Redwood City (CA) - The largest video game publisher has released its estimates of 2008 console sales, projecting that the Xbox 360 will come in behind both the Wii and the Playstation 3.
EA predicts that Xbox 360 sales will begin to taper off this year while the PS3 finally sees the spotlight. The gaming giant also projects the Wii will maintain its position as the top seller for the rest of the year.
It says the Wii will see unit sales of 12 - 14 million with the PS3 right behind at 9.5 - 11.5 million. However, it predicts that only six to eight million Xbox 360 consoles will be sold this year, as much as 5.5 million units behind Sony's platform. It also noted that the PS2 will still be going strong with a projected 3.9 to 4.9 million units sold.
In 2007, according to NPD Group, the PS3 lagged behind the Xbox 360 every month in terms of US sales. Microsoft's gaming console currently has the largest installed base of all three current generation systems in North America, but the Wii is about to leapfrog ahead. Even in EA's predictions are true, however, the PS3 will still be millions of units behind the Xbox 360 by the end of the year.
EA also made predictions for the handheld gaming market, saying the Nintendo DS would sell 14 - 16 million units while PSP sales would total six to eight million units.