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February 2014 NPD: PS4 sales edges out Xbox One as CoD: Ghosts haunts No. 1 again

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Sales tracking firm The NPD Group has released its latest revenue report for the US videogame industry, this time for February 2014, revealing that revenue for the month grew by 9% compared to February 2013 across the categories of hardware (up year-over-year), software (down year-over-year) and accessories (up year-over-year) to $887 million, attributable to the continued sales success of the two new generation consoles, despite overall lower market spend on software.

February 2014 Software Sales

Software sales in February 2014 were down 9% compared to the same period last year, generating $318 million in revenue, which could be as a result of consumers spending larger lump sums of money on the new generation consoles and less games for those consoles than before.

Despite the release of a few new games, Call of Duty: Ghosts remained at No. 1 on the software sales listing ahead of The LEGO Movie Videogame, Thief, Lighting Returns: Final Fantasy XIII and surprise entry to the Top Ten, Bravely Default (only available on a single platform, the 3DS).

February 2014 Software Sales Chart

- 1.) Call of Duty: Ghosts (PC, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One) – Activision
- 2.) The LEGO Movie Videogame (PS3, Xbox 360, 3DS, Wii U, Xbox One, PS4, Vita) – Warner Bros. Interactive
- 3.) NBA 2K14 (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One) – Take 2
- 4.) Thief (PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC) – Square Enix
- 5.) Grand Theft Auto 5 (PS3, Xbox 360) – Take 2
- 6.) Battlefield 4 (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One) – EA
- 7.) Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag (PC, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One) – Ubisoft
- 8.) Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII (PS3, Xbox 360) – Square Enix
- 9.) Minecraft (Xbox 360) – Microsoft Studios
- 10.) Bravely Default (3DS) – Nintendo

Additional February 2014 Numbers:

- Bravely Default: Over 200 000 physical and digital sales
- Donkey Kong Wii U: Over 130 000 physical and digital sales in first 8 days
- Pokemon X/Y: 130 000 physical and digital sales (3.4 million life-to-date)

February 2014 Hardware Sales

Hardware sales in February 2014 leaped up to $347 million year-over-year, a 42% increase over February 2013, which NPD analyst Liam Callahan says demonstrates the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One’s continued success:

“PS4 and Xbox One software sales are off to a great start through February 2014,” wrote Callahan. “When compared to the combined first four-month sales for the Xbox 360 and the PS3, software sales for the Xbox One and PS4 thorough month 4 are up 80 percent.”

“PS4 led hardware sales in February 2014, but by a narrow margin with Xbox One selling over 90 percent of what the PS4 sold in terms of unit sales. However, with Xbox One’s higher price point, it led hardware sales on a dollar basis.”

February 2014 Hardware Sales Chart

- PlayStation 4: 286 700 Units (Estimated – “over 90%” of Xbox One’s sales)

- Xbox One: 258 000 Units

- Xbox 360: 114 000 Units

- Wii U: Nearly 82 500 Units

February 2014 Videogame Industry Sales Totals

- February 2014 Videogame Sales – $887 million (+9 %)
- February 2014 Videogame Hardware Sales – $347 million (+42%)
- February 2014 Videogame Software Sales – $318 million (-9%)
- February 2014 Videogame Accessories Sales – $221 million (+33%)


What do you make of the latest sales results in the US and how do you think the release of Titanfall and inFamous: Second Son will affect the Xbox One and PS4 sales in March?


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