Research firm NPD April 2014 sales figure are out and there’s some great news for both Sony and Microsoft. Respawn Entertainment’s sci-fi shooter Titanfall was the best selling title of the month but Sony’s Playstation 4 still managed to outsells Xbox One.
NPD analyst Liam Callahan said: “Sony’s PlayStation 4 was the No. 1 platform for hardware sales in April for the fourth month in a row, followed by Xbox One”
Microsoft officially confirmed that Xbox One sold 115,000 units and Xbox 360 sold 71,000 units in April 2014. At the time of writing, Sony has not provided sales figure for PS3/PS4.
Some of the key notes from NPD April 2014 sales figure are listed below:
- Overall retail sales up 17% year over year.
- Software down 10% year over year.
- Hardware up 76% year over year.
- “PS4 software combined with Xbox One software sales are up over 40 percent compared to sales of the PS3 and Xbox 360 through their first six months. Wii U software sales were up over last year by over 80 percent: said NPD analyst Liam Callahan.
- Xbox One has an attach rate of 3.
- Xbox One sold 447,000 games.
- Xbox 360 sold 2.2 million games.
- The Xbox One and Xbox 360 combined accounted for 53% of all software sales.
- Infamous: Second Son was the best selling next-gen game
- Life to date, sales of PS4 and Xbox One hardware have more than doubled the combined sales of PS3 and 360 hardware through their first six months of sales: said NPD analyst Liam Callahan.
- [Home] console hardware sales increased by 120 percent in April 2014 over last year: said Callahan.
Microsoft response to NPD April 2014 sales figure:
“Xbox One continues to outpace Xbox 360 sales in the same historical time period by selling over 76 percent more units in the first six months on the market.”
Senior Vice President of PlayStation Brand Marketing Guy Longworth response was:
“The April NPD report confirmed that PlayStation 4 was the top selling next generation console and remains the cumulative leader. in addition, inFAMOUS: Second Son was the top selling next gen software title in April.”
“Since PS4 launched last november, over 7 million consumers have enjoyed the rich and immersive gameplay, powerful graphics and deeply integrated social features only available on PlayStation. Demand for PS4 continues to outstrip supply and we’re working incredibly hard to provide additional inventory.”
“We’d like to thank the PlayStation Nation for their amazing support and we’re looking forward to sharing exciting news at E3 next month.”
Microsoft further listed key points they achieved in NPD April 2014 sales:
April NPD Group figures released today showed that Xbox One continues to lead in software sales with the most cumulative units sold for any eighth generation home console platform life-to-date.
Combined, Xbox One and Xbox 360 held eight of the top 10 spots on the generation eight and generation seven console game lists in the U.S. And, Xbox One continues to outpace Xbox 360 sales in the same historical time period by selling over 76 percent more units in the first six months on the market.
- Xbox One continues to see impressive software sales, maintaining an average of three games sold per console.
- With Xbox One and Xbox 360 combined, the Xbox platform sold the most games across all console platforms with 2.6 million games sold. Xbox One sold 447,000 games in April and Xbox 360 sold 2.2 million, totaling 53 percent of the total software market share (Xbox 360 and Xbox One combined).
- Xbox One and Xbox 360 together held eight of the top 10 spots on the generation eight and generation seven console game list in the U.S.: “Titanfall” (Xbox One), “Kinect Sports Rivals” (Xbox One), “Titanfall” (Xbox 360), “Call of Duty: Ghosts” (Xbox 360), “NBA 2K14″(Xbox 360), “Grand Theft Auto V” (Xbox 360), “Minecraft” (Xbox 360) and “Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare” (Xbox 360).
- Xbox One sold 115,000 units in the U.S. in the month of April and has outpaced box 360 sales by 76 percent in the first six months on the market.
- Xbox 360 continues to grow its install base with 71,000 units sold in April in the U.S., more than any other seventh generation console.
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