As the story goes, many have written off the PS3 being a very strong player in this generation of console hardware, at least for the first year or so. The concern stemmed from the console being extraordinarily high priced, lack of extremely good games, shortages and shifting hype to the Nintendo Wii. However, this generation of consoles is now approaching five years and does not appear to be slowing down any time soon.
While nothing short of a catastrophic disaster can stop the sales of the first place Wii, the latest worldwide sales data shows that the PlayStation 3 is catching up to the Xbox 360 in overall sales. Microsoft had a one year advantage, which should have been enough to secure at least second place for the entire generation, the shortcomings of console failures must have slowed them down quite a bit. In global numbers, the PS3 now sits just 4.4 million shy of Xbox 360 in total consoles sold.
The total install bases are as follows:
Wii – 70.93 million
Xbox 360 – 40.3 million
PS3 – 35.95 million
The difference (and presumably why the PS3 is now catching up) is that Sony has consistently accelerated sales of the PS3 overtime while the Xbox 360′s sales are slowing down, effectively selling at a slower rate than the PS3.
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