Following today's NPD reports for May 2011
, Sony announced that U.S. PlayStation 3 hardware sales have increased 14 percent year-over-year, and that the platform has now seen its fourth consecutive month of sales growth.
"We are pleased to see that according to the May NPD report, PlayStation 3 hardware sales increased 14% year-over-year," said Patrick Seybold, Sony Computer Entertainment America's director of corporate communications.
According to last year's NPD data
, Sony's PlayStation 3 sold 154,500 units in May 2010 -- factoring in Sony's reported 14 percent increase year-over-year, the platform sold approximately 176,130 units in May 2011.
Seybold also pointed out that as of May 2011, the PlayStation 3 has seen its "fourth consecutive month of double-digit growth."
At Sony's E3 press conference last week, the company reported that hardware sales increased
following the re-launch of the PlayStation Network.
Also reacting to today's NPD report, Microsoft reported strong hardware sales for its Xbox 360
, and claims that the platform is poised to see the "biggest year in its history."