Analyst: 360 owners ‘defecting’ to PS3 this holiday

The Xbox 360 has long been considered the superior option for multiplatform games thanks to Xbox Live integration and the fact that it is, more often than not, the lead development platform. However, OTX analyst Nick Williams believes that things are changing, and that Xbox 360 users are slowly “defecting” to Sony’s Black Box o’ Blu-ray.

Williams talks about “franchise lineage,” which is a fancy way of saying “what platforms people are buying sequels for.” The analyst believes that, while Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and Assassin’s Creed were more popular on the 360, their sequels are gaining more traction on the PS3 this time around.

15% of those planning to buy the PS3 version of Assassin’s Creed 2 own the Xbox 360 version of the first one, and 7% percent of those who plan to buy the Xbox 360 version own the original game on PS3. Allegedly, the numbers are also similar for Modern Warfare 2. While to most of us, these numbers don’t say much, the analyst reckons that it shows a “sizable portion” of these so-called defections.

The PS3 seems poised to shift the ratio of Xbox 360 to PS3 sales for most major multi-platform releases in its favor among dual owners,” adds Williams.

What do you reckon? Is the PS3 slowly catching up to the Xbox 360 in the third party battlefield, or is Williams reading more into these numbers than he should? Speak your mind!

James Stephanie Sterling