Xbox One and Xbox 360 sell the most software overall in January, but EA is "PS4's #1 publisher"

January 2014 NPD numbers put Call of Duty Ghosts on top, but also reveal a strong showing from Tomb Raider on PS4.

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According to an NPD report released today, game sales revenue was down 25% year-on-year in January. However this was primarily due to fewer games released over the month.

The NPD wrote, “There were about half the number of SKUs launched this January versus January 2013, leading to a 52 percent decrease in sales for new launches (or 39 percent when normalized for the 5-week January 2013). DMC: Devil May Cry and Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch were particularly strong launches in January 2013, causing a poor comparison for launches in January 2014.”

The top-selling games for January in the US (including CE, GOTY, and non-hardware bundles) were:

  1. Call Of Duty: Ghosts (360, PS3, XBO, PS4, NWU, PC)
  2. NBA 2K14 (PS4, 360, XBO, PS3, PC)
  3. Battlefield 4 (PS4, XBO, 360, PS3, PC)
  4. Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (360, PS4, XBO, PS3, NWU, PC)
  5. Grand Theft Auto V (360, PS3)
  6. Madden NFL 25 (PS4, XBO, 360, PS3)
  7. Minecraft (360)
  8. FIFA 14 (PS4, XBO, PS3, 360, PSV)
  9. Lego Marvel Super Heroes (360, XBO, PS3, PS4, 3DS, NWU, PSV, PC)
  10. Tomb Raider 2013 (PS4, XBO, 360, PS3)

Peter Moore also wrote in a tweet (responding to the PS4's successful sales numbers), "Number one publisher on the PS4 is an awful position to be in..." And journalist Geoff Keighley was told a Sony representative that, "Tomb Raider on PS4 outsold the Xbox One version 2:1"

But for overall software sold, Microsoft is the winner. In a press release, Microsoft wrote that the Xbox One and Xbox 360 "sold the most games across all console platforms in January with 2.27 million units sold, making up 47 percent of software market share."

Also according to Microsoft, the Xbox One currently has a 2.7 attach rate (meaning that there are 2.7 Xbox One games sold per Xbox owner).

But the surprising news still comes from overall hardware numbers, where the PS4 surpassed not only Nintendo's dominating handheld, but also the Xbox One.

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Discussion

110 comments
kovaras1984
kovaras1984

47% of all sales. people are pointing out theirs alot of 360 owners out there and their right. but theirs about the same ps3 owners lol, 2 machines taking nearly half the console sales 2 machines vs ps3 ps4 wii wiiu onlive and all android systems

dammed impressive

deadpen
deadpen

I love how they added the 360 in there to make it look like microsoft is winning the race. Well the tortoise and hair better watch out for the poisonous snail, know as Nintendo.

allever
allever

I'm not happy EA is PS4 #1 publisher.  They suck.

JDWolfie
JDWolfie

"In a press release, Microsoft wrote that the Xbox One and Xbox 360 "sold the most games across all console platforms in January with 2.27 million units sold, making up 47 percent of software market share."


Would like some clarification on that. Is that combined or did they sell most for each generation?

thissonicboom
thissonicboom

So PS4 outsold Xbox One but Xbots play more games. Gamers play on Xbox.

playstationzone
playstationzone

PS4 Won again and again and again Xbox fans should see that ps4 no1 consoles of this gen.

3dmatrixgamer
3dmatrixgamer

no next gen exclusive in the top ten list Lol.

FULGOREY2K
FULGOREY2K

Don't you cry tonight my dear XBOT 

tinyname
tinyname

Titanfail for PS4 confirmed.

Morphine_OD
Morphine_OD

Lol, what a way to pile up a popular console and a struggling one. In that case "Nintendo has sold the most software and consoles with Wii U and Wii".

slainta
slainta

BREAKING NEWS!!


The Xbox One and Xbox 360 together sold more SW than the Xbox One or Xbox 360!

wdma
wdma

Complete spectrum of NPD hardware sales estimates:

PS4: 271K
XB1: 141K
3DS: ~97K
PS3: ~53.5K
Wii U: 49K
360: ~48.5K
Vita: <17K

lol even Wii U and PS3 outsold X360, MS don goofed

the_real_VIP
the_real_VIP

In other words, Call of Duty Ghosts on Xbox platforms outsold all other games on all platforms...


This is sad.

wdma
wdma

Xbone + X360 "combined" sold more than PS4 which is stupid comparison to begin with but in term of next-gen software PS4 sold more than Xbone 

hadlee73
hadlee73

Really need to see the NFL2K series return so it can crap on Madden NFL's mediocrity. Didn't EA's NFL exclusivity license expire in 2013 or did they manage to extend it again?

Deano
Deano

funny considering how much smack ps4 owners talk about xbox and how bad microsoft is, yet here they are as EA's number one customer.

19James89
19James89

Electronic Arts is the number one publisher on the PS4? Well Sony gamers aren't the most intelligent are they, so that's hardly surprising. 



rasterror
rasterror

This article was created for the sole purpose of flame baiting. It seems that 90% of the articles on GS are created just to flame bait. I'm losing respect for this site more and more each day.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@thissonicboom You better double check that my friend, because that's not what the numbers mean at all.

blackace
blackace

@3dmatrixgamer Because most of them sucked. The ones that were good only sold marginally well. Games like Forza 5, DR3 & KZ:SF are all over 1 million sold. Other games like Ryse, Knack, Infamous SS & Titanfall will surely hit 1 million before the E3.

blue_shift_91
blue_shift_91

@FULGOREY2K  

but your plastic gaming toy sold in slightly greater numbers than my plastic gaming toy.

how could we not be unbearably sad over such a retarded issue? 

troll_eat_troll
troll_eat_troll

@tinyname lol another PS4 fanboy desperately wanting for what they called Titan"fail" to release on their system.

blackace
blackace

@Morphine_OD Yeah, I think Wii U is still ahead of the PS4 worldwide. Not sure why Sony keeps saying they are leading next-gen worldwide. lol!! They are still 2nd for right now.

lostn
lostn

@wdma 271k PS4, wow. Does it still sell out?

slainta
slainta

@wdma  In Europe the PS3 is currently selling more than the Xbone. ^_^

3dmatrixgamer
3dmatrixgamer

@the_real_VIP  No nope it is all over hype COD series is also best seller on PS3 last gen and you can google it.

Keitha313
Keitha313

@19James89  That bides well with the PS4 users as EA us one if the biggest industries in gaming and it wont help any Xbox user, when it comes to exclusives EA would be more leaning towards Sony on that one.

hadlee73
hadlee73

@19James89  Well the Xbox One's two top selling games this year have been from Activision and EA respectively, so not sure why you've specifically targeted Sony gamers for your comment. The fact is these horrid companies make games that people want and so they keep being the biggest sellers.

Megamandrew
Megamandrew

@19James89 Translation: "LOL the people who bought the console that I didn't buy are all stupid."

Morphine_OD
Morphine_OD

@rasterror  no, this article reports on some relevant news made by some relevant newsmakers. These idiotic figures are not Gamespot's original content.

Megamandrew
Megamandrew

@rasterror There are people who still have respect for this site?  Ha!  Next you're going to tell me that there are people who still care about Carmen Electra.

force_user1975
force_user1975

@Thanatos2k @thissonicboom  Actually it does kinda mean that. I've seen people buy a PS4 on impulse because they think they're hard to find. They wont even buy games for them. I think it's pretty clear Microsoft has the better launch lineup and with Titanfall coming soon it'll only get better. 

19James89
19James89

@Megamandrew Now have you come to that conclusion? The fact is Electronic Arts is one of the worst games developers and publishers going. 


Just look at what they've done to games like Command and Conquer, Medal of Honor and Dead Space, then look at the amount of broken games they release i.e. FIFA 13, Sim City and Battlefield 4 and yet millions upon millions of stupid gamers most who appear to be PS4 users continually throw their money at Electronic Arts. 


There's a reason the industry has ever lowering standards and it's due to the idiot consumers who enjoy throwing their money on products which are not fit for purpose and at companies who treat them with not an ounce of respect. 


So no it's not that I'm annoyed with the people who are buying the PS4, I'm annoyed that people continue to throw their hard-earned money at corporations like EA who have no respect for their consumers because all they do is treat their customers appallingly by releasing products which are not fit for purpose and shouldn't be released onto the market. 


19James89
19James89

@rgreening @19James89 @hadlee73  The fact remains that gamers on this website and others complain about broken games like Sim City and Battlefield 4, they complain about DLC and microtransactions and then continue to buy broken games from repeat offenders, they continue to buy DLC and buy microstransactions. 


Now I have no right to tell anyone which games to buy and which games they shouldn't, but those gamers who give corporations like EA their hard-earned money and the gamers who buy into DLC and microtransactions and online subscriptions have no right to complain about how costly gaming has become or how standards are slipping because I don't blame companies like EA half as much as I blame stupid consumers who give companies a license to release unfit products onto the market and to treat the gaming community as a cash cow. 

rgreening
rgreening

@19James89 @hadlee73  Simple fact is, there have been more PS4's sold then Xbone's. So it shouldn't come as a surprise that more of a particular publishers games have sold more copies on the console that has sold more units.(Article is combining 360 and Xbone, just sayin) I fail to see how simple math equates to people that bought a PS4 being less then intelligent. Another fact is that EA has released more launch titles on both systems then any other publisher. While I am not a fan of EA and their practices at least they have given consumers of the new consoles games to play, at launch.

hadlee73
hadlee73

@19James89 @hadlee73  I definitely won't argue with you on that point. I defended EA for a long time thinking people were too hard on them. It felt pretty humbling this year when I came to the realization I'd been a blind idiot by supporting them.

19James89
19James89

@hadlee73  It says the EA is the #1 publisher on the PS4. That's why I made the comment I did, though I have no doubt with the release of Titanfall that millions of 360, Xbox One and PC gamers will be rushing out to pick up this game. 


At the end if gamers continue to give corporations like EA their hard-earned money they have no right to complain about broken games and being treated as a cash cow. 



hadlee73
hadlee73

@19James89 @hadlee73  My comment isn't referencing the article. Its a direct reply to you. Why would I need to re-read the headline for that?