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In an unusually bullish prediction, the company has said there is little chance that PS3 or Wii will be able to gain enough market share in the all-important fourth quarter to catch up.

Microsoft said it has received official data compiled by sales monitor GFK Chart-Track which shows that Xbox 360 outsold all consoles in the period between January and September.

Pawan Bhardwaj, product manager for Xbox Live, went on to tell CVG at an Xbox Music event on Monday that the group is "very, very confident" that it won't be overtaken during the holiday period.

"The data we have is for the January to September period, but I can absolutely assure you that the Xbox 360 will be the best-selling console for the calendar year," he said.

GFK Chart-Track has confirmed to CVG that it had provided the January-September data to Microsoft. A spokesperson for the sales monitor declined to comment on the predictions and said "we will reveal the year's best-selling hardware when the year is over".

Nintendo's transition from Wii to Wii U almost certainly means that neither console will outsell its rivals this calendar year.

Yet PlayStation UK is equally upbeat about its chances during Q4. Its new super-slim model, packaged with the JK Rowling-endorsed Wonderbook, is central to the company's hopes of attracting casual customers.

SCE UK boss Fergal Gara recently told CVG that the planets had aligned for an encouraging holiday sales season.

"If you look at the upcoming Christmas market, the Wii will be selling in very low volumes - it's on its way out - and the Wii U will arrive, but it will bring in a relatively small number of early adopter consumers. We see ourselves well positioned for the casual market who won't buy Wii U on day one.

"We've got a wow moment, we feel. I remember when people picked up the Wii controller for the first time, that was a big moment, it was a casual market breakthrough, but we thing we've got a casual market breakthrough as well with Wonderbook and the lowest priced PS3 yet."

On Monday, Microsoft outlined a fresh cross-media entertainment strategy. New features such as Xbox Music, SmartGlass, and Windows 8 will connect with each other and the 360 to provide a new kind of online entertainment ecosystem.

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Good ol UK. We can always count on their tastes in gaming.

And did Sony just hype Wonderbook?!?!


The corporations generousity is only as good as their marketshare isn't.

PS3 had better deals. Now X1 priced dropped in UK, has constant sales and free game giveaways. PS4....raised prices in Canada. ;)


Sony have hyped Wonderbook since reveal. They have high expectations.

UK is easily 360 land... But we already knew this.

Surprise of the year!

I actually think Wonderbook has great potential. The name J.K. Rowling alone has immense selling power, especially in UK.

Watch this space - counting down to the GOTG soon

i was actually surprised that there was doubt that the 360 wouldnt win the year in the UK

Bet With Zero: He says WiiU and XB1 gap will be higher than 1.9M by end of 2014, i say it will grow smaller or vanish. 

Bet with Pezus: i win if Watch dogs sells more on PS3+360  than on next gen PS4 + Xbox One. winner gets 1 month sig control

Bet With JoeTheBro: He says WiiU in Jan 2013 > XB1 Jan 2014, i say the opposite.

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Congrat Xbox 360!!

pezus said:
Surprise of the year!

I actually think Wonderbook has great potential. The name J.K. Rowling alone has immense selling power, especially in UK.

If I remember, it started like 24th in the UK chart (as of today), certainly nowhere near the top 10, which is definitely not great

And yes, the UK likes the 360, I blame Halo

Lol, now the year is only Jan-Oct? (Not that it would change much but...)

Watch this space - counting down to the GOTG soon

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Nice one Microsoft!

America, Canada, Mexico, Latin America, UK, Aus, NZ already done.

LEts take the rest of the world next gen!