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May NPD: Hardware And Software Enjoy Spiking Sales

The PlayStation 4 continues its run in the US, but will May be the last month Sony's console sits atop the hardware charts...?

According to the NPD results for last month, the PS4 led the hardware charge for the fifth straight month in the US. It was a solid month for all gaming hardware in fact, as combined sales of consoles and portables hit $187 million, up 95 percent from the $96 million tallied in May of 2013.

It's also important to note that the surge wasn't entirely due to the PS4 and Xbox One. NPD analyst Liam Callahan said there was growth for the Wii U and Vita, and Nintendo has announced that the 3DS was the second-best selling system during the month. As for software, it was pretty ridiculous:

"May 2014 launches sold 800 percent more in dollar sales than May 2013 launches did their respective launch months."

In terms of total software sales, May saw $274 million, well up from the $175 million brought in during May 2013. Unsurprisingly, the popular Watch Dogs topped the list, while Mario Kart 8 was the runner-up:

  • Watch Dogs (PS4, XBO, 360, PS3, PC) Ubisoft
  • Mario Kart 8 (NWU) Nintendo
  • MLB 14: The Show (PS4, PS3, PSV) Sony
  • Wolfenstein: The New Order (PS4, XBO, 360, PS3, PC) Bethesda Softworks
  • Minecraft (360, PS3) 5 Microsoft (Corp) Sony
  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (360, PS3, PS4, XBO, 3DS, NWU) Activision Blizzard
  • NBA 2K14 (360, PS4. PS3, XBO, PC) Take 2 Interactive
  • Titanfall (360, XBO, PC) Electronic Arts
  • Kirby: Triple Deluxe (3DS) Nintendo
  • Call Of Duty: Ghosts (360, PS4, PS3, XBO, PC, NWU) Activision Blizzard

Tags: video game sales, ps4 sales, npd sales, may npd

6/16/2014 9:41:53 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (10 posts)

LimitedVertigo
Monday, June 16, 2014 @ 10:15:03 PM
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PS4 keeps rolling on. Every time I read an article suggesting the X1 is ready to even the race I'm met with the same monthly statistics showing it to be wrong.

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Beamboom
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 @ 12:59:45 AM

Yup. Tremendous momentum.

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Temjin001
Monday, June 16, 2014 @ 10:15:27 PM
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I think June will be the big indicator for how things will go for the rest of the year. One can assume a portion of prospective XO buyers held off on a new console purchase to get it at $399.99. Assuming this, we should expect a sales spike in June. But the question I have is, will it be enough for MS to even take a month? Titanfall and Titanfall XO bundles weren't enough. Maybe $100 off the top of the unit will be.


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maxpontiac
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 @ 3:54:27 PM

Agreed. June "should" tell the story, but I have a feeling that the tale will be awfully familiar and have a BLUE tint to it. ;)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, June 16, 2014 @ 10:49:41 PM
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Woohoo for Wolfenstein's epic return! Can't wait to play it.

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Scarecrow
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 @ 2:59:50 AM
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How it should be. Those numbers will go up after E3.

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Beamboom
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 @ 4:59:06 AM
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It's kinda weird to find The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in the middle of that list. Goes to show the power of movie licences.

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Underdog15
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 @ 9:52:41 AM

Kids eat that stuff up, man. They don't care about how "good" a game is, either.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 @ 2:34:34 PM

I laughed out loud when my local reviewer called the movie "The Adequate Spider-Man" cuz it wasn't so good.

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Underdog15
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 @ 2:55:53 PM

I got an itty bitty crush on Emma Stone, so I didn't mind it so much.

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