PlayStation sales in January ftw!
The latest NPD sales figures for the US are in and make interesting reading.
On the software side, Call of Duty 4 is the big PS3 title, selling 140,000 units in January. The Xbox 360 version still tops the charts as it did in December.
But it is the hardware sales figures that tell the story.
Whilst the PS3 on its own sold more than the X360 and nearly as many as the Wii, the PlayStation brand completely ran away with January with all three units selling well.
As you can see from the detail below, in January Sony sold 763,000 units versus Nintendo's 525,000 and Microsoft's 230,000 units.
In December 2007 during the Christmas rush, Sony managed 2.95 million across the PS3, PS2 and PSP whilst Nintendo pushed the Wii and DS to 3.82 million consumers. Microsoft's lone console managed 1.26 million.
The fact that Sony still has strong PS2 sales and does good business with the PSP means the long-term upgrade opportunities keep multiplying. The X360 is a fine console, of course, but since no-one buys a last-gen Xbox any more the possibilities of future 'churn' are limited. The fact is that the Xbox sold 20m units versus the PS2's 117m+ units worldwide.
And PSP sales create opportunities for upgrades too, as users find out all the ways they can use the two devices with each other.
Here's the detailed sales figures:
- PlayStation 2 -- 264,000
- PlayStation 3 -- 269,000
- PlayStation Portable -- 230,000
- Xbox 360 -- 230,000
- Wii -- 274,000
- Nintendo DS -- 251,000