We’re about a week and half into the month which means it’s time for NPD results, and not a lot has changed since the last time we saw these reports. The PlayStation 4 again beat out the Xbox One in hardware sales, though both consoles are still selling considerably better than their last-gen brothers did at this time in their life, with the PS4 and XBO collectively at a 70% increase over the PS3 and 360.
Retail sales were up 8% year-over-year while software was actually down 21% from last August. Speaking of software, we’ve got the top ten list just below and with the exception of Madden 15 entering at the number one spot, the list looks largely the same as it did for July.
1. Madden NFL 15 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)
2. Diablo III: Reaper of Souls (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, PC)
3. Minecraft (360, PS3)
4. The Last of Us (PS4, PS3)
5. Call of Duty: Ghosts (360, Xbox One, PS4, PS3, PC, Wii U)
6. Lego Marvel Super Heroes (360, PS3, Wii U, PS4, 3DS, DS, Xbox One, Vita, PC)
7. Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare (360, PS3, PS4, Xbox One)
8. Watch Dogs (PS4, 360, PS3, Xbox One, PC)
9. Battlefield 4 (360, PS3, PS4, Xbox One, PC)
10. The Lego Movie Videogame (360, 3DS, PS3, Wii U, PS4, Xbox One, Vita)
The one really interesting thing to come out the August reports is that Madden 15 did best on PS4, despite the heavily concentrated ad campaign with the Xbox One. Then there was also the console bundle that basically gave Madden away for free with the purchase of the $399 model. Between that and seven of the eight current-gen multiplatform games in the top ten selling better on PS4 than XBO, Sony appear to have both hands on the wheel in the States again.