PS4 Beats Xbox One in April, Software Sales Down

Retail sales numbers for the month of April show that the PS4 edged out the Xbox One in sales, according to data from NPD Group. Sony's PlayStation 4 was the top-selling game console in the United States in April, making it the fourth month in a row the PS4 has outsold Microsoft's Xbox One, according to the NPD Group.

Sales of new video game hardware grew 76 percent to $192 million in April compared with the same period a year ago. No doubt this growth is directly attributable to new console sales. Sales of video game accessories in the U.S. also increased year-over-year from last April, totaling $159 million – up 21 percent. Overall, April revenue from new video hardware, software, and accessories (which does not include sales of used hardware and software) was $580.3 million, up 17 percent year-over-year.

"Hardware experienced a solid 76 percent growth over April 2013, driven by console hardware sales which increased by 120 percent in April 2014 over last year," the research firm said in a news release Thursday. "Life to date, sales of PS4 and Xbox One hardware have more than doubled the combined sales of PS3 and 360 hardware through their first six months of sales."

While hardware sales were up in April, software sales were down compared to a year ago. New video games for consoles and portables came in at $227.9 million for April, down 10 percent from a year ago. Adding new PC game sales into the mix, software revenue totaled $240.8 million for the month, also a 10 percent year-over-year decline. While sales of games for the PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo's Wii U were trending upward in April, the concurrent drop in older-generation console software continues to hurt the overall video game software revenue picture, NPD noted.

"New physical software is in a transition period as software for new consoles are doing well, but collectively not offsetting declines, leading to a 10 percent decline in software sales," the research firm said. "PS4 software combined with Xbox One software sales are up over 40 percent compared to sales of the PS3 and Xbox 360 through their first six months. Wii U software sales were up over last year by over 80 percent."

Titanfall, was the top-selling single video game title in the U.S. in April. The top ten games for the month were:

1. Titanfall (360, XBO, PC), Electronic Arts
2. Call Of Duty: Ghosts (360, PS4, PS3, XBO, NWU, PC), Activision Blizzard
3. NBA 2K14 (360, PS4, PS3, XBO, PC), Take 2 Interactive
4. Minecraft (360), Microsoft
5. LEGO The Hobbit (360, PS3, One, PS4, 3DS, NWU, PSV), Warner Bros. Interactive
6. The LEGO Movie Videogame (360, 3DS, PS3, NWU, XBO, PS4, PSV), Warner Bros. Interactive
7. Lego Marvel Super Heroes (360, PS3, NDS, 3DS, PS4, NWU, XBO, PSV, PC), Warner Bros. Interactive
8. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (PS4, 360, PS3, NWU, 3DS), Activision Blizzard
9. Grand Theft Auto V (360, PS3), Take 2 Interactive
10. Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (360, PS3, PS4, XBO, NWU, PC), Ubisoft

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