Just to make it clear one more time- The PlayStation 3 launched a year after the Xbox 360…and yet, the two consoles have sold about the same number of units worldwide.
Sony announced today that their flagship console has moved 30 million units across Europe and PAL territories, and that number represents systems sold, not merely systems shipped.
That means the PS3 is at about 70 million in worldwide sales and coincidentally, the Xbox 360 was at 70 million overall as of October (for the record, the Wii has moved 97 million as of September). It seems reasonable now that at some point down the road, in a few years time when the PS4 is around and the PS3 is still selling well based on price tag and available library, the PS3 could end up with more sales than either the 360 or Wii. The first Xbox didn't sell nearly as well as the PS2 when the next generation rolled around, remember, and the Wii is essentially done selling. At least, that's how I see it.
So is this not in line with Sony's original expectations back in 2006 that everyone laughed at?