Another sign of Sony’s sinking fortunes came out last week, when the Japanese hardware sales chart showed that the Xbox 360 was gaining on it. The 360, which has virtually no base in Japan, shot up by tripling its normal sales to a point that, while 1/8 the Nintendo Wii and 1/12 the Nintendo DS, was within spitting distance of the PS3’s sales. The Xbox 360 tripled its way to 7,583 sales for the week, while the PS3 lumbered at 9,481 sales.
While no one is saying this means the 360 is taking over Japan, it is a sure sign of Sony’s sinking fortunes. The gamers who might normally buy a PlayStation must not be interested, and are putting their dollars into a console that is cheaper, has more games, and isn’t looking like more of a failure every month.