After a slow start, Sony’s PlayStation 3 seems to be gaining steam. Sony sold about as many PS3s last quarter as it did since the console’s launch in November 2006, and its decision to back the Blu-ray format has apparently proven to be the right one, with HD DVD now lacking support from most movie studios.
According to estimates released by Electronic Arts and relayed by GamesIndustry.biz, the PlayStation 3 may do well this year. In fact, game publishing giant Electronic Arts believes the console will outsell Microsoft’s Xbox 360 by at least 1.5 million units. EA’s estimates position the PS3 in second place with an expected 9.5 -11.5 million unit sales in ’08, compared to 6-8 million for the 360 and 3.9-4.9 million for the PlayStation 2. The PS3 could even come close to the popularity of Nintendo’s Wii, which EA thinks will sell 12-14 million units this year.
EA believes the tipping point for the PS3’s performance in 2008 will be the European market, which it expects to account for 5-6 million PS3 sales but only 1.5-2.5 million Xbox 360 sales. Those numbers should contrast with those for North America, where EA expects the PS3 and Xbox 360 to tie with 4.5-5.5 million sales each.