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June NPD: PS4 Brushes Aside Xbox One Price Drop for Sixth Month at Summit

Posted by Sammy Barker

Too easy

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)


User Comments (14)



Dohv said:

Not surprising at all. This gen all together is giving me a great feeling. It's starting to look like the PS2, GameCube, and OG Xbox era which is a great thing. You got Nintendo releasing amazing exclusives for their console despite it not selling like the competition, and them you got MS in 2nd place and they'll have their Halo's and what not, and then you got Sony in the lead. This gen is gonna be great. Especially if Sony starts making more games that made them great.



sajoey said:

Okay but how is GTA V STILL in the top 10? I mean, it's at 10, but OH MY GOD WHY



Heavyman99 said:

@Punished_Boss ugh. POWERS. The TV show more important than the Vita. Then again, the PS TV is probably the best way to save it, by turning a high cost handheld into a low cost console.



N711 said:

Wow now that's extraordinary!
And with xbox firing people I could imagine the doom and gloom reports if. The situation was the oposite.



Carl-G said:

WOW! So it was - PS4 = 269k & Xbox ONE = 197k in the USA then even after the Xbox ONE price cut?!?!



Paranoimia said:

What's their next step... paying you to take one?

There will come a point where they do win a month - for example, when everyone and his dog already owns a PS4 - and they'll be like "hell yeah, we finally did it - told you it would happen!"

I see they're closing the entertainment division too, which was supposed to make their own TV shows for Xbox, and focusing on games. Do we count that as yet another U-turn?

I mean, kudos to Phil Spencer & Co. for basically doing what should have been done in the first place - making it a game console first and foremost. But how did they come up with a system which fell so wide of the mark in the first place? I bet whoever came up with the original ideas/research has had a rocket. I know Don Mattrick has been the scapegoat, but he almost certainly didn't come up with all that crap himself.



get2sammyb said:

@Paranoimia Agreed. I also think that, while they've made the right decisions, their box has lost almost all of its identity at this point. It doesn't have a clue what it wants to be.



Paranoimia said:

@get2sammyb Do you envisage them lowering the price even further, by perhaps removing extraneous hardware on a future 'slim' model? I'm thinking back to when Sony removed 2 USB ports and the various card readers.

Perhaps the HDMI pass-through can go, and maybe even the Kinect connector, since it seems they've practically abandoned it. Or do you think that's too integral to the design, and would be too large a revision?



adf86 said:

@get2sammyb I would suggest with Diablo 3 getting the PS4 marketing as well that Sony could be set for a solid august there too.



ComicBookGuy said:

@Paranoimia I believe at the moment, the HDMI in (and by extension TVTVTV) is the last shred of identity the Xbox One has left. I mean, the One in the name is based on Input One... If they got rid of that, they might as well do a recall and release an Xbox Two.
Happy for Sony and PS4. My best gaming years have always been when Sony were on top, and that seems to be happening again now...guess I'm actually happy for myself here.

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