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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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RE: Well Duh
By someguy123 on 2/9/2008 12:33:25 AM , Rating: 4
actually its not 1080p or even 720p native, its run at an awkward 1136x640 so that they could have two buffers for high and low dynamic range.

the 360 elite(other systems as well?) upscales it to 1080p.

RE: Well Duh
By SlyNine on 2/9/2008 2:56:07 AM , Rating: 2
Wow thats pretty messed up of them , Since they have been touting ture 1080P. Glad I have a PC.

RE: Well Duh
By porkpie on 2/9/2008 11:34:31 PM , Rating: 3
Whats "messed up" is people focusing on numbers instead of how a game actually looks. If you need someone to tell you a game isn't 1080p, then what does it really matter?

RE: Well Duh
By SlyNine on 2/11/2008 3:47:45 AM , Rating: 2
That may be a good point to some extent. But I get the feeling that a lot of Xbox360 games are a lower res then advertised just by looking, I was just going on what MS was saying.

RE: Well Duh
By Aikouka on 2/11/2008 8:39:38 AM , Rating: 2
Only a handful of games have been advertised as outputting true 1080p rather than being upscaled by the 360's hardware scaler. Some basketball game and I believe Sega's last Tennis game are two that I recall. Some others that follow it more might know a couple more titles.

RE: Well Duh
By walk2k on 2/9/2008 12:12:46 PM , Rating: 4
no games are 1080p on the 360, the max is 1280x720 and the elites upscale.

to be fair, few games are 1080p on the PS3 either, most are 720p. but at least there are some and likely will be more in the future as coders get a clue about how to program for it.

RE: Well Duh
By DingieM on 2/11/2008 5:56:01 AM , Rating: 2
There are some true 1080p games on the Xbox360, reportedly begin Virtua Tennis 3 and Pirates of the caribian...
If I'm not mistaken...

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