October NPD Results: PS4 And NBA 2K15 Come Out On Top

NPD results are in, this time for a month that proves to be pretty significant, as it’s now been roughly one year since the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles launched, so we have a pretty clear picture of how they did in their first year in the US. Software sales were actually down about 28% year-over-year but hardware sales were up big time, checking in with a 59% increase over this time in 2013.

NBA 2K15 came in at the number one spot in software, with Super Smash Bros. for 3DS finishing in a very respectable second place, and the Evil Within landing at number three. Destiny dropped all the way down to fifth but continues to sell better on Xbox platforms for some reason. Sunset Overdrive didn’t chart in the top 10 but since it’s a brand new IP, exclusive to one platform, and was only out for four days before the end of month, that’s not entirely surprising. The complete top 10 list can be found below.

  1. NBA 2K15 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, PC)
  2. Super Smash Bros. for 3DS (3DS)
  3. The Evil Within (PS4, Xbox One, PS3, 360, PC)
  4. Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel (360, PS3, PC)
  5. Destiny (360, Xbox One, PS4, PS3)
  6. Skylanders: Trap Team (360, Wii, Wii U, PS3, Xbox One, PS4, 3DS, mobile)
  7. FIFA 15 (PS4, 360, PS3, Xbox One, Wii, PS Vita, 3DS)
  8. Madden NFL 15 (360, PS4, PS3, Xbox One)
  9. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (PS4, XBox One, PC)
  10. Minecraft (360, PS3, PS4)

On the hardware side of things, we don’t have exact numbers for the PS4 or Xbox One just yet but we know that the PS4 was again the best selling console, making it 10 months straight that it’s been on top in the US. Microsoft did recently note that their price drop to $350 for their console bundles have led them to outsell the PS4 in the US over the past two weeks, but that obviously wasn’t enough to impact their positioning for the entire month of October.

Putting individual consoles aside, the new-gen hardware market is very strong right now. Over 80% of all hardware sales in October came from PlayStation 4, Wii U, and Xbox One sales. What’s even more impressive is that when you combine the sales of the PS4 and Xbox One in their first year at retail, the result is 70% higher than what the 360 and PS3 combined for in their respective first years.

Source: VentureBeat via NeoGaf



  1. So this weeks story about MS selling in loads of consoles was pre-NPD marketing and spin…

    • Probably not. I would be very surprised if PS4 makes it 11months on the trot.

      As the article said, there just wasn’t enough time to make it the top selling console because the price decrease was later. It should make the impact in November.

  2. Didn’t know NBA was quite that popular. I think November will finally see the xboxone on top, it’s definitely doing better recently. The last paragraph shows how much better both are doing compared to last gen.

    • People have been saying that the Xbox One ‘will come out on top next month’ nearly every month. The PS4 has it in its back pocket it seems. Though if any month will challenge it, it is November. But Sony have some good deals going on themselves which I’ve seen right now, so they’ll probably maintain it.

      • Have to agree with Starman. I’ve been pretty sure PS4 will outsell every month so far. But November will be a different story. Still, don’t think it’s going to make up the gap. Might have a couple of better months but the PS4 will probably take that mantle back early 2015.

      • Yes “people” have, but I haven’t. As long as it’s selling enough to keep developers making games on it then it doesn’t make any difference to me.

  3. Sony must be very happy continuing to out sell MS in their own back yard.

  4. I think XB1 will take the lead in November (US) but PS4 will take the lead again in December.

    Hopefully then MS will start giving us actual numbers sold to customers and not ‘sold in’ to retailers.

    And if Sony have actually sold 13.5 million PS4’s and MS have shipped 10 million XB1’s (shortly – whatever that means), there could still be a 5-6 million gap between the two. It would be interesting (or not very interesting actually) to know how many PS4’s Sony have ‘shipped’ by comparison.

  5. Both great consoles, Xbox One my preference right now, but as sure as sh*t smells the moment Xbox One outsells PS4 the “Xbots” will be shouting and “Ponies” will be crying, with the media loving the baiting.

    Sod who is happy, I’m happy and that is all that matters :-)

  6. Great news for Sony. Also read a genuinely interesting article about how the gaming industry is growing (in the US). The growth is way above the national average and a lovely sign of how things are expanding.

  7. Saw an ad on the nfl network last night for the X1 & it noted that the price drop to $350 was for a limited time only. If sales continue in the vein suggested I’m guessing it’ll become the de facto price? It will be interesting to see if there is a genuine shift towards the X1 or whether it’s just a blip!

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