February was a solid month for the videogame industry. Gamers spent $887 million on new physical games, hardware and accessories at retail, up 9% from last year.
What were gamers spending the most money on? Hardware. Hardware sales surged 42% year-over-year to $347 million as consumers snatched up the latest offerings from Microsoft and Sony.
While hardware spending rocketed higher, software sales took a 9% hit with $244 million in sales. Hard to get people to buy a lot of software after dropping as much as $500 for a new console.
Sales of Accessories jumped 33% to $221 million.
The above figures only take into account what consumers bought at retail stores. Digital and online sales are not included in the NPD’s monthly report.
Now let’s take a look at the software and hardware charts. First up, software. Here’s your top 10.
Call of Duty: Ghosts (Xbox 360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4, Wii U, PC)
The Lego Movie Videogame (Xbox 360, PS3, 3DS, Wii U, Xbox One, PS4, Vita)
NBA 2K14 (Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, PC)
Thief (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)
Grand Theft Auto V (Xbox 360, PS3)
Battlefield 4 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, PC)
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Wii U, PC)
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII (PS3, Xbox 360)
Minecraft (Xbox 360)
Bravely Default (3DS)
Call of Duty: Ghosts will have to enjoy February’s top spot. It’ll be the last time it’s there.
NPD analyst Liam Callahan talked about the impressive numbers from Sony and Microsoft.
“PS4 and Xbox One software sales are off to a great start through February 2014,” said Callahan. “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.”
We should see this top 10 list shake up quite a bit in March. Titanfall, Infamous: Second Son, Dark Souls 2 and Metal Gear Solid Ground Zeroes are releasing this month.
Now comes the hardware.
The PS4 took the top spot in February.
“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 Callahan. “However, with Xbox One’s higher price point, it led hardware sales on a dollar basis.”
Microsoft said it sold 258,000 Xbox Ones. So, that puts the PS4 at 286,700 or lower since the Xbox One sold “over 90% of what the PS4 sold.”
Nintendo saw a 25% boost in Wii U sales year over year thanks to the newest Donkey Kong title.
We will update this post if we get anymore specific numbers.