PS4 is top-selling console for third straight month according to March NPD

The NPD released their sales data for March 2014, and Sony PlayStation 4 continues to come out on top of the Xbox One.

This story has been updated with further quotes from Microsoft.

NPD released their monthly sales data today, and for the third month in a row, the PlayStation 4 has come out on top.

In a press release, the NPD wrote, "PS4 and Xbox One continue to see success with cumulative sales of the two consoles through the first five month currently totaling more than double that of their predecessors, the PS3 and Xbox 360."

But the more interesting fact is that: "In March 2014, Sony’s PS4 led hardware sales for the third month in a row."

That's an especially surprising statistic since the Xbox One/PC exclusive Titanfall was the top-selling game in the US for March. Overall, the Xbox One sold 311,000 units, and the Xbox 360 sold 111,000. But Sony recently announced, that they had sold 7 million consoles worldwide.

Microsoft's corporate VP of marketing, strategy, and Business for Xbox, Yusuf Mehdi, wrote in a press release, "We’re also happy to share today that more than 5 million Xbox One consoles have been sold-in to retailers since our launch. The new generation is off to a strong start, with global Xbox One sales outpacing Xbox 360 by more than 60 percent at the same point in time, a true testament to your love of console gaming."

Mehdi also notes, "With Xbox One and Xbox 360 combined, the Xbox platform sold the most games across all console platforms with 4.1 million games sold."

Overall, the industry is doing well with a 3% rise year on year, which the NPD attributes to "strong growth of hardware sales (up 78 percent) and modest growth in the accessory category (up 4 percent)."

The NPD writes, "As seen in the past few months, hardware sales for March 2014 saw strong growth over March 2013, up 78 percent. Sales increases were driven completely by consoles sales, which were up over 100 percent, due mainly to continued success from the PS4 and Xbox One."

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Discussion

3475 comments
quickshooterMk2
quickshooterMk2

still no real good titles to play 

face it, until the witcher 3 comes, next gen is is just for bragging rights 


and not much to brag about, 400 bucks+100 for game N subcribtion is not such a good deal considering the outdated hardware you're getting in return

Tuckpoint
Tuckpoint

Because we need another article about the sales figures of a gd console.  Surely there's some gaming related news that isn't people jerking it to their electronics of choice.  It's like every 3rd article this site puts out, at this point I'd just like to say "shut up shut up SHUT UP SBHUTUPSHUTUPSHUTUPOMFGSHUTUP".

Alucard_Prime
Alucard_Prime

Good for Sony, it was a fair battle overall and they came out on top in March. Console gamers should be celebrating the success of both the PS4 and Xbox One. Not interested in buying a PS4 and very satisfied with the Xbox One, I just want my console of choice to be successful, don't care if it is not number 1 , just look at the PS3.....started out in rough waters, ended up fine....consumers benefit the most from this competition. 

ScottOakley
ScottOakley

To all Xbox One fanboys, we are not attacking you, we just wan't you to join our side with the better console! If the next Xbox proves to be better than the next Playstation we will go to the Xbox side. Don't worry about your exclusives, they will all follow as soon as they find out that everyone has a PS4. Let's just all be smart for once.

naryanrobinson
naryanrobinson

I don't really like to pick sides usually, but Microsoft is throwing out every statistic they can find from every irrelevant angle they can force.

"Xbox One *plus* 360 sold more"

"Xbox One selling 60% more than 360"

"Titanfall top selling March game"

"Retailers buy 5 million Xbox Ones"


Allow me to cut through all the crap and give you the one piece of information that actually matters here, which is as follows:

During the month that the Xbox One's only "killer" game came out, its fourth month on the market, they sold 0.3 million Xbox Ones.  Being on the market for approximately the same amount of time, Sony has sold more than 7 million PS4s *to people* without having any single game as good as Titanfall.


That's really all you need to know.

thorshammer9944
thorshammer9944

There really needs to be an intelligence test when signing up for a gamespot account.... too many down syndrome ppl throwing out awful feedback / pointless irrelevant and some completely false statements.

TimberWolf_CLT
TimberWolf_CLT

Yeah, balanced comparisons abound on this site and especially in this article:  40+ territories (PS4) vs. 8 (MS).  Not saying PS4 would or wouldn't win in a oranges/oranges comparison but for the love of whatever, stop it with these articles.



kane6911
kane6911

the x1 is winning period, it's not how many system you sell it's how much money you are making, sony is still bleeding money from all angles and they taking a lost on every system still plus they don't really make money off the games they sell. out of a 60.00 dollar games they get 10.00 out of it. Microsoft is winning big time out of a 60.00 game they get 20.00 out of every console they get 29.00 oppose to 20.00 out of hardware they get 30.00 rather than sony's 15.00. plus in the long term the have released their console world wide the x1 is out every where yet. in lew of this we are still wanting Microsoft software updated to D12 which will make the x1 2X's as powerful as it is now. so to my spec this make the sony ps4 the weakest console on the market next to nintendo. so please no more dumb comments about sony winning because without all the numbers and the facts it's just a bunch bullshit.

Cryptic_Shadow
Cryptic_Shadow

@Tuckpoint  Its the interwebz.  the opinion box.  everyone feels entitled to express how 'their' gaming is better than 'your' gaming and a fear from differing preferences.  people are too busy choosing sides for a war when we should all be united in the fact that all gaming is evolving.  It is real exciting times for those who are quiet enough to enjoy it.

phbz
phbz

@ScottOakley  Let us expand further that line of thought and agree that next gen we will all buy PCs and ignore both systems. That way all games will be release on just one (superior) system.

ziseknsa
ziseknsa

@ScottOakley  I never liked playstation, I don't like playstation and I think I will never like playstation...., it's just... preferences, taste, like when you prefer nike over adidas or viceversa, to me it is something like that, I just love Xbox, love the controller, love the games, love xbox live. I know the ps4 is good, in fact it has better performance at the momment, but I don't like it, simple as that.


Now, if you wanna talk about performance, then, the final word is..... PC.... get one, I've got one + my Xbox One & 360 =)

kane6911
kane6911

@ScottOakley  first of all i hate sony, they really don't make good products. in the past i have only owned one playstation. PS2. for FFX. so i am not attacking you, but who is to say that your console is better than the one others has chosen. i will stick with the xbox one. 


eternal_napalm
eternal_napalm

I disagree. TitanBot is trash, about 80% of PS4 games are better then it.

teg
teg

@TimberWolf_CLT  That can be seen two ways - "untapped potential" or "letting the competition build a market lead the XBox can't recover from". They're releasing a less powerful console a year later than the main competition, how many will wait for it instead of just getting a PS4 if they can find one in stock?


Of course, some will do it my way... buy all three. But unlike last generation, when my cross platform games were played on the 360, this time they will be on the PS4. 

xbox_is_garbage
xbox_is_garbage

BLAH BLAH, now get to the part where the PS4 is better. Come on, you can do it.

swedishfriend
swedishfriend

@kane6911  Developers of the games that are coming out 2-5 years from now are sure picking their lead consoles based on the install base. MS is about 14 times as big as Sony as a company. If money on hand mattered that much then Sony would not even be in the race.

Robboninja
Robboninja

@kane6911 Wrong buddy. It is ONLY about how many units of hardware they put out. They make money off the software and more consoles in peoples homes means more people to buy software. Simple.

Tiger_Ali
Tiger_Ali

@kane6911 don't mind kane6911 instead of being born he was supposed to be a stain down the siide of his moms leg, and its been a mistake ever since.

dragthedepths
dragthedepths

@Cryptic_Shadow @Tuckpoint You guys are right.  Sales figures are in no way important when you're talking about a competition between the two main competitors in an industry.  

xbox_is_garbage
xbox_is_garbage

Not just that, it's better in so many ways. The ppl have spoken, & you LOSE.

xbox_is_garbage
xbox_is_garbage

First off, PC is crap, & washed up. Second, what "good games" does XBox have, cause I'm lost. The same wash & repeat garbage they spoon feed Xbox Fanboys like yourself? My Wii U/Wii has better exclusive then PC & XBOX combined. STOP BUYING THAT AMERICA CRAP!!! That's the only reason I can see why ppl are sticking with that overpriced VCR.

xbox_is_garbage
xbox_is_garbage

Cause it is better, and you know it. Whatever helps you sleep at night.

swedishfriend
swedishfriend

@eternal_napalm  What about Titanfall? That is still being raved about. I still hear tale of new strategies and such...

balrogbane
balrogbane

@eternal_napalm  Gamespot's numbers would disagree with that statement. Titanfall=9 Forza=8 Second Son=8 killsone=7

TimberWolf_CLT
TimberWolf_CLT

@teg @TimberWolf_CLT I definitely see your point.  However mine was that these articles are essentially meaningless in the amount of "actionable" data they provide and seem to just be put out there to "stir the point".  However, as we all know, "stirred" pots increase/retain readership and GS is under those kinds of pressures.

Personally, I need to step back from this site and just read the items from the folks I care about and just let the other ones go and not get so wound up.