Just days before we get our first look at the next-generation Xbox, Microsoft’s Xbox 360 continues to dominate the U.S. video game industry.
The latest numbers from NPD market research firm are out and the Xbox 360 was the top-selling console in April, marking the 28th straight month atop the U.S. console market.
Microsoft sold 130,000 Xbox 360′s last month — down 50 percent from last month — and also led all consoles in total retail spend (hardware, software and accessories) at $208 million. The Xbox 360 also had six of the top 10 console game titles for March, though Gears of War was the sole Xbox-only game on the list.
The news wasn’t so great for the industry as a whole, as gamers spent $495.2 million on hardware, software and accessories last month. That’s 25 percent less than the same time a year ago. It is important to note that NPD does not account for digital sales.
Console sales took the biggest hit at $109.5 million — 42 percent less than last year. Those numbers should go up later this year, though, as Microsoft and Sony are set to release new machines.
Microsoft rival Sony announced its first details of the PlayStation 4 in February.
There’s a little more than a week to go until Microsoft unveils the next generation of the Xbox at a special event May 21 on the the company’s Redmond campus. GeekWire will be there to cover it all.
Here were the top-10 selling games in April:
- Injustice: Gods Among Us (360, PS3, NWU)
- Dead Island: Riptide (360, PS3, PC)
- Bioshock Infinite (360, PS3, PC)
- Call of Duty: Black Ops II (360, PS3, PC, NWU)
- Defiance (360, PS3, PC)
- Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon (3DS)
- NBA 2K13 (360, PS3, WII, NWU, PSP, PC)
- Skylanders Giants (WII, 360, PS3, 3DS, NWU)
- Lego City Undercover: The Chase Begins (3DS)
- MLB 13: The Show (PS3, Vita)
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