PS3 sales up by over 80 per cent in US

Sony's console beating Wii and Xbox 360. 

Data trackers The NPD Group have published US sales figures for September, revealing a healthy boost in sales for PS3.

Sony shifted around 491,800 consoles last month - more than double the number sold the previous month, and during the same period last year. Might just be something to do with the price cut and the release of PS3 Slim, but hey, we're no analaysts.

It's the first time PS3 has taken the top spot in the home console charts, but Sony didn't win the hardware battle overall - DS is still number one with 524,500 units sold. The Wii was in third place (462,800), followed by Xbox 360 (352,600) and PSP (190,400). The good old PS2 is hanging on in there with 146,000 machines sold, mainly by antique shops.

Due to some complicated maths regarding the September tracking period having more weeks than August, or something, month-by-month sales aren't comparable. But on a per-week sales basis, PS3 sales were up by 87 per cent, the number of Wii units sold rose by 33 per cent and Xbox 360 enjoyed a 33 per cent increase.

Overall Americans bought less hardware than they did in September 2008. Revenues were down from $499.96 million to $472.28 million, a fall of 6 per cent.

They bought more games though - in fact, software sales were up for the first time this year, rising by 5 per cent to reach $649.32 million.

Around 1.52 million copies of Halo 3: ODST were sold during launch month, making it the sixth best-selling SKU launch ever. It beat Wii Sports Resort into second place with 442,900 units sold.

So who won the battle of the band games? Well, looks like Paul and Ringo will be able to pay those final demand electricity bills after all - their fans snapped up 254,000 copies of The Beatles: Rock Band for Xbox 360.

That put the game in fifth place, ahead of Guitar Hero 5. Around 210,800 copies of the 360 version were sold, leaving it languishing at nine. There's no word yet on how the PS3 and Wii versions of each game compared.

Here's that September software top ten in full:

  1. Halo 3: ODST (Microsoft, 360) - 1,520,000
  2. Wii Sports Resort (Nintendo, Wii) - 442,900
  3. Madden NFL 10 (EA, 360) - 289,600
  4. Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story (Nintendo, DS) - 258,100
  5. The Beatles: Rock Band (EA, 360) - 254,000
  6. Madden NFL 10 (EA, PS3) - 246,500
  7. Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 (Activision, 360) - 236,000
  8. Batman: Arkham Asylum (Eidos, PS3) - 212,500
  9. Guitar Hero 5 (Activision, 360) - 210,800
  10. The Beatles: Rock Band (EA, Wii) - 208,600

For a more grown-up discussion of all this, visit GamesIndustry.biz.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our policy.

Jump to comments (94)

About the author

Ellie Gibson

Ellie Gibson

Contributor  |  elliegibson

Ellie spent nearly a decade working at Eurogamer, specialising in hard-hitting executive interviews and nob jokes. These days she does a comedy show and podcast. She pops back now and again to write the odd article and steal our biscuits.

Related

You may also enjoy...

Twitch reportedly launching new security tools to combat hate raiding

Streamers can require phone verification to use chat.

Digital Foundry | Best gaming chairs 2021

Featuring Herman Miller, Ikea, Razer, Noblechairs and AndaSeat.

PlayStation says it knows there's still many PS5 features to add

"When I look back at the list of things we need to do, there's a lot."

Comments (94)

Comments for this article are now closed. Thanks for taking part!

Hide low-scoring comments
Order
Threading
Eurogamer.net

Buy things with globes on them

And other lovely Eurogamer merch in our official store!

Eurogamer Merch