PS4 Returns to #1 Spot in US Hardware Sales During March

The NPD Group releases its monthly report for March 2015.

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The NPD today released its regular report for the month of March, revealing the PlayStation 4 has returned to the top of the sales charts in the United States.

It was Nintendo's 3DS that came out on top in February thanks to the debut of the New 3DS. But that performance would last only a single month, as the PS4 is again number one, according to a Sony statement issued alongside the NPDs (which cover March 1 through April 4).

Overall, the month was not as strong as March of 2014 for hardware; sales of consoles and handhelds totaled $311.1 million this year, compared with $393.4 million last year. The NPD Group's Liam Callahan notes unit sales were down only 9 percent year-over-year, but lower prices account for the 21 percent drop in dollar sales.

"Console hardware was the primary culprit responsible for the March 2015 sales decline, with a 29 percent, or $104 million decrease, in spending while portable hardware rose by 71 percent over last year," Callahan noted.

Specific sales figures for each platform were not announced.

In a statement, Microsoft chose to focus on how Xbox One sales "continued to outpace Xbox 360 sales at the same point in its lifecycle."

As for Nintendo, it stated that total hardware sales of the 3DS in 2015 have increased 80 percent compared with the first three months of 2014. Likewise, total Wii U hardware sales are up 20 percent year-over-year during the first quarter of the year.

During March, Battlefield Hardline came out as the top seller, followed by PS4 exclusive Bloodborne.

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