I might have to eat my own words.
Sony latest next gen console, PS3, came on the market one year later than that of Microsoft, the Xbox 360. The latter had garnered a lead that was once 9 million units above the PS3 in global install base. We’re in the sixth year of this, the seventh generation of consoles, about the time makers of the devices unveil their latest products.
But you now have Microsoft fully concentrated on Kinect, and Sony’s recently released in own motion control device dubbed Move. Only Nintendo will probably show off new hardware at next year’s E3, giving themselves a headstart.
So looking at the situation now, I guess the article should read: The Reasons Why PS3 Will Beat The 360′s Install Base This Generation.
It’s already almost there.
Sony’s just released sales data for Q2 proving how strong the PS brand has grown in that period. In fact, sales for PS3 has been so strong, the giant reported it had sold nearly six million units by the end of September.
PS3′s install base now stands at 41.6 million.
Microsoft released some strong numbers too, and earlier reports were claiming over 44 million Xbox 360 units had been sold globally. But that’s not right, says Xbox front man Major Nelson, only 42 million consoles have been sold.
If Major Nelson’s right, and we believe he is, this means Xbox 360 only leads the PS3 in consoles sold by 400,000; that’s not much considering the headstart the aforesaid console enjoyed.
So will the PS3 really overtake the Xbox 360′s base? Yes. It will. It’s only a matter of when, not if.