Sony's PlayStation 4 topped U.S. retail sales charts in July, according to new data released by retail research firm the NPD Group. This is the seventh consecutive month that the PS4 has beat out all other home console systems, according to NPD. Earlier this week Sony announced that the PS4 has hit a worldwide installed user base of 10 million. The PS4 re-release of The Last of Us also topped retail sales charts for July in the United States (this does not include digital sales, just retail). Exact sales figures for July related to PS4 hardware were not released by Sony or NPD Group.
Microsoft did not releases sales figures for Xbox One or Xbox 360 for the month of July, and Nintendo did not reveals sales figures for Wii or Wii U. Nintendo did announce that it has sold 40 million 3DS hand-helds in the United States to-date.
In general, hardware sales were double the amount when compared to the same period a year ago, but combined life-to-date sales of the new-generation consoles are up by nearly 80 percent over that of their predecessors at the same point in their life cycle.
Hardware spending in the United States for the month of July totaled around $198.8 million, up from $99.4 million in July 2013. This helped push total spending to around $514.3 million, up by about 16 percent from $443.1 million last year.
New physical software sales came in at around $178.2 million, compared to $210.1 million in July of 2013. That number does not include digital sales.