More evidence is emerging why there really is no need for Microsoft and Sony to worry about releasing any new console hardware in the near future. We have already reported on sales of the PS3, but Microsoft and the Xbox 360 are still leading the way.
Microsoft managed to dominate the industry during last year, and the Xbox accounted for almost half of all spending on physical sales. Around $6.7 billion was spent on the Xbox last year, and according to AllThingsD was forty percent of consumer retail spending.
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Data released by NPD shows that $4.6 billion was spent on games, while $2.1 billion was spent on new consoles. In total there was $17.02 billion spent on gaming during 2011, which is an eight percent drop compared to the year before. This mirrors the situation in the UK that also saw a slide in revenue compared to 2010.
It is pretty impressive if you consider that out of that $17.02 billion Microsoft got forty percent of that. The figures don’t take into account sales from digital downloads, or from used games or rentals. Results for the whole year were surprisingly brought down by a disappointing December, which accounted for only 23 percent of the annual total. This compares to the last ten years where the December average accounted for 28 percent.
Rival PlayStation 3 also continues to do well with a five percent increase across all game categories for the year, while unsurprisingly the Nintendo Wii saw a drop ahead of the release of a new model this year. Microsoft themselves have claimed that it outsold the PS3 by 2.7 million units, with a total of 66 million Xboxes now been sold.
It won’t come as any surprise but MW3 was the biggest selling game in December followed by Just Dance 3 and Skyrim. Mario Kart 7 was at number four just ahead of Battlefield 3. Are you Surprised that Microsoft account for so much of the revenue?