Xbox still tops US charts despite sharp decline in sales
Gaming hardware sales as a whole have been on the decline over the past year.
According to Gamasutra’s analysis of the NPD report, each of the major consoles – the 360, PS3, Nintendo 3DS, Wii and the original DS – sold less in 2012 than they did in 2011.
As the numbers go, the 360 sold better than any other platform last year, with an estimated 5.3 million systems sold. These sales come after a record-setting year in 2011, when it sold an estimated 7.2 million units. This extended life cycle largely comes from sales of the model s redesign and the introduction of the Kinect.
The 3DS, the second most-popular system, sold 3.6 million units – 400,000 fewer than were sold during its launch year. The 3DS continues to exceed sales of the original DS during its first two years, but the 3DS will have to keep selling at its current pace to exceed the wild popularity of its predecessor.
After the 3DS, the story gets a bit more somber. Sony’s PS3 sold 3.4 million units, 25 percent less than the previous year’s 4.5 million – its worst sales year since 2007. The Wii and DS are down 2.6 million and 1.9 million respectively , but their drop in hardware sales was expected after the release of the 3DS and Wii U.
The new consoles that arrived in 2012 haven’t fared as well as they expected to. The Wii U sold 890,000 units in its first two months, and the PlayStation Vita sold 1.2 million units since it launched early last year.