Sony’s staggering turnaround in the United States has continued in August, with the PlayStation 4 once again topping the hardware charts for the eighth consecutive month. Even more impressively, Madden NFL 15 sold best on the Japanese giant’s next-gen system, which is something of a shock considering the strong historical popularity of the property on Microsoft's machines. It is worth mentioning, however, that there was an Xbox One bundle featuring the American Football release which does not contribute to the software figures tracked by the NPD.
Regardless of victors, the ongoing battle between the brand new boxes helped hardware sales to increase massively, up a gigantic 116 per cent year-over-year to $196.2 million. Software once again dropped, though, with the total spend on physical titles reaching just $231.6 million, down from $293.4 million the year prior. To be fair, there weren’t a whole lot of new releases to shout about, with EA Sports’ annual sequel flanked by Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition and the PlayStation versions of Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare.
The Last of Us: Remastered held strong for a second month, finishing in fourth overall, and remaining the best selling first-party title in the United States. Call of Duty: Ghosts, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, Watch Dogs, and Battlefield 4 rounded out the top ten, with The LEGO Movie Video Game squeezing in as well. We’ve included the list of best sellers in the space below. Considering all of the Destiny marketing, we can’t see Sony losing September or even October, so it looks like all eyes will be on November to see if Microsoft can stop its competitor from securing a clean sweep.
Top Ten Physical Retail Releases: August 2014
1. Madden NFL 15 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)
2. Diablo III: Reaper of Souls (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, PC)
3. Minecraft (360, PS3)
4. The Last of Us (PS4, PS3)
5. Call of Duty: Ghosts (360, Xbox One, PS4, PS3, PC, Wii U)
6. Lego Marvel Super Heroes (360, PS3, Wii U, PS4, 3DS, DS, Xbox One, Vita, PC)
7. Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare (360, PS3, PS4, Xbox One)
8. Watch Dogs (PS4, 360, PS3, Xbox One, PC)
9. Battlefield 4 (360, PS3, PS4, Xbox One, PC)
10. The Lego Movie Videogame (360, 3DS, PS3, Wii U, PS4, Xbox One, Vita)