Saturday, 14 June 2008 22:35

PlayStation 3 continues to outsell Xbox 360 in U.S

The Nintendo Wii is still king-o-the-hill, but after narrowly losing out to the Xbox 360 during April, the Sony PlayStation 3 has powered past its Microsoft rival to post a big sales win during May.

The official NPD figures are in for U.S based sales of video game hardware and software.  It is a huge market and Sony have had the PS3 more than just whiffing the heals of the Microsoft Xbox 360 all 2008

May has seen the PS3 significantly outsell the Xbox 360.

Here are the numbers:

NPD May Hardware Sales Figures
Wii - 675.1K (from 714K)
Nintendo DS - 452.6K (from 415K)
PlayStation 3 - 208.7K (from 187K)
Xbox 360 - 186.6K (from 188K)
PSP - 182.3K (from 193K)
PS2 - 132.7k (from 124k)
Both Nintendo's consoles continue to lead the pack, though the drop off in Wii sales is interesting given the high place of Wii Fit and Mario Kart in the software sales, see below.

Microsoft maintained that during the early months of the year, when the PS3 first overtook the Xbox 360, that supply issues had contributed to the sales constriction.  These problems have supposedly been rectified since.  And April indeed saw the Xbox 360 once again claw itself back ahead.

It will be interesting to see how Microsoft spin these figures.  One expects they will point to the software sales and continued high attach rate (the number of software titles per machine) the the Xbox 360 enjoys.

So while we are on the subject, here is the latest attach rates as of late April according to NPD

Xbox 360: Software sales ratio: 7.5
Wii: Software sales ratio: 5.3
PS3: Software sales ratio: 4.6
DS: Software sales ratio: 4.7
PSP: Software sales ratio: 4.2
Finally, Software sales in the U.S still see Nintendo duking it out with Grand Theft Auto IV. 

NPD May Software Sales Figures

Grand Theft Auto IV (Xbox 360) - 871.3K
Mario Kart (Wii) - 787.4K
Wii Fit w/balance board (Wii) - 687.7K
Grand Theft Auto IV (PS3) - 442.9K
Wii Play w/remote (Wii) - 294.6K
Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii) - 171.1K
Iron Man (PS2) - 130.6K
Guitar Hero III: Legends Of Rock w/guitar (Wii) - 116.8K
Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness (DS) - 107K
Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time (DS) - 102K
Significantly the sales of GTA IV on Xbox 360 far exceeds the PS3.  On the surface it seems many folks are getting into the PS3 experience for more than games.

We will see if Metal Gear Solid 4 on PS3 changes the landscape.

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