Mixed blessing for Sony
During December, Sony in particular turned in surprisingly strong sales — but not for its new PlayStation 3.
In a development that industry analysts said speaks to the strength of the video-game market and the lure of low prices, the nation’s best-selling console during the holiday season was Sony’s PlayStation 2, a six-year-old system.
Americans bought 1.4 million PlayStation 2s during the period. That was more than the Xbox 360, which sold 1.1 million units; the Nintendo Wii, which sold 604,000; and the PlayStation 3, which sold 491,000.
The sales figures for the PlayStation 3, and in particular the Wii, fell below the expectations of industry analysts.