Statistics published by top game developer Tose show that with 42 million the total number of PS3s sold globally have exceeded the Xbox 360 by a million units.
The statistics coe by way of a presentation by Tose (a prolific Kyoto-based game developer best known for not being known, as their games as usually credited exclusively to the company outsourcing the work to them, most often Nintendo) at the Kyoto Cross Media Experience 2010, published by Famitsu.
Global sales of each major console to date:
PlayStation 2: 120,000,000
PlayStation 3: 42,000,000
Xbox 360: 41,000,000
Atari 2600: 14,000,000
PC Engine: 10,000,000
Sega Saturn: 8,700,000
Update: Tose is apologising, saying it made an “error” in its figures for Xbox 360 sales, undercounting sales by 3 million units (and hence having erroneously implied the Xbox 360 was in the lead), having probably not realised its slide would become the subject of innumerable articles keen to point out the supposed change in leadership.