9 mln next-gen consoles to sell over Q4 2006

Strategy Analytics predicts global sales of nearly 9 mln next-generation games consoles during Q4 2006. The Xbox 360 will remain the leading system through most of 2007 but the PS3 will be catching up by the end of the year and is still set to become the dominant platform of the next generation. More than 120 mln PS3s will be sold through 2012, compared to 60 mln Xbox 360s and 23 mln Nintendo Wiis. North America will account for more than 50% of all console sales over this period.