PlayStation 3 to Outsell Xbox 360, Wii Before 2014
Strategy Analytics predicts the Sony PlayStation 3 console will outsell the Microsoft Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii—within the next four years.
The company projected sales of 127 million units over the PS3’s lifetime and 103 million units over the Wii’s lifetime, respectively. In 2010, it expects the Wii to sell 17.5 million units, the PS3 to sell 14 million units and the Xbox 360 to sell 10.5 million units.
Currently, the PS3 is third in console sales with only 33.5 million units, compared to the Xbox 360’s 39 million units and the Wii’s 67.5 million units.
Though Nintendo has sold the most consoles, principal analyst David Mercer predicts the Wii will hit its sales peak in 2011, while the PS3 and Xbox 360 will reach their peaks between 2012 and 2014.
“Nintendo has done a great job with the Wii in bringing console games to new audiences,” said Mercer. “But its sales are now falling, particularly in mature markets.”
Meanwhile, Sony has dealt with some bad publicity, particularly last month’s PS3 outage when the system’s internal clock believed it was a leap year and thousands of consoles temporarily malfunctioned. Users were unable to log into the PlayStation Network, though gamers with the slim PlayStation 3 were unaffected.
PlayStation Move to Impact PS3 Sales
While Microsoft’s Xbox 360 was the best-selling console of February with 422,000 units, Sony’s PlayStation 3 is expected to pick up in sales with the introduction of the company’s upcoming motion-sensing controller, the PlayStation Move.
Last week, the PlayStation Move was unveiled at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. The Move is set to better the movement-based controller of the Nintendo Wii Wiimote. Sony claims the controller is more accurate and that it will cost less than $100, even when it's bundled with a PlayStation Eye camera and a game.
SA said next-generation devices will thrive in the next shift of the video game industry and Sony is expected to release more ahead-of-its-time technology.
Microsoft is also getting in on this technology with a motion-sensing system called Project Natal for the Xbox 360. Project Natal will feature a camera that has the ability to scan physical objects and integrate them into virtual, controller-free video games.