Microsoft has boldly proclaimed that the Xbox 360 will outlast the PS3.
Shane Kim (Microsoft's corporate VP of Strategy and Business Development in its entertainment business), when asked about the 360's lifespan said it will be, "One day longer than the lifespan of the PlayStation 3." This was at the Play conference at the University of California on Saturday.
That's in spite of the fact that by the time the PS3 launched (the second anniversary of which was last week) the 360 was already nearly a year old.
This comes hot on the heels of the company saying that it expects 360 to hit a global lifetime sales figure of 25 million by the end of the month, putting it ahead of the original Xbox. Mindy Mount, corporate VP CFO of Microsoft?s Entertainment & Devices Division, told attendees of the MBO Capital Markets Interactive Entertainment Conference, "By the end of this month, we expect our global installed base to reach 25 million units, surpassing that of the first Xbox."
Over the month of October the 360 had a strong sales month in the US thanks to price cuts, with 371,000 units sold. It didn't come close to Nintendo's Wii, however, which saw 803,000 sales. That puts the two consoles' respective installed bases in the US at 11.6 million and 13.4 million each.
The PS3 lagged behind with 190,000 sales, giving it a US installed base of 5.7 million, while 136,000 PS2s were sold.
On the handheld front, 491,000 DSes were shifted while 193,000 PSPs were sold.Sources: