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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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Has the PS3 ever Outsold the 360?
By ZimZum on 2/8/2008 8:17:52 PM , Rating: 2
In all of these discussions, the Mantra of "The PS3 has sold more than the 360 did at the same point in its lifespan" is often repeated. Thats all well and good. But since they have both been in the marketplace with decent availability has the PS3 ever outsold the 360 for an appreciable amount of time? Also the Wii and to a lesser extent the 360 have both had problems keeping stock on the shelves. The PS3 hasn't really had this issue.





By deeznuts on 2/8/2008 9:44:36 PM , Rating: 2
The PS3 outsold the 360 worldwide last year through the holiday season. These two companies have commented on just the NA sales.


"If you can find a PS3 anywhere in North America that's been on shelves for more than five minutes, I'll give you 1,200 bucks for it." -- SCEA President Jack Tretton

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