Before you Sony fanboys go and rub this all in the Xbots’ faces, let’s put some perspective on this. The news is that, according to GamaSutra, Strategy Analytics is saying that at the end of 2010, PlayStation 3 unit sales had surpassed the sales of Xbox 360 consoles, even though Microsoft’s system started with a 10 million unit lead back in 2006. At the end of 2010, there was an install base of 43.4 million PS3s as opposed to 42.9 million Xbox 360s. There, got that out.
Where is the weak spot in Microsoft’s framework? According to the firm, everywhere except North America. In Europe and Asia the PS3 has actually been dominant for a while (in Asia it has always been). This is obvious just looking at random lists on the Interwebs touting Japan’s top games as opposed to North America’s top games. There’s a striking difference, and in Asia it leans almost exclusively in the PS3’s favor, where exclusive JRPGs seem to dominate, and other Japanese titles come in closely behind.
An analyst at Strategy Analytics, the author of the report, had this to say regarding the Xbox 360’s lackluster performance outside of North America:
“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. Global demand for Sony’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.”
Keep in mind a couple things about this report, however. First off, the Xbox 360 still leads in software sales worldwide. Probably not in Asia, but overall, it’s still ahead. Also, the Wii is kicking everyone’s rear into gear, trumping both the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360. Take all this as you will.