Microsoft has released some sales figures based on the NPD Group Stats.
Xbox sales increased 6 percent from this same period last year, while Sony’s PlayStation 2 dropped 36 percent and Nintendo’s GameCube fell 22 percent. The Xbox holds 27% of the U.S. market and Microsoft claims it will increase that number over the holiday season.
August sales of Xbox software grew faster than on both PlayStation 2 and GameCube, up 58 percent for this same period last year.
Pulling in two of the top four best-selling titles and four of the top 10 in August, the Xbox cumulative attach rate increased to 5.8, the highest on record for any next-generation console after 22 months on the market.
Xbox Live, the premier online gaming service, saw a 17 percent leap in sales of Xbox Live Starter Kit in August.
In the coming weeks, eight more countries will launch the Xbox Live service. They are Korea, Austria, Australia, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Norway and Switzerland. By the holiday season, more than 50 action-packed Xbox games will be Xbox Live-enabled, more online games than any competing console claims.