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NPD January 2014: PS4 Continues To Lead New Consoles


Each month industry experts are given a report that details all of the consoles and software numbers sold from physical retail brick-and-mortar stores within the United States, which are then reported on by sites privileged with that sort of information. They are published from the NPD group.

This month’s Top 10 most sold retail software titles in the US:

  1. Call of Duty: Ghosts (360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4, Wii U, PC)
  2. NBA 2K14 (PS4, 360, Xbox One, PS3, PC)
  3. Battlefield 4 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, PC)
  4. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (360, PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Wii U, PC)
  5. Grand Theft Auto V (360, PS3)
  6. Madden NFL 25 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)
  7. Minecraft (360)
  8. FIFA 14 (PS4, Xbox One, PS3, 360, Vita)
  9. Lego Marvel Super Heroes (360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, 3DS, Wii U, Vita, PC)
  10. Tomb Raider (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)

(Brackets indicate order of consoles in which software was most sold)

Despite the demand for the new consoles, software sales are down 26% over last year’s numbers. Still, an impressive note made by Geoff Keighley:

We don’t know the exact amount of PS4, Xbox One and Wii U consoles sold, but the safer bet is that the “nearest next gen competitor” the PS4 is nearly doubling would be the Xbox One. Additionally, according to Microsoft PR, that “Xbox” sold 2.27 million software units in the month of January, although in a microscopic footnote they state that this is across both the Xbox One and Xbox 360. Also, after it was revealed that Tomb Raider on PS4 nearly doubled the FPS of the Xbox One version, the PS4 has sold out at nearly a 2:1 ratio of the game over the Xbox One, according to Sony PR.

As PR-speak becomes more and more convoluted, the more difficult it becomes to articulate just how exactly each Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony are doing in terms of their sales each month. I mean, Xbox One selling at the rate of “2.29 times faster than Xbox 360 in the U.S. in the same timeframe for the first three months on the market” should not replace a hard number. Without transparency, it is really difficult to know just how many PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, 3DS and PS Vitas were sold each month without resorting to estimated math stating that the Xbox One sold roughly 143,000 consoles in the US this January.

We’ll continue to update the January NPD numbers s they become available. But for now, this may be as good as it gets.


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