April NPD Results: Xbox One & Mortal Kombat X Claim Top Spots

For the first time in the calendar year 2015, Microsoft’s console hit the top of the hardware charts in the United States, alongside Mortal Kombat X on the software side.

If you look just at hardware sales, it’s a bit of a confusing time. Both the Xbox One and PS4 are up over their sales totals in 2014, yet overall hardware sales are about even. Sort of. Depending on which metric you want to look at, they’re either up a bit, or down just slightly. The market as a whole is down 4% if we’re just looking at financials, but new-gen hardware sales per unit are up 12%. The numbers make a bit more sense if you consider the steep decline in Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 console sales over the past year.


Overall software numbers were actually up 13%, despite a bit of a slow month in new releases, with Mortal Kombat X being the only real marquee launch. The top 10 looks about like what you’d expect, with both Mortal Kombat and MLB 15: The Show having very strong opening months.

  1. Mortal Kombat X (PS4, Xbox One)
  2. Grand Theft Auto V (PS4, Xbox One, PC, 360, PS3)
  3. Battlefield: Hardline (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3, PC)
  4. MLB 15: The Show (PS4, PS3)
  5. Minecraft (360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4)
  6. NBA 2K15 (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3, PC)
  7. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3, PC)
  8. Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)
  9. Super Smash Bros. (3DS, Wii U)
  10. Borderlands: The Handsome Collection (PS4, Xbox One)

Source: VentureBeat



  1. About time ms gave some updated sales figures. Nice to see them get a rare win.

    • The last time they won there was a clear reason, is there one this time round?

      • Not sure really, they haven’t dropped the price in the US since January & there’s been no major exclusives for a while. Maybe 360 owners have finished their backlogs and decided to upgrade.

  2. Those price drops are really working for MS, good on them.

  3. The aggressive pricing seems to be paying dividends in the US at least.

  4. Congrats xbox. Did not see that coming.

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