2008 Australian Console Sales Figures

Let's take a moment to visit a peripheral theatre in the great global tussle for console supremacy, and see how each of the three machines is faring in the Australian market.

Sony Computer Entertainment sent us their 2008 sales numbers earlier in the week, to go along with those from Microsoft and Nintendo, who it must be noted were far more punctual. But late is better than never, so without further ado, here's how the three home consoles (and two handhelds) stacked up last year in the antipodes.


Nintendo Wii - 685,000
Xbox 360 - 237,000
PlayStation 3 - 213,000

Clear win for the Wii, then. As for the other two, it should be noted in fairness that the PS3 numbers include an estimated 70,000 consoles that weren't bought, and were instead given away as free gifts for purchasers of certain models of Sony Bravia televisions.


Nintendo DS - 800,000
PlayStation Portable - ??

The DS wins this one by default, as Sony elected not to disclose the number of PSPs they sold in Australia for the year. Which, when you consider they did disclose the number of PS3s, has us suspecting the handheld isn't quite faring as well down under as it is elsewhere.


    At well over $500 dollars a console it's no friggin wonder that Sony's deservedly getting pwned!

    I refuse to buy it until its $300 [or less]. And then only if the next Sega/Nintendo/Microsoft console hasnt launched -in which case I will happily skip the PS3.

    You come from the consumer market of budget gamers that Sony doesn't care to appeal to. Do your research and you will notice that $500 is so cheap it's ridiculous, consider what you get when buying it.

    Seriously though, well done to Sony in regards to the PS3. At a price point its still out of reach for most consumers, considering the limitations it has in a way of must haves for decent gameplay eg; tv type, hdmi cable..

    In my opinion its the only reason that the PS2 is still alive..

    i brought a PS3 when it first came out here in AUS so i paid a full $999.95 from harvey normans about a year and a half later i brought a Wii for $388 at Big W since i got both consoles the PS3 NOW is way better value for money people fail to see its MORE then just a games console, its the best priced blu-ray player when Sony designed it they wanted EVERYTHING in your loungeroom to run through or somehow be connected WITH the PS3, in saying that up untill about a week ago when i got Don kings boxing for the wii the Wii has basiclly been a Dust collector while the PS3 powers on like a trooper

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