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Xbox 360 beating PS3 in the US

But Nintendo still way ahead of both.

The recent price cuts for Xbox 360 have helped the console surge ahead of PS3 in the US - but Nintendo is still firmly bossing the lot of them.

According to NPD figures 347,000 Xbox 360 units were sold in September, up from 195,200 the previous month. However, the lower price meant a decline in sales revenues, down to USD 498 million compared to USD 546 million the previous year.

The number of PS3s sold stood at 232,000, compared to 185,000 in August. Sony also shifted 173,000 PS2 units and 238,000 PSPs

That's less than half the number of Nintendo DS units sold (537,000). The Wii continues to top the table, with sales hitting 687,000 last month.

"Compared to August, nearly all hardware systems realised an increase in unit sales in September," said Anita Frazier of NPD.

"The price reduction on the Xbox 360 helped deliver a month-over-month unit sales increase for that platform of 78 per cent."

The entire market for the US, including software and accessories, was down seven per cent to USD 1.27 billion, compared to USD 1.35 billion for September 2007.

"It's important to keep in mind, however, that this month's 7 per cent decline is against a month that itself was up 75 per cent from the prior September. Last year, Halo 3 released in September 2007 and that game had a huge impact on hardware and software sales," added Frazier.

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