Sony says it's still winning in North America
Microsoft’s decision to redirect the majority of its Xbox One stock to North America may put the platform holder in positive spirits this evening, as the next generation system bettered the PlayStation 4 in the latest NPD sales report. According to a press release from the Redmond-based manufacturer,...
Turning the tables
Sony has staged an assault on Microsoft's home territory, and topped the NPD charts with the PlayStation 4. According to the platform holder — which doesn't ordinarily engage in the monthly sales merry-go-round — its next generation console was the best-selling system in North America in November, moving one million units in...
Could the tides of battle be about to turn? As we promptly approach the onset of a new generation, Sony has finally put an end to the Xbox 360’s sales streak. According to the latest NPD report for September, the PlayStation 3 actually outsold Microsoft’s machine in North America last month, breaking the latter’s 32 month...
Sony numbers still a secret
As has become a recurring trend for these NPD sales reports, the physical arm of the North American games industry declined yet again in July. The market as a whole dropped by 19 per cent year-over-year, with hardware specifically facing a 34 per cent decrease from $150.9 million in 2012 to just $99.4 million last...
Ellie of a performance
Naughty Dog has well and truly hammered a nail in the coffin of comments suggesting that new franchises struggle at the end of a generation. First-party favourite The Last of Us topped the North American sales charts for June, securing the third largest launch in the month since NPD started tracking data in 1995. The...
Tomb Raider reboot sitting pretty in second
The data moguls at North American sales-tracking group the NPD have compiled figures for the video game industry in March, crowning BioShock Infinite the best-selling title of the month. Unfortunately, the physical sales sector of the US industry shrunk by 10 per cent compared to the same period in 2012,...
Sales strong for Sony's system
PlayStation 4 may have stolen the headlines in February, but the PlayStation 3 proved that it’s still got the staying power to carry Sony into the next generation. GamesIndustry.biz has revealed that the manufacturer’s current flagship console sold 263,000 units in North America last month – enough to make it the...
Sly Cooper squeezes into the top ten
Despite speculation regarding its disappointing sales, Dead Space 3 managed to fire its way to the summit of the North American sales charts in February. The space shooter pushed Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 into second, while Crysis 3, NBA 2K13, and
The future's bleak
Staying consistent with the rest of 2012, December served up another year of decline for the North American video game industry. Despite pulling in a whopping $3.2 billion during the festive window, sales were still down 22 per cent over last year’s $4.10 billion. The year as a whole drooped by a similar margin, scooping just...
Bang on trend
The excellent hardware figures for Black Friday week weren’t enough to offset the North American video game industry’s continued decline in November. According to the NPD group, numbers for the period fell by 11 per cent year-over-year, with sales amounting to $2.55 billion, compared to $2.87 billion in 2011. Hardware sales were...
NBA 2K13 scored a convincing three-pointer in the latest NPD report, as the rest of the North American video games industry continued its downward trend. The sector as a whole earned $755.5 million for the period, a figure which compares negatively to last year’s $1 billion. While the figures aren't especially pleasant, analyst Liam...
Christmas is coming
Average weekly sales of both the PlayStation 3 and Vita increased in North America throughout September, suggesting renewed momentum heading into the holiday season. As has become a recurring theme, the Xbox 360 was the best selling console for the month with 270,000 units sold. Unfortunately, Sony doesn't share specific hardware...
Industry woes continue, though
July proved to be another desperately disappointing month for physical video game sales in North America. Overall sales in the retail sector dropped by 20 percent year over year – bringing in just $548.4 million compared to $686.3 million the year prior. Hardware sales dwindled by as much as 32 percent, with a 23...
Holy great performance, Batman!
Not content with dominating the charts across the pond, LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes has also topped the North American best-sellers for the month of June. But while developer Traveller’s Tales will be cracking open the champagne in celebration, the rest of the sector won’t be quite so enthusiastic. The entire...
Let’s get straight to the point: May was not a good month for video game sales in North America. Hardware sales were down 39% year-over-year, bringing in just $138.9 million compared to $228.8 million in 2011. Software sales also saw a decline of 16%, though the NPD puts that decrease down to fewer releases. Unsurprisingly, PC...
Those of you with any kind of financial investment in the North American video game industry might want to point your browser towards a more positive place. The April NPD results are in, and they don’t make for particularly pleasant reading in the slightest. Indeed, as a whole the gaming industry shrunk by a whopping 32 percent year...
Cash is king
New intellectual properties have it tough in today’s video game market, so it’s refreshing to see a title like Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning post impressive US sales. The EA published action RPG has sold 410k units since its launch in February, with a sizeable chunk of those sales coming from the month of March. NPD’s David Riley...
Geth a load of that
Mass Effect 3 sold 1.3 million copies across multiple platforms in North America last month, the NPD has confirmed. The figure covers retail releases only, so digital downloads on the PlayStation Network (and EA’s own Origin) are not counted. As such, it’s safe to assume the true, ahem, Tali is significantly higher. To put...
Binary Domain is a rare gem. Sure, it gets a bit repetitive in places, but it’s uncommon to find a new IP with a genuinely intriguing universe and likable cast. It’s just a shame the general public didn’t agree. According to this month’s NPD report, the Yakuza Studio developed third-person shooter sold just 20k copies in North...
Not especially pretty
Despite the arrival of several massive new releases, software and hardware sales continued their decline in North America for the month of March 2012. The latest NPD report shows that the month brought in $1.1billion in revenue, a whopping 25 percent less than the same period in 2011. Hardware, software and accessory sales were...
Call of Duty on top
Forget the concerning news about dwindling sales, and let’s focus on what really matters: Twisted Metal was the ninth best selling game in North America for the month of February. Considering the amount of scepticism that was lofted at director David Jaffe and his team regarding the relevance of car combat, we think that’s a...
Stuck in a rut
The latest NPD report – covering monthly spend for the video game industry in North America – didn’t paint a particularly promising picture for digital entertainment in January. Both hardware and software dropped 38% year over year, with sales down from $1.14 billion in January 2011 to just $750 million this past month. The NPD cites the lack of major new releases as the reason..
Ever since we've played video games, we've struggled to get our head around the furore surrounding EA Sports' NCAA sports titles
For those that aren't American and don't understand, NCAA stands for (as we understand it at least) National Collegiate Athletic Association. These are essentially teams — in a variety of sports — made up of college students. Even more bizarre is that the top selling..
Turns out Patrick Seybold was very crafty with his wording of inFamous 2's sales success
While Sucker Punch's super-hero adventure might have been the top selling single SKU in June, it did not manage to outsell its multiplatform rivals L.A. Noire and Duke Nukem Forever. But that's ok, we'll forgive it that. Finishing up in third on the...
PlayStation 3 sales were strong in North America last month, making the current PlayStation Network outage all the more frustrating
Sony's system managed to outsell both the Nintendo Wii and Nintendo DS, snapping up sales of over 200k units. Microsoft XBOX 360 continued to dominate in the region. Mortal Kombat was the big software winner, selling nearly a million copies and placing a spot above..
With the NPD ceasing to provide hardware numbers, this month's report is restricted to software we're afraid
And it's a pretty uneventful month for PlayStation to be honest, with the interest surrounding the Nintendo 3DS. Interestingly, it was a Nintendo DS game that topped the charts for March, with Pokemon White taking the top-spot and Pokemon Black following it up in second. Homefront finished..
Sony's followed up last night's NPD sales report by confirming that the PlayStation 3 has passed the 50 million units sold milestone
In addition, the platform holder confirmed that there are now eight million PlayStation Move motion controllers in the wilderness, with support including in over 150 software titles. Sony added that there are also over 89 games available that support stereoscopic 3D..
Total US game revenue was up year-over-year in February, from $1
3 billion to $1.6 billion. An increase in hardware and peripheral sales were credited for the gains, while software shrunk a bit between February 2010 and 2011. Despite dipping year-over-year, the software charts for February are littered with new games — Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 performed exceptionally, taking the spot directly behind..
After November's sales disaster for the PlayStation 3, December's numbers have come as somewhat of a surprise
When isolated, the PlayStation 3's 1.21 million sales are reasonable if not spectacular. Unfortunately, it's when the other platforms are brought into the equation that the numbers look meagre for Sony. While Microsoft didn't enjoy the North American domination many assumed they would —..
Let's get straight to the point: the PlayStation 3 did not have a good November in the US
The PlayStation 3's 530k units sold was roughly 25% down year-on-year. It's even more worrying when compared to the competition, with the XBOX 360 and Nintendo Wii both managing sales of over 1 million a piece. As concerning as the numbers are, they're also downright confusing. The PlayStation 3's been holding..
Two consecutive months of growth for sector
Whilst sales of hardware and software are down across the board compared to the same period last year, one area of the industry that is growing is accessories, thanks in no small part to Sony's new motion controller. Move grew the sector in September and it's done so again in October, according to figures...
Section up $20m year-on-year
Few new accessories have been launched with the same amount of interest and discussion as PlayStation Move. The accessory has outperformed Sony's expectations in Europe, and it seems it's off to a decent start in North America too, if the latest NPD figures are anything to go by. Both software and hardware sales were...
The biggest source of fanboy entertainment every month is the NPD's US hardware sales report
Enter the wilderness of many video game forums and you'll read all about how "the PlayStation 3 sucks because it was outsold by the Nintendo Wii" and "the PlayStation Portable is dead because it sold less than 100k units". Frankly, it's boring. All the NPD has proved over the last twelve..
Well not literally downhill, but July's NPD sales don't make for particularly pleasant reading whichever way you look at it
The XBOX 360 won out this month (for the first time since 2007, apparently), but on the back of a new hardware launch, even Microsoft must be disappointed with a 2% drop over June. The PlayStation 3 dropped 30%, pulling in figures of 215k. The system was down 90k units against..
The American NPD numbers are in, and they paint a particularly pretty picture for hardware sales after May's disappointment
Both the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable were up nearly 100%, shifting 305,000 and 121,000 units respectively. The XBOX 360 lead the home console charts thanks to the rejigged system re-release, though it still lost out to Nintendo's DS which continues to chug along in..
The NPD results are in for the month of May, and they're painting a particularly pleasant picture for fans of Westerns
Red Dead Redemption managed to shift 1.5 million copies in the US across both the PlayStation 3 and XBOX 360, with a decent proportion of sales (567k) coming off the PlayStation SKU. UFC Undisputed 2010 was the other PlayStation 3 game listed in the top ten, managing to shift 192k..
The April NPD hardware report is out, and they show that once again Nintendo's tightened its grip over the American market, with their Nintendo DS platform the far-away winner for the month
The Playstation 3 and XBOX 360 are virtually like-for-like in the American market right now, with the Playstation 3 shifting 181k units and the 360 185k. What'll be worrying for Sony is the diminishing effect of..
Sony's warned that Playstation 3 stock will be tight over the coming months
SCEA's director of communications, Patrick Seybold explained the company are working hard to ensure stock is available for everyone. "We're working very hard with our retail partners to meet consumer interest, but the demand is tremendously high for the PS3 and we expect tight inventory in the coming months,"..
Despite a decent month for January in the US, Sony's PS3 lost out to both the XBOX 360 and Nintendo Wii for the month of January, according to the NPDs
Sony shifted 276.9k units during the month, a respectable number, but they were some way off Microsoft's 332.8k tally. Regardless, both Sony and Microsoft fell to the might power of Nintendo once again, with the DS and Wii shifting almost 900k units..
Sony can claim a very minor victory over their closest rival the XBOX 360 today, after the December NPD reports revealed that the Playstation 3 came in just ahead of Microsoft's XBOX 360 for the month
With 1.36million Playstation 3 hardware units sold for through the month of December (and in the US alone), Sony's marketing department can officially pat themselves on the back for getting back into..
Pulling out his crystal ball for, presumably, the last time this year; seasoned American analyst Michael Pachter reckons Sony shifted 700,000 PS3 consoles in the last month
That'd be up 85% on Sony's performance in the same period last year.We [Pachter's organisation, Wedbush Morgan] estimate sell-through of 1,050,000 Wii hardware units (down 49% from last year), 650,000 Xbox 360 (down 22% from..
Another NPD results post, another month, another fanboy war (we assume)
America's console and games sales charts are in. And they make for minor interesting reading. The Playstation 3's sales are down this month (after a mammoth month in September, that's to be expected) but Sony's high-definition system still managed to beat out Microsoft's XBOX 360, as the Wii sat in top position. The PSP and PS2..
The September NPDs are out
Cue fanboy fights across the world. As expected, the PS3 Slim managed to dominate competition, selling nearly 150,000 more units than closest competitor the XBOX 360, while coming just 32,000 units short of the market leading Nintendo DS. Playstation 3 sales were up nearly double from the previous month, seeing a whopping...
The American sales data, also known as the NPD's, constantly bring the worst out of everyone
Particularly the XBOX 360 and Playstation 3 fanboys. Boy does it bring the worst out of them! The figures are in a predictable order, with Sony occupying the bottom half of the chart and Nintendo the top: Nintendo Wii - 601k. Nitendo DS - 563k. XBOX 360 - 330k. Playstation 3 - 218k. Playstation Portable -..