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PlayStation+Ninty+Xbox shipment history since 1995, UPDATED May 2015.

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Nice thread Kowe!
2008 was seriusly a insanity year...over 100 million console shipped... And nearly 60% was Nintendo.  

i don't think will happen again...



Actual prediction of the year: Super Smash Bros Ultimate will sell in 12 million

So...Nintendo has been doomed for nearly 20 years?! Goddamn, they really know how to hang in there!

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Areym said:
So...Nintendo has been doomed for nearly 20 years?! Goddamn, they really know how to hang in there!


what are you talking about?



I'm not really here!

Link: Shipment History Since 1995


cool thread that I've never seen before.

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This looks like a great thread, weird I didn't see it befoe.

Those global home console figures are neglecting quite a few caveats. The PS2 had the strongest legs by far of any console, the Wii was obviously an anomaly, the seventh generation was the most protracted ever, and Japan is making global sales look worse than they are (also, there the rate of multi-platform households, which is impossible to quantify for much of gaming history but still apparently quite high last generation). Let's isolate the region we have the most complete data set for: the U.S. Instead of stacking them to get total hardware sales of all systems on the market in a given year, I've split the generations apart (note that I've included my own personal projections for 2015; also, PS2 data after 2009 is unavailable, and PS3 & Wii data from 2012 & 2013 is based on VGC data since NPD data is unavailable):

The current generation looks bad compared to last generation, but that's because the Wii was an obvious anomaly. Let's remove the Wii from the equation) and see what happens:

If we wanted to do an alternate sales scenario where the Wii "flopped" (let's say 25% of what it actually did each year from 2007 onwards) but the 360 & PS3 still sold exactly how and what they really did, we might see something like this:

But if you really want to see the above chart stacked, well, here you go (remember, NPD data for the PS2 are unavailable after 2009):

In any case, raw numbers don't tell the whole story in and of themselves. You have sales legs, marketing and/or pricing missteps, the rate of console-owning households having more than one system from a given generation, and so on. But even then, adoption rates of conventional consoles in the U.S. are well within historical norms. If I had more complete data I imagine Europe would show a similar story (the PS4 is selling about as well as the PS2 did). Japan is clearly the outlier here as they are the only major market showing a clear decling in console sales, and as such they have an obviously negative impact on global sales. The U.S. and Europe are doing just fine.



Interesting thread. Also, great work as always Shadow^^^^^^

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I have a feeling we will see continued decline in combined annual shipments for this whole generation.

Shadow1980 said:

Those global home console figures are neglecting quite a few caveats. The PS2 had the strongest legs by far of any console, the Wii was obviously an anomaly, the seventh generation was the most protracted ever, and Japan is making global sales look worse than they are (also, there the rate of multi-platform households, which is impossible to quantify for much of gaming history but still apparently quite high last generation). Let's isolate the region we have the most complete data set for: the U.S. Instead of stacking them to get total hardware sales of all systems on the market in a given year, I've split the generations apart (note that I've included my own personal projections for 2015; also, PS2 data after 2009 is unavailable, and PS3 & Wii data from 2012 & 2013 is based on VGC data since NPD data is unavailable):

So... the Wii was an anomaly because it sold so much and to new groups, the PS2 was an anomaly because it was on the market for so long and the 7th gen was an anomaly because it lasted for so many years. It sounds more like bad excuses for why we are experiencing a huge nosedive in terms of console sales rather than an analysis of what is actually causing the market to fall, while gaming as a whole continues to grow. Wouldn´t the PS1 also be an anomaly because the console sold over 100 million copies in Sony´s first try at the console market?