Tretton Responds To May NPD Results
The official May NPD numbers are out, and Sony didn't waste any time in replying.
As you can see, the Nintendo Wii continues its dominating run (along with the portable DS), but perhaps most importantly for Sony, the PlayStation 3 topped the Xbox 360 in terms of monthly sales. President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America, Jack Tretton, has offered up his take on the numbers, and he adds in a few interesting statistics of his own. For example, he says those PS3 sales are up 155% in a year-over-year comparison, which is certainly good news. Here's the full Tretton statement:
"Leading into a pivotal season packed with blockbuster titles and unique online service offerings, consumers have chosen the PS3 as their home entertainment console of choice - showcased by its year-over-year sales growth of 155 percent. With its commanding line up of software titles and enhanced movie playback capabilities, the PS3 has seen phenomenal momentum with a software sales increase of more than 234 percent and additional studio support of delivering content in the Blu-ray format.
The dual platform release of the much anticipated Grand Theft Auto IV title reaffirmed its legacy on the PlayStation platform with a 6 percent higher attach rate than Xbox 360, reinforcing consumer choice of PS3. Poised for continued momentum, PS3 is delivering on its breadth and depth of exclusive titles to its gaming fans with today's prized exclusive title launch of Metal Gear Solid 4. The media have hailed 2008 as the year of the PS3, and with solid sales and growth opportunities ahead, we feel consumers are saying the same."
Well, we've said it before and we'll say it again: the PS3 is continually on the rise, and it'll be a very large surprise if Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots doesn't cause a hardware sales spike. The PS3 endured plenty of negative press during its first year of existence, but during the first half of 2008, everything seems to be coming up roses for Sony's next-gen platform. They still have a hell of a gap to close on Nintendo, but...it just might happen.
6/12/2008 Ben Dutka