PlayStation 4 leads strong US console hardware sales

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The PlayStation 4 has been dominating the console hardware sales charts just about everywhere – even beating the Xbox One on its home turf. It’s a trend that’s continuing; the US’ NPD has released its August figures, and Sony’s console is the top selling gaming hardware in the US for the 8th month in a row.

That doesn’t mean the Xbox One is doing poorly though. Combined, the two new(ish) consoles have lead to an explosion in the games hardware market.

“When lining up sales of PS4 and Xbox One after ten months on the market, the combined PS4 and Xbox One hardware sales are greater by over 70 percent compared to their predecessors,” said NPD Group’s Liam Callahan.

US video game spending for the month of August 2014 reached $561.3 million, up 8 per cent against the same month last year.

“Eighth generation hardware represented close to 70 percent of August 2014 hardware sales, which is the highest percentage share since the release of the Xbox One and PS4 back in November 2013,” noted Callahan.

Hardware’s up, but physical retail software is down. It makes it look as though few people are buying games – but the NPD still doesn’t track digital sales so it doesn’t account for a large percentage of the overall tally. With both of the new consoles pushing that aspect, it’s hardly surprising to see physical game sales down 22 per cent year-on-year at $238.7 million versus the $305 million they managed in August 2013.

While the NPD hasn’t released specific numbers, Sony was quick to gloat.

“PlayStation 4 was No. 1 in hardware sales for the eighth consecutive month. And it remains the cumulative leader for new-generation game consoles,” a spokesperson told Gamesbeat.

Microsoft doesn’t seem too unhappy with its position either.

“Xbox One sales are on a positive trajectory, nearly doubling sales in August in the US compared to July due in part to strong demand for the Xbox One Madden NFL 15 bundle,” they said.

The real test comes this holiday season, where new consoles will be stuffing stockings and being stashed under trees all over the world. We’ll soon find out which of the new systems really resonates with the public then. My money’s on the Wii U, but I’ve always been terrible at gambling.

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Last Updated: September 12, 2014

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • PERSONA 5!!!! (Umar)

    Still cant get over those sales in Japan though…You know the PSP GO, that kak system that just had no purpose or use…sold more in Japan in 1 day than Xbone did in 4…The GO , people….the mother effing GO did better on launch….
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    • Admiral Chief Assassin

      Yeah, that is truly shocking

    • The Adventures of JJ

      The people over at Microsoft must be kicking themselves. Proof that business ideas are useless if it’s not in the best interest of your customers.

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        No, what they’re doing now is frantically reading Steve Job’s biography again to find out where they went wrong trying to change their console platform to their benefit & to their customers detriment. In a few months there’ll be a report about how it’s all because of poor communication of their vision that didn’t inspire customers.

        • The Adventures of JJ

          I like yours better.

      • What you said.

    • martinbell11

      $89 associate degree hour! Seriously i do not grasp why additional individuals haven’t tried this, I work 2 shifts, a pair of hours within the day and a pair of within the evening…And what is awful is i am engaging from home thus i purchase longer with my youngsters.. Heres wherever I went

      Read more at…….http:BEST/5/1..

  • cookiemonster

    Xbox lost the plot 10 months ago. I’m sure they’ve learnt the lesson well from Sony’s buttkick!

  • PERSONA 5!!!! (Umar)

    Also….Dont show your age on a public website 😛
    I met him at the candy STOOOOOORRREE!

  • Admiral Chief Assassin

    Man, I can’t WAIT to pick up an EierDoosEen for cheeeepcheeeeeep, seems like NO one wants it 😛

    • Hammersteyn

      Hahaha

      • Admiral Chief Assassin

        I actually do want one, just so that I can appreciate good gfx and performance on my PC again!

        • Hammersteyn

          Try a couple of FPS games when you get one.

          • Admiral Chief Assassin

            XD

  • Hammersteyn

    What’s more troublesome is that games like Arkham Night and The Crew won’t even be released in Japan for the XBOX One, hopefully this isn’t the same for other countries? Hopefully we won’t see more of this happening?

  • Admiral Chief Assassin

    MADNESS

  • Xcalibersa

    Thanks, placed my order.

  • Ryanza

    Xbox One sales are not doing so bad when combined with PS4 sales and then compared to last gen consoles sales when last gen console sales were dropping in sales due to expectation of new consoles getting released.

    YA…

  • Aussious

    “Xbox Sell!”Is what Microsoft needs to yell at their Kinect right now. This is what you get for fucking over your fanbase for flimsy casuals.

  • Martin du preez (D4RKL1NGza)

    Am I the only one who got the “leader of the pack” reference? @Geoffrey Tim ?

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