PlayStation 4 and The Witcher 3 rule the US sales charts

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Last month, for the first time in a long time, Microsoft’s Xbox One stood tall at the top of the North American hardware charts. It was a short-lived victory, because the PlayStation4 is officially back on top. According to the company that tracks physical sales of games and hardware, Sony’s console is the top-selling gaming hardware once again.

“As we head into E3, we would like to thank gamers for making PS4 the top-selling console and the leader in software sales in the U.S. in May,” a Sony spokesperson said in a statement to VentureBeat. “We are truly humbled by this success and we look forward to sharing what’s next for PS4 at our E3 press conference on June 15.”

That means that the PS4 has come out as champion every month this year so far, save for April – the month for fools. Obviously.

“PS4 continues to be the cumulative sales leader in the US and globally with more than 20 million consoles already in the market,” said Sony.

That doesn’t mean Microsoft is miserable, either.

“Xbox One and Xbox Live continue to see strong growth in sales and engagement. Xbox One sales in the U.S. were up 81 percent over May 2014 and active global Xbox Live members, Xbox One and Xbox 360, were up 20 percent,” a Microsoft spokesperson said. “We are grateful to our fans for choosing Xbox One and for making Xbox Live the fun and vibrant community that is. We can’t wait to share more on the greatest games lineup in Xbox history at E3 next week.”

Software sales weren’t too surprising either, save for one notable entry. Nintendo’s online ink-shooter Splatoon, released right at the end of May, managed to make its way to the top ten. For a new IP on struggling hardware on sale for just 2 days in the month, that’s mighty impressive. Beyond that, The Witcher 3 is on top, because of course it is. Here’s the top ten:

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
  • Mortal Kombat X (PS4, Xbox One)
  • Grand Theft Auto V (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, PC)
  • Minecraft (360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4)
  • Splatoon (Wii U)
  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (PS4, 360, Xbox One, PS3, PC)
  • NBA 2K15 (360, PS4, Xbox One, PS3, PC)
  • FIFA 15 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, Wii , 3DS, Vita)
  • MLB 15: The Show (PS4, PS3)
  • Super Smash Bros. (3DS, Wii U)

It’s worth noting, as it always is, that the NPD software figures should be taken rather lightly as they don’t include digital sales, so only paint half a picture.

Last Updated: June 12, 2015

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