NPD: Xbox 360 Takes Online-Capable Game Sales Crown

The NPD group released new information today regarding the figures for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii consoles – based on their sales of online-capable games and retail cards for digital currency.

With Microsoft and the Xbox 360 leading the charge in almost every category, it looks like gamers have started seeing green.Currently, there haven’t been any actual sales figures released but the attached graph (shown above) has the Xbox 360 selling approximately twice as many online-capable games as the PS3, and seven times as many as the Wii during 2010. The data also shows that regardless of the split, there’s been a drastic increase in online-capable games between 2006-2008. Unfortunately, the study didn’t show how often players took advantage of the feature.

Interestingly, the study also looked into the sale of digital point cards used to put MSP on an Xbox Live account – or credit on the PSN. According to the data, the Xbox 360 sold four times as many cards as the PS3 and Wii. However, the study doesn’t take into account any points purchased online or through the actual consoles.

Online NPD Sales Graph

One final piece of data that the NPD has started keeping track of is the amount of software that is compatible with 3D stereoscopic displays. With games like Killzone 3 and Call of Duty: Black Ops released roughly around the same time in November, 3D sales earned nearly 25% of the market – only to level out to around April at around 10% (and holding steady).

It’s interesting to see the growth within the Xbox 360 camp – especially after the PSN outage. It’s possible that the offline month could result in an even wider gap – come the end of the year. As for Nintendo, they have stayed neutral in their online growth and unless they can drastically improve their online presence for the Wii U, it may be too little, too late.

Source: Gamasutra

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