NPD: PS3 nearly matches Wii, outsells 360 in January

Looks like PS3 really is gaining momentum. January showed some incredible performance for Sony's newest home console, as it was able to beat its major competitor, the Xbox 360. In fact, it almost sold as much as the Wii, falling short only a measly 5k systems for the month. Here are the numbers:

- Wii: 274K
- PS3: 269K
- PS2: 264K
- DS Lite: 251K
- Xbox 360: 230K
- PSP: 230K

There's still a long way to go in this console war, but January has been quite favorable for Sony. Will Sony be able to capitalize on this newfound momentum? With a killer line-up of games for the rest of year, we'd like to think so. Update: Comment from SCEA's Jack Tretton, after the cut.

[Via Joystiq]
"Coming off a great holiday sales season we see strong momentum behind PS3 in 2008, and feel confident about the year ahead. We have an exceptionally diverse lineup of exclusive games, from Gran Turismo 5 Prologue, Metal Gear Solid 4 and Resistance 2 to more mainstream games such as LittleBigPlanet and SingStar. Beyond that, we have Blu-ray emerging as the de facto high def standard, the developer community is hitting their stride, consumers are recognizing the tremendous value and innovative services such as PlayStation Home are all in the works, so this is definitely shaping up to be a breakthrough year for us." - Jack Tretton, CEO, Sony Computer Entertainment America

This article was originally published on Joystiq.