May NPD: PS3 shifts 131k

Sony’s PlayStation 3 sold through 131,000 units in the U.S. last month according to the latest NPD hardware figures, with both PSP and PlayStation 2 shifting north of 100,000 units each during the same period.

Xbox 360 stole the high definition crown for the month, selling 175,000 consoles, while the Wii trumped both Sony and Microsoft’s efforts, shifting 289,500 units of hardware.

Despite this, May proved a decidedly gloomy month for the big three, with hardware sales down a whopping 30 percent year-on-year, while software revenue dropped by 17 percent. Speaking of the slump, NPD analyst Anita Fraser commented:

“The video games industry continues to struggle with difficult comparisons to last year, and this is the first month that industry sales have dipped below $1 billion since August 2007.”

“May is typically one of the lowest revenue-generating months in any given year for the industry in general.”

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