In the previous month, Xbox 360 of Microsoft was the top selling video-game console in the United States bucking a software-led refuse that saw industry sales slouch to their lowest since October 2006.
Microsoft said in an e-mailed report that the sales of Xbox 360 augmented to 39% of 270,000 units from a year before, Redmond, Washington-based, citing industry tracker NPD Group Inc. Sony Corp. (6758), manufacturer of the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable, said its hardware sales increased 14%. Microsoft sold over Xbox 360 consoles than some other platform 11 of the previous month in the U.S, NPD data said. NPD said Xbox 360 would probably be the top one throughout the world by the end of this year with the largest blockbuster games, Kinect games and experiences.
New York-based NPD said in an e-mailed statement that Industry wide, a light schedule of latest game software and Nintendo companies aging Wii console shared to a 14% turn down in general retail sales to $743.1 million in May, Port Washington, New York-based. The quantity does not contain digital sales of games.
Anita Frazier, an analyst with NPD said, “Overall, the Xbox 360 platform has contributed 34% of year-to-date revenues” across hardware, content and accessories. She said, the platform has increased 7% points of market share.
NPD reported, Industry hardware sales fallen 5% to $228.9 million, and software turned down 19% to $375.8 million.
NPD reported that PS3 of Sony and PSP both showed unit sales increase without quoting accurate figures. Sony, in Tokyo, experienced an about month long outage to its PlayStation Network and Qriocity online services following a hacker attack in April. Over 100 million accounts were unlawfully accessed, ensuing in the second-biggest data breach in U.S. history.
Frazier said, sales of 3DS of Nintendo handheld, which allows users play 3-D games without the required for special glasses, stayed light. Games featuring Nintendo characters like Zelda must assist raise sales of the hardware in coming months, she added.