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Xbox 360 topped US sales in January - analysts

Predictions roll in ahead of official NPD data release

Games industry analysts have weighed in with US sales predictions for the month of January ahead of the NPD Group's release of official market data this Thursday.

Both Wedbush's Michael Pachter and EEDAR expect Xbox 360 to top the monthly rankings with 380,000 units sold.

DS is forecast to be 360's closest rival with up to 360,000 units sold, followed by Wii and PS3.

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Monthly software sales are expected to be led by new releases Dead Space 2 and LittleBigPlanet 2, with continued solid performances from Call of Duty: Black Ops, Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood and Just Dance 2.

Wedbush / EEDAR January sales estimates (change year-on-year):
360 - 380,000 (14%) / 380,000 (14%)
DS - 350,000 (-17%) / 360,000 (-15%)
Wii - 320,000 (-31%) / 340,000 (-27%)
PS3 - 240,000 (-13%) / 250,000 (-10%)
PSP - 80,000 (-20%) / 85,000 (-15%)
PS2 - 50,000 (23%) / NA
Total - 1, 420,000 (-13%) / 1, 415,000 (-14%)

Pachter said: "With the exception of Xbox 360, we expect hardware sales over the next few months to decline as we continue to lap the price cuts from 2009.

"In 2009, the PS3 Slim was introduced in August at $299, cutting the price from the old PS3 at $399; the Xbox 360 Elite price was cut in August to $299 from $399; and the Wii price was cut in September to $199 from $249. Without further price cuts, we expect hardware sales to be down in 2011."

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