Activision Publishing was all too happy to tell the world that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 raked in first sales of more than $400 million, qualifying it as the "biggest entertainment launch ever," at least in terms of sheer dollars. Now Activision wants you to know that MW3 just "shattered theatrical box office, book, and videogame sales records for five-day worldwide sell-through in dollars" with five-day sales reaching $750 million.
When the Nintendo announced that 3DS sales weren’t living up to expectations, 3D skeptics were quick pile on. The company responded by sharply cutting the price, and while I have to admit even we were skeptical, it seems to be exactly what they needed to change their fortunes. According to the NPD group, the system has sold an impressive 1.65 million units in the USA year to date, putting the handheld on track to outsell its predecessor the Nintendo DS during the same period.
Skyrim may be the big budget game on everyone’s minds today, but it isn’t the only kick-ass RPG that was released this year. We found a lot of things to like in The Witcher 2 when we reviewed it back in June, and hey, it’s even DRM free! (Unless you buy it on Steam, of course.) While other publishers would have you believe that ditching digital protection is akin to asking for pirates to pillage games, CD Projekt has announced that The Witcher 2 has sold over a quarter million digital copies.
Ultrabooks may be the thin, attractive and powerful MacBook Air alternatives Intel and its manufacturer buddies hoped they would be, but as comparable as they are to Apple’s ultraportable laptop, they haven’t exactly been flying off the shelves. As we reported on Halloween, Acer and Asus are both reporting Ultrabook sales well under initial expectations. But wait! Don’t write off the Ultrabook just yet – one analytical firm thinks Ultrabooks will account for nearly half of all laptop sales by 2015.
Just how big could the $200 Kindle Fire be when it launches next month? Pretty friggin’ big. Not “Bigger than the iPad” big – at least not yet – but some sales forecasts and thought-provoking, yet unofficial calculations by an Android developer show that the Fire and its custom Android 2.3 interface could own a bigger slice of the market pie than all Android Honeycomb tablets combined before the end of the year.
For as long as PCs have been around, Americans have been the ones buying them. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the old Stars n’ Stripes dominated the PC salescape when you remember that the field was pioneered by US-based companies like Apple and IBM. Now, that streak has come to an end; a new report says that China surpassed the US in both PC shipments and sales in the second quarter of 2011.
Acer rode the netbook wave to coast past Dell in the global PC market in 2009, but its stay at the number two spot was brief as Dell came back in the second quarter of 2010 to retake that position. If one fad led to Acer’s sudden rise in 2009, another triggered its slide past Dell in 2010.
According market research firm iSuppli, Acer continues to slide in face of some stiff competition for its consumer-focused computer products from iPad and other media tablets, affording second-placed Dell an increasingly stronger sense of comfort. Hit the jump for Q4 2010 PC shipment numbers from iSuppli.
The Business Insider chart of the day today paints a grim picture for the music industry. After reaching unparalleled heights in terms of sales in the early 2000s, the slide came on fast with the increase in other forms of digital entertainment and (of course) some piracy. Digital downloads? Not pulling their weight.
According to market research firm Canalys, smartphones had a really big year in 2010. In the last quarter of the year, smartphone shipments increased to 101.2 million units. That's double what they were previously. A big part of this success comes from Google's Android platform. Overall, Android phone sales went up 615% year over year. In Q4 2009, Android only held 8.7% of total sales. Now it's sitting on top with a 32.9% share.
That's not to say the Google rival Apple had it rough. The iPhone 4 was the single most popular handset, and Apple itself managed to best RIM with a 16% share. Nokia's numbers are also of note. The maker of N and E series smartphones has traditionally held the top sop in total shipped units. But now Google has taken that spot.
It seems like a lock that smartphone sales will continue to rise. While not everyone needs them, cheaper smartphones will continue luring new users this year. Do you think Android will contionue its rise, or will Apple short circuit those plans?
Amazon's third-generation Kindle proved to be the catalyst pushing the e-tailer to its first $10 billion quarter ($12.95 billion, to be exact) in Q4, while noting that sales were up a healthy 36 percent, the company announced on Thursday.
"Thanks to our customers, we achieved two big milestones," said Jeff Bezos, found and CEO of Amazon.com. "We had our first $10 billion quarter, and after selling millions of third-generation Kindles with the new Pearl e-ink display during the quarter, Kindle books have now overtaken paperback books as the most popular format on Amazon.com."
Overall it was a killer year for Amazon, which reported a net sales increase of 40 percent to $34.20 billion, compared with $24.51 billion in 2009. The Kindle platform is the big reason why, and the U.S. Kindle Store now has more than 810,000 books to choose from. Over 670,000 of them are $10 or less, Amazon says.