Another month, another period of double-digit growth for the PlayStation 3.
However, SCEA says "incredible demand" and "tight inventory" for their machine affected the February hardware sales, which saw the Xbox 360 beat both the Wii and the PS3 in the monthly chart. The Wii was rarely beaten early on in this generation but lately, both the PS3 and 360 have begun to surge ahead, thanks in large part to big exclusives like Mass Effect 2 and Uncharted 2: Among Thieves . Here's the NPD hardware stats for February:
As for the software, Bioshock 2 for the Xbox 360 was #1, which is hardly surprising, considering that Bioshock debuted on the 360 and didn't arrive on the PS3 until a year later. This means that most fans of the original who intended to buy the sequel have a 360; that's just logic talking. You can see the rest of the software sales and judge for yourself; please note that Heavy Rain actually made the top 10 at around 219,300 and bear in mind that it only includes North American results. Also, the game launched on February 23, so that number is based on only one week of sales; in comparison, Bioshock 2 launched on February 9.
And lastly, here's Sony's statement from Sr. Director of Corporate Communications Patrick Seybold:
"There continues to be incredible demand for PlayStation 3, but tight inventory is definitely having an impact on recent sales numbers. That said, we’re still tracking to sell 13 million PS3s worldwide by the end of March, which marks a 30% increase over last fiscal year. In February, PS3 was the only platform to see double digit growth when compared to the previous year and the platform is showing no signs of slowing down. This year will once again showcase how deep and broad our content offerings are with breakout titles like Heavy Rain, which ranked in the top ten in February with only a week of sales in the month. God of War III which will be a multi-million unit seller and hardware driver is launching later this month, followed by ModNation Racers, Gran Turismo 5, SOCOM 4 and many more. At GDC this week we introduced our new motion controller, PlayStation Move, and unleashed a whole new, ultra-sensory gaming experience that will change the way people enjoy both casual and hard core games. Needless to say, 2010 will be one of our best years ever for PS3 and we expect continued momentum for PSP and PS2."