The NPD Group released its monthly stats today, noting the PS4’s victory for the fourth consecutive month.
While Sony continues to beat Microsoft in the U.S., it also has the advantage globally. By last count, Sony announced that it had sold through more than 7 million PS4 consoles globally as of April 6, while Microsoft had shipped — not sold — more than 5 million Xbox One’s to retailers worldwide.
Microsoft said today that the Xbox One is averaging three games sold per console, with 447,000 units sold in April. Titanfall, available on the Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC, was the nation’s top-selling game for the second straight month. In its earnings call last week, Titanfall publisher Electronic Arts noted that Titanfall sold 925,000 units in the U.S. just three weeks after it launched on the Xbox One on March 11.
One interesting stat from NPD: Sales of PS4 and Xbox One hardware have more than doubled the combined sales of PS3 and Xbox 360 hardware through their first six months on shelves.
Earlier this week, Microsoft announced that it will sell a standalone Xbox One, without the Kinect, at $100 cheaper than the current Xbox One price ($499). The company also said that anyone with an Xbox One or Xbox 360 — regardless of a Xbox Live Gold membership status — will be able to access more than 170 gaming and entertainment apps, including Netflix, Hulu and ESPN.
NPD also noted that console hardware sales are up 120 percent year-over-year, which makes sense with the PS4 and Xbox One arriving this past winter. Software sales, meanwhile, are down 10 percent from last year to $240.8 million from $267.8 million last April — though NPD does not track digital purchases.
Here were the top-10 selling games in April:
- Call Of Duty: Ghosts
- NBA 2K14
- LEGO The Hobbit
- The LEGO Movie Videogame
- Lego Marvel Super Heroes
- The Amazing Spider-Man 2
- Grand Theft Auto V
- Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag