Analysts Indicate PS3 to Dominate Christmas

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With the recent release of the price-dropped and slimmed-down version of its PlayStation 3, Sony has seen a lot of traffic in the games market. Now though, industry analysts are pointing out that Sony could have a runaway success on its hands this Christmas.

Could NIntendo's days of console dominance be drawing to a close?

According to a report put together by Gamasutra, there are a number of reasons that Sony is managing to surge ahead, and not all of them have anything to do with Sony making changes. It turns out that Nintendo’s Wii, despite its runaway success in terms of sales, simply can’t match the attach rate (that is, the number of games sold on average per console) of Microsoft’s Xbox 360 or Sony’s PlayStation 3. While that means that Nintendo is doing very well on the Wii, having a corporate policy never to take a loss on hardware serving it very well, some game developers aren’t nearly as pleased.

With developers gradually moving away from Nintendo’s Wii due to lower sales figures, analysts took a look at some of the other prominent numbers, judging the demand for the Xbox 360 to be somewhere around half that of the PS3 among those who don’t own the consoles already.

Interestingly enough, Nintendo’s Wii still ranks quite highly in terms of consoles people are thinking of picking up over the Christmas period, but interest has been flagging for Nintendo’s console for the better part of this year.

Of course, the fact that the PlayStation 3 has been price dropped is still being seen as a major contributing factor to its recent (and projected) success. It’ll be interesting to see just how much people’s PSN friend lists start to swell over the Christmas period. For us, the big money is going to be in playing Farmvilla via the PS3’s Facebook functionality. I’d almost buy a PS3 just for that 😉

If you’d like to read more of the various industry analyst’s predictions, the article over at Gamasutra gives a fairly in-depth look at the state of the games industry at the moment.

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