Xbox 360 Retained Lead in U.S. Console Sales Leading into New Era of Gaming
Total retail spend on the Xbox 360 platform in October (hardware, software, and accessories) reached $283 million, the most for any console in the U.S. That's not a bad way to end things as Microsoft looks ahead to its Xbox One launch next Friday.
As for the industry as a whole, sales for new hardware and software at retail in October topped $791.1 million, up 5 percent from 2012, though still not really close to the $1.08 billion figured posted last September. New game sales bumped up 12 percent to $482.5 million, helping to offset the decline in hardware sales as gamers save up for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
"This is the third month in a row where overall video game retail sales increased," NPD analyst Liam Callahan said in a statement. "Up 5 percent over October 2012 due to 10 percent software growth combined with a modest 1 percent growth of accessories, while portable hardware sales minimized decreases in overall video game hardware sales."
Not surprisingly, Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto V was the best selling game in October, followed by Pokemon X, Pokemon Y, Battlefield 4, Batman: Arkham Origins, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, NBA 2K14, Skylanders: Swap Force, Lego Marvel Super Heroes, and WWE 2K14.