Software sales for the PlayStation 3 dominated its competitors, bringing in 40 per cent of the top ten’s dosh and topping the charts with God of War III. It was actually PS3 software that helped the US video games market see a 6 per cent increase in revenue year-over-year — software revenue was up 10 per cent, compared to a 4 per cent decline in hardware.
Even though Sony’s PlayStation 3 continued its besting of last year’s hardware performance – eight months straight selling more than the year previous – hardware sales for the console were still in third place. This is despite the chart topper God of War III shifting 1.1 million units – higher than both God of War and God of War II. In fact, Final Fantasy XIII also shined on the system, selling 828,200 units, compared to the Xbox 360’s 493,900. It looks as though Microsoft’s crowd was enjoying Battlefield Bad Company 2, which sold 825,500 on the Xbox 360 compared to 451,200 on the PlayStation 3.
The questionable hardware performance from the PS3 could, and most certainly is, still due to console shortages, showing Sony’s lack of foresight when it comes to the stocking of the system. A change to the PS3’s hardware, including a die-shrinkage to the console’s RSX GPU, presumably resulted in problems ramping up production. There’s also no doubt that there was a larger than expected demand for the console. You can find the full NPD hardware and software sales for the month of March below.
NPD Hardware March 2010
Wii – 557.5K
Xbox 360 – 338.4K
PlayStation 3 – 313.9K
PlayStation 2 – 118.3K
Nintendo DS – 700.8K
PSP – 119.9K
NPD Software March 2010
GOD OF WAR III PS3 – 1.10M
POKEMON SOULSILVER VERSION NDS – 1.02M
FINAL FANTASY XIII PS3 – 828.2K
BATTLEFIELD: BAD COMPANY 2 360 – 825.5K 4
POKEMON HEARTGOLD VERSION NDS – 761.2K 5
FINAL FANTASY XIII 360 – 493.9K 6
NEW SUPER MARIO BROS. WII WII – 457.4K 7
BATTLEFIELD: BAD COMPANY 2 PS3 – 451.2K 8
WII FIT PLUS W/ BALANCE BOARD WII – 429.6K 9
MLB 10: THE SHOW PS3 – 349.2K 10