Feeds

Xbox 360 dominates US next-gen console December sales

Advantage of good supply?

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft sold, respectively, 604,200, 490,700 and 1.1m next-gen games consoles in the US in December 2006, retail market watcher NPD said last week. The company's figures show the Xbox 360 as the clear winner.

December marks the first month during which all three consoles were on sale for the full 31-day period. November's figures, released by NPD last year, inherently showed lower numbers for the Wii and PS3 as these machines didn't go on sale until the middle of the month.

Adding the numbers for November and December together, you get 1.61m Xbox 360s, 1.08m Wiis and 687,700 PS3s - rather less than the figures quoted late last year for sales from the beginning of November through to Christmas Day, though these would have been early estimates.

Of the recent launches, Wii handsomely beat PS3, but was equally trounced by the Xbox 360. Hindering both Wii and PS3 sales was widely reported supply tightness. Had supply been equal, the Sony and Nintendo console would have shown higher numbers.

Older consoles did well too. Sony's PS2 chalked up 1.4m US sales in December, while 1.6m Nintendo DS handhelds flew off the shelves during the month, compared to 953,200 PSPs. Undoubtedly, all three machines were helped by the difficulties some consumers experienced getting hold of the more advanced consoles from those companies.

Consoles sales totalled $1.6bn in the US in December, up 59.2 per cent year on year. ®

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
Nexus 7 fandroids tell of salty taste after sucking on Google's Lollipop
Web giant looking into why version 5.0 of Android is crippling older slabs
All aboard the Poo Bus! Ding ding, route Number Two departing
Only another three days of pooing and I can have a ride!
Heyyy! NICE e-bracelet you've got there ... SHAME if someone were to SUBPOENA it
Court pops open cans of worms and whup-ass in Fitbit case
Official: European members prefer to fondle Apple iPads
Only 7 of 50 parliamentarians plump for Samsung Galaxy S
Fujitsu CTO: We'll be 3D-printing tech execs in 15 years
Fleshy techie disses network neutrality, helmet-less motorcyclists
Space Commanders rebel as Elite:Dangerous kills offline mode
Frontier cops an epic kicking in its own forums ahead of December revival
The IT Crowd's internet in a box gets $240k of crowdcash for a cause
'Outernet' project proposes satellite-fuelled 'Lantern' WiFi library for remote areas
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence
Download Choosing a Cloud Hosting Provider with Confidence to learn more about cloud computing - the new opportunities and new security challenges.
New hybrid storage solutions
Tackling data challenges through emerging hybrid storage solutions that enable optimum database performance whilst managing costs and increasingly large data stores.