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NPD Sept. 08: Xbox 360 Outsells PS3, Slow Game Month

Sony's on-going superb performance with the PlayStation 3 has finally come to an end, as the price-drop of the Xbox 360 finally allowed Microsoft to outsell Sony's blackbox by over 100k consoles for the month of September. The Xbox 360 took home 347k unit sales, to the PlayStation 3's 232.5k consoles. Still, considering one console starts at $200 and the other one at $400, the PlayStation 3 continues to perform extremely well for Sony. Furthermore, September was a rather boring month in terms of PS3 games and that didn't help sales of the console one bit. Look for October's numbers to be brighter, as the launch of SOCOM, MotorStorm, and LittleBigPlanet should fuel sales of the system. But it remains to be seen if October's games will be enough to put Sony at the top over Microsoft again.

As far as the lower-spec consoles go, the Nintendo Wii and Nintendo DS are still kings of the hill. The Wii waggled 687k units into the hands of gamers, and the Nintendo DS is currently touching the lives of 537k new owners. The PSP continues to show strong potential, as 238k handheld units were picked up from the shelves, and the aging PlayStation 2 moves another 173.5k for Sony. With the holidays brewing, the competition is only heating up. September was a weak month for blockbuster games, but October and November will be changing all of that. The next three NPD charts should certainly be interesting.

Nintendo Wii 687.0K
Nintendo DS 536.8K
Xbox 360 347.2K
Sony PSP 238.1K
PlayStation 3 232.4K
PlayStation 2 173.5K


10/16/2008 Arnold Katayev

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