February NPD: PS4 Squeaks Past Xbox One, Industry Soars
The PlayStation 4 eked out another victory in the US, but February was a great month for the industry in general.
According to the NPD sales results, Sony's new console "led hardware sales in February 2014, but by a narrow margin with Xbox One selling over 90 percent of what the PS4 sold in terms of unit sales." And because Microsoft's console costs $100 more, it led hardware sales purely on a dollar basis.
Overall, sales of game hardware in the US hit $347 million for the month, which is a whopping 42 percent better than the same period last year. At the same time, software sales dropped 9 percent to $318 million, while accessories rose slightly to $221 million, up 3 percent. As for the next-gen consoles, they're definitely driving the industry forward:
"Within console hardware, we continue to see strong year-over-year increases due to the success of the Xbox One and PS4. The majority of hardware platforms experienced double-to-triple digit increases compared to January 2014."
Even though software sales fell overall, the NPD reports that game sales for the PS4 and Xbox One were up 80 percent when compared with the first four-month sales for the PS3 and Xbox 360. As for the top 10 games for the month, here they are:
- Call Of Duty: Ghosts (Activision Blizzard)
- The LEGO Movie Videogame (Warner Bros. Interactive)
- NBA 2K14 (Take 2 Interactive)
- Thief (Square Enix)
- Grand Theft Auto V (Take 2 Interactive)
- Battlefield 4 (EA)
- Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (Ubisfot)
- Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII (Square Enix)
- Minecraft (360--Microsoft)
- Bravely Default (Nintendo)
3/13/2014 9:49:36 PM Ben Dutka