EA: PS3 can overtake Xbox 360

Sales battle isn't over yet.

The PlayStation 3 can still catch the Xbox 360 in terms of sales, EA has predicted.

The publisher's European senior vice president Uwe Intat told MCV, "We could certainly see Sony come back – in the UK it's still a head-to-head competition between PlayStation and Xbox, but on the continent Sony is traditionally stronger than Microsoft.

"But we're very happy to watch the competition, because as long as they're competing to get more consumers in, there are more people we can sell games to."

While PlayStation 3 had a slow start at retail, it's been picking up the pace of late. In Japan, it overtook the Wii's annual sales-to-date tally for the first time since launch.

As of 30th June this year, the PlayStation 3 had shifted 38.1 million units worldwide, whereas Microsoft had moved 41.7 million Xbox 360s.

Strangely, Intat didn't mention the Wii. In July, Nintendo announced that 73.97 million units had been sold across the globe.

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