PlayStation 4’s continued success at US retail certainly adds context to that cheaper, Kinect-free Xbox One, doesn’t it?
The NPD today announced that the PS4 was the best-selling individual hardware platform at US retail during April. That’s four months in a row.
Although Sony didn’t release specific sales figures, we know the PS4 sold over 115,000 units, because that’s how many Xbox Ones Microsoft shifted.
Although it still can’t claim to have outsold the PS4, Microsoft did have some boasting this month. It sold 71,000 Xbox 360 consoles, 447,000 Xbox One games and 2.2 million Xbox 360 games.
The Xbox platform (total spend across both consoles combined) continues to hold the majority of the US retail market share at 53%.
The NPD noted that the Xbox One is selling well, too, and even the Wii U’s not doing too badly-software wise.
“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,” NPD analyst Liam Callahan said.
“PS4 software combined with Xbox One software sales are up over 40% 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%.”
But Sony definitely had the last laugh, laying claim to top-selling next-gen software title in April with Infamous: Second Son; presumably Titanfall doesn’t count because it’s multi-platform.
Sony said demand for the PS4 “continues to outstrip supply” and that it’s “working incredibly hard to provide additional inventory”.
Nintendo has not issued a response to the NPD’s report.
In other NPD news, total industry sales climbed 17% year-on-year $580.3 million, probably because next-gen hardware is still selling strongly, up 76% year-on-year at $192.8 million.
Sadly, software sales were down 10% year-on-year to $227.9 million, but accessories jumped 21% year-on-year to $159.7 million.
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