PS4 Tops US Sales Charts in May 2016 NPDs

PS4 comes out on top in the last full month before E3.

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With E3 days away and announcements ready to potentially shake up the console business, Sony's PS4 has again come away as the top-selling console in the United States during May 2016, according to the NPD Group's May report.

Sony confirmed with GameSpot that its console came out on top in May. For the second month in a row, it didn't offer any statement on the report beyond that.

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Microsoft did comment on the report, though its focus was on anything other than Xbox One hardware sales, as is now the norm.

"In May 2016, gaming hours on Xbox One more than doubled compared to last year, driven by the launches of Overwatch and Doom as well as the addition of Call of Duty: Black Ops to the catalog of Xbox 360 titles playable on Xbox One," said marketing VP Mike Nichols in a statement shared with GameSpot. "Minecraft also hit a significant milestone with total sales to-date surpassing 106 million and an average monthly unique player rate of more than 40 million across all platforms. We are just days away from E3 2016 and we're excited to share more details on what Xbox fans can expect this year and beyond. We expect this to be a special E3."

Xbox One last outsold PS4 in the US during October 2015.

Nintendo also commented, highlighting the impact of the 2DS' price drop to $80. Sales increased 38 percent over April, and 148 percent year-over-year, which the company notes happened with the price cut occurring during the final week of May.

New hardware sales in the US overall declined 10 percent during the month, from $153.1 million last May to $137.7 million this year. NPD analyst Liam Callahan attributes this largely to a drop in portable sales.

"[T]he majority of the decline in sales stemmed from portables, down $7.3 million and 7th generation hardware, down $5 million," he notes. "Eighth generation hardware unit sales were stable, but dollar sales decreased by 2 percent or $3 million due to a decrease in average price for these consoles.”

Callahan also points out that Xbox One and PS4 combined to have "43 percent higher cumulative unit sales than their predecessors at the same point in their lifecycles."

There are reports that both Microsoft and Sony could discuss new versions of their respective consoles at E3 next week. (Nintendo won't be showing the NX.) If they do, that could have a serious impact on hardware sales in June. Hardware sales were on the decline in April.

Accessories were down two percent in May, from $151.5 million last year to $149 million this year. However, video game point and subscription card sales were up eight percent, making it the best May ever for that category. Headsets and headphones were also up, as were gamepad dollar sales, thanks in part to more expensive items like the Xbox Elite controller, according to Callahan.

Overall, combined sales of hardware, new physical software, and accessories were up four percent over last year, from $509.3 million to $528.6 million.

It was a month of big releases on the software side, which explains an 18 percent jump in sales. Uncharted 4 came out on top, beating out the likes of Doom and Overwatch, though keep in mind the NPD report doesn't include digital sales, which may have really hurt PC-centric titles like the latter two.

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The only reason Sony sold so well in May was because of Uncharted 4. Now it's back to having NOTHING again.

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@bubba_666: you failed to understand that Xbox last won a month in sales in the US back in October.

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Having fun on both consoles, such a win win situation..... Funny thing is I just started to play battlefield 4, dragon age origins, FIFA 16, mlb the show 16 and halo 5. My backlog is like a final boss, uncharted 1-4, the witcher 3, and so many others....

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But the Xbone is the only console with all top ten selling console games! (They're all multiplatform and also available on PS4. Oops)

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In other Gamespot Breaking News:

Bears sh1t in the woods!!

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@homey_d_clown: booooooo!

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@homey_d_clown: sounds like some inappropriate nonsense to me......and Homey don't play that!

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The best thing about E3 starting soon is that there will be an end to the pre-E3 rumour reports. Of course, these rumours might persist post-E3, but the frequency of these reports is ridiculous and it all doesn't matter anyway - if happens then it happens.

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PS4 just have lots of exclusives; including all the JRPG. That is what makes this console stand out for me; all the JRPG on PS4.

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@Gomtor: Both Odin Sphere and Atelier Sophie just came out.....but no where to be found on Microsoft platforms.

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@Thanatos2k: just got odinsphere special edition with art book, t shirt and steel case.

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Yup. Another month, another victory to Playstation, the best console of this generation. Congratulations once again to Sony.

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Has Microsoft announced the numbers of Bullets fired in COD or Combos executed in Killer Instinct for last month?

I thought that they usually report these pointless game statistics to offset their console sales numbers.

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@Auction_Sniper: Not exactly bullets fired in COD, but close: "In May 2016, gaming hours on Xbox One more than doubled compared to last year" ....

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That's what happens when you're the only console in town xD

"Microsoft did comment on the report, though its focus was on anything other than Xbox One hardware sales, as is now the norm."

"In May 2016, gaming hours on Xbox One more than doubled compared to last year" And I'm like "Wow...they're bragging on gaming hours" lol

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Congrats to Sony

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What's the best flavor of pie?

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@stage4saiyan: The ones sold by Sweeny Todd on Fleet Street

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@stage4saiyan: No man's Pie.

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@stage4saiyan: Pootang Pie xD

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@stage4saiyan: chicken pot pie

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@stage4saiyan: Pumpkin.

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@stage4saiyan:

Answer: The pie that most people are eating.

The Reason: The more people using a console, the better value for money, because the manufacturer can pass on more of the profit. It's called the economy of scale. The bigger the user base the more games you get because the devs see it as a cash cow, and the quality increases as devs have more money to fund development in order to attract sales.

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@justerthought: I literally want to know what the best flavor of pie is. I don't care about sales, and neither does anyone else I know. I'm hungry for pie and want suggestions.

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@stage4saiyan- Strawberry! Cherry!

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@stage4saiyan: Strawberry rhubarb!

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--xb1 sales are screwed now
--why?
--because of the rumors of the xb1.5

--I seriously almost bought my 2nd xb1(5 decent games~1 TB~extra controller~50$ gift card~for like 300$~it was a ridiculous deal)
--and
--the main reason I didn't pull the trigger
--was because of xb1.5

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@TheZeroPercent:

--Bro...

--XBO sales were screwed...

--before launch...

--lol

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@louixiii: lol. The delivery was awesome.. Made me giggle.

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@monkeypukefight: I'm glad you got a good laugh.

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@TheZeroPercent: I expect a drop in console sales next month if the rumors are true.

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@xenomorphalien:

It may not drop as much as you think if Sony do the right thing a drop the vanilla PS4 to $200, six months before the PS4 Neo goes on sale for $400. Not all gamers want the cutting edge, so quite a lot will choose the cheaper option and consider it a bargain because it's good enough. The vanilla PS4 is still an excellent console.

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@justerthought: Well that's true, but if the new consoles start at $400 or so I would personally wait.

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@bobafetthatesu: Pics or it didn't happen. Wait...that is gross, don't want to see that ha

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@bobafetthatesu: not possible, they have none.

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@Mirimon78: + 1000.

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These articles always breed die hard defenders with the usual "has no games", "misinformation on power", other assorted deflections that sound like they make sense to lunatics but do not to normal individuals. 2 years ago people were going what games, now it's er, uh....subjective quote that means everyone should think like them. Nothing but interesting stuff to read at those clawing for their team, not sure why though. Not getting extra pay or any pay for that matter for their dogged defense. Pop corn in hand and reading hoping not to spit my snack out at some utterly mind boggling comments from the special ones. Type away warriors, this is your day!

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Why are people still buying these consoles when new ones are about to be announced? You're buying the inferior version at the same premium price. Once the superior versions are announced the current models will get a price cut.

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Oh didn't a big name game come out last month? Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" Mutants in Manhattan

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@xhawk27: No, it was Grand Prix Rock 'N Racing.

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