January was a slow month overall for videogame hardware and software, with combined sales (including accessories) dropping from $1.14 billion in January 2011 to 750.6 million, a 34 percent year-over-year slide, according to data released by market research firm NPD Group. Be that as it may, Microsoft's Xbox 360 console maintained its lead in the U.S. console market for its 13th straight month.
Microsoft was quick to point out some positive highlights from NPD Group's data, such as the Xbox 360 holding a 49 percent share of current generation console sales. The Redmond outfit sold more than 270,000 Xbox 360 consoles in January, which held five of the top 10 U.S. console game titles for the month, including:
According to NPD Group, software sales totaled $355.9 million and hardware accounted for $199.5 million in sales, both of which are down 38 percent year-on-year. Accessory sales dropped 18 percent year-over-year to $195.2 million.