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NPD: Console sales up, PlayStation 4 tops chart for sixth month

updated 06:30 pm EDT, Mon July 21, 2014

June console sales up 103 percent, PlayStation 4 in the lead by 476,000 units

After Microsoft provided internal figures that saw sales for the Xbox One double since dropping the Kinect and $100 off the price, NPD confirmed that the increase still wasn't enough to catch Sony's PlayStation 4. For the sixth month in a row, the PlayStation 4 claimed the top spot for console sales as the hardware market increased to $292.7 million.

Upon the release of the report, Sony celebrated their console claiming the top-selling spot for another month. However, the company didn't provide any figures to go with the celebration. According to Engadget, the NPD said that combined console sales of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One outpaced the combined totals of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Hardware sales are also up 106 percent from the previous year.

For the Wii U, Nintendo said that the sales figures were 48 percent better year-over-year. Software made a 129 percent jump, led by the 470,000 copies of Mario Kart 8 sold in June. Lifetime sales for the title are said to be 885,000. Nintendo considers Tomodachi Life a success, selling 175,000 copies combined for physical and digital copies. Sales for the 3DS dipped to 152,000, compared 225,000 last year.

Software sales are said to be lower than last year by 67 percent. The NPD believes that this is tied to the strength of the titles released in June last year. Three hugely successful games were released last June, including The Last of Us, Animal Crossing: New Leaf and a physical version of Minecraft.

While console manufacturers are generally tight-lipped with sales figures, Forbes reported that the NPD numbers were leaked to the general public. In the figures, the PlayStation 4 sold 269,000 units, while the Xbox One sold 197,000. Nintendo grabbed the third and fourth slots, with the 3DS selling 152,000 and the Wii U reaching 140,000. The PlayStation Vita sold only 15,000 units, a 44.4 percent decrease from the previous year.

The figures also showed the year-to-date figures for the consoles, revealing that the PlayStation 4 doesn't have an enormous lead in the United States. The PlayStation 4 has recorded 1.5 million sales, while the Xbox One sits at 1.1 million. So far, the PlayStation 4 only leads the Xbox One by 476,000 units. Both consoles lead the best-selling console of 2013, the 3DS, which has seen 768,000 handhelds sold this year. Nintendo is vastly outpacing Sony in the handheld market, with 640,000 more units sold of the 3DS than the Vita.

by MacNN Staff



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