Most of us think of the current console competition as having three competitors, but even after nearly 9 years on store shelves, we shouldn't forget about the PlayStation 2. Sony sure hasn't, as they announced at E3 that over 100 more games were coming to the PS2 in 2008, and as of now, the most popular system in history has sold over 140 million units worldwide.
And now, according to statements given at Edinburgh's Interactive Festival, Sony head man Chris Deering believes the PS2 will surpass the Nintendo Wii's active user list by 2011. Deering was talking about how the games industry will continue to thrive and grow, predicting that by that year, there will be around 2.5 billion gamers worldwide. But he got more specific with his predictions, and he issued the following numbers, according to SpongyChicken and several other sources. By 2011, this is how the competition will stand in terms of active users:
Of course, these are nothing more than expectations, but it's always interesting to consider active users rather than hardware sales. In fact, this is the first time we've seen a competitive prediction involving active users and not sales numbers. Obviously, this is the reason why the PS2 is so high on the list, and as we said before, it'd be a mistake to discount the widespread appeal of that system. The PS2 forever!