December’s NPD figures show that PlayStation 3 sales have risen 90 percent from November 2008 and total sales for the year are up 40 percent compared with 2007.
However, although the console has seen steady growth throughout the year, combined sales for the holiday season (November and December) are down from 1.26 million in 2007, to 1.1 million in 2008.
In contrast, Xbox 360 holiday season sales have seen a ten percent increase, with 2.03 million consoles sold in Nov/Dec 2007, compared with 2.27 million in 2008.
As with all things sales performance wise however, Nintendo has almost doubled its holiday season sales when compared last year, with 2.33 units sold for Nov/Dec 07, compared with 4.19 million Wiis in 2008.
By Mike Bowden