Very good, Mr Anonymous Coward. You managed to almost address every point. Almost. Of course you did rather redefine the terms of discussion each time before bothering to attempt an answer. For example;
I said "In PAL territories PS3 outsells Xbox360 by a comfortable margin. Xbox360 fans take note of this one thing, the 360 sells strongly in one market, and one market only - the USA."
Alright so is PS3 outselling 360 by 3 to 1 in PAL territories? Yes. That would mean that at the moment the 360 is selling less strongly than both the Wii and the PS3 in Europe? Yeppers.
Is the 360 selling strongly, by any definition, in Japan? No.
Ok then, so right now it would seem that the Xbox is selling well where exactly? Ah, the USA. Yep, just as I said. So what's that you said again?
"That's funny, the facts would seem to disagree with you,"
Oh really? So you're saying that the Xbox360 isn't being outsold 3 to 1 by PS3 in Europe then?
"the PS3 is a very clear last place in all regions except Japan (the smallest and most irrelevant region by far) still."
Oh? Is that in terms of the number selling right now or installed base?
"Whilst the PS3 is currently gaining in Europe it's at a rate so slow it's negligible,"
Except in German and France of course where PS3 has already overtaken the 360...
"it's average at about 10k more units a week than the 360, but when the 360 has a 2million to 3million unit lead that means the PS3 will take around 200 weeks, or just short of 4 years to catch up with the 360 by which point the next iteration of the XBox will almost certainly already be on the shelves."
So, your argument is that installed base counts more than sales? By that definition the PS2 is annihilating the 360, it has an installation base that Xbox can only dream of, and is still selling quite well.
"There's really next to no chance of the PS3 ever catching up with the 360 now in Europe"
Wanna bet? I'll lay odds on PS3 eclipsing Xbox360 in all territories other than the US within a calendar year of today.
" and absolutely no chance in the US and hence the complete global market,"
Except of course it's selling faster than the 360 did, and this year in terms of Global sales the PS3 actually outsold the 360 globally (during calendar year 2007)" With the Blu-Ray boost currently happening, that's a bold, if foolish statement to make.
One last point, Toshiba is selling far fewer HD-DVD players than Sony is selling PS3s. By your own argument you believe that PS3 is insignificant, so what does that make the HD-DVD player? Sorry, you put together a nice long post, but ultimately said nothing.