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NPD: Xbox 360 leads console sales for January

updated 12:15 am EST, Fri February 18, 2011

Platform showed 14% gain over last year

Microsoft's Xbox 360 has reportedly achieved top honors among console sales in January, beating its rivals with 381,000 units, according to numbers collected by research firm NPD. The platform is also said to represent the only system to show a positive gain over last year's numbers, while also achieving the top spot for total retail spending.

The latest numbers follow strong holiday sales, which reportedly surpassed 1.9 million units in December for a record month. The surge was partially explained by the Kinect sensor, which has been credited with helping to attract new customers. The add-on also helped fuel accessory sales, which were up by six percent while overall console revenue and software sales slid by eight percent and five percent, respectively.

Microsoft recently boasted of eight million Kinect sales in 60 days, performing beyond the company's internal expectations and causing supply shortages that are not expected to be fully resolved until March.

by MacNN Staff



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