April 2014 NPD: PS4 Defeats Xbox One Yet Again, is #1 Overall

The NPD numbers for April 2014’s retail sales are in, with total industry sales rising 17% (see April 2013 here) to $580.3 million. For a fourth straight month, the PS4 outsold the Xbox One (they were #1 and #2 overall), with total hardware sales 76% to $192.8 million. Elsewhere, software fell 10% to $227.9 million, while accessories increased 21% to $159.7 million.

NPD analyst Liam Callahan offered up a few tidbits of information about the April 2014 report:

“[Home] console hardware sales increased by 120 percent in April 2014 over last year. Life to date, sales of PS4 and Xbox One hardware have more than doubled the combined sales of PS3 and 360 hardware through their first six months of sales.”

“PS4 software combined with Xbox One software sales are up over 40 percent compared to sales of the PS3 and Xbox 360 through their first six months. Wii U software sales were up over last year by over 80 percent.”

“New physical software is in a transition period as software for new consoles are doing well, but collectively not offsetting declines.”

“There were five SKU’s in the top 10 [software] not represented in the top 10 when ranked on a title basis (combination of SKUs across platforms), which were: 3DS Yoshi’s New Island; PS4 Infamous: Second Son; PS3 MLB 14: The Show; XBO Kinect Sports Rivals; 360 Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare.”

Following the NPD report, Microsoft announced that the Xbox One had sold just 115,000 units in April, while the Xbox 360 did 71,000. This means the PS4 sold over 115,000 units, while the PS3 and Wii sold less than 71,000 as Microsoft says the Xbox 360 sold “more than any other seventh generation console.”

Microsoft also said, “With Xbox One and Xbox 360 combined, the Xbox platform sold the most games across all console platforms with 2.6 million games sold. Xbox One sold 447,000 games in April and Xbox 360 sold 2.2 million, totaling 53 percent of the total software market share (Xbox 360 and Xbox One combined).”

Here’s the top 10 selling games in April 2014, which totals retail sales across all systems and includes Collectors Editions, GOTY Editions, and bundles, but not those bundled with hardware:

  1. Titanfall
  2. Call Of Duty: Ghosts
  3. NBA 2K14
  4. Minecraft
  5. LEGO The Hobbit
  6. The LEGO Movie Videogame
  7. LEGO: Marvel Super Heroes
  8. The Amazing Spider-Man 2
  9. Grand Theft Auto V
  10. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag

Do you think there’s any chance the Xbox One will beat the PS4 in May, considering Microsoft has already announced a cheaper Xbox One is coming in June? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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