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April NPD Report: Xbox One is on Top, Mortal Kombat Kicks Ass

For the firs time this year the Xbox One has outsold the PlayStation 4 according to the NPD Group

In a surprising turn of events Microsoft has reported that the Xbox One has outsold the PlayStation 4 for the first time this year. It’s mostly surprising because this news isn’t due to any exclusive release or console deal which could mean that the Xbox One may finally have a chance of catching up to its rival. Elsewhere, spending on games were up, overall hardware sales were down, and portable hardware is up.

The NPD Group has revealed that the Xbox One did pretty well last month coming out on top as the best selling console in April. This was however met with a decline in hardware overall as NPD report that sales of previous generation consoles, the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii, are on the decline. NPD did however note that current generation console sales are stable, but people were spending more money on games. Handheld devices on the otherhand are selling well with a 36 per cent increase year-on-year.

To add confusion to the mix, the firm reported hardware sales were down 4 per cent from $191.9 million to $183.9 million, but in actual fact console sales were up 12 per cent. The reason for this is simple, consoles were selling more because they were cheaper than before, meaning that cash sales are down due to the new low prices, but hardware sales are up also due to this.

In amongst all of this, Microsoft are of course celebrating, but Sony still had a stick to jab into Microsoft’s spokes as they made a point that this month’s best selling title in the US, Mortal Kombat X, sold the most on Sony’s console. Oh Sony.

As for the top selling games in the US, here’s the run-down:

  1. Mortal Kombat X (PS4, Xbox One)
  2. Grand Theft Auto V (PS4, Xbox One, PC, 360, PS3)
  3. Battlefield: Hardline (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3, PC)
  4. MLB 15: The Show (PS4, PS3)
  5. Minecraft (360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4)
  6. NBA 2K15 (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3, PC)
  7. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3, PC)
  8. Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)
  9. Super Smash Bros. (3DS, Wii U)
  10. Borderlands: The Handsome Collection (PS4, Xbox One)

Now, while people aren’t buying consoles, what they are doing is purchasing games for those consoles, with NPD reporting that sales for games on the current generation of consoles was up 200 per cent. In total, physical sales in the US were up 3 percent from $579.5 million in April 2014 to $595.7 million in April 2015. According to the NPD Group, the high number of eighth generation console game sales offset a pretty hefty decline in sales for the previous generation (down 62 percent) and portable software (down 32 percent).