Sony's PS3 to win current games console battle

Ownership of both the PS3 and the Xbox 360 will hit the highest points between 2012 and 2014. (SUPPLIED)

Sony's PlayStation 3 (PS3) games console will sell more units than its rivals over the lifetime of the current generation, according to new forecasts published by the Strategy Analytics Connected Home Devices service ahead of this week's Games Developers Conference in San Francisco, said an official release yesterday.

Although global sales to date of the Nintendo Wii have exceeded those of the PS3 and the Microsoft Xbox 360, the report, Taming the Waves: Games Console Life Cycles and Platform Competition, predicts the PS3 will still be a commercial platform five years after the Wii has been replaced. Lifetime PS3 sales are predicted to reach 127 million units, compared to 103 million Wii units.

"Nintendo has done a great job with the Wii in bringing console games to new audiences," the release quoted David Mercer, Principal Analyst and report author as saying. "But its sales are now falling, particularly in mature markets, and its installed base will peak in 2011. Ownership of both the PS3 and the Xbox 360 will hit their highest points between 2012 and 2014."

The report predicts that worldwide TV games console sales in 2010 will fall by nine per cent to 47.5 million units, sales of the Wii are expected to reach 17.5 million units, the PS3 14.0 million, the Xbox 360 10.5 million and the PS2 5.5 million.

In spite of falling sales, the global installed base of consoles continues to grow, reaching more than 220 million by the end of this year.


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