Xbox 360 Sales Set To Overtake Nintendo Wii

Sales of Microsoft's Xbox 360 console are set to overtake those of market leader Nintendo's Wii in the US, thanks in part to the launch of the Kinect motion-sensing device.

According to The Financial Times, analysts at research firm Wedbush Morgan Securities expect Microsoft to sell 1.07 million Xbox 360 units during November, up 31 per cent on last year, but predict that Nintendo sell only 975,000 Wii consoles, down by 23 per cent from last year.

Sony, on the other hand, will sell only 650,000 PS3 units in November, down by 8 per cent from last year. However, it is only a matter of time for Sony to start selling more units owing to the rising popularity of Move, Sony's answer to Microsoft's Kinect.

“We expect strong demand for the Xbox 360 due to the successful debut [in November] for Kinect, and believe that Kinect console bundles sold especially well,” the analysts said in a note to clients.

Microsoft has reported strong Kinect sales since its release, selling 1 million units worldwide within 10 days of its launch and breaking the 2.5 million barrier within the next 15 day. The company hopes to sell 5 million units by the end of this year.