The NPD Group has released the sales figures for both hardware and software sales in the US, and the PS4 has come out on top. Liam Callahan from the NPD Group said, “PS4 led overall hardware sales this month, followed by the Xbox One.” This was confirmed by John Koller on the PlayStation Blog: “PS4 was #1 in sales for next-gen consoles in January, nearly doubling the nearest next-gen competitor. And PS4 remains the cumulative leader here.”
Microsoft also released a statement dealing with sales for its consoles. According to Microsoft, Xbox One consoles “have sold at a rate of 2.29 times faster than the Xbox 360 in the U.S. in the same timeframe for the first three months on the market.”
On the software side of things, Call of Duty: Ghosts led the pack, followed by NBA 2K14, Battlefield 4, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Grand Theft Auto V, Madden NFL 25, the Xbox 360 version of Minecraft, FIFA 14, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, and Tomb Raider 2013. The sales accounted for the period between January 5 and February 1, with software sales hitting $224 million and hardware hitting $241 million in sales. Callahan noted that while software sales for the Wii U and 3DS increased, software sales overall declined. This was due in part to half the number of SKUs being launched this January as compared to January of 2013, which saw strong releases among such titles as DMC: Devil May Cry and Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch. Microsoft reported selling 2.27 million games across both the Xbox One and Xbox 360 in the U.S. in January.
Nintendo reported a 16% increase in software sales for the Wii U over January 2013. Pokemon X and Y combined to bring their total sales up to 3.25 million, with Super Mario World hitting the 655,000 mark and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds reaching 715,000 in total sales.
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