NPD Hardware Sales For April: Microsoft Wins The Console Wars In Light of PSN Security Breach


Posted May 12, 2011 - By Leah Jackson

Is That An Xbox 360 Slim In Your Pocket...

According to industry analysts at the NPD Group, the winner of the console wars for April was the Xbox 360 in terms of unit sales, followed by the Nintendo 3DS. Plus, regardless of the whole PlayStation Network security breach the PlayStation 3 saw in increase in unit sales for April 2010.

Total hardware sales for April equaled a massive $930.7 million, up 21% from last year's April total of $771.5 million. 

The Xbox 360 has been the top selling console in the United States for 10 out of the 11 past months and is the best selling console of 2011 according to Microsoft who promises to have a strong E3 showing later on in June.

Microsoft also boasts that the Xbox 360 sold 297,000 units in April and the total amount spent for those units reached $310 million, the highest among current gen consoles including the Wii and PlayStation 3.

They attribute such high sales to the consumer demand for the Kinect, Xbox's motion control peripheral, and say that sales for Kinect Sports has surpassed 3 million units worldwide. Plus, great games like Mortal Kombat, Portal 2, Crysis 2, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters, and Michael Jackson: The Experience, also helped push the Xbox 360 to the top, which is interesting as none of those titles are exclusive to the system.

Did you go out and get a new console in April? Did the PSN security breach influence you into picking up an Xbox 360?

NPD Hardware Sales For April: Microsoft Wins The Console Wars In Light of PSN Security Breach


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