The NPD Group released US retail game sales data for February, showing that the sector grew nine percent to $887 million. This growth was mostly spurred on by a 42 percent rise in console hardware sales ($347 million). Software sales – with PC games factored in – declined 11 percent to $328 million, while accessories grew around three percent to $221 million.
PS4 held the lead over Xbox One in sales for the month, but the numbers were so close that one might consider the distance almost negligible.
"PS4 led hardware sales in February 2014, but by a narrow margin with Xbox One selling over 90 percent of what the PS4 sold in terms of unit sales," said NPD analyst Liam Callahan. "However, with Xbox One's higher price point it led hardware sales on a dollar basis."
Microsoft said in a separate announcement that it sold 258,000 Xbox One units for the month. While Sony did not release sales data related to PS4, it is believed that PS4 sold around 286,000 units during February.
"PS4 and Xbox One software sales are off to a great start through February 2014. When compared to the combined first four month sales for the Xbox 360 and the PS3, software sales for the Xbox One and PS4 thorough month 4 are up 80 percent," Callahan said. "Despite positive performance of PS4 and Xbox One, the majority of software losses stemmed from declines for seventh generation consoles (Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii), which is expected as we transition from one console generation to another."
Leading the charts in February were Call of Duty: Ghosts, The Lego Movie Videogame, NBA 2k14, Thief, Grand Theft Auto V, Battlefield 4, Assassin's Creed IV, Lightening Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, Minecraft, and Bravely Default. These numbers are for retail.