The new Xbox 360 model sold faster in its first three months on sale in the USA than the PS3 Slim did when it launched last year.

According to Gamasutra's number-crunching, the slimmed-down Xbox 360 resulted in a 90 per cent sales growth year on year between June and August 2010, compared to the 68.2 per cent jump Sony enjoyed between August and October 2009 following the PS3 Slim's launch.

Last month the Xbox 360 was the biggest-selling console in the USA, shifting 356,700 units. In comparison, 244,300 Wiis were sold and 226,000 PS3s.

Despite the sales boost provided by the new model, the Xbox 360 still trails the Wii in year-to-date sales. The Wii leads with 2,983,000 units sold, followed by the Xbox 360 at 2,695,900 and the PS3 at 2,031,500.

The new Xbox 360, unveiled during Microsoft's E3 2010 press conference, is smaller, quiter and comes in 4GB and 250GB versions.

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