The PlayStation 3 has certainly been picking up momentum ever since the release of the PS3 Slim. With the advent of 3D gaming and PlayStation Move on the console, Sony hopes this momentum will keep on going – continuing a supposed out-pacing of Microsoft’s Xbox 360. According to Sony, the PS3 has been outselling the 360 for some time.
We’ve had a look at the numbers and the PS3 has been outselling the Xbox 360 by around 25% across Europe in 2010. Though the US is generally an equal playing field, the PS3′s catch-up on Microsoft’s console could be gaining speed worldwide.
The Xbox 360 has now sold over 40 million worldwide, with the PS3 not too far behind at over 35 million. SCEE’s CEO Andrew House believes that Sony’s console has been outselling the Xbox 360 consistently and forcefully for quite some time:
“PS3 is already hitting its stride for a longer life cycle,” House told VG247. “We’ve talked about 3D as being one of those capabilities. I think one of the reasons a lot of people are starting to embrace PS3 and see value in it is, we shouldn’t forget that Blu-Ray was very new, and was in the middle of a format war when PS3 was first announced. Now there’s a settled standard. It’s supported by every studio out there. And just the general awareness of Blu-Ray and HD has really taken on a life of its own in the past few years. So I think PS3 is really starting to take advantage of that.
“You’re seeing it in the sales figures where we are now certainly in the power region – consistently and very forcefully outselling the 360 week in and week out.”
It’s unclear as to whether House is talking about worldwide sales, or just his European territory, but what is clear is that the PS3 is rapidly making ground.