PS3 Leads the Charge in Europe as the No. 1 Selling Console of 2012

While Microsoft’s Xbox 360 is the undisputed king in North America, the PlayStation 3 is holding strong in Europe, serving as the region’s best selling console of 2012 thus far.

Sony’s console has been selling at a steady rate of anywhere between 50,000 and 100,000 units every week, with the 3DS trailing in second with an average of 30,000 to 50,000 units per week. The standings are reversed however in Japan, with the 3DS taking the top spot and the PlayStation 3 settling for second.

Still, the PS3 is clearly outselling the Xbox 360 by quite a bit in both regions; so while many US gamers may be under the impression that the Xbox 360 is currently the most popular system, the hardware’s popularity is primarily limited to North America.

Expect PlayStation hardware sales to continue to dominate in Europe and Japan, especially in light of the recent news that the PS3-exclusive PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale will be launching later this year and the rumors regarding a global price drop.