The current generation of consoles is winding down but it appears that Sony's Playstation 3 has finally caught up and passed Microsoft's Xbox 360 according to an International Data Corporation (IDC) report released Thursday. The report also projected sales for the Wii through the next three years.
The PS3 has now reached 77 million units shipped worldwide according to IDC. This moves the Sony console past the Xbox 360 which is at 76 million units shipped according to the research firm.
With the Xbox 360 handily beating the PS3 in console sales according to the NPD, you may ask how it is possible for the Sony console to catch up. Simply put, sales of the console are almost the exact opposite in Europe that they are in North America. Additionally, the PS3 sells well in Japan while Xbox 360 sales are nearly non-existent.
IDC also chimed in with a projection for how the Wii U will perform. It expects Nintendo's new console to sell 50 million units through the end of 2016. In comparison, the Wii passed the 50 million mark in July 2009. That's a few months shy of three years from when it was released in November 2006.