By Stephanie Prange | Posted: 12 Feb 2009
The hardware next-generation battle didn’t change much in January, though sales took a customary dip from the holiday season, according to U.S. data from the NPD Group. Nintendo’s Wii, Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Sony’s PlayStation 3 finished in that order, in terms of sales for the month.
The PlayStation 3 sold approximately 203,000 units to Xbox 360’s 309,000 in January 2009, with Wii far outgunning both once again at approximately 679,000 units sold.
Game hardware sales for the month totaled $445.4 million, up 17% from January 2007. Video game software sold $676.6 million, up 10% from the same month the year before.
“At this point in the console lifecycle, we would expect to see a greater percentage of total industry sales generated by software sales, but the continued strength in hardware sales is changing that scenario a bit,” said NPD analyst Anita Frazier. “This will have a long-term positive impact on the industry as the user base expands. Software sales still increased 10% over last January, indicating that continued strong hardware sales are not occurring at the expense of software sales.”
The PS3, which includes a Blu-ray Disc player, also came in third in the next-generation console sales sweepstakes in December. The system sold about half as much (728,000 units) as Microsoft Corp.’s lower-priced Xbox 360 (1.44 million units), according to U.S. data from The NPD Group. The Wii sold 2.15 million units in December.