Gamesutra writes: "[Throughout this week, ex-simExchange analyst Jesse Divnich is presenting exclusive Gamasutra analysis of March's hardware and software trends, using data from The simExchange, NPD, IGN GamerMetrics and GameTrailers. In this installment, Divnich looks at the month's hardware sales, and wonders if the market has matured to the point where it can sustain multiple AAA first person shooters without cannibalizing respective sales.]
The industry surprised us - again - with another month of record-breaking sales, beating most analysts' projections by a large margin. On the hardware side, unit expectations were mostly in-line - and although the Xbox 360 finally outsold the PlayStation 3 (after a 2 month losing streak), it is far from a victory.
In fact, given for the smallest of margin of error, neither Sony or Microsoft can claim victory over the other in the U.S."