Microsoft's revision of the Xbox 360 brought results in July when the console topped the US video game sales ranking for the first time in three years, according to figures from NPD Group. The Xbox 360 sold 443,500 units during the month, which is more than double the number sold in the same period a year earlier.
The revised Xbox 360 takes advantage of advances in chip and component technology and is slimmer than the original model. It includes several other upgrades, such as faster WiFi and more USB ports.
The Xbox 360 was well ahead of Nintendo's Wii, which sold 253,900 units, and the PlayStation 3, which at 214,500 units sold less than half as well as the Microsoft console. In the handheld gaming space, the Nintendo DS continued to sell well at 398,400 units. The only other competitor, Sony's PlayStation Portable, was well behind at 84,000 units, NPD said.
Electronic Arts' "NCAA Football 11" was the best-selling game of the month. The Xbox 360 version took the number one ranking with sales of 368,000 units, and the PlayStation 3 version was the second-best-selling game of the month at 298,800 units.
Overall, the industry recorded another month of contraction.
"The US video games industry declined for the fifth consecutive month, bringing year-to-date sales to $8.16 billion, down 14 percent from the same time period last year," said Anita Frazier, an analyst with NPD, in a statement. "In order for the industry to come in flat or slightly up for the total year, the back five months of the year have to come in 11 percent (or more) higher than the last five months of last year."
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