January NPD: PlayStation platforms see serious YoY decline in US

Friday, 13th February 2009 09:00 GMT By Patrick Garratt


Sony hasn’t yet put out a post-NPD press release. A quick look at its hardware figures for January may show why.

All PlayStation platforms saw a serious year-on-year decline in the US last month.

PlayStation 3 sales were down nearly 25 percent compared to January 2008, selling 203,000 as opposed to 269,000 last year.

PSP also dropped 25 percent, moving 172,000 units compared to 230,000 last year.

And last but most definitely least, PS2 started to properly nose-dive. The ancient machine was down almost 62 percent year-on-year, selling 101,000 units.

By comparison, Xbox 360 enjoyed 33 percent growth for the period, and Nintendo hardware growth was off the chart and 148 percent and 99 percent for Wii and DS respectively.



  1. Mildrop

    VG247 said “PayStation 3 sales were down nearly 25 percent compared to January 2007, selling 203,000 as opposed to 269,000 last year.”

    I know Sony are expensive but thats just rude

    #1 6 years ago
  2. Blerk

    Farewell, PS2! You were funting awesome!


    #2 6 years ago
  3. Mildrop

    You have to admire the fact the PS2 is actually still selling units,

    Wonder how many original Xbox units sold last year, answers on a postcard please……no prizes for the correct answer…….

    #3 6 years ago
  4. DrDamn

    Jan 2007?

    #4 6 years ago
  5. Blerk

    Well, the fact that they weren’t selling original Xboxes last year probably put something of a dampener on the sales forcast, tbh.

    #5 6 years ago
  6. Patrick Garratt

    Edited, ta.

    #6 6 years ago
  7. DrDamn

    Still left the PayStation in though eh? ;)

    #7 6 years ago
  8. Blerk

    Freudian. :-D

    #8 6 years ago
  9. Patrick Garratt

    No idea what you’re talking about.

    #9 6 years ago
  10. Mildrop

    Proof reading free…..jokes, well they will cost you

    #10 6 years ago

    I’m sure that Sony aren’t bothered by these figures, and I wouldn’t be so sure that we are ever going to see a PS3 install base larger than a 360 one at any time in the future as far as the US goes.

    Sony have already explained that they’re not bothered about market share anymore, they just care about ripping you off, err… I mean… profitability now.

    #11 6 years ago
  12. JesteR

    Sony is not ripping anyone off. Really your such a f**** 360 fanboy.

    #12 6 years ago

    Halt die klappe!!

    #13 6 years ago
  14. SticKboy

    At least he has a sense of humour, JesteR – lighten up a little, eh? No need to take it so personally, innit.

    #14 6 years ago
  15. DrDamn

    The essence of what GH posted is true though. You didn’t even need to read between the lines in recent interviews with Playstation execs that they *had* to show a profit rather than gain market share and look to long term profits. I think considering the price they are selling at the top brass at Sony will be pleased with the figures. Whether this is good long term is another matter but it’s clear what they were told to do is make money.

    #15 6 years ago
  16. Mad-elph

    I think what PS3 owners need to know now is that the system has sold enough that it will be supported for a long time. We will get games because the system is out there. After to pass 10 million there is little chance you won’t get games. Now its all a pissing contest between MS and Sony, but Sony gives us free Online so MS use a pay less now and we’ll get it back later, while Sony say pay it now. Its all about what you want, but I’d rather buy a car with a warranty than to have to pay for each tune up.
    In the end we should all be happy, each console is well established and will be around for atleast 4 more years. So we’ll all last this depression, er recession.

    #16 6 years ago

    Ah yes… Don’t worry, be happy.

    #17 6 years ago

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