PS3 outselling Xbox 360 in the US

Microsoft blaming stock shortages.

New NPD figures reported by MarketWatch have revealed PlayStation 3 outsold in Xbox 360 in the US last month, with 269,000 Sony machines shifted compared to 230,000 MS consoles.

Nintendo is still sitting on thebiggest pile of gold though; Americans snapped up 274,000 Wiis in January. The DS beat the PSP, too, with 251,000 units sold versus 230,000 for Sony's handheld.

Microsoft said the lower Xbox 360 sales were due to temporary stock shortages. The company assured shopkeepers it is working hard to churn out more consoles as fast as possible.

Call of Duty 4 was the best-selling game of the month, with 330,000 copies shifted. Wii Play came in second, followed by Guitar Hero III for Wii and Rock Band for Xbox 360. Other top sellers included Super Mario Galaxy, Burnout Paradise and Mario Party DS.

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