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April 2014 NPD: PlayStation 4 outsells Xbox One again

Above: EA's Titanfall in action.

Image Credit: Respawn Entertainment

The sci-fi shooter Titanfall was once again the top-selling game of the month, but Sony’s PlayStation 4 continues to pull ahead of the Xbox One.

Gamers spent $580.3 million at retail on new hardware, software, and accessories in April, according to industry-intelligence firm The NPD Group. That is up 17 percent from $495.3 million over the same period last year. Once again, consumers rushed into stores to get the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One systems, which boosted hardware sales by 76 percent from $109.5 million to $192.8 million.

“As seen in the past two months, overall spending in April 2014 across hardware, new physical software, and accessories were increased collectively versus April 2013,” NPD analyst Liam Callahan said in a statement. “The 17 percent growth [year-over-year] was due to hardware and accessory growth, despite a 10 percent decline in new physical software.”

Gamers spent $227.9 million on new physical games, which — as Callahan pointed out — is down 10 percent from $254.3 million in April 2013. This is largely due to consumers putting their money toward the high-priced consoles and the sluggish sales of old-gen releases.

An important thing to keep in mind is that these NPD numbers only keep track of new physical games sold at brick-and-mortar retailers. It doesn’t include online or digital sales, which means that these figures merely represent a snapshot of a larger picture. It doesn’t include mobile, either.

OK. Let’s get on to the best-sellers list.

Software

1. Titanfall (Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC)
2. Call of Duty: Ghosts (Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Wii U, PC)
3. NBA 2K14 (Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, PC)
4. Minecraft (Xbox 360)
5. Lego: The Hobbit (Xbox 360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4, 3DS, Wii U, Vita)
6. The Lego Movie Videogame (Xbox 360, 3DS, PS3, Wii U, Xbox One, PS4, Vita)
7. Lego Marvel Super Heroes (Xbox 360, PS3, DS, 3DS, PS4, Wii U, Xbox One, Vita, PC)
8. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (PS4, Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U, 3DS)
9. Grand Theft Auto V (360, PS3)
10. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, PC)

Titanfall tops the charts for the second month in a row. This time, it got some help from the introduction of the Xbox 360 version, which wasn’t available in March. That also probably helped keep Titanfall on the charts while Sony’s PlayStation 4 exclusive open-world action game Infamous dropped off completely, but it turns out that it still did pretty well when compare to Xbox One only.

“Infamous: Second Son was the top-selling new-gen software title in April,” PlayStation brand boss Guy Longworth said in a statement. Of course, that only includes physical retail games sold in the U.S. But we double checked with Sony, and it confirmed that, according to the NPD, Infamous outsold the Xbox One SKU of Titanfall.

The entire top 10 looks pretty similar to what we’ve seen over the last several months. The only new releases to make this chart are Lego: The Hobbit and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. I don’t like to judge, but it’s clearly a rough month when the only new games to make this list are adaptations of blockbuster films.

Oh, and here’s our monthly reminder that Minecraft is insane. It really shouldn’t surprise anyone anymore, but the block-building title is still on this list — and it’s still only on Xbox 360 as a physical game. This is almost a year after the retail disc debuted, which was a year after Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition hit Xbox Live Arcade, which was a year after the game released on PC.

Hardware

“Sony’s PlayStation 4 was the No. 1 platform for hardware sales in April for the fourth month in a row, followed by Xbox One,” said Callahan.

Microsoft confirmed it sold 115,000 Xbox Ones and 71,000 Xbox 360s. Sony and Nintendo have not provided the numbers for their systems as of press time.

Unlike in March, April didn’t really have a Titanfall or an Infamous: Second Son to move systems. PlayStation 4 and Xbox One instead coasted along on their momentum — as did the Wii U (although with considerably less momentum). This is also a strange month because sales happened before Microsoft announced the new, Kinect-less Xbox One for $400, which should be available June 9.

With the PS4 consistently outselling the Xbox One, it does make sense that Microsoft saw the need for a change.

Looking away from the head-to-head competition for a bit, both Sony’s and Microsoft’s consoles are doing very well.

“[Home] console hardware sales increased by 120 percent in April 2014 over last year,” said Callahan. “Life to date, sales of PS4 and Xbox One hardware have more than doubled the combined sales of PS3 and 360 hardware through their first six months of sales.”

More information:

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Microsoft Corporation is a public multinational corporation headquartered in Redmond, Washington, USA that develops, manufactures, licenses, and supports a wide range of products and services predominantly related to computing through ... read more »

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74 comments
no tankyou
no tankyou

The article says PS4 outsold Xbox one but it doesn't report how many PS4 consoles were sold...

otokonomiyaki
otokonomiyaki

@JeffGrubb So basically Xbox One isn't selling more software than PS4 despite Titanfall being at the top of the multi-platform charts?

MMAtroller
MMAtroller

@KingBSon You can't be serious? You must've trusted M$FT when they claimed DRM couldn't be "switched off" or Kinect was integral to Xbone

hozboy
hozboy

@KingBSon Damn Sony keep getting caught out there in lies, what is there point?

KingBSon
KingBSon

@JeffGrubb Titanfall U.S.physical numbers alone murdered Infamous physical/digital sales.Sony is outright lying!! LOL. Man they're sad!!

KingBSon
KingBSon

@MMAtroller More than I trusted Sony saying they knew nothing about DRM when they patented it. Also about PS+ DriveClub being almost retail.

KingBSon
KingBSon

@hozboy They know most people won't catch on to their lies.

MMAtroller
MMAtroller

@KingBSon I figured...No use debating logic and facts with an Xbot...*This Xbot paid for by Microsoft Corporation* "XB1M13"

KingBSon
KingBSon

@JeffGrubb Sony released Infamous total sales. To date only TitanFall's physical sales have been reported. No bundles or digital sales.

bobbyboliviaa
bobbyboliviaa

@JeffGrubb @KingBSon Jeff your talking to the biggest clown on Twitter! He can't handle the truth!! He's on his mum's basement crying daily

KingBSon
KingBSon

@JeffGrubb Sony counted Infamous second week on the chart which started in March and ended in April for last month and April as well.SMH

JeffGrubb
JeffGrubb

@KingBSon Yup ... But that list combines SKUs. You can't compare one with the other. Do you see?

KingBSon
KingBSon

@JeffGrubb Even your own articles states Infamous wasn't a top ten selling game and was beat by titles that only sold 80k copies in April.

KingBSon
KingBSon

@JeffGrubb You were fed bad info by a Sony employee who use double talk. Infamous died out rather quickly in US after first two weeks.

JeffGrubb
JeffGrubb

@KingBSon I checked that. Confirmed it was the best-selling next-gen SKU. Not double talk.

KingBSon
KingBSon

@JeffGrubb According to a Sony employee it was. He's not including TF because it's on 360 and XB1. He's using double talk.

JeffGrubb
JeffGrubb

@KingBSon where are you getting this information? Yes, if you combine SKUs, Infamous wasn't a top 10 game. But it's no. 1 on next gen.

JeffGrubb
JeffGrubb

@KingBSon But Infamous was the best selling next-gen game in April. I don't know how else to say it.

KingBSon
KingBSon

@JeffGrubb Again we're only discussing Xbox One sales. And again Infamous wasn't even a top ten selling game in April.

JeffGrubb
JeffGrubb

@KingBSon Right. But Titanfall is on Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Infamous is only on PS4. We're only talking about the Xbox One Titanfall SKU.

KingBSon
KingBSon

@JeffGrubb TitanFall on the Xbox One destroyed Infamous in total sales as well as in April. Again Infamous wasn't a top 10 game in April.

KingBSon
KingBSon

@JeffGrubb Infamous wasn't even in the top ten of games sold last month. TitanFall outsold Infamous more in the US than abroad!!

JeffGrubb
JeffGrubb

@KingBSon But we're not talking about overall. Just Xbox One versus PS4. If you include 360, then Titanfall is No. 1.

KingBSon
KingBSon

@JeffGrubb Just google the numbers. There are many sites. TitanFall on the XB1 outsold Infamous and it wasn't even close.

JeffGrubb
JeffGrubb

@KingBSon He's citing NPD. If he were lying, EA would say so. I asked. They didn't tell me anything. But where can I check the officials?

KingBSon
KingBSon

@JeffGrubb Youre quoting a Sony employee. Not very reputable. Check the official numbers.

KingBSon
KingBSon

@JeffGrubb Sony included total sales just as they did last month. Infamous has died as far as sales. TF has sold over 30k every week in US

JeffGrubb
JeffGrubb

@KingBSon OK. Well, Sony was only talking about physical game sales Titanfall on Xbox One versus Infamous on PS4.

BF3thomas
BF3thomas

@Smokeydogg7 im just blocking you the kids you talk to feed you because you're lonely im not

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