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It seems as though every new generation of smartphone comes to the market with a larger battery (well, unless you’re Apple) to boost battery life or at least hold the line due to the addition of new features (like a larger high-resolution displays, faster processors, etc.). But when your smartphone’s internal battery isn’t enough to handle your demanding power needs, most turn to external battery solutions. The folks at the NPD Group not only track smartphone and tablet sales, but they also track the sales of these external battery packs. And NPD noticed an interesting trend when comparing the... Read more...
Microsoft was quite ecstatic about the Xbox One’s October sales win; the first time in many months that it had overtaken the long-time sales champ: the PlayStation 4. However, Microsoft had some big league help during the month of October thanks to the release of Halo 5: Guardians. But it appears that Microsoft’s victory lap has been cut short. According to new numbers released by NPD, Sony’s PlayStation 4 snatched the sales crown back from Microsoft for the month of November. Not even Halo 5 could save the Xbox One this time around, and platform-exclusive Rise of The Tomb Raider was of no help... Read more...
Yesterday was a big day for Microsoft and Xbox One gamers. On Thursday, Microsoft made the New Xbox One Experience (NXOE) available for Xbox One consoles, bringing with it a new Windows 10-based user interface, faster performance, new community options, and much appreciated backwards compatibility. But while the release of the XBOE experience was big news for Microsoft, the folks in Redmond, Washington had some more exciting news to celebrate this week — beating Sony’s PlayStation 4 in sales for the first time in months. Even though Sony cut the price of the PlayStation 4 from $399 to $349 during... Read more...
Microsoft’s recent price reduction and assorted console bundles paid off for the month of November. According to the NPD Group’s data, Microsoft’s Xbox One passed Sony’s PlayStation 4 in console sales in the US and UK.  "Response to the holiday lineup of games on Xbox One was incredible, with Xbox One fans buying more games in November in the U.S. than any other gen eight platform and enjoying over 357 million hours of gameplay globally," said Xbox corporate vice president of marketing Mike Nichols in a statement. "In fact, more fans logged into Xbox... Read more...
More console gamers are choosing Sony's PlayStation 4 than Microsoft's Xbox One system. This was confirmed by market research firm NPD Group, which pegged the PS4 as the best selling game system in the U.S. for the fourth consecutive month, followed by the Xbox One, which Microsoft confirms sold 115,000 units in April. It will be interesting to see if the PS4 can maintain its momentum once Microsoft drops the price of the Xbox One. Beginning June 9, 2014, gamers will have the option of picking up the Xbox One without a Kinect motion control sensor for $399, the same price as a PS4. In addition,... Read more...
The latest data from NPD is in and it shows a significant jump in Xbox One's relative sales position versus PS4. In January, reports indicated that the PS4 had been outsold by the PS4 nearly 2:1, but February closed that gap with the Xbox One moving an estimated 258,000 units against the PS4's 286,000 units. Year-on-year hardware sales increased 60% over 2013, but software sales still fell 11% over the same time period. The NPD, however, is upbeat despite the decline in game sales. Because these consoles are at the beginning of their life cycles, they must generate insane attach rates to actually... Read more...
A new report from The NPD Group shows smartphone sales are on the rise. Interestingly enough, the increase in sales has been driven by pre-paid smartphones. In fact, post-paid smartphone sales were flat year-over-year while prepaid smartphone volume increased 91 percent year over year. Overall, total smartphone sales rose 9 percent in the second quarter of 2012 in comparison to the same quarter of 2011. NPD’s data also shows the average smartphone buyer's annual income is lower than in previous years. In the second quarter of 2012, 33 percent of smartphone buyers had average household incomes... Read more...
Game designer Richard Browne has come out swinging in favor of the rumored antipiracy features in the next-gen PlayStation Orbis and Xbox Durango. "The real cost of used games is the damage that is being wrought on the creativity and variety of games available to the consumer," Browne writes. "The real cost of used games is the death of single player gaming." Browne's comments echo those of influential programmer and Raspberry Pi developer David Braben, who wrote last month that "pre-owned has really killed core games... It's killing single player games in particular, because they will get pre-owned,... Read more...
Netflix is about to move from playing, or streaming, the content of others to becoming a player in the content industry itself. According to a report in Deadline Hollywood, the company is on the verge of finalizing a deal for a new drama series produced by and starring Kevin Spacey called "House of Cards," for as much as $100 million. The director would be David Fincher, whom you might recognize from a certain movie called "The Social Network." The deal hasn't been finalized yet, according to the report, but Netflix has reportedly already outbid a number of rivals, including several major cable... Read more...
Between the recent eBook Reader price war that broke out, the flurry of tablets just around the corner, and the recession finally starting to let up, you would think this holiday shopping season is gearing up to be busier than ever. You'd also be wrong, according to new data by market research firm The NPD Group. The NPD Group just finished its ninth annual survey of consumers' holiday spending interests, and if you're a retailer banking on strong sales for the holidays, go ahead and stop reading now. Almost a third (30 percent) of respondents said they plan to spend less this year than last. Just... Read more...
In a recent interview, Kinect creator Kudo Tsunoda shared his thoughts on Microsoft's new gaming platform and the future of gaming in general. when asked how Kinect would be integrated into future titles he described the rise of FPS shooters for consoles, then drops this bombshell. "Halo did an awesome job of building a first-person shooter exclusively for the console, and now hardly anyone plays first person shooters on the PC anymore. It’s all about the console." This is precisely the sort of statement that normally causes PC gamers to rally round the flagpole, declare their undying devotion... Read more...
The NPD Group released a statement today that points toward surprising growth in desktop sales this past February. Historically, desktop sales have trended steadily downwards for the past ten years; notebook shipments first surpassed desktop shipments in 2008. New data suggests the pendulum has oddly swung the other way—desktop unit sales were up 30 percent in February, while desktop-derived revenue grew by 33 percent.Part of what makes the jump odd is that there doesn't seem to be a reason for it. Our first thought was that OEMs like Dell and HP could have slashed prices on their Core 2 Duo desktops... Read more...
Show of hands - who out there is drinking the Apple flavored Kool-Aid? If everyone's being honest, then look around and you'll likely see a lot of limbs flailing about, and certainly a good number more than if we would have asked this question one year ago. Why is that? According to market research firm NPD, retail sales of Mac computers in the month of February jumped 43 percent for the month.A one-time anomaly? Not likely. Similarly strong sales were also noted in January, in which the NPD group says Mac sales skyrocketed by 36 percent. Put the two months together and Apple's selling nearly 40... Read more...