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You all remember the story of the hare and the tortoise - how the fast-moving hare got overconfident and stopped for a nap, and the slow-plodding tortoise overtook. Well, for a while it looked like we had a classic tortoise & hare situation in the video game market with the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3. The PS3 is the more powerful of the two, but as a result it's also historically been more expensive. So when the two first came out, the XBox 360 ran away with the sales.

But as time has gone by - and after five or six years on the market, neither has shown any sign of being replaced - the PS3's high spec has started to give it staying power. And a few weeks ago, it looked like the PS3 might finally overtake the Xbox in overall sales, the tortoise skipping past the snoozing hare.

But it seems the hare has woken up and is skipping back along. Microsoft have just announced that it's sold a whopping 55 million Xbox 360s worldwide. And as Engadget points out, that's 'very probably enough to maintain its lead over the PS3.' They also said that Xbox sales, in the US at least, are actually speeding up, which may be the Kinect effect in action. There's life in this old hare yet.

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