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May NPD: PS4 Back On Top, The Witcher 3 Dominates...Duh

Guess the world makes sense again.

According to the NPD Group's monthly sales report, Sony's PlayStation 4 has returned to the top spot in North America.

Microsoft's Xbox One claimed the #1 hardware spot in April but the PS4 is back on top. As a Sony spokesperson said:

"As we head into E3, we would like to thank gamers for making PS4 the top selling console and the leader in software sales in the U.S. in May. PS4 continues to be the cumulative sales leader in the US and globally with more than 20 million consoles already in the market. We are truly humbled by this success and we look forward to sharing what's next for PS4 at our E3 press conference on June 15."

Overall hardware sales fell 18 percent to $153.6 million ($186.4 million in May 2014), and NPD analyst Liam Callahan says this is due to a decline in last-gen console sales, which were down 45 percent year-over-year. Current-gen hardware sales were "stable" and portable sales were up 41 percent, mostly thanks to the new Nintendo 3DS.

On the software side, CD Projekt Red's well-received RPG, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, was atop the list. It also had the best-selling first month unit sales within the RPG genre, which is impressive, considering the game didn't launch until May 19. Here's the Top 10 for last month:

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • Mortal Kombat X
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Minecraft
  • Splatoon
  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
  • NBA 2K15
  • FIFA 15
  • MLB 15: The Show
  • Super Smash Bros.

Tags: npd sales, may npd, the witcher 3 sales, ps4 sales

6/11/2015 9:22:18 PM Ben Dutka

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Kevin555
Friday, June 12, 2015 @ 3:03:23 AM
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The Witcher 3 is going to be sitting pretty on it's high pedestal for a long time to come one would think and after playing it myself the past few days, it deserves that spot imo.

The game is breathtaking.

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TrueAssassin86x
Friday, June 12, 2015 @ 7:11:28 AM
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Well of course that the witcher 3 is on top it was only worthwhile game available in may.

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Temjin001
Friday, June 12, 2015 @ 11:04:43 AM
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I expected MS to be on top but good for Sony.
It seems to me the US race is at more of a neck to neck pace.

Good for Witcher. My last two play sessions were great. One of which ended completing a secondary quest storyline with a rather shocking event.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, June 12, 2015 @ 6:28:32 PM

It's funny how play sessions can be up and down. I usually go for 2-3 hours at a clip and sometimes, I'll get to the end of one and go, "eh, I think I'm getting a little tired of this." At the end of another one, I'll go, "I am SO loving this!"

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maxpontiac
Friday, June 12, 2015 @ 12:33:06 PM
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The USA is the only place Microsoft has a chance in and even then, I see Sony "winning" here.

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Temjin001
Friday, June 12, 2015 @ 12:42:51 PM

overall it's very unlikely MS is going to win here. Sony has dominated since launch for over a year and a half. And for a while there by huge amounts. If you map out just how much MS will have to sell over the PS4, month to month, in order to just meet Sony's lead it will take years.

What's sad for MS is that they've already fired their $50 cheaper blast. This may have been enough to draw the pace closer, but it's still doesn't seem to be enough to overtake Sony. Sony has yet to even play that $50 discount card yet.

At this point MS just needs to try to keep their base happy while they plan for their next system.

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Rachet_JC_FTW
Saturday, June 13, 2015 @ 8:41:21 AM
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yeah no surprises here aye it was always gunna wasn't it but yeah great game and as such this happens

happy gaming

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