Sony secured yet another month at the top of the USA sales charts in June 2015, as Batman: Arkham Knight helped the PlayStation 4 hold its lead at the top of the hardware charts. Despite a 51 per cent increase in Xbox One sales, Microsoft still couldn't dethrone the Japanese giant's new-gen system, which was no doubt buoyed by the limited edition model that the manufacturer deployed to celebrate the superhero sequel's release.
To be fair, it was a good month for the industry all around – even if Kaz Hirai will have the biggest smile before bed tonight. Total industry spend increased by a generous 18 per cent year-over-year, attracting $869.4 million in all. Software was the biggest driver, up 21 per cent compared to June 2014, but hardware also rose by eight per cent. Those big Batman bundles probably helped to bump up the latter statistic a fair amount.
Unsurprisingly, it was Rocksteady's abovementioned adventure that grapple hooked its way to the top of the software charts, where it was flanked by The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited and LEGO Jurassic World. Acclaimed role-playing game The Witcher III: Wild Hunt turned in a few more quests in fourth, while evergreen titles such as Grand Theft Auto V and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare fleshed out the remainder of the top ten.
Despite a lot of the games seemingly selling better on the Xbox One – you can determine the pecking order courtesy of the parentheses below – Sony claims that it also led software sales in June. A jubilant spokesperson concluded in a press release: "PS4 continues to lead console sales in the US and globally." With the release slate looking a little light in July, it'll be interesting to see how things shake out. Would you bet against the PS4 at this point, though?
Top Ten Physical Retail Releases: June 2015
- Batman: Arkham Knight (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
- The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
- Lego: Jurassic World (360, Xbox One, PS4, PS3, 3DS, Wii U, Vita)
- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
- Splatoon (Wii U)
- Minecraft (360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4)
- Grand Theft Auto V (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3, PC)
- Mortal Kombat X (PS4, Xbox One)
- NBA 2K15 (360, PS4, Xbox One, PS3, PC)
- Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3, PC)