Source: PS3 To Be Industry Leader By 2011
If you hadn't already noticed, the PlayStation 3 has enjoyed a major upswing in sales since the latter part of 2007. The latest NPD numbers show the PS3 finally outsold its predecessor, and it also outsold the Xbox 360, which is good news for Sony. In addition, expert projections for the PS3 are starting to adopt a rosier tinge.
According to Reuters, iSuppli estimates that this recent momentum will indeed continue through 2008, and Sony should sell around 10.2 million units worldwide before the year is over. This would effectively double the installed user base (it would rise to over 20 million), and in the long-term, they believe the PS3 will have a user base of around 38.4 million by 2011. If this happens, and their other projections for the 360 and Wii are accurate, the PlayStation 3 will be the "industry leader" in total installed units. The Wii should maintain its lead in 2008 by selling 12.2 million units, but it's no surprise to anyone that the overall Nintendo momentum has begun to slow a bit. Microsoft had a one-year head-start, but at this point, many predictions say the PS3 will eventually surpass the 360.
We wonder if iSuppli is taking the blockbuster PS3 software into account; the titles that should drop this year, like Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, Gran Turismo 5, Killzone 2, Final Fantasy XIII, etc. All of these are bona-fide system sellers, so they'll definitely help move PS3 units. Either way, the system is definitely poised to make a big run in 2008.
2/15/2008 Ben Dutka