Despite mounting job losses and under-water mortgages, Americans kept buying video games last month. Total spending on the category was $1.47 billion in February, up 10 percent from a year earlier, according to data from NPD Group this afternoon.More
After three straight months of declining video game console sales, Sony is hoping to start 2009 with a bang as one of the most-anticipated titles for the PlayStation 3 hits stores Feb. 27. With “Killzone 2,” the company hopes to showcase the power of its game console and take some momentum away from Microsoft’s Xbox 360.More
Microsoft has closed the books on what it’s calling the biggest sales year in the history of its game console business. The company has sold 28 million Xbox 360 consoles globally and now counts more than 17 million members to its Xbox Live service, which has become a highlight of the business.More
The Wall Street Journal’s report today on the woes in Sony’s gaming business is likely bringing smiles to faces in Redmond, where rivals Microsoft and Nintendo of America are based.More
Microsoft’s blockbuster first-party title for the holidays, “Gears of War 2,” was the best-selling game last month, helping the company’s Xbox 360 business turn in its best November yet. Microsoft moved 836,000 consoles in the U.S. compared with Sony, which sold 378,000 PlayStation 3s. But the big winner, according to NPD Group data released this afternoon, was Nintendo and its 2.04 million Wiis sold.More
A hardware industry news and reviews site reported today that Microsoft is readying an external Blu-ray disc player for the Xbox 360. X-bit Laboratories, citing unnamed “market sources,” reported that “Toshiba-Samsung Storage Technology Corp., a joint venture between Samsung Electronics and Toshiba Corp., has been contracted to manufacture external Blu-ray disc drives for Microsoft Xbox 360 game console.”
(Update, 8:53 p.m.: A Microsoft statement shuts the door on this pretty hard. “As we’ve said before, Microsoft has no plans to introduce an Xbox 360 Blu-ray add-on.”)More
The best-selling video game in August, according to The NPD Group, was Madden NFL ’09. Nearly 2.2 million units were sold in the U.S. After reading a great essay on the game’s namesake, John Madden, I’m wondering how many were purchased by aspiring (or actual) NFL defensive coordinators.More
Microsoft is co-producing a series of digital short films for distribution over the Xbox Live in another sign that online gaming networks are becoming more like all-in-one digital content distribution channels. Meanwhile, Sony is eyeing its own exclusive video offerings for distribution over the PlayStation Network, possibly in partnership with the company’s formidable movie and television studios.
Updated, 4:03 p.m.: New comments from Microsoft after the jump.More
NPD Group just released data confirming what Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime predicted in February. His company’s Wii console sold 666,700 units in the U.S. in June, bringing its total install base to 10.9 million, taking the lead from Microsoft’s Xbox 360.More
LOS ANGELES — Sony’s press conference, hot on the heels of Nintendo’s and a long, smoggy cab ride away, is rolling.
Jack Tretton, top dog at Sony in the U.S., started with some history. Fifteen years ago this week, executives at Sony gave the green light to the original PlayStation. The company was ahead of the technology curve then, introducing gamers to CDs, Tretton said. It’s successor, PlayStation 2, was built with a 10-year plan in mind, and has now sold some 140 million units.More