Tretton comments on April's NPD figures
- Posted May 16th, 2008 at 07:00 EDT by Mike Harradence
- 15 Comments
Jack Tretton, CEO and President of Sony Computer Entertainment America, has said that the company’s PlayStation 3 console is on track for a “breakthrough year” following news that PS3 software sales topped the two million mark last month.
Tretton’s comments come following the NPD Group’s figures for April 2008, which showcased a year-on-year increase in PS3 software sales by staggering 410 per cent.
“Clearly, the tremendous legacy of Grand Theft Auto on PlayStation, combined with the blockbuster launch of Gran Turismo 5 Prologue packed a one-two punch with consumers at retail this month,” he said.
“The proof is in the numbers and, in April, PlayStation 3 hardware sales experienced a 127 percent increase over April of last year.”
PS3 sold 187,100 units of hardware, only slightly edged out by the Xbox 360, which shifted 188,000 units during the same period. Nintendo’s Wii remained top of the pack with a lead of 714,200 consoles sold.
Despite this, Tretton expressed his confidence that the“PS3 remains on pace for a breakthrough year,” with its success “fueled by enthusiasm for Blu-ray as the definitive high def standard and the growing number of consumers gearing up for some of the most anticipated titles of the year, exclusively for PS3.”
- 2:10am EDT - May 16th, 2008
all good stuff but we all really new it was just a matter of time before the PS took the reins and really started to push for dominance.
- 2:21am EDT - May 16th, 2008
the fact they edged out the 360 so fast fast means by the end of the year the Wii is what's gonna give the PS3 any problem. The 360 will fade into the background like Xbox orignally did, it's sales are already pointing towards that
- 3:15am EDT - May 16th, 2008
Wait, there was a shortage of 360's. That spread of 900 consoles is a fluke.
And the Wii is just crazy.
- 4:09am EDT - May 16th, 2008
i wish sony for once could focus on games, then worry about selling more units then there rivals
- 4:21am EDT - May 16th, 2008
@Staticneuron - the only reason there is a shortage of 360s is because M$ is too busy repairing all of their failed units, LOL.
- 4:33am EDT - May 16th, 2008
I can only assume that US buyers feel that they're fulfiling some kind of patriotic duty by 'buying American'. Can't think of any other reason to keep buying 360's! ;-p
C'mon America, the rest of the world is 2 steps ahead of you!
- 5:39am EDT - May 16th, 2008
Because titles, like motorstorm, ratchet and clank, uncharted and the multitudes of other titles that came out for the PS3 is not good enough. Sony is a large company, they have several divisions working on games at the same time the have divisions worring about the firmware, apps, home, dev kits, sales, online play, publishing rights. In addition to that they manufacture tv's radios, cpu's, handheld music players, camera's. The also have a movie studio, cell phone design a lending.......
You know what, I don't have the patience to continue listing what they do. I just wish people would quit making idiotic comments about what a large business should and shouldn't be doing.
- 7:57am EDT - May 16th, 2008
shortages of 360s... do any of you really buy that one. How can they have a shortage after more than 2 years of having launched???
Sure M$, shortage, gotcha ;o)
- 9:09am EDT - May 16th, 2008
MS themselves said that the shortages issue would be taken care of of before April so no, it has nothing to do with Shortages anymore. If it in fact ever did.
- 10:53am EDT - May 16th, 2008
I'm sure that soon enough the Wii sales will stop dead.
Because everyone will have one!!
- 11:19am EDT - May 16th, 2008
LOL, remember guys the Wii has been slowing down looking at the Wii sales, I gotta laugh!
- 1:21pm EDT - May 16th, 2008
PS3 sales wasn't huge considering that GTAIV is out, I expected double that. OK so GTAIV came out right at the end of April but you'd think many people would've bought PS3's in April for preparation of GTAIV
- 7:45pm EDT - May 17th, 2008
i have faith that the ps3 will take 1st i mean its really only a matter of time before it takes 360 and as for wii i think people are starting to realize that there isnt much beyond zelda metroid and mario except overpriced shovelware im not bashing the wii its fact go look at store shelves
on another note im with you staticneuron! people just need to open their eyes ive been saying it for years
- 9:12pm EDT - May 17th, 2008
I really wish that we could get some world wide numbers here! so what the x-box won my 900 consoles in NA but lets see what the world wide numbers are and see how much the 360 got destroyed! im talkin everywhere! Asia Europe NA SA Aus! everywhere!!
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