The PlayStation 4 is still outselling the Xbox One

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Yesterday, we gave you the grand news that the Xbox One’s retail sales performance has doubled since Microsoft made the rather wise decision to excise Kinect and sell the thing as a separate, optional accessory. That’s magnificent news for Microsoft and Xbox fans…pity the PlayStation 4 is still outselling the thing.

According to the latest ion NPD data, Sony’s PlayStation 4’s sales are still eclipsing the Xbox One’s in North America – despite the huge push. The US is the Xbox brand’s home base, and its biggest market – and the fact that even at its lower price it struggles to compete with the PS4 is telling. That makes it six months in a row that the PS4 is the top selling home console.

Europe and Asia have traditionally been PlayStation-dominated territories, so it’s starting to look like the PlayStation will continue to be the new generation console of choice for a while yet.

the new hardware is actually doing rather well -  jumping 106% year-on-year to $292.7 million. Software sales have dipped a little, a 3% year-on-year decrease to $286.8 million – but that’s hardly surprising with the current AAA gaming drought.

In all, the total industry spend has risen 24% year-on-year to $736.4 million – which is good news for all of us.

“The 106% increase in hardware sales (vs. June 2013) was lifted entirely by console hardware sales, which were up by over 200 percent. The strong sales performance of console hardware helped to offset the declines seen in portable hardware,” NPD analyst Liam Callahan said.

“Combined sales of Xbox One and PS4 are over 80% higher than the combined totals for Xbox 360 and PS3 – an indication of the strength of the start of this new console generation.”

New game releases have sold 67% fewer than new games did last year – though it’s not all that surprising really. The newer consoles don;’t have nearly the same install bases that the old ones, towards the end of their cycles, did. Game sales as a whole are strong though – up 47% in the last quarter.

Here are June’s top selling games.

  1. Watch Dogs (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)
  2. Mario Kart 8 (Wii U)
  3. Minecraft (PS3, Xbox 360)
  4. EA Sports UFC (PS4, Xbox One)
  5. FIFA 14 (PS3, PS4, Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One)
  6. NBA 2K14 (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)
  7. Wolfenstein: The New Order (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)
  8. Call of Duty: Ghosts (PC, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One)
  9. Tomodachi Life (3DS)
  10. Grand Theft Auto 5 (PS3, Xbox 360)

Last Updated: July 18, 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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