August video game hardware sales were, like most of 2009, down from the previous year. But at least PlayStation 3 sales were up considerably from the month prior, selling almost twice the amount thanks to a mid-month price drop.
According to the NPD Group, Sony sold 210,000 PlayStation 3s in the US last month. With a $US100 drop taking effect at some retailers as early as August 18, that likely translates to a price conscious boost in sales.
While the Nintendo DS saw a month-to-month drop, the Wii got a rise. The PSP and Xbox 360 also saw minor boosts from July's figures.
- Nintendo DS - 552,900
- Wii - 277,400
- Xbox 360 - 215,400
- PlayStation 3 - 210,000
- PSP - 140,300
- PlayStation 2 - 105,900
Total hardware spend for August was $US297.60 million, according to the NPD Group. That's down from $US395.34 million from August 2008.