MS: Not Counting Wii, X360 Dominates Worldwide

Update: Microsoft has confirmed to Shacknews that it did not take the Wii into account when it claimed the Xbox 360 as worldwide console leader.

"Xbox 360 has the largest global install base of any current gen. high definition gaming console, Wii excluded," the company clarified when asked how Xbox 360 could lead worldwide with 19 million when the Wii has sold 24.45 million.

Original Post: In a carefully worded press release, Microsoft today announced that the Xbox 360 is the first console of this hardware generation to sell over 10 million units in the United States.

"History has shown us that the first company to reach 10 million in console sales wins the generation battle," boasted Microsoft senior VP Don Mattrick. "We are uniquely positioned to set a new benchmark for the industry."

Despite Nintendo's Wii selling over 24.45 million units worldwide, Microsoft stated that Xbox 360 leads worldwide with sales of over 19 million units, which it said were "more than any other current-generation console." That particular phrasing indicates that MS may not be counting Wii as part of the current hardware generation.

The company further claimed that the Xbox 360 has "two times more platinum-selling titles than the Wii, and a 16:2 lead over the PlayStation 3 in game titles topping one million in sales."

The news comes less than a day after Sony chimed in with PS3 worldwide sales figures, which completed our glimpse at each console's worldwide sales as of March 31, 2008:

  1. Wii - 24.45 million units
  2. Xbox 360 - 19 million units
  3. PlayStation 3 - 12.85 million units