Console Statistics: The Fanboy Weapon of Choice

nintywii.jpgWhenever I scour the Internet particularly on gaming discussion forums, the fanboy attitude always exists somewhere and with companies loving to reveal statistical data to impress, it is no wonder the fanboy takes everything on board and loses any sense of analysis of what really is going on. Companies may release the data, but it is up to the poor writers and editors to decide how best to describe the latest revelations and how it sits in context with the console rivals.

The latest statistics that have been posted on most major gaming sites is that Nintendo have sold 1.1million Wii consoles in the US, which is double that of the Sony PlayStation 3. So what does it mean?

Well before you say that the demand for Nintendo is much higher than Sony or indeed Microsoft remember one key problem. Microsoft and Sony are using technologies that are more expensive to manufacture and in some cases harder to get hold of. As we found with both the Microsoft and Sony launch, the demand outstripped supply very quickly, so in the end it came down to one conclusion…

Statistics can mean very little without a solid context. The Xbox 360 and the Sony PlayStation could have sold many more units worldwide if the supply was there to meet it, which raises the question how many consoles would they have sold if the supply was available for every single person who wanted to own this next generation machine?

The Nintendo Wii has had a very good start in the console race, but this is mainly due to a few disenchanted gamers not that overly impressed with the next generation of consoles, and Nintendo’s Wii hardware not exactly being cutting edge, which equals cheaper consoles and easier to manufacture components. I am not discrediting Nintendo’s achievement though and in fact you have to congratulate them for releasing a console with a very daring controller design, much slower hardware and yet still appealing to the gaming masses.

I have always said that 2007 will be a fascinating year for gaming enthusiasts who look to consoles for their pleasure, but at this point spouting early statistics will only lead to confusion as it is still very early in the race. So resist any fanboy temptations to argue with statistics and begin with what really counts, which is of course the games that are available.

James Woodcock

Freelance Journalist, Author, Blogger & Podcaster specialising in gaming and technology.

Ever since he experienced the first controllable pixel movement on the television screen, he has been entranced by the possibilities and rewarding entertainment value generated from these metal and plastic boxes of delight. Writing hundreds of articles including commentary and reviews on various gaming platforms, while also interviewing well known industry figures for popular online publications.

  • tonmy

    the xbox 360 is the best console because it has the best thoughtout games and has the best graphics
    tommy

  • Maxtac

    Wikipedia, folks. PS3 is the most advanced and the graphics of Uncharted 2 really show what it can do, 360 is overrated, It got a boost because they released it earlier and cheaper than the PS3 for fear of the compitition. Tommy, Get your facts straight.

  • The PS3 does indeed on paper and with titles such as Uncharted impress us with the ‘best’ graphics on any console system, however for me personally, the PS3 is still lagging behind Xbox 360 in a number of areas such as online consistency of features.

    If I didn’t have all the consoles, I would purchase the Xbox 360 as it stands right now, but I am looking forward to Uncharted 2 as I adored the original.