August NPD Results: PS4 Leads Hardware, Madden 15 Leads Software

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.

Source: VentureBeat via NeoGaf



  1. “Between that and seven of the eight current-gen multiplatform games in the top ten selling better on PS4 than XBO”

    Out of curiosity which is the one game selling better on Xbone?

    Good to see both consoles doing well respectively, remember before launch lots of tv “experts” you telling us nobody wanted consoles these days because they were happy with mobile games?! How wrong they were.

    • Call of Duty: Ghosts. Think of the platform names next to each game as a sales rank.

  2. No disrespect to Sony and their PS4 but… how? I appreciate Microsoft’s meh PR has played a factor in this a bit but I can’t get my head around why PS4s are flying off the shelves when there isn’t a single “must have” exclusive for it. I love my PS4 but I definitely play my X1 a lot more as it actually has some games to play on it.

    • I think it’s a mixture of good quality games, the fact that they will look/perform better on the PS4’s hardware and the terrible job Microsoft did last year at E3. What’s interesting is that people without their fingers on the pulse (read: many of my more casual gaming friends who are slow to adopt) remember these things far longer than the likes of us who’ve had our ears close to the ground and can see Microsoft doing a genuinely good job of looking after their Xbox One owners.

      Big news gets through to them. Little stuff doesn’t make it. Microsoft ballsed-up and that made it through to them. Sony had fantastic momentum and it’s been a real struggle for Microsoft to make any sort of inroad on the PS4’s very impressive start.

    • I also have quite a few mates who haven’t had a games console for a good decade and decided to get back into gaming. A PS4 seems a natural step up from there last older consoles which were predominantly PS1 & 2s.

      It’s actually quite surprising how many of my mates have all of a sudden decided to by a games console as most are older than me and I’ll be 40 in 4 years. Admittedly we all behave and act (dare I even say look) like we’re about 10 years younger. lol

      • Lol, it is weird. I think Bunimomike is on the right lines, Microsoft’s balls up and Sony’s E3 2013 victory has filtered through to the masses and they don’t forget stuff like that.
        I genuinely think it will be a non-issue in a year or so once the big name titles like Halo and Uncharted are out, but until then there just isn’t a lot to separate the two consoles and the general public will always favour the cheaper, more popular option.

      • Plus, a lot has changed since the launch of the last generation of consoles. Its safe to say the majority of people who picked up a PS3 or 360 on launch day were core gamers who loved their PS2/Xbox/Gamecube and wanted new tech.

        The rise in popularity of COD, FIFA and indeed the introduction of the Nintendo Wii over the past few years has given gaming a much broader market now, so I would imagine there were far more people following the launch of the X1/PS4 than there were following the 360/PS3 launches.

      • That’s a good point, Dave. It’s all about the differentiators and, for now, that’s the balls-up as oppose to the juggernaut-sized franchises that are still to come. However, until that moment (or something of equal size and contrast), Sony will continue to dominate, I feel.

    • “I can’t get my head around why PS4s are flying off the shelves when there isn’t a single “must have” exclusive for it. I love my PS4 but I definitely play my X1 a lot more as it actually has some games to play on it.”

      I always find this type of comment interesting. Exactly what “must have” titles are available on the XB1 that’s taking up so much of your gaming time that you hardly play on your PS4?
      The only major exclusive game on the XB1 so far this year is Titanfall … which didn’t nearly live up to the hype (redefining shooters? Hah). Not saying it’s a BAD game, just that it’s not a “must have”. And since then there’s been nothing.
      Yet I see people posting like there’s nothing available on the PS4 whilst the XB1 is drowning in games?
      Both consoles are currently lackluster from the gaming front, I just don’t see either console being leaps and bounds above the other in “must haves”. Have I missed some major exclusive gaming releases on the XB1 or something? I thought I was pretty up to date but I must have missed some bit hitters somewhere!

      • I have both the PS4 and Xbox One along with its supposedly must have exclusives,and for me it’s the Xbox that barely gets played and have been thinking of possibly getting rid of the One.

      • Do it… Absolve yourself! ;)

      • Neither console has a “must have” title available for it yet really. What confuses me is that, given both consoles are of a similar price and there isn’t much in the way of games to separate them, why the PS4 is pushing further and further ahead.
        The reason my X1 is receiving far more attention is because the X1 exclusives have online components which keep me coming back. Forza and Titanfall are great online and even Dead Rising 3 has received a lot of support since launch via DLC. By comparison, Infamous Second Son kept me interested for a weekend but there is nothing to keep you coming back once that platinum trophy pops.

      • Forza just sits on my shelf gathering dust,Deadrising i’ve played for about an hour an never really been bothered since,there is only Titanfall that I’ve bothered to get to Gen 4 pilot but i don’t think that is enough to make me hold on to the One and i’ve always preferred PlayStations exclusives,where as I always use my Ps4 and can always find something to play on it,I have friends who only play COD and always say there are no other games out worth playing even when obviously there is,at the end of the day everyone likes different things I just find using my Ps4 a more enjoyable experience ;)

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