Titanfall may have made the Xbox One the faraway frontrunner in the United States sales battle last month, but the PlayStation 4 extended its lead on Microsoft’s home turf with another unexpected victory in the all-important territory. The triumph cements a sales double-whammy for platform holder Sony, after it announced that its next-gen system had surpassed seven million units globally overnight.
As expected, Respawn Entertainment’s semi-exclusive topped the software charts, but inFAMOUS: Second Son put up a decent fight, finishing in second position. We already know that the game sold over one million units globally in just nine days, making it the fastest selling entry in Sucker Punch’s superhero series. South Park: The Stick of Truth finished up in third, while Call of Duty: Ghosts and Dark Souls II rounded out the top five.
Elsewhere, Konami’s premium priced demo Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes entered in sixth, while PlayStation 3 and Vita compilation Final Fantasy X|X-2 HD Remaster put in an appearance in an eighth place. Despite the large number of new releases, software sales dropped by 28 per cent year-over-year, a consequence likely caused by blockbusters Tomb Raider and BioShock Infinite deploying during the same period in 2013.
Hardware did increase 78 per cent, however, on the back of Sony and Microsoft’s new consoles. As already alluded, though, it was the Japanese giant’s device that came out on top, scoring its third successive victory in the US. With the likes of Watch Dogs and The Last of Us Remastered on the way, we can’t see things slowing down anytime soon either. Nevertheless, overall industry sales totalled $1.03 billion for March 2014, up three per cent year-over-year.
You can peruse the full list of movers and shakers below. Are you surprised that Sony managed to overcome the Titanfall marketing machine? Are you satisfied to see inFAMOUS: Second Son chart so high? Were there any other titles in particular that kept your wallet light last month? Freak out in the comments section below.
Top Ten Physical Retail Releases: March 2014
1. Titanfall (XBO, PC)
2. inFAMOUS Second Son (PS4)
3. South Park: The Stick Of Truth (360, PS3, PC)
4. Call Of Duty: Ghosts (360, PS4, PS3, XBO, NWU, PC)
5. Dark Souls II (PS3, 360)
6. Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (PS4, XBO, PS3, 360)
7. NBA 2K14 (360, PS4, PS3, XBO, PC)
8. Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster (PS3, PSV)
9. The LEGO Movie Videogame (360, PS3, 3DS, NWU, XBO, PS4, PSV)
10. Minecraft (360)
Update: Guy Longworth, the Vice President of PlayStation Brand Marketing, had a short but sweet statement to share regarding this month's figures: "Today’s NPD report confirmed that the PS4 was No. 1 in sales for March and extended its cumulative lead for next generation game consoles, despite continued supply constraints. NPD also highlighted that PlayStation sold the most total consoles and demand for inFAMOUS: Second Son was extremely strong." The champagne's on Sony, then.