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PS3 Leads Xbox 360 In Europe, Different Story In U.S.

by Ernice Gilbert on March 31st, 2011, under Hot, Microsoft, News, Nintendo, Sony

And the console wars continue. Information just released shows Sony’s PS3, even after releasing a full year after Microsoft’s Xbox 360, leads the latter by a decent amount of units in Europe. However in the biggest market of them all, where most software are sold, a reversal of fortunes has occurred.

Find the numbers past the break.

The figures, based on data from GameStop and IDG, suggest that there are currently 114m current-generation consoles on the market, with Nintendo DS taking the lead, followed by the Wii and PS3. Many had thought that with MS’s Xbox 360 being on the market a full year before the PS3, it would be ahead of Sony’s console, but that’s not the case. At least not in Europe.

Here are the European numbers:

- 14.7 million Sony PlayStation 3 units
- 24.9 million Nintendo Wii units
- 13.7 million Microsoft Xbox 360 units
- 14.8 million Sony PSP units
- 46 million Nintendo DS units

It’s a different story in the U.S., however, as Nintendo once again takes the lead, followed by the Xbox 360 and then PS3.

U.S. numbers are as follow:

Wii – 34.2 million units
Xbox 360 – 25.4 million units
PS3 – 15.4 million units
DS – 47.3 million units
PSP – 19 million units

Those numbers were made possible courtesy GameStop.

So with this current generation of consoles already running on fumes, can Sony overtake 360 in the U.S.? My guess is no. What’s yours?

Ernice Gilbert

Ernice Gilbert here. Founder and Editor-In-Chief of Gamesthirst. Thanks for stopping by, make yourself at home!

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  1. Fri, 1st Apr 2011 at 4:08 am

    did we not just have a article saying the ps3 had overtaken worldwide?
    did not think it was true, too early!
    will catch up eventually if M$ keep up with this kinect only BS!
    but not this year.

  2. Fri, 1st Apr 2011 at 5:58 am

    Ah, the article you’re talking of is newer than this one… PS3′s already beaten 360 worldwide:

  3. Fri, 1st Apr 2011 at 11:05 am

    wow, things change that quickly!?

  4. Fri, 1st Apr 2011 at 11:15 am

    ……You’re trying to be sarcastic/

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