updated 04:10 pm EST, Fri November 13, 2009
October sales number show Wii back on top
While Sony's PS3 has outsold Microsoft's Xbox 360 in October after the introduction of the lower-priced $300 slim PS3, Nintendo's Wii is back to the top of the sales charts, according to data collected by NPD. Still, the market is being saturated, as the Wii's sales in October of 2008 were nearly 300,000 units stronger. These numbers also came during an overall software sales slump, which fell 18 percent from the same period last year.
Sony PS3 sales were about 186,000 units lower than Nintendo's Wii console, with the Xbox 360 lagging nearly another 71,000. Microsoft did contribute the most sales when it came to combined sales of hardware, software and peripherals, but only just, edging out the PS3's combined sales at 27 percent to 26.
Sony's PlayStation was the only system to realize a year-over-year sales increase, jumping 18 percent from 190k in October 2008 to 321k last month. The Xbox 360 and Wii decreased most, dropping 33 percent and 37 percent respectively.
Holiday season sales are expected to be strong, with both Microsoft and Sony offering systems bundled with games in order to outdo each other. Best Buy will offer a two-game PS3 bundle as well as a six-game Xbox 360 bundle next week for Black Friday. [via Yahoo]