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Analyst expects PS3 to outsell 360 by 3.5M this year


According to a report from Strategy Analytics, the global market share for PS3 is expected to be around 31 percent for the first quarter of the year, will global sales reaching 14 million.

David Mercer, principal analyst for the firm, has said that in comparison, Will sales will hit 17.5 million and Xbox 360 will reach 10.5 million for the year.

"Our analysis shows that while Wii sales fell relative to Q109, its share in fact remained constant relative to Q409," he said (via IndustryGamers).

"The main movement in Q1 2010 was the growing share for Sony’s PS3, at the expense of Microsoft’s Xbox 360.

"The PS3 continues to benefit from the price cut last September. This should help the PS3 maintain growth momentum throughout 2010. The introduction of the Natal technology should also help re-energize Microsoft’s Xbox 360 platform in the second half of the year."

While that all sounds fine and dandy for MS and Sony, Mercer expects the Wii to continue to decline for the year thanks in part to Move and Natal hitting retail, and he expects the console industry as a whole to fall by 9 percent in 2010.

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