The numbers are in for video game hardware sales throughout August. As with the still-lingering recession cloud, sales were still down as compared to the same month last year.
Sony, however, has something to smile about, as it was able to move many more PlayStation 3 consoles as it did from July, largely thanks to a mid-month price drop of $100. In July, 121,800 PS3s were sold. In August, Sony sold 210,000 units--and keep in mind that the price cut happened during the latter half of the month.
With the new, perhaps more attractive PS3 Slim still at $299 on shelves for September, Sony will likely continue to ride the wave of better sales.
Not to be outdone, the Xbox 360 Elite got its own $100 price cut too, now giving gamers more for the same $299 that the previous Pro 60 GB had (which fell to $249 while supplies last).
Of course, like every other month, the Nintendo DS and Wii reign supreme without any moves in price.
The full sales numbers from NPD, which calculates its stats from retail point of sales, is below:
- DS - 552,900
- Wii - 277,400
- Xbox 360 - 215,400
- PlayStation 3 - 210,000
- PSP - 140,300
- PlayStation 2 - 105,900