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January 2014 NPD: PS4 outsells Xbox One as Call of Duty remains No. 1

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Sales tracking firm The NPD Group has released its latest revenue report for the US videogame industry, this time for the month of January 2014, noting that overall industry revenue fell by 21% year-over-year to $664 million across hardware, software and accessories categories, with software in particular performing very poorly for the five week reporting period.

When taking into account digital sales, however, as well as sales across mobile, used games, subscriptions and rented games, NPD estimates that that figure leaps up to $1.3 billion.

January 2014 Software Sales

Software sales in January 2014 accounted for just $232 million, down by 26% compared to the year previous, which NPD analyst Liam Callahan attributed to a lack of compelling games:

“A major factor in the decline in software this month was the slide in performance of November and December 2013 launches during January 2014 compared to how November and December 2012 launches performed in January 2013. These November and December launches collectively decreased 36 percent, or 20 percent when normalized to account for the 5-week January 2013.

“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.”

January 2014 Software Sales Chart

- 1.) Call of Duty: Ghosts (PC, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One) – Activision
- 2.) NBA 2K14 (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One) – Take 2
- 3.) Battlefield 4 (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One) – E
- 4.) Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag (PC, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One) – Ubisoft
- 5.) Grand Theft Auto 5 (PS3, Xbox 360) – Take 2
- 6.) Madden NFL 25 (PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One) – EA
- 7.) Minecraft (Xbox 360) – Microsoft Studios
- 8.) FIFA 14 (PS3, PS4, Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One) – EA
- 9.) LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (3DS, PC, PS3, PS4, Vita, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One) – Warner Bros. Interactive
- 10.) Tomb Raider (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One) – Square Enix

Additional Numbers:

- Pokemon X and Y sold 125 000 in January (3.25 million units since release)
- Super Mario 3D World is up to 655 000 units sold since release
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds is up to 715 000 units sold since release

January 2014 Hardware Sales

Hardware sales in January 2014, on the other hand, were up a whopping 47% year-over-year as NPD notes that both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are performing better than their predecessors during similar points in their lifecycles.

January 2014 Hardware Sales Chart

- PlayStation 4: Double the unit sales of Xbox One (Source)

- Xbox One: Estimated 143 000 Units (Source)

January 2014 Videogame Industry Sales Totals

- January 2014 Videogame Sales – $664 million (-21 %)
- January 2014 Videogame Hardware Sales – $241 million (+47%)
- January 2014 Videogame Software Sales – $232 million (-26%)


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