PS4 Top-Selling Console in US For September 2015

Next up: the holidays.

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For the fifth straight month, PlayStation 4 maintained its spot as the best-selling console in the US according to the NPD.

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While specific sales figures were not made available, Sony wrote in a press release, "As we kick off the holiday season, we would like to take a moment to thank fans for making PlayStation 4 the best-selling console and #1 in software sales in September. PlayStation 4 was the number one console for NBA 2K16, Madden NFL 16, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, and FIFA 16. Including the highly successful limited edition console bundle, PS4 also led retail sales for Destiny: The Taken King.

Regarding the NPD's, Microsoft's corporate VP of marketing, Mike Nichols, provided the following statement: "Xbox One continued to see strong momentum in September on the heels of Forza Motorsport 6 and EA Sports FIFA 16, with solid year-over-year growth in console sales and strong engagement on Xbox Live. This holiday Xbox One owners will enjoy the greatest games lineup in the industry and in Xbox history, led by Halo 5: Guardians, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Fallout 4, Call of Duty: Black Ops III, Star Wars Battlefront, and the ability to play Xbox 360 games. Xbox One owners will have all this on the fastest, most social Xbox experience ever and with advanced hardware such as the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller. Xbox fans and first-time console buyers can look forward to an epic holiday!"

Overall, according The NPD Groups' Liam Callahan, "The majority of hardware platforms increased their sales from August 2015 to September 2015 when comparing sales on a per-week basis. All 8th generation consoles experienced double-digit growth when comparing sales on a per-week basis."

And compared to the PS3 and Xbox 360, the PS4 and Xbox One are showing strong growth with combined sales that are "40 percent higher than the combined 23 month totals for PS3 and 360."

Year on year, the comparison is less rosy, with September 2015 sales down 23 percent compared to September 2014. Callahan attributes part of this to the strong performance of Destiny last year, adding "Contrary to past months, hardware sales declines were seen across 8th generation consoles, 7th generation consoles, and portables.”

The PS4 was also the best-selling console in August, though the holidays will be an interesting time for Sony. While Microsoft has several exclusive games lined up, including Rise of the Tomb Raider and Halo 5, Sony will be relying on its new partnership with Activision in Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 to maintain its lead.

As for September's top 10 titles, sports games dominated the month, with Madden and NBA 2K16 beating out The Taken King and The Phantom Pain.

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When you look at games that make it onto all the systems the difference is so slight that people don't really see a reason to waste $350. Current gen sales don't even compare to last gen at the same point in their life cycle. I think its more of an overall lack of interest than PS4 awesomeness. Most of the people I know that game are still playing 360 and PS3.

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@externalpower43: I have yet to make the jump to the new systems for the reasons you mentioned. I just cannot justify the price tag for a system with only a graphical upgrade. With the PSX you had CD quality games. With the PS2 you had DVD capability. With the PS3 you had Blu-ray, online multiplayer, and downloadable games. What does the PS4 have except prettier graphics? I know there are games you can share, but is that really worth the price of admission?

I realize that if VR takes off, and is not that expensive, that would be a reason to finally take the plunge. But for now there doesn't seem to be a compelling reason to.

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That is great but why doesn't Sony develop or fund more fgames for the PS4, just accessories like the PS VR...

For video game console with such huge lead you would think Sony would publish more games, I buy a video game console for the exclusive games.

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this is so embarrassing for the x1. Forza 6 failed as well.

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Why are people buying Madden over the Phantom Pain though? That's the real question...

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And the Winner is..........

Justin Haywald with 248 comments

And coming in last is Eddie "The Master-Baiter" Makuch with 45 comments on the same article!

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and this was before the price drop..

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What about the Wii U?

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"And compared to the PS3 and Xbox 360, the PS4 and Xbox One are showing strong growth with combined sales that are "40 percent higher than the combined 23 month totals for PS3 and 360.""

Yeah, because there's no Wii this time.

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Congrats to Sony for having the most sales this month, and congrats to MS and Nintendo as well for selling more systems as well!

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Good for them but until more and better exclusive comes to the console, I won't get suckered into buying one. We'll see in the fall of next year.

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@skemaal: "I won't get suckered into buying one"

Well I think that's an unfair statement overall. I purchased a PS4 day one (also have an Xbox One), and I certainly don't feel like I have been "suckered".

Yes, there's a lack of decent exclusive AAA games, but on the flip side there is plenty of other great multi-platform content as well as a thriving and far superior indie scene.

I didn't buy a PS4 for exclusives, I bought it to be my go-to console for games in general. The Xbox One on the other hand I did buy for exclusives and therefore it is the least used of the two.

If exclusives were all that important, the Xbox One would be trouncing the PS4 in sales right now.

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@domiddian: The PS4 is the only console I don't have at this point. Why get it for multiplatform when I can have those on an XB1 and have Wii U with some pretty fun exclusives on their end. I want a PS4 but jesus, when I count exclusives that interest me that is actually on the market I count them on one hand. This could be very true for people who got a PS4 first and looking to XB1. Anyways, maybe at the fall of next, there might be more stuff than interest me that warrants spending money on another console.

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coin-op master race

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And that was before the price drop.... unless x1 drops in price again, I doubt it'll beat out ps4 any time soon.

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Couldn't care less who's winning. I'm just here to play games.

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@93ChevyNut: CETC

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@domiddian: I'm not familiar with that acronym. Care to clarify?

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@domiddian: Got it. I don't care who's winning. But I do care that fanboys like to rage at each other over a plastic box. So my hope is that my comments might help change the mindset of the fanboys. Fat chance, I know, but hey, it can't hurt to try!

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@93ChevyNut: Yeah, I'm only yanking yer chain. But fair play, it's good to know this site isn't completely full of immature fanboys and at least some of us have the right attitude.

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That's ok...MS and Xbox One will DOMINATE the sales for Oct and Nov (Halo 5 and RoTR, respectively). And maybe even for December too. Just a guess though.

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But does anyone actually care anymore? Even the fanboys are getting tired of hearing the numbers crunched. It's been 2 years... the numbers aren't important anymore.

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That's ok...MS and Xbox One will DOMINATE the sales for Oct and Nov (Halo 5 and RoTR, respectively). And maybe even for December too. Just a guess though.

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It's good that Microsoft is losing the battle of consoles. I hope they've learned their lesson and won't try to force any DRM policies down gamers throat. It's not that I care about who is better, I just hate it when companies try to take advantage of their consumers. That's why this is a big win for the gamers, they showed Microsoft that they have a choice.

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Come and join the Fallout 4 HYPE TRAIN =)

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I'm reading the comments on here and a lot of ps4 fanboys talking about how Sony has a tremendous amount of exclusive.

first of all, Sony only has a limited amount of exclusives. Most of there sales come from third party

President house and yoshida came out and said Sony first party is a little sparse and that they were relying on third party games to sell Sony for this holiday.

He even went as far as to say that uncharted is coming out 2016... now correct me if I'm wrong but wasn't uncharted supposed to come out this year?

Sony is having the "my friends have it so i gotta get it" type sales, not first party killer sales

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I'm reading these comments and ps4 fan boys are so in denial.

Fact: Xbox lack in sales

Fact: ps4 is leading by a huge margin

Fiction: ps4 has so many exclusives

Dude, yoshida and house came out two times and said " sony first party is a lil sparse".

Yoshida said "we dont have that much first party games this holiday but we have plenty of third party games". Then he goes as far as to say we have a great line up for 2016, UNCHARTED is coming...correct me if i'm wrong but wasnt uncharted suppose to come out this year? Ps4 is just having that "my friends have it so I gotta get it too" sales effect.

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@game4metoo: People buy PS4 for all the games then get Xbox for Halo and Forza. They certainly aren't buying Xbox for Quantum Break, a game that was suppose to be out already but like your example, was also delayed to next year.

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I'm reading these comments and ps4 fan boys are so in denial.

Fact: Xbox lack in sales

Fact: ps4 is leading by a huge margin

Fiction: ps4 has so many exclusives

Dude, yoshida and house came out two times and said " sony first party is a lil sparse".

Yoshida said "we dont have that much first party games this holiday but we have plenty of third party games". Then he goes as far as to say we have a great lime up for 2016, UNCHARTED is coming...correct me if i'm wrong but wasnt uncharted suppose to come out this year? Ps4 is just having that "my friends have it so I gotta get it too" sales effect.

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I wish consoles would just die out already ;( I guess its to late.

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Oh well. PC sales are in decline, but it's still the best.

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PS4 or Xbox1?? Hum Xbox one please.

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Predictable comments.

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The last month where sony leads probably....at least for 2015...how can they be so negligent to not have a good lineup for holidays is beyond me....maybe theyv gone too pompous over their success.

Well **** them both...im buying a Wii U this holiday.

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Nothing stops this train!

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I bought a Xbox one 2 weeks ago and I can honestly say that the ui is garbage compared to the ps4. Everything Is slow and feels cheap

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In Console wars there will be challengers for the Playstation but at the end Playstation will remain the Champion

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I knew Eddie didn't write this. He's waiting to report on his fave machine selling better, lol.

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The people I feel the most sorry for are not Microsoft because they are behind, or Nintendo or any of those. They are still making tons of money. The people I feel sorry for are the people in the comments who are apparently too poor to afford more than 1 gaming platform :(

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@Dark_Wr4ith:

Surely you don't think $700 equates to being rich?

I would be shocked if being "too poor" was the reason someone has one gaming platform.

I would think it's more about choice than it is about financial status.

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@lrdfancypants: You are correct. Because you could at most have bought two consoles with that. I am going to take release market prices and list all "current gen"

Good PC: $1000
PS4: $400
X1: $500 (at release)
3DS: $200
PS Vita: $250
WiiU: $300

Total: $2650

Now although I still don't consider that rich. That is still a fair sum of money.

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@Dark_Wr4ith:

Yes but you can get more than one gaming platform for not very much money.

I just think it has nothing to do with financial status and more to do with simple preference.

If we are specifically talking Xbox one and ps4 then I just think the differences aren't as stark as last generation.

Edit: honestly in a few weeks time someone can grab a couple of consoles bundled with games and likely gift cards or bonus games thrown in for around $600 if you are in the U.S.

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@lrdfancypants: I suppose, but I'm still not convinced, but I suppose if everyone owned all the platforms, then they would still wage wars over which colour was better.

It's true the X1 and PS4 are pretty much equal in strength (regardless of the people trying to say a few rows less pixels on resolution somehow makes a massive difference)

"honestly in a few weeks time someone can grab a couple of consoles bundled with games and likely gift cards or bonus games thrown in for around $600 if you are in the U.S." - True, but all these people arguing in the comments over which console is better are going to still probably have a hard time convincing their moms to buy it for them :P

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@Dark_Wr4ith: can't expect too much from people who shill for free.

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Damn XBox Fanboys hating on Sony success but letting Microsoft off the hook. Microsoft is the cause of the XBox One not being able to compete with the PS4. Competitively since day one, Sony did they're part with their product. Microsoft had they're chance to make the XBox One equally successful as the PS4. But Microsoft arrogance and high price tag cost them, so XBox One fanboys shut the hell up stop the crying. Quit damage controlling and hold Microsoft 100% accountable.

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@iambattlecry: xbox fanboys hate sony fanboys...not Sony itself

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