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