Microsoft has just announced that their Xbox 360 console has once again topped the sales charts, keeping its position as the most popular console in the United States for over 28 straight months. The gaming giant has reportedly sold 130,000 units in April 2013 alone–a trend that may change with the advent of next-gen consoles.
Microsoft's current generation Xbox 360 console has once again topped the sales charts in the United States, becoming the best-selling console for April 2013 and marking the console's 28th straight month on the top of the market.
The figures drawn up by the NPD Group show that Microsoft sold 130,000 units in the U.S. in the month of April. These numbers may seem impressive enough–especially with the new Xbox 720 reveal right around the corner–yet the figures are still below those set forth by April 2012's sales which rose to 236,000 sales.
This year marks the seventh year that the Xbox 360 has been on the market, and despite the console's domination of the charts, the lower sales numbers may be attributed to the fact that consumers are preparing for the release of the new next-gen consoles that are believed to hit the market during the holiday season.
There have also been additional reports that the gaming industry as a whole took a nose dive in sales in the U.S. for the month of April, generating a total of $495.2 million–a figure that is down by a considerable 25% from the same period last year.
The best-selling console titles of April 2013 include such fan favorites as Nether Realm's DC superhero fighter Injustice: Gods Among Us–which topped the charts as the highest grossing release of April–with Dead Island: Riptide, BioShock: Infinite, Call of Duty: Black Ops II and Defiance trailing behind.
It will be interesting to see how Microsoft's upcoming reveal of the highly anticipated next-gen Xbox 720 this Tuesday will change these figures–yet it appears that gamers may be less interested in the software giant's current system once its next-gen iteration has been showcased.