February 19th, 2008, 22:10 Posted By: wraggster
The Famitsu Marketing Data Service recently released their monthly report for January 2008, and Sony's three systems did very well in Japan during the first month of the year. Recording data from December 31st, 2007 to January 27th, 2008, 1,729,034 hardware units were sold across Japan. The PSP was the most popular piece of Sony hardware sold during the month, with almost 400,000 units. Surprisingly, the PSP even bested Nintendo's Wii in the second week of the month, selling almost 84,000 units to the Wiis' 82,000 units. The PSP's incredibly strong start gave it 23.1% of the total market share for January, which was only behind that of the Nintendo DS Lite and the Nintendo Wii.
The PS3 and PS2 didn't have a bad start in2008 either, with respectable numbers for January. The PS3 moved almost 166,000 units of hardware, taking a 9.6% share of the Japanese market. The venerable PS2 still managed to sell extremely well, moving almost 74,000 units and gathering 4.3% of the market share. While these numbers may seem light, any one of Sony's three consoles easily left the Xbox 360 in the dust, which only moved 27,000 units and acquired a meager 1.6% of the Japanese market. Plus, with all of their numbers combined, all three Sony systems accounted for 37% of systems sold in January, which is a rather good start to the year.
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