PS4 Tops June 2014 NPD Sales Chart, Despite Xbox One Price Cut

The NPD Group today released its monthly sales report for June.

The NPD Group today released its monthly report for physical sales in the United States during June. Along with it, the respective console manufacturers have made their own announcements based on the report, and according to Sony, the PlayStation 4 was the top-selling system in the U.S. during June.

That's an especially noteworthy accomplishment given the momentum the Xbox One gained last month. Just yesterday, Microsoft announced that Xbox One sales had more than doubled in June (compared with May) after its Kinect-less, $400 model went on sale. No specific figures were offered, and as a result, it was difficult to tell just how many systems the price drop helped to sell. The company announced earlier today it would lay off up to 18,000 people and shut down Xbox Entertainment Studios, but the majority of the layoffs have nothing to do with Xbox.

We now know, courtesy of a statement from Sony's Guy Longworth, that the PS4 came out on top in the U.S. during June. Sony offered up a handful of other notes regarding the success of the PS4, including the fact that this marks the sixth month in a row that the PS4 was the top seller in the U.S. Additionally, PS4 was the top platform for physical software sales among the new generation of platforms.

The Wii U saw a sales bump in late May thanks to the launch of Mario Kart 8, and that continued into June. Wii U sales were up a whopping 233 percent over June 2013, and sales for it during the first six months of the year are up 48 percent as compared with the same period in 2013, according to Nintendo. As with Microsoft's boast about the Xbox One sales increase, though, these increases unfortunately doesn't provide us with a full picture without knowing specific sales figures.

3DS sales were up 55 percent over May, Nintendo reports, but the NPD Group's Liam Callahan notes there was a year-over-year decline in portable hardware. (Sony made no mention of the PlayStation Vita in its statement today.) Despite that, the strength of the new consoles resulted in a 106 percent increase in hardware sales to $292.7 million, compared with $142 million last June. Looking at sales of consoles alone, sales were up by more than 200 percent versus last year.

It's been some time since any of the three console manufacturers provided us with an update on sales for their respective systems. According to the most recent official announcements for worldwide sales figures, the PS4 has sold 7 million units (as of April 6); the Xbox One has sold 3 million units (as of December 31), with 5 million shipped to retailers; and the Wii U has sold 6.17 million units (as of March 31).

The NPD Group's report also included the ten best-selling games in June at retail in the US. Watch Dogs was the top seller once again when combining all five of its platforms, while Mario Kart 8 was number one when looking at individual platforms.

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Discussion

1487 comments
TheAcejoel99
TheAcejoel99

Just buy what you want people. BUY WHAT YOU WANT. I plan on buying a PS4 and Wii U. Does that make me better than the person who wants an Xbox One and a 3DS? No. Don't let sales trends tell you what to buy.

Armandrik
Armandrik

“Beware the man of one book.” 

                                - St. Thomas Aquinas

"[...] and according to Sony, the PlayStation 4 was the top-selling system in the U.S. during June". 


One source, no double verification...and the source is from the company telling they are the best!!! I don't care about Xbox One vs PS4 competition. I like them both. But when I see a lack of intellectual rigor, I can not help myself but to denounce the situation.

Sorry for my english, I'm not fluent in this beautiful Shakespearian language :-)

orangesonic
orangesonic

everyone should buy what they like instead of talking bs about whos console is better or who is selling better... i dont see the point of discussing it... it is just subjective... everyone has a different opinion about everything, let us just accept that... after all everyone here is a gamer after all

Gencic
Gencic

I find the Xbox One's controller to fit a bit better in my hands than the PS4's. That's the only difference I see between them.

scottwilkins
scottwilkins

Sony said they were #1??  And you guys trust that?  Stupid.

nosound_warmup
nosound_warmup

Time to bring out the secret weapon ... Powah of da Cloud! Don Mattrick style. #dealwithit

TheExxorcist
TheExxorcist

May the PS4 reign Victor this gen :)

Good for them!

starjay009
starjay009

Way too many PC cheerleaders here. It seems these sheep are all content to dish out more "donations" to greedy companies like Nvidia and ATI who will take all their money and keep releasing a brand new GPU every weekend that costs a fortune completely rending whatever hardware everybody owns obsolete. Still what do these folks get ? Bad performance, stuttering, RAM issues, CTOD errors, overheating etc. The PC forums for some technically demanding games is the best comedy central locations on Earth. Some of the threads there OMG. This is why console gaming is the best especially with the new gen systems that are actually more like PCs in every way. Stability with performance at an affordable price is the right set of ingredients; none of which PCs can be associated with no matter how much buttering up is made. Sure, PCs will always have the processing power due to hardware customization. But there are way too many issues that are negative to PC. Of course this debate will go on forever but lately Gamespot has become PCSpot and that's not good. 

Shango4
Shango4

Dayum! If PS4 wins July then it's over for Xbox. PS4 will win the rest of the year.

August will have TLOU Remastered
September will have Destiny
October will have a sh#t load of multiplatforms games that will sell better on PS4 as well as Drive Club
November might be a tough month with Xbox favoring COD and the return of Halo, but PS4 will have Far Cry 4 on it's side as well as LBP 3 
As for December, it's the goddamn holidays and after the sh#t load of games released everyone is gonna want a PS4 for christmas and maybe a Wii U cause you know MK8 and SSB are awesome.

McGregor
McGregor

I stopped worrying about this. Maybe some day I'll pick up a console, but neither has given me a compelling reason to run out and drop $400. Even the Wii U isn't on my must buy list yet (I'm waiting for you Zelda). I'd really like to see developers push more titles to the PC.

fgjnfgh
fgjnfgh

I think now people are blindly buying PS4 lol. Not realizing that Microsoft has a price cut, or changed their policies for better, the new exclusives, or even the free/discounted games you get. This is all internet doing.

Intellijosh
Intellijosh

i would say don't buy either system yet. not worth it at all. My ps4 has really been a paper weight for the last couple months. There just aren't any games that make it worth it. Infamous is alright, killzone is alright... There just aren't any great games that justify the purchase. Titanfall is the only great game I have loved this year so far, but I have it for pc. Maybe I should have bought an xone if anything...

ketsuhige
ketsuhige

If the numbers were good, they would've advertised that ish like nobody's business (just like Sony did). The fact that they're hiding them means they don't want people to know, including shareholders, that they're actually trailing even behind the Wii U, which is saying a LOT. Sure the Wii U was released a while back, but:

a- That didn't stop PS4 from overtaking the Wii U within a few months

and

b- The Wii U has become (unfortunately) synonymous with a failed product (I hope it picks up and succeeds). 


So X1 in 3rd place is NOT a good look at all. 


xtrapolitedurid
xtrapolitedurid

@Gencic i like the xbox one controller just for some reason dont care for the bumpers, feel weird when i reach to press them, maybe it just me

Albaficas
Albaficas

@TheExxorcist huh ?

dunno but the ps3 sell better than the xbox 360 so if u put out that crap nintendo wii console sony won again


jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

@starjay009 This is the weirdest post i've ever seen, it is like the bizarro version of a pc elitist post, made me laugh and then sad at how stupid almost all of the statements you made about pc and how wrong they are. First off, do not get me wrong I love console and as for bang for you buck you cannot beat console. But......... PC gaming is no longer a niche hobby, with millions and millions more people gaming on pc then ever before (pc games sold more the any other platform last year) and so has the ease of access to this part of gaming. While building and maintaining a gaming PC is not for everyone, millions of new gaming pc get made or bought up each year around the world and they work and perform just fine, and a very fine reliability rate.  The issues you pointed out above regarding technical issues related to gaming pc is fluff and not part of real world results - as by the number - games get bought, get played, and satisfaction is (across the board) much higher then other platforms. IF it was not - then the sales would show it.  

I will admit pc gaming is more expensive, with diminishing returns over the years as compared to console where most triple AAA games are designed directly to the architecture of the machine, but without a doubt the flexibility and scope of pc games from every developer to time period is well worth it. To give you an idea, this last couple of months I have just finished: south park sot pc, tales of heroes for psp on my pc via ppsspp at 1080p 24" widescreen, child of light pc, FF III, pc steam, Anodyne old school rpg indie pc, Batman Arkum city GoY edition on pc, and booted up suikoden 5 ps2 via eps2x. Also tried divinity 2 sin, watchdogs, metro last light, and the game i am playing now and cannot put down Wasteland 2 beta.  MY back catalog keeps growing. 

No issues, no problems, super fast load times if any, high def, controller support, and it still does all the things I need a pc to do all on an old machine i built in 2010 for $550: gts450, phenom ii quad that still plays any of the games coming out now at 1080p 60fps. 

Nothing is worse then a platform elitist that gives false information. I have always suggested - give it a try. 

TheExxorcist
TheExxorcist

Also on a console, I can sit next to my wife and play games like Diablo 3 with her... Kinda hard to do that on PC

Albaficas
Albaficas

@Metallicwolf29 yea if u like hello kitty games

say that again in 2 years from now once sony all 1st party studios are dont with their working games

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

@Metallicwolf29 If you like those kiddie type of games, ill admit pikmen 3 scores well but grown adults would probably want to play watchdogs or wasteland 2. and yes mario racer is a hoot, but people who do not live with their mothers and own their own cars probably want to play forza. And of course there are plenty who want to play sports games at the best fidelity, and an occasional game that may be rated M. While nintendo first party games rate very high as they are great at what they do, most gamers have out the cutesy, gimmicky, poor value Wii U. 

starjay009
starjay009

@McGregor So you mean you want to see devs push for more titles on the MOST UNSTABLE platform AKA the PC ? God bless your wish cause that ain't happening. 

Simba13
Simba13

@fgjnfgh "I think now people are blindly buying PS4 lol. Not realizing that Microsoft has a price cut, or changed their policies for better, the new exclusives, or even the free/discounted games you get. This is all internet doing."


YES, DESPERATION and being second class in sales will make you do a lot of things.

Unfortunately for them in this time of multiplatform games, it will never be enough for MS to beat the hardware performance advantage that the PS4 has for consoles.

And NO I don't own a PS4, I DO have a great Xbox 360 though and there's LOTS of games for it!

pinoy_boy
pinoy_boy

@fgjnfgh or maybe PS4 has a better hardware and proven to perform better with multi-platform games. oh yeah, it didn't need a price cut to get the consumers attention...

pinoy_boy
pinoy_boy

@fgjnfgh or maybe PS4 has a better hardware and proven to perform better multi-platform games. and oh yeah, it didn't need a price cut.

gunnmetal
gunnmetal

@Intellijosh i was titanfeeling alot then i was battlefeeling 4 alot. i feelensteined a while now im forzafeeling and im also deadrisingfeeling it. 

scottwilkins
scottwilkins

@flyincloud1116  Better game sales numbers, not hardware.  But, that's what made the 360 win out too.  So, it's still way to early to tell.  So far both systems kind of suck in that area.

xXxIRyanxXx
xXxIRyanxXx

@ketsuhige The Wii U has been out over a year, if the the Wii U is outselling the Xbox One, which I don't know and you don't know, should you be surprised at all that it has sold more. The fact that the Wii U isn't far out in front, and has already been passed by the PS4 is way more surprising.

petermavreas
petermavreas

@jenovaschilld @Metallicwolf29 

Uh I drive a 2013 ford flex with ecoboost, that's 350hp and the car costs over $60.000, I would rather play Mario Kart 8 over Forza any day, and your parents would probably want to live in my house.  Funny you make fun because at my office there are 4 of us that have MK8 races nightly and one drives a mini cooper, another drives a Genesis turbo and another  a Velester Turbo, I think you should stop generalizing about who plays a Wii U.  Also M rated games... Wii U has its fare share! But wanting to play M rated games and basing how good a system is on its M rated catalogue shows you are a youngster who lives in his parents house. Don't call me a Wii U Fanboy, I have a $5500 PC, XB360, PS3, and PS4, check me out on YouTube if you don't believe me...Hits9Nine

gunnmetal
gunnmetal

@pinoy_boy @fgjnfgh it got a price increase in canada of 50$. the dashboard and the controller isnt exactly awesome. and the games are really boring. 

mattress805
mattress805

You win the bronze medal.....and do does the xbox one. Because it's in 3rd place too this generation

ketsuhige
ketsuhige

@xXxIRyanxXx @ketsuhige I clearly stated those facts (Wii U out over a year before the X1) and I explained why that's still a bad thing for X1; it's all about perception and less about facts. That's why MS has been overly secretive about their sales numbers (IMO): they paint a certain (unfavourable) picture, especially to shareholders. Can you blame them, with all the job cuts? 

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

@petermavreas @jenovaschilld @Metallicwolf29 No, no, from your materialistic and shallow reply I think you are exactly the target audience Nintendo is looking for - plenty of cash little brains. Matter of fact I think I even saw a pie chart with your name on it- for Nintendo is hoping there are plenty more customers like you who care more about collecting then enjoying, after all that is nintendo nation, children who buy lots of toys. 

mark_1313_13
mark_1313_13

@gunnmetal @pinoy_boy @fgjnfgh I find all AAA games rather boring, they spend too much money making the game look realistic and not enough making a game that's actually fun to play. Which is why PC is where it's at, indie for the win.

scottwilkins
scottwilkins

@mikees1  Yeah, they are dying.  Have been for almost a decade.  They can bleed only so long.  We'll probably see a PS5 before they croak though.

xXxIRyanxXx
xXxIRyanxXx

@ketsuhige @xXxIRyanxXx Im not seeing any facts, all I see is speculation as to why Microsoft hasn't recently released the sales numbers for the Xbox One. Most of the jobs they cut were from Nokia, Microsoft isn't in any trouble financially, cutting 18,000 jobs will only increase revenue so I think shareholders will be pretty happy.

ketsuhige
ketsuhige

@xXxIRyanxXx @ketsuhige 12,000 of those jobs are Nokia, the rest is MS. 

As for making shareholders happy, cost minimization = profit maximization, that's never been debated. I'm saying they're hiding sales data from all stakeholders including shareholders because of the negative image it paints. That last part is an opinion, not a fact. I never claimed that that part was a fact.