PlayStation games may have led the Christmas sales charge, but PC titles are back in the black following a slow January in the interactive games market.
Market analyst Inform reports shipments fell 62 per cent on December figures, despite price discounts from the January sales. PC games performed better than their console counterparts, falling by 53 per cent compared to 67 per cent, according to Inform's latest research -- with budget software proving the biggest sellers. Acclaim's Forsaken title took out third place in games sales, selling for only $2.33 a copy.
However, despite the poor overall showing in console games sales, the platform remains relatively strong. The most surprising performance was that of the Dreamcast console. Sega may have decided to cease production of the hardware to concentrate on developing games, but the console managed to outsell the N64 and almost bypass Sony's PlayStation 2. Sales in game titles for the console fell only 5 per cent in January.
Nintendo is still reaping the benefits of its Pokemon franchise, with the Gold and Silver both selling more than 10,000 copies in January. These two games accounted for 5 per cent of all games sold in Australia last year, and have held the top two positions in the games market since October, according to Inform.
Nintendo therefore leads the game distribution list with 27 per cent market share. Sony Computer Entertainment comes in second with 18 per cent, followed by Infogrames and EA, which both gained distribution ground in January.