Tretton comments on April’s NPD figures

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.”