The latest NPD numbers for the video game industry came with a surprise. The Playstation 4 was the best-selling console in March. Many people, myself included, thought Titanfall would push the Xbox One to the top spot.
Still, the Xbox One had a respectable showing. 311,000 Xbox Ones were sold according to a press release from Microsoft. No specific numbers from Sony, but we do know it sold more than 311,000.
We also received worldwide numbers from Microsoft yesterday. More than 5 million Xbox One consoles have been sold-in to retailers since it launched in November. Sony announced more than 7 million consoles were sold through yesterday.
What’s the difference between sold-through and sold-in? Sold-through are direct sales, or sales to the consumer. Sold-in are sales to retailers.Meaning some stock is still on store shelves. That puts the lead Sony has over Microsoft at more than 2 million, but probably less than 3 million.
The lead is widening, but it isn’t all that surprising. Sony is in more countries with a lower price point and stronger hardware. I would be worried if it didn’t have a decent lead.
Here’s some more details from last month’s NPD results. Overall retail sales rose 3% year-over-year. Software slid 28%, while hardware saw a 78% boost year-over-year.
Overall hardware demand has been incredibly strong. Xbox One sales are more than 60% ahead of Xbox 360 sales at the same point. Playstation 4 demand has been even stronger. The only thing lacking are games. We got our first taste in March with Titanfall and Infamous: Second Son.
Titanfall leads software sales
As expected, Titanfall was the top-selling game in March. No specific numbers were given, but we do know it’s the second-highest selling game for Xbox One already. The #1 was not given, but it’s probably Call of Duty: Ghosts or FIFA.
InFAMOUS: Second Son took the second spot. South Park: The Stick of Truth had a very good showing at the three spot. The Call of Duty sales train continues with Ghosts taking the four spot.
Dark Souls II, Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, NBA 2K14, Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster, The LEGO Movie Videogame and Minecraft rounded out the top 10.
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