According to research firm NPD Group, the U.S. video game industry is not getting better as far as sales are concerned.
Some figures as revealed by CNET:
Total video game industry sales in the country, which includes hardware, software, and accessories, fell 10 percent to $995 million, compared to June 2010. Software sales fell steepest–12 percent–to $469.5 million. Sales of accessories dived 11 percent to $158.9 million, while hardware sales slid 9 percent to $366.6 million.
Another report published in May showed that total U.S. game industry sales dropped 14 percent to $743.1 million, the worst month in nearly five years.
Xbox 360 still tops the sales chart Microsoft says with around 507,000 Xbox 360s sold last month. The company also bragged about Xbox 360 being the only console to reach year-over-year an increase in sales in June.
Nintendo published some figures of their own – compared to Xbox 360, its Wii console sold 273,000 units. However, the game producer also sold 386,000 units of its Nintendo DS family of systems and, as CNET reports, the company said “those numbers represent double-digit growth from May for each product line. It also noted that the Wii has now sold more than 36 million units.”
Compared to its rivals, Sony made no public announcements concerning the sales of its various consoles and portable game devices. Company spokesman Patrick Seybold only made reference to software sales, including inFAMOUS 2, which Sony made exclusively for its PlayStation 3.
“According to the latest NPD report, PlayStation continues to see growth in software with a strong demand for exclusive PlayStation 3 franchise titles.”
Take 2 Interactive’s L.A. Noire and Duke Nukem Forever were the two best-selling games last month.