Sony continues to dominate the next-gen hardware market in America, NPD numbers show.
PS4 shifted 284,000 units in February – ten per cent ahead of Xbox One’s 258,000 unit sales. Xbox One is tracking 61 per cent ahead of Xbox 360 in comparable launch terms.
Speaking of Xbox 360, that still sold an impressive 114,000 units in its 100th month on sale, making it the leading “seventh gen” machine in the region throughout the period.
Of course, because Xbox One retails for $100 more than PS4, that means Microsoft won the next-gen revenue race.
As Tweeted by Nick Parker this means as of now US install bases for each machine stand at 2.54m for PS4 and 2.22m for Xbox One. PS3 and Xbox 360 took 14 and 10 months respectively to hit these same numbers.
The United States is traditionally an Xbox stronghold, so Sony’s continued success is all the more notable. Whether it can continue this month following the arrival of Titanfall remains to be seen.
The overall US video games market was up 42 per cent year-on-year at $347m. Software sales fell nine per cent to $318m. Combined next-gen software sales are up 80 per cent compared to what Xbox 360 and PS3 games were achieving at the same stage in their lifespan.
Nintendo chose not to comment on its hardware sales, though did point to 130,000 unit sales for Wii U platformer Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze – that helped drive Wii U software up 180 per cent for the month year-on-year. Wii U hardware sales climbed 25 per cent, although to what number we do not know.
3DS RPG Bravely Default sold 200,000 units in its first three weeks.
Call of Duty: Ghosts was the best selling game for the month followed by The LEGO Movie Videogame, NBA 2K14, Thief and Grand Theft Auto V.