Report: PS3 Passes Xbox 360 Worldwide
Global sales of Sony’s PlayStation 3 have overtaken those of Microsoft’s Xbox 360, according to data firm Strategy Analytics.
Its figures show that, while Nintendo’s Wii remains the runaway market leader with 75.5 million active units worldwide, PS3 has finally overtaken Microsoft’s console, with a worldwide installed base of 43.4 million at the end of 2010 compared to Xbox 360’s 42.9 million.
Strategy Analytics says that Xbox 360’s relatively slow sales in Europe and Asia “act as a drag on its global performance”, enabling Sony to catch up to and eventually overtake its rival, even with Microsoft’s console seeing a boost in sales off the back of the success of its motion-sensing peripheral, Kinect, which became the fastest-selling consumer electronics device in history with 8m sales in its first 60 days on shelves.
Jia Wu, Strategy Analytics’ digital consumer practice analyst, told Gamasutra: “While the Kinect peripheral has given a boost to Microsoft’s Xbox 360 strategy, the console’s performance outside of the US continues to disappoint.
“Global demand for Sony’s PS3 has exceeded that of the Xbox 360 in each of the past two years, and we expect that to continue over the coming years,” Wu added, recommending that Microsoft “continue to innovate around its motion sensor technology, which will become increasingly relevant in the smart home era.”
The firm predicts Xbox 360 sales for 2011 will number 13.7 million units, with PS3’s installed base rising 15.7 million units. It expects Wii sales to drop by 10 million units over the course of the year, marking an ideal opportunity for Nintendo to “launch a Wii successor in the next 12 months.”