So I was reviewing the VGChartz yearly Hardware sales , and Worldwide, Sony's PlayStation 3 has outsold the Xbox 360 Every single year except for 2006 and 2008!! That means 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 all belong to PS3 as the worlwide leader in console sales. You can say want you want about the 360 and North America, but bottom line is how many consoles the company has sold through out the world....and Sony has done better at that, clearly! Seven years of both systems being available on the market and Sony's platform did out performed 5 of the 7 years.
I only looked it up because I've been watching the weekly global numbers for months on end now, and all except the special holiday sales times, Sony consistenly outsold Microsoft. And sure enough, after checking the yearly hardware numbers....it's just no contest. And I know it's been said before, but the extra year on the market for the 360 doesn't make a difference in the end.
So while it's been a rough generation for Sony as far as PERCEPTION goes....in reality Sony knows they continue to lead the gaming market, not Microsoft. Now in 2013, if the rumors are true, both consoles will ship practically side by side......Sony knows they are about to take the lead for this furture generation again, but this time with the PERCEPTION of leading, as well as actually leading.
****EDIT**** Updated it to correct years