According to this BBC article, the PS3 has finally overtaken the Wii for monthly sales in its native Japan. This is following price cuts and the release of a cheaper model. In November, 183,217 PS3s were sold in Japan, compared to 159,193 Wii (what’s the plural of “Wii”? “Wii”? “Wiis”? “Wiien”?).
Analysts predict that the Wii will continue to dominate the global market. Said KBC Securities analyst Hiroshi Kamide: “Overseas, I don’t really see the PS3 doing that much at Christmas time primarily because it’s still more expensive than the other machines and has less software.” The Wii is, of course, considerably cheaper than the PS3, although as far as I can tell it is similarly short of good games (recent releases notwithstanding).
“It’s nice to see the PS3 selling much better than six months ago… but is it a sustainable trend? Is it going to really escalate from here? I’m not so sure,” said Kamide-san.
That said, I think this recent development goes to show that the ‘next generation’ console war is still in the early stages. I certainly wouldn’t count Sony out of the running yet.