December: Single Biggest Month In PlayStation 3 History
We know the PlayStation 3 had its best holiday season ever - 3.8 million units sold worldwide, a 76% year-over-year increase - but Sony has more to add, saying December was one very big month in more ways then one.
According to the latest batch of statistics sent from Sony, December 2009 was the "single highest selling month for PS3 hardware and software since it launch in the US;" a total of a 90% leap in hardware sales and a 60% rise in software sales. Not surprisingly, the biggest titles of the month were Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, God of War Collection and LittleBigPlanet Game of the Year Edition. Of that aforementioned 3.8 million number, 1.7 million were sold in North America, and the PlayStation Network also enjoyed its single highest revenue month as well. Perhaps fittingly, the most activity on the Network was found on Christmas Day. Currently, there are now over 670 games available on the PSN and according to recent estimates, there are about 38 million registered Network accounts, which is a pretty damn impressive number for just over three years. Lastly, the top downloads of December were revealed; Final Fantasy VIII topped the list with PixelJunk Shooter, Final Fantasy VII, Resident Evil 3: Nemesis and Resident Evil 2 rounding out the top 5. Yes, December was a momentous, landmark month for the PS3 and they remind us to look forward into 2010, when they expect to gain even more ground on the competition.
Exclusive software really is starting to make its mark this generation, and in looking at the first quarter of 2010, one would have to think that Sony's machine once again has the advantage.
1/13/2010 9:24:21 PM Ben Dutka