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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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By sibbor on 2/11/2008 2:31:54 AM , Rating: 1
"If they're going to pirate somebody, we want it to be us rather than somebody else." -- Microsoft Business Group President Jeff Raikes

So I guess Microsoft and all the software developer (on the X360 side) is really satisfied with the X360 being able to be flashed to play burned DVD copies of their games.
At least I know the people using the console is happy, and that's one argument on why they're not letting it down "the game library is bigger on the X360!!"... yeah, it sure is, but it wouldn't matter if you couldn't download the games, since then you wouldn't have the money to buy the games either way. Sad, but true.
The PS3 platform is, as of today, fully secure and can't play downloaded and burned PS3 games. I fail to see how software developers don't take this fact into account when they're developing multi-platform games. In my eyes they should focus more on the PS3 instead of the X360, since that way they'll earn more cash in the end.

When/If the PS3 gains the "ability" to play burned PS3 games, I bet we'll see the sales rate in the US raising "quite a bit"... and then you wouldn't say "The PS3 don't got enough games", since your wallets actually just can't give you the money to afford get games the legal way.

Piracy is what keeps X360 alive, and in front of the X360 so far. That's what I think. Going PS3 like me and supporting the software developers fully would allow all of us to enjoy amazing 1080p games titles sooner.

So, US, give it a shot, go PS3 ;-)!

RE: Piracy
By sibbor on 2/11/2008 2:44:20 AM , Rating: 1
First off: Sorry for my grammatic, but English ain't my primary language.

Piracy is what keeps X360 alive, and in front of the PS3 so far. That's what I think. Going PS3 like me and supporting the software developers fully would allow all of us to enjoy amazing 1080p games titles sooner.
That's what I was supposed to write.

And as a side note: I'm a bit rough in my statement. I know the X360 has some potential, but I have more faith in the PS3 for a couple of reasons - the open environment, the quality, all the options/alternatives, the games etc..

RE: Piracy
By wolfpack1825 on 2/11/2008 1:59:29 PM , Rating: 2
So your comment related to you being a pirate? Since you seem to know a lot about the subject

RE: Piracy
By sibbor on 2/12/2008 2:42:47 AM , Rating: 1
No, what I said was that the X360 platform and Microsoft - due to the fact that they wasn't able to build a more secure machine, like Sony's PS3 - is provoking the users to support piracy.

Since the US is the homeland for the X360 it's also where it sells the best and that's why I said "So, US, give it a shot, go PS3 ;-)!". If more people had PS3 I bet the software developers would be more satisfied, since more games would have been sold, instead of downloaded.


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