Analysts, you have to love them right? So what have they been saying now then? How about that Microsoft’s console has lost ground to Sony’s as of the end of 2010.
According to data firm Strategy Analytics, the active install base of PS3s reached 43.4 million at the close of 2010 versus Xbox 360′s 42.9. The firm lays this drop for Xbox 360 at the feet of Europe, saying the console relative weakness in this area of the World “acts as a drag on its global performance,” even after factoring in Kinect.
Earlier today GameStop and IDG confirmed the PS3 is currently in the lead in Europe, 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 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,” Wu adds, recommending Microsoft “continue[s] to innovate around its motion sensor technology, which will become increasingly relevant in the smart home era.”
So what about the Wii? Well it still rules the roost, with an impressive 75.5 million active units worldwide.