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PS3 Closing in on 50 Million Units

by William Schwartz

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Sony’s PS3 made news earlier last month for producing zero growth in 2010.  But the company is still on track and selling at the pace it expects.  Global PS3 sales according to SCEI now figure at 47.9 million sold worldwide.  The burgeoning install base rapidly expaning and gaining ground on the Xbox 360 which figures at approximately 50 million units world wide.

The Sony financials which have recently been posted show that since the PlayStation 3’s launch nearly 48 million consoles have been sold.  At this continued pace between the Xbox 360 and PS3 it has been speculated that the PlayStation 3 will surpass the Xbox 360 in the coming months/year.

Back in 2010, David Mercer an analyst at Strategy Analytics posted an article speculating this exact scenario.

“Our analysis shows that while Wii sales fell relative to Q1 09, its share in fact remained constant relative to Q4 09.  The main movement in Q1 10 was the growing share for Sony’s PS3 at the expense of Microsoft’s Xbox 360.”

“The PS3 continues to benefit from the price cut last September.  This should help the PS3 maintain growth momentum throughout 2010.  The introduction of Natal technology should also help re-energize Microsoft’s Xbox 360 platform in the second half of the year.”

Source: SCEI

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