NPD February 2014: Xbox One Narrows PS4 Hardware Units Sold Gap


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.

NPD February 2014 Top 10 most sold retail software titles in the US:

  1. Call of Duty: Ghosts (360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4, Wii U, PC)
  2. The Lego Movie Videogame (360, PS3, 3DS, Wii U, Xbox One, PS4, Vita)
  3. NBA 2K14 (360, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, PC)
  4. Thief (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)
  5. Grand Theft Auto V (360, PS3)
  6. Battlefield 4 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, PC)
  7. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (360, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Wii U, PC)
  8. Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII (PS3, 360)
  9. Minecraft (360)
  10. Bravely Default (3DS)

According to Nintendo PR, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze has sold over 130,000 units after releasing in North America on February 21st, Pokemon X & Y combined to reach that same total over the total month and Bravely Default sold 200,000+ units over three weeks.

On the hardware side, Geoff Keighley tweets that the PS4 outsold the Xbox One in total units, once again, this February. However, this time the gap is considerably tighter, sporting only a 10% lead. Seeing how that Microsoft claims that they sold 258,000 units in the month, that puts the PS4 total at roughly 283,000 units. Based on estimations, the Wii U sold roughly 82,500 units. Finally, the Xbox 360 sold over 114,000 units.

What I find interesting is, out of all the cross-generational and multi-platform titles, Battlefield 4 and Thief are the only games to be led in sales on the PS4. For Assassin’s Creed IV, Call of Duty: Ghosts, The Lego Movie Videogame, and NBA 2K14, each title was led in sales on the Xbox 360. It may speak to the lack of financial flexibility of newer console owners (after dropping hundreds on the hardware and software over the first 3 months of availability), the renewed interest by 7th-generation console owners after the holidays or simply that consumers are hard to gauge.

We will update the information as it becomes available.


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