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July 19, 2008

Xbox 360 drops to number 3 in the USA

Posted by David Hunter at 6:37 PM ET.

Xbox 360 logo NPD has released their US game console retail sales numbers for June and as had been expected, Nintendo sold 666,700 units to pass Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and become the number 1 selling game console of this generation. More alarming though was that the Xbox 360 fell conclusively behind the Sony PS3 in monthly sales, 219,800 to 405,500 units.

Yes, NPD does not report online sales, and yes, the PS3 was helped by the success of the exclusive Metal Gear Solid 4 game, but it looks like the boost that the Xbox 360 got from being alone on the market in the USA for a year has evaporated and the picture looks worse worldwide.

Finally, while on this subject, Sony and Nintendo did not exactly wow the crowd at E3, but Nintendo did introduce an improved motion sensitive controller and Sony paralleled Microsoft’s E3 announcements with doubled disk storage for the $399 PS3 version and a video download service.

Filed under Coopetition, Microsoft, Nintendo, Sony, Xbox

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