EA expects PS3 to outsell 360 this year

By on February 5, 2008, 11:48 AM
While often criticized, Electronic Arts remains at the top of the food chain among game publishers and developers for PC and console games. For this reason it is interesting to note what the company forecasts sales will be like in 2008 for the different game consoles. While the dominance of the Nintendo Wii among newer generation consoles has rarely been disputed, Microsoft has generally played the number two contender position lagging considerably behind Nintendo, leaving the PS3 following closely but usually in third position nevertheless.

Now, if EA figures for this year are to be believed, Nintendo will remain unchallenged with Wii sales in the range of 12-14 million worldwide. Then the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3 will be close tie in North America, however in Europe, Sony's console is expected to get a considerable edge that will put them in the range of 9.5-11.5 million console sales worldwide versus only 6-8 million expected for the Xbox 360. Also interesting to watch are the PS2 declining sales that are still expected to be in the range of 4-5 million consoles, pretty impressive.

While these are only estimates, EA does play an important role in the gaming market. It remains to be seen how close these figures are to reality by the end of the year, and also how much of a factor the Blu-ray vs. HD DVD format war plays in the mind of new buyers.

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canadian said:
Well, if HDDVD is finally going to die, then the PS3 is still the most functional for the price Blue Ray player
Supra said:
They are kind of just stating the obvious since the PS3 already outsold the 360 last year at 8.8M to 7.73M. Maybe now that they actually see the PS3 is selling they will make their games equal in quality to the ones they have made for the 360
ColdFusion1990 said:
Um, I don't know where your getting your info from Supra, but the PS3 didn't outsell the 360 in the US or worldwidePS3 Worldwide: 6,544,118 units360 Worldwide: 6,762,639 unitsIt was close, but the 360 still took the cake this year. [url]http://boards.1up.com/zd/board/message?board.id=games&t
Supra said:
I got my numbers from this site[url]http://sarcasticgamer.com/wp/index.php/2008/02/roth
arts-rant-80-microsoft-screwed-up.html[/url]He used actual numbers released by MS and Sony to come to his conclusion which would seem to be a fairly accurate numbers to go by.
jest3Ri0 said:
even if the PS3 did almost outsell xbox, or if it didnt. factor in the sales of the highly sold PS2... the playstation franchise dominated microsofts in 2007 and will continue to do so... but thats just my 2 cents.
9Nails said:
The Xbox 360 has yet to break 1 Mil units sold in Japan. I have my doubts that MS will ever figure out that market. But the PS3 is on it's way to 2 Mil units in Japan. Elsewhere the PS3 is gaining ground on the Xbox 360, but these two console systems seem to sell at a 1 to 1 sales ratio now. The PS3 isn't "killing" the Xbox 360 in any form. The Xbox 360 has a head start due to it's early release which makes a the graphs tilt in favor of the Microsoft Console. Time will tell, but I think MS still needs to find that killer app, beyond Halo, or they will lose the crown.
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