The console sales numbers for February are here, and sales yet to slow down appreciably from the phenomenal year we had in 2007. But Microsoft has cause for concern about Sony's performance. The Xbox 360 maker told us to expect this a slow month due to supply constraints, but many observers won't concern themselves with the whys of a second consecutive disappointing month. Instead, the story will be that Sony has smoked Microsoft two months running. Sony now has some strong momentum that it can ride into the launch of industry juggernauts like Metal Gear Solid 4-which Sony will exploit with a new system bundle to draw in first-time PS3 buyers-and Gran Turismo 5: Prologue.
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Add in the fact that Sony is now sitting on the de-facto high-definition standard in Blu-ray and the PlayStation 3 is by far the most future proof-and affordable-Blu-ray player, it has a distinct advantage for consumers who want more than just games out of their consoles. According to another study by the NPD Group, gamers are a very media-hungry bunch, and the PlayStation 3 simply gives them more choices in that area than the Xbox 360.