June 2014 NPD: PS4 is #1 Next-Gen Console for 6th Straight Month
The June 2014 NPD report now rolling in, Sony has confirmed that “PS4 is #1 top-selling US next-gen console in June, [for a] 6th month in a row.” This PS4 win is especially noteworthy due to the fact that the Xbox One released the cheaper $399.99 model during June, and Microsoft saw Xbox One sales “more than double” versus May 2014.
Looking at the US games industry as a whole, total revenue was up 24% compared to June 2013, finishing at $736.4 million. As per usual, hardware was a main factor in the uptick, with sales up 106% to $292.7 million. Software, on the other hand, dropped 3% to $286.8 million, despite the continued success of Watch Dogs and Mario Kart 8, while accessories stayed even at $156.9 million.
NPD analyst Liam Callahan discussed the impressive hardware tallies:
The 106% increase in hardware sales (vs. June 2013) was lifted entirely by console hardware sales, which were up by over 200 percent. The strong sales performance of console hardware helped to offset the declines seen in portable hardware.
Combined sales of Xbox One and PS4 are over 80 percent higher than the combined totals for Xbox 360 and PS3 – an indication of the strength of the start of this new console generation.
Callahan continued by talking about software, which was down because June 2013 saw The Last of Us and more:
While unit sales of launch titles in June’14 declined 67 percent when compared to June’13 launch title sales, there was a 47 percent increase in unit sales for games that launched across the second quarter of 2014 (April – June) when compared to the same time period in 2013.
Sales of launch titles in June 2014 did not compare favorably to those launched in June 2013, which included the PS3 exclusive The Last of Us, along with Nintendo’s Animal Crossing: New Leaf, and a retail version of Minecraft for the Xbox 360.
Here’s the top 10 selling games in June 2014, which totals retail sales across all systems and includes Collectors Editions, GOTY Editions, and bundles, but not those bundled with hardware:
- Watch Dogs
- Mario Kart 8
- EA Sports UFC
- FIFA 14
- NBA 2K14
- Wolfenstein: The New Order
- Call of Duty: Ghosts
- Tomodachi Life
- Grand Theft Auto V
[Source: Games Industry]