Xbox 360 owners buy more games than Wii and PS3 owners

November 3, 2007

Xbox 360 owners buy more games than Wii and PS3 ownersIt seems that Xbox 360 owners are the most liberal with their spending on software, with it being revealed that consumers with Microsoft’s console buy more games per head than either Wii or PS3 owners.

According to statistics from research firm NPD, and reported on tech.co.uk, Microsoft sell 7 games per Xbox 360 console sold, Sony sell 4 games per PS3, and Nintendo comes bottom of the class, selling only 3.44 games per Wii sold.

Naysayers and doubters will argue that the research is skewed in favour of the Xbox 360 dues to the extra time it has been available to buy over both the PS3 and Wii, and that’s right to a certain extent.

There’s no doubt that the extra year Xbox 360 owners have had to build their collections will make a difference, but it still makes uncomfortable reading for Sony and Nintendo seeing as virtually every console in history, especially of recent generations has sold at a loss, with the manufacturer instead relying on game sales to make up the shortfall.

The PS3 really hasn’t got that many top quality games for it, with all the big, exclusive, must have titles due to be released over the course of the next year. Maybe gamers are just saving up their money for the influx of triple A titles on their way. Maybe they just haven’t got any cash left to feed their gaming habit after shelling out big bucks to be an early adopter of the console in the first place.

But it’s the Wii which is the strange one with less than 3 and half games sold for each console. It looks to me as if lots of people in the new markets which Nintendo has created with the Wii buy the console in excitement, and then don’t have a clue what to do with it.

The console ships with Wii Sports, and then a lot of people add Wii Play to their bundle, if only for the extra Wiimote. But that’s it, and the console gets put away on a shelf only being brought out to show off to visitors intrigued by the little gaming machine which their adult friends have bought.

I can see the PS3 catching up on the Xbox 360 figures if this research is repeated in another year’s time. The Wii however, will have to start selling in bigger numbers to traditional gamers with deep pockets to increase it’s ratio substantially.

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  6. bigd:

    XBOX 360 users buy more games!! Lets be honest they bought an xbox 360 they’d probably buy a pile of cow dung if you put a microsoft badge on it. Hey can marketing run that one by Bill and get the green light.

  7. BaaBaa:

    They have a years more games to choose from. Simple as that.

  8. Indigo:

    It should be pointed out that while the PS3 may not match the 360s attach rate in the US it will surpass it elsewhere. I love the way Microsoft make a big deal out of US sales stats yet never release any for the EU or Japan.

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  10. billytech:

    We buy more games because there ARE GREAT GAMES for the system. Period.

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  12. zzzruc:

    Pretty right on about the Wii.Bought all 3 good games and now what?sigh…
    With our 360 there are so many good games out (or due out)i can’t afford them all.sigh…The Xbox 360 hit the street with a pretty good stable of games and this year has been awesome.
    Pswho????Lets see should i buy another system with 3 games? i think no.(I don’t think the PS3 is a bad system but who needs another dust collector)

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  14. Rebma Boss:

    Billytech, zzzruc, you must mostly like first-person shooters and sports games, right? As far as I know, that is almost ALL YOU GET ON AN XBOX 360!!!

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  16. John:

    Publishers were caught by surprise with the wii and it takes 1-2 years to make a game. Good games are just starting to come out for the wii this year and next. PS3 had almost a year head start because publishers thought it would have the good games, and the 360 had essentially two years head start.

    Good games as rated 75 or higher on metacritic:
    360: 128
    PS3: 49
    Wii: 20

    There are a lot of high quality games expected over the next year for the wii, and as the number of quality games increase, so will the attach rate.

    If anything, these numbers show that the wii has the highest attach rate, if you take the ratio of the attach rate over the number of favorably reviewed (assumed quality) games.

  17. Uri Popuroxoff:

    The ONLY reason crap like this continues to get posted is to try to convince people of something that isn’t true. A classic case of using “statistics” to create a false impression.

    On average, if a person has had a console for 2 years, you would expect them to have more games than the person who’s had their console for 1 year. Why is this so hard to understand? The other even mentions this, then dismisses it as irrelevant. Pathetic.

    Let’s see some data comparing groups of users who’ve owned their system for the exact same length of time.

  18. spatimouth:

    I purchased a couple of games for my 360 looking for a game that I’d like to keep playing. Only game that I truely enjoyed when I owned my 360 was Halo 3.

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  20. adnan mohammed:

    Xbox 360 rules. its not about sales its about quality, most 360 games are great, i mean bio shock, orange box, halo 3, gears of wars are all games belonging to microsoft, ps3′s best games are on the 360, wii just plain sucks, people say the games are just cuz its nintendo, the games are so babyish everyone look forword to buy the wii and dont do anythin with it. I mean the wii conned peple into buyng it just cuz its virtual, ps3 i mean make some games lower price den talk arite, and the wii is just low price cuz u get the wii and controller, 360 is 400$ cuz u get 2 controllers live, hard drive. Xbox 360 owns

  21. adnan mohammed:

    every game is awesome , perfect combo of 5 games for it is smackdown vs. raw 2008, halo 3, call of duty 4, bioshock, assasins creed.
    orange box aint that great, team fortress sucks, portal ok but boring half life ep 1 and 2 sucks and half life 2 okay. I mean it aint that great, u stopp playin.

  22. i:

    Adnan, work on your grammer! It’s confusing!

    Hey, maybe some XBox 360 owners aren’t as smart as some Wii-owners. ??

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