PS4 leads US hardware sales in February, but by narrow margin

A good month for the games industry.

February was a good month for games, with strong sales for almost everybody regardless of platform.

For overall console sales, the NPD reports, “PS4 led hardware sales in February 2014, but by a narrow margin with Xbox One selling over 90% of what the PS4 sold in terms of unit sales. However, with Xbox One’s higher price point it led hardware sales on a dollar basis.”

And Microsoft also clarified specific numbers in a separate press release stating that the Xbox One sold 258,000 consoles "surpassing Xbox 360 sales by over 61 percent at the same point in time." Microsoft also wrote that, combining the 360 and Xbox One, "The Xbox platform sold more hardware than any other home console platform," which would put it above the PS3/Vita/PS4 and Wii U/3DS combinations.

But regardless of the spin, it's good news for both companies. The NPD wrote, "Within console hardware, we continue to see strong year-over-year increases due to the success of the Xbox One and PS4," and "The majority of hardware platforms experienced double-to-triple digit increases compared to January 2014."

Software sales were also very positive; the NPD reported that game sales for both the Xbox One and PS4 were up 80% "when compared to the combined first four-month sales for the Xbox 360 and the PS3."

Despite strong sales of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, which Nintendo reported earlier, the NPD clarified that the game "did not rank in the top ten when looking at title-level sales.”

February 2014 Top 10 Games (New physical retail only across all platforms, including PC)

  1. Call Of Duty: Ghosts (Activision Blizzard)
  2. The LEGO Movie Videogame (Warner Bros. Interactive)
  3. NBA 2K14 (Take 2 Interactive)
  4. Thief (Square Enix)
  5. Grand Theft Auto V (Take 2 Interactive)
  6. Battlefield 4 (EA)
  7. Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (Ubisoft)
  8. Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII (Square Enix)
  9. Minecraft (360--Microsoft)
  10. Bravely Default (Nintendo)

On the accessories front, sales were positive as well. The NPD reports that point and subscription cards were the highest selling cards for the month, though there was no information on what console or title those cards applied to specifically.

Justin Haywald is a senior editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @JustinHaywald Got a news tip or want to contact us directly? Email news@gamespot.com

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Algearond
Algearond

This is good news for us gamers overall, I know we bought my oldest a copy of FF: Lightening Returns, so that counted towards that.

fadersdream
fadersdream

This should be kept on file for everytime Nintendo Fanboys try to spin the truth and lie about sales numbers:

Despite strong sales of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, which Nintendo reported earlier, the NPD clarified that the game "did not rank in the top ten when looking at title-level sales.”

soulless4now
soulless4now

PS4 can have my money once KH3 gets a release date. 

jpombrio
jpombrio

PS4 stock is now available so PS4 fans can no longer use that as an excuse for lagging sales.

ajac09
ajac09

Cry babies on both sides. Why not just enjoy what you like and stop trying to push people into systems they obviously have 0 interest in. True gamers will own both and not a wii u anyway 

supergp17
supergp17

 Just go out and buy a PS4, and you too can drink the juice of the gods..

atornsock
atornsock

Looks like Titanfall barely made a dent.

ali_manslayer
ali_manslayer

next gen is useless to me, I have dark souls 2

john_henrey
john_henrey

I dont believe anything microsoft says anymore . they will bloat up all their info . They always have.

jay606327
jay606327

In case anyone still hasn't found one as of like 10min ago they had PS4s on Amazon. I picked one up and it said that delivery was by Tuesday with one day delivery. 

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

You can't go by initial sales.  The Wii sold extremely well too...now it sits on the shelves of millions collecting dust.  Nothing but a wasteland of ugly white consoles and hideous controllers

Iemander
Iemander

Very sad day for Microsoft if this is true. If Microsoft can't obliterate Sony with such a high profile release in it's own region... just imagine how they're doing in the rest of the world, Microsoft hasn't even released the X One in many very important markets (Like Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, wtf seriously). I think only the most hardcore X One fans are able to wait in those markets.


I think any discussion of competition between Microsoft and Sony at this point is moot. 

Rikomi
Rikomi

When I went to EBGames to pick up Dark Souls 2 for the PS3, I seen alot of people buying the Xbox Titanfall bundle. That game really is a system seller. But I think the people who bought it are playing the short game. I think the PS4 will have better exclusives long term.

eternal_napalm
eternal_napalm

Wow, I am shocked that PS4 is still #1 in the US. Sony widening that lead. In the rest of the world, it's a bloodbath. April and May will be killer months for Sony, absolutely smoking the snot out of the puny, weak, cute little Xbone.

Nobody cares about TitanBot. The Infamous PS4 bundles were obliterating TitanBot bundles, last I checked. Then there is Watch Dogs.

Better resolution and exclusively hours of content on PS4. And this fall, nobody is going to want to play the weaker, content missing version of Xbone Destiny

Redskullduggery
Redskullduggery

Shouldn't it be noted that it was pretty hard to find a Play station 4 to buy in Feb? The "barely" is less impressive when everyone who wanted an Xbox could buy one and many people who wanted a PlayStation 4 could not.

omgitsdrlove
omgitsdrlove

@jpombrio Stop lying. Thank you.
Xbox One has always been in stock MILLIONS, but never sold.
PS4 is harder to find in a store than winning the lottery.
Why? Because its a way better gaming console in all ways imaginable.
Nice try though, i'll rate your comment 2/10

Albaficas
Albaficas

@jpombrio  excuses ?

are u butthurt cause your skypebox is getting owned worldwide ?


fact is the only thing that slowing ps4 to own the skypebox once and or for all is stocks

im still waiting my ps4 for more than two month -belgium- 

ACMC85
ACMC85

@ajac09 You mean a true hardcore bro gamer will player CoD and drink mountain dew. Be serious son, you can't be a cool new age gamer without the attitude and play anything but FPSs. LOL, you don't belong here.

Bazongaman502
Bazongaman502

@ajac09  I plan to own a PS4 even though I already own an Xbox One. I like what both can deliver and no longer would I have to be split between console exclusives 

ajac09
ajac09

@supergp17  drink the juice of an imaginary character? Okay crazy person.

sonicare
sonicare

@ali_manslayer lol.  I'm taking my time too.  No hurry buying a next gen console for me yet.  Wait till there's a decent lineup.

NFJSupreme
NFJSupreme

@john_henrey  And Sony hasn't?  Same Sony who used PS2 sales in ps3 sales numbers for an entire generation.  Nice selective memory you have there.

jpombrio
jpombrio

@Iemander Let's see how things look in a year. This dog race ain't over by a long shot.

Vegeta-sama
Vegeta-sama

@Iemander  you're being a dbag... chill out and drink a brew or a coke and STFUandPlay

NorwegianWinter
NorwegianWinter

@eternal_napalm  Really sounds like a child is making that comment. Funny and pitiful how emotionally invested you are in a console, an inanimate object, to the point of making these adolescent insults. You're a fanboy whom is overstating his fanboy opinion, nothing more. You are neither objective nor sensible.

electrichobo99
electrichobo99

@eternal_napalm  No, you're right, I'll be picking up the PS4 version of Destiny, but if you're such a fanboy that you can't appreciate the other systems, then your point is moot. Besides, as it stands, I haven't seen anything truly remarkable on either of the new consoles other than perhaps the 64-player matches in BF4, I should have waited instead of preordering.

coreldan
coreldan

@Redskullduggery But you are wrong. The Xbox One is not available to a LOT of people. Meanwhile PS4 around here has been easy to find on any shelf 2 weeks from it's launch when supply caught up to demand. Xbox One is out in 13 markets, PS4 in about 30 additional markets. Even if they are small(er), you would be a fool to argue it makes no difference in global sales.

soulless4now
soulless4now

@shinjuki I didn't mention Xbone so clearly it means I probably don't care about that version. It'll sell more on ps4 anyway. The series started on playstation after all. 

ajac09
ajac09

@ACMC85 @ajac09  Son? I am not your son and that comment alone proves you dont belong here.

ACMC85
ACMC85

@Bazongaman502 @ajac09 Besides a few exclusives, the hardware is very similar, from what every developer has been saying. I do like the 360 controller better, so the new xbone controller might have an advantage.

phloyd74
phloyd74

@shinjuki @DarksjeiK

I game on all 3 platforms xbl, pc and psn - ive had more crap from XBL'ers than anywhere else... 

Optimist_Pryme
Optimist_Pryme

@coreldan @RedskullduggeryLOL, bit of a difference to not be able to have any on shelves because a company completely sold out of product, rather than not be able to have any on shelves because of regional availability.  Even if you ONLY compare it in the countries where the X1 is available, PS4 is still outselling, and that's while having to keep making more, because they've run out, and therefore, still can't sell it in ONLY the countries where "X1" is available.  See that?  Do it by your standards, and X1 still loses... kind of hard to complain difficulting of a Microsoft selling, simply because people CHOOSE they don't want it, and an MS-Box is again sitting on a shelf collecting dust.


Seriously, if I wanted to sink $500 into something that was going to come into my home and collect dust... I'd hire a maid... #justsaying. ^_^

clr84651
clr84651

@shinjuki @Albaficas  

One online only shooter without a campaign or splitscreen is not going to be a system seller. If anything it will only help a little in the U.S. only. 

ajac09
ajac09

@ACMC85 @Bazongaman502 @ajac09  Hardware wise they are about 90% the same. Software will be the key here but in the end both will sell well and fanboi's will continue to argue.

NorwegianWinter
NorwegianWinter

@Iemander @Vegeta-sama  Apparently it's not performing too bad either. It doesn't have to be in first place to perform well. Sony has been providing gaming entertainment to the US longer than Microsoft has been with the Xbox. Either way, it should have no impact on how much you enjoy your Xbox One.