U.S. video game sales rose 8 percent in 2004, despite a drop in sales in December due to widespread hardware shortages, analysts said on Friday.
Sales fell 1 percent in December, analysts said, citing research from the NPD Group, because of a widespread lack of PlayStation 2 and Xbox game consoles.
Sony Corp. has said demand for the PS2 exceeded its supply, while the analysts blamed the Xbox shortages on increased sales stemming from the lack of PS2s.
The Xbox outsold the PS2 slightly in the month, analysts said, but both consoles sold fewer units than they did in December 2003. ...more at Reuters