Another month, another NPD report, and this month we get to see whether Microsoft continued their reign over Sony with having the best selling console in the US.
As you can see by the title however, that unsurprisingly didn’t happen as Sony is once again the supreme leader as the PlayStation 4 lands back in first place as the best selling console in the United States in January.
“PlayStation 4 was the top selling console in January, it and remains the cumulative leader in the US, according to NPD data,” Sony said in a response statement. “Since launch in November 2013, 18.5 million PS4 units and 81.8 million software units have been sold through to consumers worldwide.”
This is of course disappointing for Microsoft, but it’s worth noting that the company decided to raise the price of the Xbox One back to its $400 price tag for the first week of January until obviously realising it effected sales, and dropped the price once more. The Xbox One and PlayStation 4 have been on sale for 15 months and just two of that fifteen, Microsoft has lead hardware sales. As always, Microsoft are yet to comment on the NPD Report.
As for software, things have been shaken up on that side too with Techland’s Dying Light smashing through the charts last month becoming the best selling game in January, though it was worth noting that it is the only major new release last month.
“In January 2015, Dying Light had the highest first month of sales for new IP in the survival-horror genre, exceeding the previous record, The Evil Within, which launched in October 2014,” NPD analyst Liam Callahan said.
Techlands popularity unfortunately hasn’t been reflected in other territories due to Warner Bros. supplier needing additional time to get the games prepared, as a result the game only launched digitally in Europe with a physical release set for later this month.
“The sales of January 2015 launch titles were up over 200 percent versus January 2014, with Dying Light being the major new release of the month. If January 2015 releases performed in line with January 2014 releases, overall software sales would have decreased by 4 percent.”
Here’s the full run down:
- Dying Light (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
- Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3, PC)
- Grand Theft Auto 5 (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3)
- Minecraft (360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4)
- NBA 2K15 (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3, PC)
- Super Smash Bros. (Wii U, 3DS)
- Far Cry 4 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, PC)
- Madden NFL 15 (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3)
- Destiny (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3)
- FIFA 15 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, Wii, Vita, 3DS)
Now, lets talk money overall. In January total industry sales reached $662.1 million in January, which is a decrease of 5 per cent year-on-year. This was largely due to a 23 per cent year-on-year decline in hardware sales, which fell from $239.6 million to $185.5 million. Though it’s not really surprising considering this time last year people were itching to grab the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, so much so that the install base of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One is close to 60 per cent higher than the hardware totals for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 at the same point.
Sales of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 declined by 22 percent, year-on-year, with other consoles seeing declines of 35 per cent.
Software sales however have grown by 5 per cent from $231.2 million to $242.3 million, and accessories also grew 3 per cent.
As always it’s worth noting that NPD only counts traditional retail sales and not digital and their results don’t accurately reflect the health of the industry.