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June NPD: Sony leads with victory over 360 in post-figures statement

Friday, 18th July 2008 07:02 GMT By Patrick Garratt

Sony had an easy month when it came to its post-NPD press release this time, being able to confirm a huge sales victory over 360 in the US in June thanks to the release of both MGS4 and an exclusive Metal Gear bundle.

“PS3, led by the launch of the highly anticipated Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots PS3 bundle, continued to experience tremendous momentum in June 2008, selling 405,488 hardware units – 84% higher than Microsoft’s Xbox 360 (according to NPD June 2008 sales data),” said the statement. “PS3 year-over-year hardware sales growth exceeded 311% in June, with month-over-month growth exceeding 94%.”

SCEA boss Jack Tretton added: “The PlayStation brand is truly hitting its stride on its long-term opportunity across all three platforms. Our strong June numbers serve as proof to the continued momentum of the PS3 and affirms that we’re exactly where we expected to be.”

Full thing through the link. Interestingly, Microsoft doesn’t appear to have issued an NPD statement at all.

Thanks, Kotaku.

PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3™), led by the launch of the highly anticipated Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots PS3 bundle, continued to experience tremendous momentum in June 2008, selling 405,488 hardware units – 84% higher than Microsoft’s Xbox 360 (according to NPD June 2008 sales data). PS3 year-over-year hardware sales growth exceeded 311% in June, with month-over-month growth exceeding 94%.

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, exclusively for PS3, was the best-selling title on any platform in June 2008, with 774,647 units sold. More than 2.4 million software units were sold for PS3 in June, representing an increase of more than 300% from this time last year. (Software totals do not include software units sold as part of the Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots PS3 retail bundle).

* The launch of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots kicks off the beginning of a blockbuster software line-up for PS3 in the back-half of the year, including highly-anticipated exclusive titles such as SOCOM: US Navy SEALs Confrontation, Resistance 2, Motorstorm: Pacific Rift, NBA ‘09: The Inside and LittleBigPlanet to name a few. These monster titles promise to further drive PS3 sales into the holiday season and beyond.
* The PLAYSTATION®Network community continues to grow in popularity with more than 10 million registered accounts worldwide and 180 million pieces of content downloaded worldwide.

Fueled by enthusiasm for the launch of the God of War: Chains of Olympus PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) bundle, PSP experienced strong sales in June, with 337,356 PSP hardware units sold. This represents a sales increase of 85% month-over-month.

PlayStation®2 (PS2) also had a solid month in June, selling 188,798 hardware units, an increase of 42% from May. The popular console continued to experience strong software sales, with 3.9 million software units sold. More than 42.4 million PS2s have been sold in the U.S. as of June 2008.

Power of the PlayStation Portfolio

The PlayStation brand continued to generate impressive sales, earning $626.7 million in June.

· Year to date (Jan-June), the PlayStation brand generated almost $2.9 billion in revenue, representing an increase of 24% year-over year.

· PlayStation total hardware revenue was $265.5 million in June, representing a year-over-year growth of 90%.

· PlayStation total software revenue in June was $298 million, representing a year-over-year growth of over 52%.

CEO Perspective

“The PlayStation brand is truly hitting its stride on its long-term opportunity across all three platforms. Our strong June numbers serve as proof to the continued momentum of the PS3 and affirms that we’re exactly where we expected to be. This month’s success can be attributed to the exclusive blockbuster Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots and we’re poised for continued growth into the back half of the year with a much anticipated line-up, including LittleBigPlanet, SOCOM: Confrontation, Resistance 2, MotorStorm: Pacific Rift, and NBA ’09: The Inside. Additionally, the new PlayStation Network video delivery service will be a big driver for the PS3 and PSP, allowing consumers to extend their multi-media and entertainment experience.”

– Jack Tretton, president and CEO, Sony Computer Entertainment America

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  1. RevolutionBlues

    I wonder how close to the truth this is:

    http://vgchartz.com/hwcomps.php?cons1=Wii&reg1=Europe&cons2=PS3&reg2=Europe&cons3=X360&reg3=Europe&start=39159&end=39642&weekly=1

    If it is, then ouch.

    #1 6 years ago
  2. Blerk

    Don’t we have the old “VGChartz European figures are completely made up” discussion every month?

    #2 6 years ago
  3. Psychotext

    Yes… vgchartzlol etc.

    That said, there was about a million between them a little while ago (a month maybe?) so it’s probably getting close now.

    #3 6 years ago
  4. RevolutionBlues

    I know there is little faith in the accuracy of the numbers, but one point is always forgotten: the methdology is identical for all consoles. Consequently, while VGC does not have accurate sales figures per se, it will still show the relation between consoles and the trend in sales.

    Plus, one of the main criticisms of VGC is that they change their figures retrospectively, usually after the official announcements. So, their historical data is much more reliable than their data for the past month or two, and closer to the truth. Look at the trend of that graph. Probably closer to the truth than most critics of VGC are willing to admit.

    #4 6 years ago
  5. Psychotext

    Yeah… but the problem is that because Euro data isn’t released to the public they’ve never been able to go back and fix their guesstimations.

    #5 6 years ago
  6. RevolutionBlues

    @Psychotext, maybe not the equivalent of NPD (which itself is crap: no WalMart and many other major sellers), but they get the quarterly manufacturer figures.

    #6 6 years ago
  7. Psychotext

    Rev: NPD estimate WalMart sales… it’s possible to be very, very accurate statistically when you have 80% of the market providing you figures.

    …and yes, VGC do get shipped figures quarterly.

    #7 6 years ago