PlayStation 4 leads jump in US console sales: research firm NPD
May 17, 2014, 12:06 am TWN
SAN FRANCISCO--Sony's PlayStation 4 led a surge in console sales that lifted the U.S. video game market in April, said figures released Thursday by market research firm NPD Group.
Sales of video game hardware, mostly consoles, jumped 76 percent to US$192.8 million during the month compared to a year ago, more than offsetting a 10-percent drop in sales of game software to US$227.9 million, NPD reported.
Overall video game sales rose 17 percent to US$580.3 million from the same month last year, according to NPD.
PS4 was the top-selling console for the fourth consecutive month, followed by Microsoft's Xbox One.
"Titanfall" was the top-selling game, followed by "Call of Duty: Ghosts."
NPD estimated that the total spent in the U.S. on video games topped a billion dollars during the month after adding in rentals, mobile apps, social network play, subscriptions, digital downloads, and other non-traditional revenue channels.