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The NPD Group has released their final report for 2015 as well as an overall look at last year, and it’s a pretty interesting set of statistics. Though for those here for the important answers, yes the PlayStation 4 has outsold the Xbox One once again.

The last month of the year is always a bit one for the games industry as consoles and video games are at the top of everyone’s lists for Christmas. Interestingly though, due to the decline of last-gen, there’s no year-on-year growth for December 2015, nor for the full year.

In detail however, the PlayStation 4 is still ruling over the Xbox One both in December 2015 and the year overall. Of course, we know Sony announced holiday sales of 5.7 million units and game sales of 35 million, so it comes as no surprise.

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Console wars out of the way however, it was a great result for both the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 in terms of hardware sales, according to the NPD Group who takes note of the sales in the United States. Having been on sale for 26 months, both the PS4 and Xbox One’s cumulative sales are 47% greater than that of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in the same period.

In total, the PS4, Xbox One and Wii combined U had their strongest month to date for hardware sales, up 4% year-on-year. Both Sony’s and Microsoft’s systems had their strongest years to date, too.

Although industry spend in December 2015 was down slightly to $3.22 billion, accessory sales increased to $7.61 million to make up for the shortfalls in software and hardware sales both of which are down 3% and 6% respectively.

As for the entire year, total spend sat still at $13.13 billion, hardware and software did fall 4% and 2% respectively, but accessories grew 12% to make up for that.

The reasons for the drop is due to the decline in sales on last-gen hardware which is down 71% year on year in December 2015. Portable hardware was also on the decline, down 32% year on year in December 2015. There’s also a decline in software which many are attributing to the shift to digital games – something the NPD Group still doesn’t track.

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As for software, unsurprisingly Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 tops the list in December 2015 and despite launching in November, the game actually tops the entire year charts too… Sales of current-gen software, despite software’s overall decline, is actually up 40% year on year, which is certainly a positive. Last-gen sales dropped by 54%.

Overall, 2015 was the best year for current-gen software sales.

Here’s the US charts for December and the entirety of 2015:

Top 10 new physical software sales, all platforms, December 2015:

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 (Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
  • Star Wars Battlefront 2015 (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
  • Fallout 4 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
  • Madden NFL 16 (PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3)
  • NBA 2K16 (PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3)
  • Grand Theft Auto V (PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
  • Minecraft (Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS4, PS3)
  • Minecraft: Story Mode – A Telltale Game Series (Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS4, PS3)
  • FIFA 16 (PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3)

Top 10 new physical software sales, all platforms, 2015 total:

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 (Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
  • Madden NFL 16 (PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3)
  • Fallout 4 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
  • Star Wars Battlefront 2015 (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
  • Grand Theft Auto V (PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
  • NBA 2K16 (PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3)
  • Minecraft (Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4)
  • Mortal Kombat X (PS4, Xbox One)
  • FIFA 16 (PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3)
  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3, PC)

The NPD Group reports statistics based only on US sales made at retail stores. Digital sales are yet to be included in these reports.

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