"Business reports claim that Sony will ship enough PS3s to set up a small country - count us in as the first citizens
Even this late in the year, the next generation console battle is in full swing, with Sony fast approaching the ring and the seemingly random concocting of numbers stepping up a gear.
In a report on Business Week, market researches estimate that Sony will ship over 200 million PlayStation 3 consoles in five years, citing sales of 12 million consoles in the first year of release. This estimate is double the number of PS2s that have shipped in the same time period, placing the bar incredibly high for the next-gen console.
We're skeptical as to whether Sony can actually manufacture 200 million PlayStation 3's in five years, let alone ship them. This news comes after Microsoft's own tall estimates that they will reach one billion gamers with the Xbox 360, an astronomical number that the company will be incredibly hard pushed to reach. Perhaps more realistic, though still steep, is the ambition to sell three million Xbox 360s in the first three months on sale.
Still at least the Business Week estimate is something to go on and rest assured, we'll be sure to let you know how both 360 and PS3 measure up next year." [link