PS4 outsells Xbox One in US during April; Titanfall remains top seller

NPD's April report shows Titanfall coming out on top for the second month running.

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For the fourth month running, the PlayStation 4 was the top-selling video game system in the United States, followed by the Xbox One (which sold 115,000 units), the NPD Group said today.

As part of its US sales report for April, the NPD Group reported software sales for both next-gen consoles continue to be promising. "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," the press release issued today states.

"PS4 software combined with Xbox One software sales are up over 40 percent compared to sales of the PS3 and Xbox 360 through their first six months," the report continued. Even software for the beleaguered Wii U, which has struggled since its launch in 2012, was doing better than last year, with year-over-year sales up by more than 80 percent. That's likely due at least in part to the install base for the system simply being bigger that ever before.

Despite this, overall software sales were down 10 percent to $227.9 million compared with the $254.3 million generated during the same period last year. The NPD points to the launches of games like Injustice: Gods Among Us and Dead Island: Riptide in April 2013 as contributing factors.

In terms of software sales, the NPD report--which only covers new, physical sales at retail--shows Titanfall was the top-selling game for the second month in a row, perhaps thanks in part to its release on the Xbox 360 in April. Following it are a number of games accustomed to being in the top ten, including Call of Duty: Ghosts, NBA 2K14, and Minecraft for Xbox 360.

The full top-ten (which includes collector's editions and the like, but not software bundled with hardware) follows below:

  1. Titanfall (360, XBO, PC)
  2. Call Of Duty: Ghosts (360, PS4, PS3, XBO, NWU, PC)
  3. NBA 2K14 (360, PS4, PS3, XBO, PC)
  4. Minecraft (360)
  5. LEGO The Hobbit (360, PS3, One, PS4, 3DS, NWU, PSV)
  6. The LEGO Movie Videogame (360, 3DS, PS3, NWU, XBO, PS4, PSV)
  7. Lego Marvel Super Heroes (360, PS3, NDS, 3DS, PS4, NWU, XBO, PSV, PC)
  8. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (PS4, 360, PS3, NWU, 3DS)
  9. Grand Theft Auto V (360, PS3)
  10. Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (360, PS3, PS4, XBO, NWU, PC)

If the top ten didn't combine sales for all platforms each game is released on, it would look much different, as Yoshi's New Island, Infamous: Second Son, MLB 14: The Show for PS3, Kinect Sports Rivals, and Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare for Xbox 360 would have all made the top ten.

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Discussion

630 comments
KimCheeWarriorX
KimCheeWarriorX

i think a lot of dimwits here forget that an ms os provides the structure for most pc's operations

KimCheeWarriorX
KimCheeWarriorX

apparently your posts get a "pending" stamp if you post too much due to typing too fast. lol. what a joke.

ferrari2001
ferrari2001

Stop using the garbage that is NPD. (which only covers new, physical sales at retail). We live in a digital world and people buy lots of content digitally. If a company continues to be 5 years behind the times it's probably best we stop using them for our source of which software sold the most.

nurnberg
nurnberg

At least I have to give credit to Microsoft for trying to change things to sell more X1s.  Sometimes drastic changes are necessary.  Nintendo doesn't seem to understand this concept though.

nurnberg
nurnberg

This is bad for Microsoft.  The US was one of the only places in the world where the 360 constantly outsold the PS3.  Now the PS4 is outselling the X1 worldwide, including the US.

metallinatus
metallinatus

Apparently, EA is selling a lot.... to PC gamers.

wgerardi
wgerardi

Finally got Titanfall on Redbox last week for 360... Possibly the most over hyped game I've ever played, I got bored and took it back after 2 days.  I will say the controls/gameplay is incredibly tight and it may be the smoothest FPS I've ever played on console, but after 30 minutes I basically played the entire game. It feels like a $15-20 experience rather than a full game. Needless to say I'm completely baffled as to why it is selling so well....


I wouldn't call Titanfall a POS, but its certainly a pointless game that leaves you feeling empty. Games like Titanfall/CoD/BF are the fast food of the gaming world for sure.

deadbrokekiller
deadbrokekiller

Where's all those PS4 exclusive titles at????? Sony you knew about Titanfall and did nothing to compete with it lol, sure your system is selling more..for now, but with the One price drop and word of Titanfall selling hot...it's gonna get alil worse for you.

diggyphelps
diggyphelps

What's your point? Its an OS. People don't need to pay ms for gold on PC, MS doesn't see any money for Titanfall sales on PC, you know who does, EA. MS doesn't see money from steam, origin, etc. The PC community despises ms for how they have behaved over the past 10 years and with Linux gaming support growing and steam os coming, ms is scared. You ever here of games for windows? You know how bad of a fail it was? I bet you don't, because you don't PC game, you joke.

tigress666
tigress666

@ferrari2001 That might be a valid argument for software. I'm curious though how you think they sell consoles and hardware digitally...

KimCheeWarriorX
KimCheeWarriorX

@nurnberg  you think the wii-u could manage a price drop if they included a regular controller instead of the screen in the controller hybrid?

Tiger_Ali
Tiger_Ali

@tomservo51 that's depressing, how about the amount of sold to consumer x-b-o-n-e-s. Made them drop Kinect.

KimCheeWarriorX
KimCheeWarriorX

@metallinatus  who most are also playing games on an ms "platform" of sorts if they are using any form of windows. ms exclusive remember? dont understand why kids cant get that concept through their thick skulls

GOGOHeadray
GOGOHeadray

@deadbrokekiller Most of titanfall's numbers are selling on the 360 not the X-1. In fact that top selling next en exclusive was infamous SS.

KimCheeWarriorX
KimCheeWarriorX

@diggyphelps  but titanfall is still an ms exclusive. THAT was my point. something whiny kids here cant get through their thick skulls

ferrari2001
ferrari2001

@KimCheeWarriorX @ferrari2001lol wat? Of course not, but it's not like it would be extremely difficult to gather sales data from major digital distributors for a company like NPD. I mean I'd imagine we are talking thousands of upon thousands of sold games that are not being factored into sales data. The list could be significantly different then what it currently is. For a company like NPD that is just unacceptable.

ferrari2001
ferrari2001

@tigress666 @ferrari2001I'm perfectly ok with continuing to use them to track Hardware sales as they are decently accurate but their software sales numbers have got to go. No way are they in anyway an accurate portrayal of the software industry as a whole.  

KimCheeWarriorX
KimCheeWarriorX

@diggyphelps @deadbrokekiller  yes it is, its an ms exclusive, i believe i mentioned this before, what part of that do you not understand? you use some form of windows os, am i right? (this is the part where he says he doesnt just to spite me).

repetitious
repetitious

No, but is still outselling second son on x1 alone tho

KimCheeWarriorX
KimCheeWarriorX

@ferrari2001 @KimCheeWarriorX  riiiiiiiiiiiiiiggggghhhhhhht, lmfao

KimCheeWarriorX
KimCheeWarriorX

@metallinatus @KimCheeWarriorX  it might as well be considering how much you kids worship sony like they were some ancient deity. plus im pretty sure sony is known for much more than their playstation brand.

tigress666
tigress666

@deadbrokekiller @diggyphelpsObviously it's not a big negative cause PS4 is still selling well despite not having it. Also, MP only game, that generally makes it a big negative to a lot of people (like me for example). Not everyone wants to play MP believe it or not (and I'm not the only one. Why do you think you still have games that outright eschew putting in a MP like Witcher 3 or Wolfenstein. There's a market for good SP games).

tigress666
tigress666

@deadbrokekiller @diggyphelpsUh... yeah, that's about as likely to happen as MS getting a Naughty Dog title. When the company owns the developer/IP, they keep the games to themselves to make sure they get those exclusives ;).

diggyphelps
diggyphelps

@deadbrokekiller @diggyphelps  You don't care about sales? interesting, but wasn't this you in your OP-"sure your system is selling more..for now, but with the One price drop and word of Titanfall selling hot...it's gonna get alil worse for you. "

Correct me if I'm wrong, but this looks like the words of someone who cares.

"Titanfall is THE game to play right now"

No, as I said I own it and have already moved to DS2 and next week it'll be wolfenstein, then the next week it's WD's.

Also, once again, it is NOT an exclusive.

You have been violently refuted...

deadbrokekiller
deadbrokekiller

@diggyphelps @deadbrokekiller"move more consoles"? I dont work at MS or anything, i could care less about how many consoles they sell. My entire point was laughing at Sony for not having an exclusive/somewhat-exclusive or whatever game on top. Titanfall is THE game to play right now, and you sir cant play it on your PS4.  Read it yourself, one of the negative things about that PS4 at the moment is that there are very few great games to play on it, yet its supposed to be the ultimate gaming machine. Titanfall is not on ANY Sony console at the moment, therefore..yes, its exclusive to everyone but them. (Nintendo not included lol)

diggyphelps
diggyphelps

@deadbrokekiller  As I said though, the sequel will be on the PS4 so you're just clinging to the first iteration of a new ip in hopes that it will move more consoles. That is great and all, but the game has been out for a little bit now and the most of the people who really wanted the game already have it.

deadbrokekiller
deadbrokekiller

@diggyphelps @deadbrokekiller Titanfalll part 1 is exclusive from the PS4 at the moment...right?

deadbrokekiller
deadbrokekiller

@diggyphelps @deadbrokekillerANNNNND my entire point was that Titanfall IS NOT ON PLAYSTATION, lol..I guess THAT went over your head. Geez. NO its not an exclusive to MS, its on PC also..I know that.
And i know Sony plans on having its share of Titanfall 2...i know that, dont remind me. We're not talking about future games tho.

deadbrokekiller
deadbrokekiller

@diggyphelps @deadbrokekillerWhyd u bring up Titanfall 2 for PS4? We were talking about the current Titanfall on the current MS consoles and PC..which is currently not on ANY Sony console. Not sure why you even brought it up.

deadbrokekiller
deadbrokekiller

@diggyphelps @deadbrokekillerId say it goes both ways. The way Sony has been repeatedly kicking MS while theyre down, I wouldnt doubt they try to grab HALO as a PS4/multi-platform release as well lol.

deadbrokekiller
deadbrokekiller

@diggyphelps @deadbrokekiller

yeah, so come talk about that when its actually released. We're not talking about future games lol. Of course Sony NEEDS Titanfall, they cant let MS and PC keep it to themselves.

diggyphelps
diggyphelps

Who cares? My PC isn't an Xbox. Apparently your brain is as small as your d*ick.

repetitious
repetitious

They also said 1080 60fps WD. ....also where did they say it