Sony's PlayStation 3 will double its installed base this year, research firm iSuppli said on Thursday.
Worldwide sales of the PS3 are expected to be 10
million units this year, compared with 12.2 million
units for Nintendo's Wii and 7.5 million units for Microsoft's Xbox 360, iSuppli said.
As widely expected given its strong sales, lower price
and games that appeal to a broader audience, the Wii
is in line to become the industry leader with a total
global installed base of 30.2 million units.
The PS3, which has lagged the other consoles due to
its high price and dearth of blockbuster games for
most of last year, would double its base to 20.3
million and by 2011 would lead the industry with some
38.4 million users.
The Xbox 360, which has struggled in Japan and faces a
tough battle in Europe where the Sony brand has
dominated, would see its user base grow to 25.7
million units by the end of 2008.