Just how close is the PS3 to overtaking the Xbox 360?

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Console Sales Figures

The Xbox 360 has been ahead of the PS3 since launch as it had that extra years head start on it, however the PS3 has been selling exceptionally well in the last couple of months and I thought it was about time we took a look at the unofficial stats to see just how much closer the PS3 has gotten to regaining 2nd place.

Let’s first get the Wii out of the way, it’s dominating in every region  and has a lead of 2.1 Million over the Xbox 360 and PS3 combined.

So back to the HD war between the PS3 and Xbox 360. In January last year the Xbox 360’s lead was around 8 million if I recall and it was leading in all regions bar Japan.

Fast forward to now and the PS3 is still leading in Japan by 3.3 million but has surprisingly failed to overtake the 360 in Europe yet.

The 360 still has a slim lead in Europe of 350k while still dominating in America with a lead of 9.1 million.

Some quick maths and we can see that the Xbox is still leading in the HD war by 5.9 million which if my memory is correct means that the PS3 caught up around 2 million units in 2009.

At that rate the PS3 will continue to be in last place for another 3 years bringing us into the 2014 year neck and neck.

However with the Arc and Project Natal both being released this year expect a huge shake up in the market with Project Natal possibly having the advantage over the Arc with it’s cooler mainstream technology.

The PlayStation Arc may be the more technically useful product but in the end it’s just another peripheral.

Source: VGChartz

Last Updated: February 2, 2010

Gavin Mannion

I for one welcome our future robotic overlords

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