I was looking at the NPD data for May sales the other day and it got me thinking about how many consoles have sold to date.
Well, in the US the install base of the Wii and Xbox 360 is about the same, just over 10 million. That is pretty amazing taking into consideration the head start for the 360. The Wii, if it continues on its current pace, will soon overtake the 360 in the US.
Overall world sales of the three consoles break down like this (NextGenWars):
Wii: 21.8 million
X360: 18.9 million
PS3: 10 million
What's more, Michael Pachter (Wedbush Morgan analyst), is confused (go figure) by the lackluster sales of GTA4 and inability to drive sales of the 360 and PS3. You can read about his lack of skills here: Gamespot.
I have an idea why a $400 console isn't selling along with a $60 game: It's the economy, stupid!
Oh, and if you want to see why Pachter isn't very good at his job, it's because he doesn't understand gamers.