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PS3 Passes Xbox 360 in Worldwide Active Units LTD According to Analysts |

Many people claimed it was coming, many argued in contradiction, but the time has finally come, according to GamaSutra. PS3 has finally outsold the 360 worldwide in LTD sales, despite the 360’s 10 million unit lead. Now, this should not be used or touted as a bragging aspect, as PS3 still falls short on software sales vs the Xbox 360, and there is plenty of room in the world for both systems. However it still is an amazing feat, so lets hope for many more years to come.

“Although the Xbox 360 leads the PlayStation 3 in the U.S., the global picture shows Microsoft’s console has lost ground to Sony’s as of the end of 2010, says a new report from data firm Strategy Analytics.

According to the company’s data, the Nintendo Wii continues to enjoy the world’s largest install base with 75.5 million active units worldwide, but the active install base of PS3s reached 43.4 million at the close of 2010 versus Xbox 360’s 42.9.

Strategy Analytics says that Xbox 360’s relative weakness in Europe and Asia “acts as a drag on its global performance,” even factoring in the boost the console saw from the launch of the Kinect motion-sensing peripheral.

Just today, GameSited data from IDG that showed that while the Xbox 360 still led the PS3 in the U.S. by 10 million units, Sony’s console retailed a slightly bigger share of the European audience, with 14.7 million units to the Xbox 360’s 13.7 million units.

“While the Kinect peripheral has given a boost to Microsoft’s Xbox 360 strategy, the console’s performance outside of the U.S. continues to disappoint,” says Strategy Analytics’ Digital Consumer Practice analyst Jia Wu, who authored the report.

“Global demand foy’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,” Wu adds, recommending Microsoft “continue[s] to innovate around its motion sensor technology, which will become increasingly relevant in the smart home era.”

The report predicts that Xbox 360 will grow its global sales by 13.7 million by the end of this year, while PS3 will also expand to 15.7 million units. The Wii, conversely, is expected to continue declining (a contraction on which Gamasutra analyst Matt Matthews says the Xbox 360 can capitalize).

Strategy Analytics says Wii’s sales will fall by just over 10 million units over the year, leaving it in third place in hardware rankings — and making it an opportune time for Nintendo to “launch a Wii successor within the next 12 months.”

  • Ferrari

    f*** xbox

  • xbox is a great system…no and/if/or/but’s about it.

    Either way still trying to get clarification on the article. Is it surpassed in sales or only active consoles?

  • I was wondering the same thing Eddie

  • sorry for my ignorance: what are “LTD” sales?

  • Jonaskin

    Wo0t. Suck it MS and all XBox fanboys.

    I actually like XBox and some of the games on it are awesome. But they have some of the worst fanboys and media bias ever.

  • premiersoupir:

    sorry for my ignorance: what are “LTD” sales?  


    Life to Date.

  • pedro

    From the post I think it surpassed both active units and sales (outside US).

    Good to know. Bigger market = better games.

    A shame the 360 still has a lot more game sales…

  • Nintendo won’t release the Wii 2 in 2011. Maybe not even in 2012. They’ve got a veeeeeeeeeeeeeeeery big lead this gen and the system and the games are still selling. Analyst don’t know what they’re talking about when video games enter their view.

  • I disagree Eden…even Nintendo is talking about the Wii 2. Its close. Bet you anything its announced at E3 this year.

  • haha eden would bring in nintendo

  • Luke

    Did everyone else know what LTD was before Eddie explained it or am I just slow?

  • Jay

    yeah I kinda figured it was lol, considering YTD is year to date, and almost everyone knows that

  • lol LTD is a pretty popular term in the gaming industry.

  • pedro

    Well, I had never heard of it (TLD), but I “don’t speak” English, so I’m not the one to ask.

    Anyway, “Wii 2” is definitely coming this year, Nintendo’s consoles have a 5 year life cycle, and Wii’s time is closing in. Look it up!

  • @Eddie: 2011 is the year of the 3DS. Nintendo won’t be announcing Wii 2 at this E3. There MIGHT be some demos behind doors will 10 Ton crushing NDA paperwork to fill out but no announcement. E3 2012? Wii 2 full on. E3 2011? 3DS rules and here are some great games for you to enjoy!

  • There are great games on the 3DS? Where?!? I’ve been looking non-stop lol

  • Well as long as people are enjoying their systems. Though I’m curious how they factor in console hardware failure, I.E. RRoD. Like if you sell 100 and 30 die, and they buy new ones, is it 130 now? Sounds fishy to me XD. “we sell lots!” “But your hardware has a high failure rate?” “So! More money and sale figures!”

  • Sony signed a patent for an external cpu and ram device that is rumored to further the life of the PS3 and greatly increase its power so I dont expect to see a PS4 anytime soon. I bet Sony’s ban wave helped the sale go up. Xbox only remains high in sales due to bannings and pos hardware. Broke 7 myself and repaired over 80 when I was doing that sort of thing.

  • @Jason ya I was going to reference that attachment, I’m really really hoping that’s what they do. I don’t like the idea of new hardware coming out anytime soon. It’s inefficient. Not to mention all the best games come out near the end of a life cycle, so just give us an attachment for 100 bucks or something and I’ll buy it.

  • Jay

    it’s doubtful any production item will come out of the patent. I think they’re just securing the technology.

  • Waffles

    how about all those ppl that replaced their old 360s for new slims cuz of the RRoD and 3 years warranties, most of my friends did that.