Last generation, the console that had the biggest start was never in doubt. It was the Wii, and it earned Nintendo a whole lot of money out of the gates. This time around, the PlayStation 4 is the top dog of the early bits of the console generation.

We’re 23 months into the lifespan of these machines, and already the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are doing better than their predecessors. How much better?

NPD Group Analyst Liam Callahan indicated in the latest monthly report that, “After 23 months on the market, combined PS4 and Xbox One sales are 40 percent higher than the combined 23 month totals for PS3 and 360.”

That’s 40 percent better! The first 23 months of the PlayStation 3, in case you folks don’t remember, were pretty bad. The console released with a ludicrous price point, and the early batch of games sported graphics much closer to what we saw on the PlayStation 2.

It took Sony some time, but the PS3 wound up being a wonderful machine. The Xbox 360 evolved, too. Quite honestly, the two slow starters wound up better than the Wii for the core gaming demographic. The Wii, though? That was lightning in a bottle.

It’s good to see the hardware side of the gaming industry doing decently, at least in the western world. Let’s hope this trend continues.