Xbox 360 expected to top US sales for January

The video games industry seems to have suffered somewhat in America throughout January if analysts are to be believed. Once again games industry analysts have started up their predictions for US games consoles sales for the past month ahead of the official NDP figures on Thursday morning. Nintendo and Sony look like they will feel the biggest brunt thanks to lower than expected sales, while Microsoft continues to make gains thanks to great sales of the Xbox 360 and Kinect.

According to CVG, sales of the Xbox 360 hit 380,000 during January, meaning that not only were Microsoft on top of the pile for the month, they managed a large 14 percent increase over their previous January 2010 sales figures.

Nintendo felt the biggest percentage drop over last year’s figures, with their January 2011 sales reaching 320,000, down around 31 percent from the same period last year.

Sony also had a lackluster month with sales of 240,000 units, down by 13 percent from January 2010.

In the handheld market, the Nintendo DS sold around 350,000 units, showing another drop of 17% compared to the same time last year, while the Sony PSP carried on its poor performance with just 80,000 sold, a big drop of 20 percent from January 2010.

The drop in sales is being echoed around the world thanks to the poor economy, but things could pick up next month when Nintendo launch their long-awaited Nintendo 3DS, which allows users to play games in 3D without the need for special glasses. January is also well known as a low point for games software, with very few new releases seeing the light of day until February at the earliest.

The article goes on to suggest that without more price cuts, the sales of games consoles will continue to drop throughout the year, even if the Xbox 360 is still the one bucking the trend.

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Is there anywhere we can see a list of all the consoles in the past 20 or so years and how many each has sold etc?

Quite curious to see

karl_87 said,
Is there anywhere we can see a list of all the consoles in the past 20 or so years and how many each has sold etc?

Quite curious to see

Haha, still love my N64, works like a champ. =)

Sure, try this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L..._best-selling_game_consoles ...not surprising that the PS2 looks like the all time dominator.

by the way, I have but a couple of beefs with those wikipedia numbers; first, where's my Sega Genesis #'s? That console was HUGE in the day - also, I know it wasn't technically a game console but there was a time the Commodore 64 was THE machine to play games on so a bit let down it didn't get a footnote in there somewhere

It's funny how the poor economy is part of the reason for poor sales, yet somehow people will muster up the money to get a 3DS boosting sales while the economy will see no improvement. We consumers are a crazy bunch.

boobless said,
FYI: These are just predictions from analysts. Not the actual numbers. Real numbers will come out on this Thursday.

Was about to say this, yeah.

boobless said,
FYI: These are just predictions from analysts. Not the actual numbers. Real numbers will come out on this Thursday.

They often fall close with these numbers, I don't expect the order to change even if the numbers are a bit off. It'll still end up 360 - Wii - PS3 in the end.

GP007 said,

They often fall close with these numbers, I don't expect the order to change even if the numbers are a bit off. It'll still end up 360 - Wii - PS3 in the end.

Yeah usually pretty spot on, well known most sales have dropped again over the last month, shops are quiet everywhere compared to normal