Figures from IDC show that the PlayStation 3 has finally outsold the Xbox 360.
The full report on the current state of games consoles is going for $4,500, but GI.biz has picked out some highlights, which include the news that the PS3 has shifted 77 million units, against the 360’s 76 million.
The numbers are worldwide shipped, not necessarily sold through, but it does indicate that the gap is considerably smaller now than it used to be, with the generation playing out with Wii well in front and the two HD consoles pretty much neck and neck at the end.
“The console ecosystem is in a state of flux since these platforms need to support an ever-growing array of non-gaming features and services at the same time that game distribution and monetization is moving in a digital direction,” said Lewis Ward, research manager of IDC’s Gaming service.
The report suggests that the Wii U will reach shipments of 50 million by the end of 2016.
“2011 and 2012 were tough for many console game disc developers and publishers,” says the report. “With the advent of eighth-generation consoles, starting with the Wii U, historical norms strongly imply that game disc revenue will stop bleeding in 2013 and rise substantively in 2014.”