According to those in the know, the Xbox 360 has managed to shift 8.4 million consoles in the UK, meaning that it's set to overtake the Wii in a matter of days. Since Nintendo's tiny console utterly dominated sales-wise during the early years of this generation, Microsoft are keen to revel in the accomplishment.
GfK Chart-Track (the UK's pre-eminent source for hardware and software sales) confirmed to MCV that the Xbox 360 is "regularly outselling all rivals," and will pass the Wii's sales total within the next couple of days.
“This is an historic milestone and our sincere thanks goes to each and every person that has bought and enjoyed Xbox 360 over the past eight years," the improbably-named Xbox and Entertainment Director Harvey Eagle told the magazine. "As you saw at E3 earlier this month, we announced a new Xbox 360 form factor and we are committed to ensuring Xbox 360 remains the best place to play games, connect with friends and enjoy your entertainment. You’ll see great exclusive content coming not only to Xbox 360, but also to Xbox One later this year.”
It's an impressive achievement to be sure, though I fully expect a fair few RROD jokes in the comments section. Whether Microsoft can sustain this momentum with the Xbox One following a shambolic two months of reveals and U-turns remains to be seen, but can the Xbox 360 now sell an extra 1.5 million units to beat the PS2?