PlayStation 4 continues sales dominance

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October’s NPD figures, which track US sales of games and related hardware are out – and they show that Sony’s console has been the best selling gaming hardware in the US for ten consecutive months. both consoles though, are selling like hotcakes. It’s a pity people aren’t buying games.

At least, not physical ones from retail stores – which is all the NPD really tracks.

The NPD says that North American Consumers spent $790.7 million on new games, hardware, and accessories in the month of  October, according to a new report from industry-intelligence firm The NPD Group. that’s rather similar to the number in October 2013.

“Overall sales across hardware, new physical software, and accessories were essentially flat in October 2014 compared to October 2013,” NPD’s Liam Callahan said. “Hardware and accessory growth, at 59 percent and 22 percent, respectively, was enough to offset the decline in new physical software of 28 percent.”

US gamers spent $273.6 million on new consoles in October, primarily on PlayStation 4s and Xbox Ones. Just $350 million of that was spent on games, down from the $482.6 million in 2013. Two reasons for that; GTA V was released in October last year, and this generation, many more people are opting for digital purchases, which the NPD doesn’t track.

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Sony’s pretty happy that it’s console is still “winning,” though that may change for November, thanks to the $50 price cut on the Xbox One.

These were the top selling games in the month.

1) NBA 2K15 (PS4, XB1, 360, PS3, PC)
2) Super Smash Bros. (3DS)
3) The Evil Within (PS4, XB1, PS3, 360, PC)
4) Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel (360, PS3, PC)
5) Destiny (360, XB1, PS4, PS3)
6) Skylanders Trap Team (360, Wii, WiiU, PS3, XB1, PS4, 3DS)
7) FIFA 15 (PS4, 360, PS3, XB1, Wii, Vita, 3DS)
8) Madden NFL 15 (360, PS4, PS3, XB1)
9) Middle Earth: Shadow Of Mordor (PS4, XB1, PC)
10) Minecraft (360, PS3, PS4)

The obvious missing games here are sunset Overdrive, and Bayonetta 2. Discounting collated SKUs (ie: counting each platform of a game separately), the game would have been ninth, despite only being on sale for four days in October. The lack of Bayonetta 2 on the charts is a bit depressing though.

Last Updated: November 14, 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.

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