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August NPD: PS4 Still Leads, Madden And Diablo Perform Well

Another month, another PlayStation 4 victory.

According to the August NPD results, Sony's next-gen console was the #1 system in the US for the eighth consecutive month.

The top two games were Madden NFL 15 and Diablo III: Reaper of Souls, but while next-gen software did well, the overall software sales fell 22 percent when compared to August 2013. NPD Group analyst Liam Callahan said this was due to a decline in previous-gen sales:

"Deep declines in seventh generation software (Xbox 360/PS3/Wii) of 57 percent were not offset by growth in eighth generation software, leading to a net decrease of console software sales of $47 million."

Also, don't forget that last year's August saw the release of several huge titles, including Saints Row IV, Splinter Cell: Blacklist and Disney Infinity. With the exception of the two games mentioned above, August 2014 was pretty slow. As for the hardware, sales spiked, rising 116 percent due to "continued strong sales" of the new consoles. In fact, the PS4, Xbox One and Wii U comprised nearly 70 percent of all monthly sales.

And yes, the PS4 was once again tops in the hardware category. The Xbox One got a price drop back in June but now, even after two full months at market with the new $399 price tag, Microsoft hasn't managed to outstrip Sony on its home turf. Said PlayStation Marketing senior vice president Guy Longworth:

"PlayStation 4 was number one in hardware sales for the eighth consecutive month and remains the cumulative leader for next generation game consoles. For the third consecutive month, PlayStation was number one in combined home console hardware sales (PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3)."

And here's the top 10 software list for August:

  • Madden NFL 15
  • Diablo III: Reaper of Souls
  • Minecraft
  • The Last of Us
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts
  • Lego Marvel Super Heroes
  • Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare
  • Watch Dogs
  • Battlefield 4
  • The Lego Movie Video Game

Tags: ps4, playstation 4, ps4 sales, npd sales, august npd

9/11/2014 9:31:09 PM Ben Dutka

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Temjin001
Thursday, September 11, 2014 @ 11:38:45 PM
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I saw two people walk out from stores with Xbox One's today.
That means MS will take September! =p

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AngryPolak
Friday, September 12, 2014 @ 8:27:05 AM

No way, two people??? Microsoft's September message "Xbox one sales doubled in September".

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shaytoon
Friday, September 12, 2014 @ 12:22:10 AM
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something tells me september might be the biggest push on ps4 sales...(yes, im looking at you destiny)

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Temjin001
Friday, September 12, 2014 @ 1:14:39 AM

I'm getting concerned about Sony's ability to stock PS4's for the holiday shopping craze. I sorta think MS may appear to do better than their usual due to simply having more stock laying around. Remember how that helped MS during the last Thanksgiving craze? Unsold launch units ended up moving during that time. I wonder if Sony can meet the demand even this year.

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shaytoon
Friday, September 12, 2014 @ 3:07:05 AM

i dont think itll be an issue as sony plans on selling the white one by itself this holiday. which makes me think theyll be more than ready

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Rachet_JC_FTW
Friday, September 12, 2014 @ 11:09:28 PM
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thats pritty good we'll see about the end of year coming into the picture.

happy gaming

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