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PlayStation 3 Shipments Exceed Xbox 360

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Strategy Analytics said that the installed base of PS3s reached 43.4 million units by the end of last year, ahead of 42.9 million units for the Xbox 360. Nintendo's Wii is still the leader of the pack with 75.5 million shipped consoles.

“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,” says report author, Jia Wu, Senior Analyst in Strategy Analytics’ Digital Consumer Practice. “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.”   

The analyst also noted that Nintendo will be releasing a new Wii within one year in an effort to support its sales. The Xbox 360 is expected to sell 13.7 million units this year, the PS3 should be in the range of 15.7 million, while the Wii will drop below 10 million, Strategy Analytics said.  

“Microsoft’s second generation console has dramatically improved the company’s position in the digital home,” notes David Mercer, Principal Analyst at Strategy Analytics. “But its relative weakness in Europe and Asia acts as a drag on its global performance. Microsoft should continue to innovate around its motion sensor technology, which will become increasingly relevant in the smart home era.”

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    burnley14 , April 6, 2011 9:15 PM
    The notion that motion sensing is the future of gaming makes me sad. Same with 3D. Call me a traditionalist, but I'm happy with my controller and ordinary flatscreen.
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    11796pcs , April 6, 2011 9:27 PM
    I agree with burnley14 I hate 3D- it's bothersome and I think some movies are focusing so much on looking nice that the plots are seriously starting to suffer. All of the motion sensing games look really sily too. Not something I want to be spending tons of money on. PS3 overall is probably a better console but both suck because they're so outdated. We really need some new consoles on the market and now.
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    Assmar , April 6, 2011 9:49 PM
    I'm right with you guys with a lack of enthusiasm for 3D, but I rather like the idea of motion controls or multi-touch screens for use with my PC.
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    Anonymous , April 6, 2011 9:49 PM
    That's global. USA Market looks a little different.

    http://www.industrygamers.com/news/xbox-360-is-best-selling-console-in-february-with-535000-sold/
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    soccerplayer88 , April 6, 2011 9:52 PM
    burnley14The notion that motion sensing is the future of gaming makes me sad. Same with 3D. Call me a traditionalist, but I'm happy with my controller and ordinary flatscreen.


    Agreed. 3D is practically a gimmick. I've watched probably three or four movies in 3D, which made it hard to concentrate on the actual movie itself. Played the 3DS over at my friends a week ago, just gave me a headache and I asked where the 2D switch was (haha).

    Motion sense, meh. If I want a workout I'll go lift weights or go run. When I'm gaming, I'm doing it to relax.

    Get back to me MS/Sony/Nintendo when you guys develop some form of VR.
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    of the way , April 6, 2011 10:00 PM
    3D can be used as a gimmick, yes, and then it's terrible. But in and of itself, 3D is not a gimmick.
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    Assmar , April 6, 2011 10:03 PM
    erunionThat's global. USA Market looks a little different.http://www.industrygamers.com/news [...] 5000-sold/

    They said that they were world wide numbers in the article. What is your point?
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    JD13 , April 6, 2011 10:26 PM
    You have to subtract the units sold to the government for their Cell super computer node.
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    CsG_kieran_2 , April 6, 2011 10:26 PM
    Seen this coming in 2006. After 4 RRoD's am pretty happy for Sony.
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    thegreathuntingdolphin , April 6, 2011 10:48 PM
    These numbers don't add up.

    VG Chartz has the following sales figures:
    Wii = 86.2 million
    360 = 52.8 million
    PS3 = 49.1 million

    The 360 had 40 million consoles sold by the end of March 31st, 2010 (before the Slim models and Kinect). In January 2011 Microsoft said it had shipped over 50 million 360s to date. By end of Q2 2010, Sony said it had sold 41 million. Sony also said it sold 47.9 million by the end of 2010.

    From what I have read on other tech websites, Strategy Analytics has some way they believe of measuring "installed base" which is dubious at best and misleading at worst.
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    adamboy64 , April 6, 2011 11:13 PM
    The PS3 juggernaut continues.. now they've shipped more consoles. So, I'm interested to know what the figures are like in 6 months time.
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    BulkZerker , April 6, 2011 11:37 PM
    The ps3 will surpass the 360 eventually in all statistics focusing on the entire world (which is the total proffit, not just the big slice that is the us. The buissness of gaming is global afterall.) Simply because the xbox doesn't have the brand recogniton that playstation does. And sonys system being the same price as sonys now finally doesn't hurt either... rrod,add on hddvd drives and drop of other os nonwithstanding.
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    Trialsking , April 6, 2011 11:40 PM
    adamboy64The PS3 juggernaut continues.


    Yay for the juggernaut of dumbing down...long live the lowest common denominator!
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    _Cubase_ , April 7, 2011 2:49 AM
    erunionThat's global. USA Market looks a little different.http://www.industrygamers.com/news [...] 5000-sold/


    Here's a nickle's worth of free education: USA is not the world. This concludes today's lesson. Tomorrow's lesson: the world around you.
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    Anonymous , April 7, 2011 2:57 AM
    wish you guys would fix the spam problem!!!
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    starryman , April 7, 2011 6:29 AM
    PS3 = game console + free bluray player. I own both the 360 and PS3 and from a value proposition, the PS3 is a better deal. As for games... they are on par. Wii blows... talk about early 90's hardware.
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    neotechi , April 7, 2011 9:12 AM
    I agree with what burnley14 said. I just want my handheld controller and my flat screen with none of that 3D BS that they keep on saying "this is the future" BS it is. It's just a gimmick for you to pay more for your TV's and a guarantee headache/migraine. Sure with movies its great but with games it's just to much stimuli for the human eye to take. And they thought us staring at monitors was bad... 3D takes that and increases it 3-fold on the stress your eyes take from staring at their 3D monitors/TV's.
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    back_by_demand , April 7, 2011 12:00 PM
    _Cubase_Here's a nickle's worth of free education: USA is not the world. This concludes today's lesson. Tomorrow's lesson: the world around you.

    +1000
    The USA comprises on 5% of the world's population, get over yourselves
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    Anonymous , April 7, 2011 1:14 PM
    "The USA comprises on 5% of the world's population, get over yourselves"

    I think it is actually a little less than that and I agree with the sentiment.

    BUT the US does account for 20-30% of the world economy (depending on how you measure it)....meaning that 5% has a lot of purchasing power, which is why "global" products tend to be marketed toward the US.

    In regards to this article though (total global sales) that really doesnt matter.
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    cknobman , April 7, 2011 1:34 PM
    mobrocketGood for Sony, bad for gamers... Sony's library of games is garbage, and great it has blu ray... a techinology that wont be around long cus physical media is a dying breed


    Agreed, even though the PS3 does have blue ray every year that goes by that counts as less and less of a bonus.

    Blue Ray (and any other physical format) is going the way of the dinosaur. Anyone noticed how much floor space has been reduced for physical media lately? Go into any Best Buy and you will quickly see that floor space for any physical media is now about 1/3 of the size it used to be.

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