The lean summer software lineup has done little to deter consumers from scooping up video game consoles, specifically the PlayStation 4.Sales of video game hardware doubled in July, approaching $200 million for the month, according to the latest retail sales data from NPD Group.
Life-to-date sales of Microsoft’s Xbox One and the PS4 during its first nine months of availability were up nearly 80% compared to the same period of sales during the opening months of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, says NPD analyst Liam Callahan.
For the seventh consecutive month, PS4 was the top-selling video game console in the U.S. Earlier this week, Sony revealed the device crossed 10 million in global sales.
Microsoft did not release sales figures for Xbox One. Meanwhile, Nintendo revealed sales of its struggling Wii U console are up 60% from last year, bolstered by the launch of racing game Mario Kart 8, which topped 1 million in sales in the U.S.
Software sales dipped 15% compared to last year, largely due to the absence of Electronic Arts’ college football franchise NCAA Football. Last September, EA announced it would cease publishing a NCAA Football video game amid a larger dispute between the NCAA and student-athletes over the use of their likenesses in the series. Last year’s NCAA Football 14 was July’s top-selling video game.
“As that title is no longer being produced, new launch sales declined steeply by close to 70 percent in July 2014,” said Callahan told to TennMagazine.
The post-apocalyptic action game The Last Of Us, which Sony re-released as a remastered edition for PS4, was the best-selling game last month, followed byMinecraft and soccer title FIFA 14. The complete top 10 (publisher in parentheses):
1. The Last of Us (Sony)
2. Minecraft (Mojang)
3. FIFA 14 (Electronic Arts)
4. Watch Dogs (Ubisoft)
5. Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo)
6. Call of Duty: Ghosts (Activision)
7. Grand Theft Auto V (Take-Two Interactive)
8. Sniper Elite III (505 Games)
9. NBA 2K14 (Take-Two Interactive)
10. Lego Marvel Superheroes (Warner Bros. Interactive)