SCEA Reveals December NPD Highlights for PlayStation

January 14, 2010 Written by Anthony Severino

SCEA have just released an NPD preview of PlayStation related products including hardware and software for both the PS3 and PSP. For full NPD results, click here.

Check out the preview after the jump…

SCEA Statement:
“It’s no surprise we’ve seen PS3 units sold every month nearly double since October. We knew 2009 would be a turning point for the platform due to the new price and a content line up that is fueling unprecedented consumer and industry interest with games like UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves. The consumer response has simply been overwhelming and we anticipate the high demand for PS3 to continue into the coming months as we work closely with retail to meet the demand. The best part of PS3’s story today is that 2010 will offer entirely new gaming experiences to consumers as we launch MAG, God of War III, 3D gaming, and the new motion controller this year. It’s never been a better time to be a PS3 owner.”

— Patrick Seybold, Sr. Director of Corporate Communications at SCEA

PlayStation Brand Revenue
The PlayStation brand generated more than $5.1 billion in revenue in the US for 2009, a 26% share of the total video game industry revenue for 2009

Hardware
PS3 sold 1.35 million hardware units in December 2009 in the US, which represents an 87% increase when compared to December 2008
PS3 hardware was the only home console to see double digit growth of 22% for the calendar year of 2009 (4.3 million total) when compared to the calendar year of 2008 (3.5 million total)
December 2009 marks the single highest selling month for PS3 hardware and software in the US.
PSP hardware also saw an increase of more than 122% from November to December 2009, making it a popular holiday gift item

Software
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 for PS3 was ranked in the top five software skus for December 2009
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 topped PS3 software for the calendar year of 2009 with a total of 2.8 million units sold to date, followed by Madden NFL 10 and Assassin’s Creed II for PS3
UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves has surpassed 1 million units in North America* with more than 950k units reported by NPD in the U.S. since launch

PlayStation Network
December 2009 also marked PlayStation Network’s single highest revenue month, jumping 155% from December 2008 in North America *
The highest activity for the month of December on PlayStation Network was Christmas Day
PS one classic game FINAL FANTASY VIII took top honors as the most downloaded “game” of December, followed by the PlayStation Network exclusive PixelJunk Shooter *
We also saw incremental sales driven by great add-on content such as the Call of Duty: World at War Map Packs, which took the top 3 paid downloads for the calendar year of 2009 *

2009 Top Ten Paid Downloads on PlayStation Network

  1. Call of Duty: World at War Map Pack 1
  2. Call of Duty: World at War Map Pack 2
  3. Call of Duty: World at War Map Pack 3
  4. FIFA 09 Gold Pack
  5. Final Fantasy VII (PS3/PSP)
  6. Battlefield 1943
  7. Fat Princess
  8. MARVEL VS CAPCOM 2
  9. Flower
  10. Mortal Kombat II

(* Based SCEA internal data)