NPD January Report: PS4 leads hardware for the month

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It looks like the PlayStation 4 is still selling like hotcakes with very few being seen in the wild, and when they are, they’re grabbed quickly.

The NPD Group has released their report for January 2014 on sales in the gaming industry. Overall, their report shows that during January only $664 million was spent on physical games (not digital or used sales) compared to $835 million in January 2013. While that seems bad The NPD Group did state that those numbers a little misleading as in 2013 they reported January as a 5 week month and January 2014  was reported only as a 4 week month.

“Overall retail video game sales would be down only 1 percent instead of down 21 percent, if sales were normalized to account for the five-week January 2013 compared to the four-week January 2014,” NPD analyst Liam Callahan said.

So, taking into account that the reporting was different for each year, the industry actually is only down 1% in 2014 compared to 2013.

Breaking down the $664 million spend total leads to; $241 million spent on hardware (up 17% from January 2013) and $224 million spent on software (down 40% from January 2013).

Software Sales

  1. Call of Duty: Ghosts (360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4, Wii U, PC)
  2. NBA 2K14 (PS4, 360, Xbox One, PS3, PC)
  3. Battlefield 4 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, PC)
  4. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (360, PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Wii U, PC)
  5. Grand Theft Auto V (360, PS3)
  6. Madden NFL 25 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)
  7. Minecraft (360)
  8. FIFA 14 (PS4, Xbox One, PS3, 360, Vita)
  9. Lego Marvel Super Heroes (360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, 3DS, Wii U, Vita, PC)
  10. Tomb Raider (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)

 Hardware Sales

“PS4 led overall hardware sales this month, followed by the Xbox One,” said Callahan.

According to The NPD Group’s numbers, 280,000 PlayStation 4s were sold while about 145,000 Xbox Ones were sold in January.

“Continued success of the new consoles drove a 17 percent increase in hardware sales in January 2014, and when taking into account the 5-week month of January 2013 compared to the four-week month of January 2014, normalized sales of hardware were up 47 percent,” the analyst said.

[Source: VentureBeat]

Written by Kyle Jessee

Kyle Jessee

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