The numbers we've much anticipated are finally here. After a 5 day delay, NPD has released hardware sales data for September, which tracked from August 30th through October 3rd. This data includes a week of Nintendo Wii sales at $199, the first full month of sales of the PS3 Slim at $299, two weeks of Halo ODST sales for the Xbox 360, a full month of sales for the Xbox 360 Elite at $299, and a meager two days of PSP Go sales. So how does the picture look?
Well, thanks to the much anticipated Slim model, the PlayStation 3 came out on top by a sizable 29k units ahead of the Nintendo Wii, which may indicate a rather epic battle brewing between both Sony and Nintendo yet again. More over, the PlayStation 3 outsold its main competitor, the Xbox 360, by nearly 140k systems, and that's despite the release of Halo: ODST, which took in a massive 1.5-million sold. Now, the PSP's sales are harder to gauge because of the limited time-frame this data captures following the PSP Go's release. With only two days of sales, we can say this much: for August 2009 the PSP sold 140k units. And if you look at September's data, the PSP sold over 190k units, a good 50k units higher.
The problem is this: can that 50k be attributed to the release of the PSP Go? Or the 5-week tracking period for the September data, as opposed to the 4-week track for August? I'd like to say it's the former. But we'll just have to wait for October's results to see if the PSP Go truly did provide some much needed momentum for the PSP brand.
Nintendo DS 524.2K
Sony PS3 491.8K
Nintendo Wii 462.8K
MS Xbox 360 352.6K
Sony PSP 190.4K
Sony PS2 146.0K