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Wii will stay on top, says Activision

Earlier this week, EA told the media and investors its belief that the Wii would stay on top and that PlayStation 3 would outstrip the Xbox 360 in western market sales throughout 2008.

Although Activision didn’t dispute its competitor’s prediction on the ongoing sales of the Wii, it did put the Xbox 360 ahead of the PlayStation 3 for the year in North America.

Activision revealed during to Q3 earning call that it expects the Wii to sell more than 6 million units, the Xbox 360 to sell 4 to 5 million units, the PS3 somewhere between 3-4 million and the PS2 trailing off at 2 to 3 million.

The games publisher also was pleased to announce record holiday sales, up 80 percent over the previous year with $1.48 billion in sales and $272.2 in profit. Big titles helping to drive Activision’s positive report are Guitar Hero III and Call of Duty 4.

Slated for 2008 will be more games that Activision hopes will bring it another record period. According to Variety, Guitar Hero 4 will hit in the fall, but not before two other spinoffs in spring. The publisher also has the rights to release an adaptation of the upcoming James Bond movie, Quantum of Solace.

With Activision the top publisher in the U.S. in 2007, the company’s next target is to unseat EA in Europe. "That's the low-hanging fruit for us," Activision CEO Bobby Kotick said. "We have No. 1 market share in the U.S. but not Europe, and there's no reason we see why ‘Guitar Hero' shouldn't be the No. 1 product in Europe as well."



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Toss Up?
By FeralMisanthrope on 2/8/2008 5:33:50 PM , Rating: 2
I don't know if PS3 is going to outsell XBOX this year but I do expect Sony to gain some market share. With HD-DVD all but dead, owning a Blu-ray player doesn't seem like such a bad idea. Add in some AAA exclusives (GT5, MGS4, etc.), free online play, a new DualShock controller and all of sudden the PS3 looks a lot more attractive than before.

Disclaimer: I don't own either system.




RE: Toss Up?
By mholler on 2/8/2008 5:44:04 PM , Rating: 3
Your statement is a bit contradictory. In order to gain market share the PS3 would have to outsell the X360.


RE: Toss Up?
By mholler on 2/8/2008 5:45:48 PM , Rating: 2
Nevermind. I see what you're saying. That's what I get for posting at the end of the day on a Friday.


RE: Toss Up?
By sweetsauce on 2/8/2008 7:56:32 PM , Rating: 4
I still don't get why free online is a selling point? It costs 5 bucks a month for live, and its totally worth it. If it was over $100 a year then I could see a problem with it. I've used both online systems for COD4 and Live was better. Mostly because there were so many more games going, but it still made it better and the connection had no hiccups at all. I did have a few hiccups on the ps3.


RE: Toss Up?
By vhx on 2/8/2008 9:22:49 PM , Rating: 4
A penny saved is a penny earned. :P


RE: Toss Up?
By SlyNine on 2/8/2008 10:55:53 PM , Rating: 2
What about all those Oblivion junk they were selling. That had to be the biggest rip off when us PC guys got it all for free.

How did the PS3 handle all of that ??


RE: Toss Up?
By BansheeX on 2/9/2008 4:59:05 PM , Rating: 2
$5 a month is $120 over two years, which is the cost of 2-4 additional games. It isn't that netplay isn't worth paying for, it's simply that netplay+DMC4+MGS4 is a better deal than just netplay.


RE: Toss Up?
By robinthakur on 2/11/2008 6:01:40 AM , Rating: 2
Well I own all three consoles, and I have never played online on the 360 (despite the months free trial I got) It just doesn't interest me as much as playing in the same room as another person. That said, I would probably resent the $5 per month (Yet another subscription!) because it does mount up over time. If you use it fair enough but I doubt I would. I play Tekken DR online a bit though on the PS3 which is good fun and not nearly as laggy and god-awful as it could have been. Overall, the PS3 feels better made and seems to have more features than the 360, which despite the light usage I always have a nagging fear is going to blow up at some point. The Blu Ray player alone justifies it for me, and DMC4 is so good! WTF is up with the installation time though?! 30 mins wait just to play the game...When you get these in the end it is worth it, it has to be said though.

I think the 360 is probably on a downwards sales arc now, most of its big games are out, while the PS3 still has a ways to grow, especially when it gets cheap enough that the rest of you can afford it. If the two boxes were the same price, who here would honestly choose a 360 over the PS3?


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