its an added bonus sure, but everytime I play online with the ps3 it takes twice maybe three times as long to find a player. And with shooter games it takes even longer, I have had to wait 5-10 minutes on a constant basis for enough players to play C0D.
quote: Clearly, we are in the midst of a transition period, so there are still no guarantees based on external box markings.
quote: The findings were a 16.4% failure rate of Xbox 360 systems, versus a roughly 3% rate for the Sony PlayStation 3 or the Nintendo Wii with sample sizes in the high hundreds.