We Could Certainly See Another Sales Surge If PlayStation 3 Gets A Well Timed Price-Drop This Holiday.

EEDAR's Jesse Divinch was first to the plate, telling IndustryGamers that the PlayStation 3 has sold ten percent more than the XBOX 360 in the first half of 2011. To clarify, Divinch is using worldwide figures.

Divinch added that the XBOX 360 currently has a "minimal" lead over the XBOX 360 of around "five percent". Seeing as the XBOX 360 has a higher return rate, Divinch concluded that the systems are probably "neck-and-neck" in terms of install base. Let's not mention that the PlayStation 3 was released some 18 months behind the XBOX 360 in Europe too.

David Cole of DFC Intelligence confirmed Divinch's theory.

Elsewhere, Billy Pidgeon of M2 Research said that the PlayStation 3 was a "strong contender" for second place this generation, but that it would not supersede the Nintendo Wii. Pidgeon added that a new Microsoft console might actually benefit Sony.

“Should Microsoft release a successor to Xbox 360 and shift the pipeline for hardcore games over to the new consoles, that would be a possible scenario by which PS3 could bypass Xbox 360?s active installed base,” he said.

“This scenario would give PS3 the opportunity to soak up the hardcore sector.”

[source vg247.com]