Fact: PS3 PWNS Xbox 360 in Console SalesBy Rothtana Ouch
As it turns out globally, the Xbox 360 is taking a beating from the PS3 and it doesn’t look like the future Uncharted 3 supporting console is going to step down as the new market leader.
According to data from Strategy Analytics, the PS3 is picking up tremendous speed to being the leader in console sales for the foreseeable future and it’s all because of those fashionable Europeans and completely awesome Asian countries.
“While the Kinect peripheral has given a boost to Microsoft’s Xbox 360 strategy, the console’s performance outside of the U.S. continues to disappoint,” said the report’s author Jia Wu, an analyst for Strategy Analytics’ Digital Consumer Practice.
According to Wu’s report the PS3 has overtaken the Xbox 360 in global sales. At the end of 2010, the PS3 reached the install base of 43.4 million and the Xbox 360 limped in with 42.9. Okay, well not a limp, but still a little behind of Sony’s machine.
As it stands the Xbox 360 leads the United State’s install base by 10 million units over the PS3, but in Europe the PS3 has an install base of 14.7 million units vs the Xbox 360′s 13.7 million units. The Xbox 360 also lags in sales throughout Asia. Strategy Analytics called this weakness in under performing sales in Europe and Asia “as a drag on its global performance.”
Nintendo continues to dominate globally with an install base of 75.6 million active units. Yet, the Wii’s days of console dominance is coming to an end. Strategy Analytics reports that Wii sales will drop over 10 million which will make an opportunity to “launch a Wii successor within the next 12 months.”
The report also indicated that Xbox 360 install base will end with 13.7 million, and the PS3 will balloon up to 15.7 million in 2011. When those figures are projected even further imagine the discrepancies we’ll see and how it will shape the console market in the future.
PS3 Passes Xbox 360 Worldwide [Gamasutra]
What do you play on currently and would you ever switch? Are we going to see Wii 2?