Stock shortages may have caused a setback in Sony’s assault on North America in December, but the PlayStation 4 has climbed right back to the top of the console tree in January. According to the Japanese giant, its freshest format was the best selling next-gen system in North America last month, with the burly black box almost doubling the tally of its nearest competitor, the Xbox One.

“Demand for the PS4 remains incredibly strong as it was number one in sales for next-gen consoles in January, nearly doubling the nearest next-gen competitor, and remains the cumulative leader, according to today’s NPD report,” said chuffed SCEA spokesperson Guy Longworth. “Although the PS4 remains severely constrained at retail, we are working hard to refresh supply as quickly as possible.”

Demand for both new consoles actually drove hardware sales up by 17 per cent in January, despite the tracked period being a week shorter this year. However, software sales declined by a whopping 40 per cent compared to 2013, bringing the overall spend on games down from $853 million to $664 million. The research firm behind the figures puts this down to the reduced timeframe.

Nevertheless, the software sales charts painted a familiar tale. Call of Duty: Ghosts fired into first, while NBA 2K14 dunked second. Battlefield 4, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, and Grand Theft Auto V rounded out the top five, with the only noteworthy newcomer being Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition in tenth. Impressively, according to Sony, the re-release sold best on the PS4.

“It’s clear that gamers are choosing PlayStation as the best place to play with PS4 software sales ranking number one in January, highlighted by strong sales of Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, which sold twice as many units on the PS4 than any other platform,” Longworth continued. Considering that the company never even used to comment on NPD information, it’s sure making up for it now.

What do you make of this latest set of data? Are you impressed by just how quickly the Japanese giant’s managed to turn the tide on Microsoft’s home turf, and what do you think that it needs to do to keep its nose in front? Did you buy any new software in January, or have you been saving your cents? Open your wallet in the comments section below.

Top Ten New Physical Retail Sales: January 2014

1. Call of Duty: Ghosts (360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4, Wii U, PC)
2. NBA 2K14 (PS4, 360, Xbox One, PS3, PC)
3. Battlefield 4 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, PC)
4. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (360, PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Wii U, PC)
5. Grand Theft Auto V (360, PS3)
6. Madden NFL 25 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)
7. Minecraft (360)
8. FIFA 14 (PS4, Xbox One, PS3, 360, Vita)
9. Lego Marvel Super Heroes (360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, 3DS, Wii U, Vita, PC)
10. Tomb Raider (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)

[via venturebeat.com]