After supposedly getting battered in the May NPD sales report, all eyes have been on Microsoft to see whether the newly Kinect-less Xbox One can rebound. Unfortunately for the Redmond-based firm, despite doubling its sales, it hasn’t bounced back to the degree that it may have hoped, as the PlayStation 4 has outsold it for a sixth consecutive month in the United States.
There’s no word on any specific numbers at this stage, but Sony has stressed that it remains the cumulative leader in next-gen hardware sales, and also moved more software in June than its competitor’s machine. Unsurprisingly, titles such as Watch Dogs, EA Sports UFC, and FIFA 14 all performed best on the Japanese giant’s device.
While this won’t make particularly pleasant reading for the folks in Redmond, the ongoing competition between the two new systems is proving positive news for retailers. Indeed, hardware sales increased by 106 per cent year-over-year throughout the five week period, contributing to an overall industry revenue boost of 24 per cent to $736.4 million.
Despite this, software did dip by three per cent, partly due to the lack of any real big new releases. The likes of Mario Kart 8 and Ubisoft’s aforementioned hacking simulator continued to sell well, but couldn’t match the success of fresh titles like The Last of Us from the year prior. Still, we’ve included the full software best sellers list below, which at least is a little more varied than recent months.
Are you surprised that the cheaper Xbox One didn’t put up a bigger fight, and how do you think that the PS4 is going to fare as we trudge closer to Christmas? It’s worth remembering that The Last of Us Remastered and Destiny are all likely to perform well over the coming months, with Microsoft unlikely to get a look in until Halo: The Master Chief Collection deploys in November.
Top Ten Physical Retail Releases: June 2014
1. Watch Dogs (PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PC)
2. Mario Kart 8 (Wii U)
3. Minecraft (Xbox 360, PS3)
4. EA Sports UFC (PS4, Xbox One)
5. FIFA 14 (PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, Vita)
6. NBA 2K14 (Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, Xbox One, PC)
7. Wolfenstein: The New Order (PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
8. Call Of Duty: Ghosts (Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Wii U, PC)
9. Tomodachi Life (3DS)
10. Grand Theft Auto 5 (Xbox 360, PS3)