Microsoft has always pushed to be near the top, but this year they take it. A good year of solid games and great holiday sales has the Xbox 360 taking the title as the top-selling game console in the world for the first time.
Earnings reports that came out this week show that Microsoft‘s 8.2 million Xbox 360s easily tops Sony’s 6.5 million PS3s and Nintendo’s 5.6 million Wii systems sold for the Q. Yearly grand totals put Microsoft and Sony a bit closer, with Xbox 360 selling 14.9 million over Sony’s 14.1 million. They both beat Nintendo’s 10.33 million for the Wii.
If you want lifetime numbers, Nintendo still wins, with 95 million Wiis sold, beating 66 million Xbox 360s and 62 million PS3s.
GeekWire reminds that Microsoft’s Don Mattrick said at last year’s E3 that the Xbox 360 would become the #1 console globally. Nice call, Don.