Microsoft had about a year's head start over the other two consoles. The Xbox 360 was first released in November 2005, with the Nintendo Wii and Sony PS3 coming out in November 2006. Due to the short supply of consoles from Nintendo and Sony last year, many people expected the 2007 holiday season to be the true indicator of which console will win the hearts, minds and wallets of consumers. Unfortunately, this does not seem to be the case as there are still threats of limited supply of the Wii.
To get some perspective, it would be good to look at the current sales statistics for the various gaming systems. The latest numbers from The NPD Group (Port Washington, N.Y.) show that hardware sales have increased from $2.2 billion in 2006 to $4.1 billion so far in 2007. The thing to take into account when assessing these numbers is that for the majority of 2006, the only next-generation console available was the Xbox 360. Total numbers for 2007 (rounded up to the nearest 1,000) show the Wii leading with 3,958,000 consoles sold, Xbox 360 in second place with 2,589,000, and the PS3 following in third with 1,294,000.