August 17th, 2006, 17:10 Posted By: wraggster
PS3 will eventually triumph, with Xbox 360 second and Wii a distant third - eh?
Analysts lead a pretty rarified life, lobbing predictions about the future of the gaming industry from their ivory towers, while scantily clad lovelies presumably serve them tall drinks before they make their next pronouncement on how things will turn out.
Okay we exaggerate a little for effect, but the latest predictions to float across the ether this morning come from Boston-based research Yankee Group, who have cast the runes to tell us that the PS3 will eventually triumph in North America, followed by a close running Xbox 360 - with Nintendo's Wii trailing way behind the big two - although it'll take until 2011 for it all to shake out.
Yankee say the PS3 will capture 44 percent of the US market by 2011 boasting sales of some 30 million units, with 360 snapping close at its heels with 27 million, while the Wii gallops up the rear with a little over 11 million units dispatched to happy homes over in the land of Uncle Sam.
Overall, Yankee reckons there'll be fewer consoles sold than in the current gen and also predicts that digital distribution will become increasingly important. But a little closer to our own time zone, it also says MS will be in a good position for major price cuts on the 360 next spring. Nice.
Make of all that what you will, but we think it's seriously underestimating the appeal of Nintendo's next-gen. Now we're off to sacrifice a chicken and read its entrails to let you know how sales will go for the PS4, Xbox 720 and Nintendo Mii go in Europe by the year 2025.
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