The overall worldwide tally may still favor Sony, but Microsoft can take solace that on home territory it held the competition at bay.
Analysts at the NPD Group say Microsoft's flagship Windows 8 operating system is off to a "slow start."
The economic climate may be anything but optimistic, yet digital game sales managed to clock in at a cool 17% higher in Q2 2012 compared to the same quarter in 2011.
Sales of new video game hardware and titles slowed in March 2012, plummeting 25% from the same month last year.
Although Apple's wildly popular iPad currently dominates the tablet market, non-iOS devices managed to eke out approximately $415 million in revenue this year.
Android continued its triumphant march forward during the third quarter of 2010 by capturing an impressive 44 percent of US consumer smartphone sales.
The video game industry continues to be hit hard by the worsening recession, with US sales dropping more than a hefty 10% to $1.6 billion.
A weak lineup of new titles meant US video game hardware, software and accessories fell six percent in June to $1.1 billion, according to the NPD Group.
The NPD Group has characterized initial sales of Microsoft Office 2010 as "disappointing."
A survey from the NPD Group says that millions of Apple users would be willing to pay for cloud-based music services on the iTunes platform.
Is that an Android-powered smartphone in your pocket? No? Well then, what are you waiting for? Join the friggin' club!
Video game sales plummeted by more than a quarter in April, one of the industry's worst declines ever.
Apple has disputed the accuracy of recent data published by the NPD Group which showed Android-based devices outselling the iPhone in the United States.
Google's Android has trounced Apple's iPhone OS by capturing the coveted number-two position among smartphone operating systems.
Is Apple’s slick and unstoppable iPad slowly killing off netbook sales? Well, Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty seems to think so.