Well, well, well – this is unexpected. We reported on the PlayStation 3's failure to top the NPD charts for many years, but we've already fallen into a pattern where we expect the PlayStation 4 to lead. However, the numbers coming out of the United States for April 2015 may wake both Sony and ourselves up, as the Xbox One won. We know – it's not even Christmas yet.
To be fair, the Japanese giant is boasting that it shifted more software – but it did use some clever corporate double-speak, suggesting that it needed to include PS3 and Vita figures to come to that conclusion. Then again, we doubt that either systems are shifting many retail titles these days, so we may be reading too much into things. You know what these companies are like, though.
Either way, it was a reasonable enough month for the US industry, with total spend up three per cent. Hardware was actually down year-over-year from $191.9 million to $183.9 million, but we're guessing that, once again, the competition's price cuts contributed to that. Software sales made up for things anyway, increasing by an impressive 13 per cent compared to April 2014.
Mortal Kombat X was the top selling title, and it moved most units on Sony's new-gen system. Grand Theft Auto V also performed best on the PlayStation platform, and finished in second. Battlefield Hardline, MLB 15: The Show, and Minecraft rounded out the top five, with Bloodborne disappearing from the charts entirely. We've included the full list of best sellers below.
Still, the big story here is simply that the PS4 couldn't enforce its dominance for a fourth month in a row. It's a reminder, perhaps, that there's still plenty to play for in the United States, and even though Sony is killing the competition globally, it needs to keep its eye on the ball. Maybe that E3 2015 press conference needs to be better than we're predicting after all, eh?
Top Ten Physical Retail Releases: April 2015
- Mortal Kombat X (PS4, Xbox One)
- Grand Theft Auto V (PS4, Xbox One, PC, 360, PS3)
- Battlefield: Hardline (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3, PC)
- MLB 15: The Show (PS4, PS3)
- Minecraft (360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4)
- NBA 2K15 (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3, PC)
- Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3, PC)
- Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)
- Super Smash Bros. (3DS, Wii U)
- Borderlands: The Handsome Collection (PS4, Xbox One)