April NPD: Xbox One still in second as price drop looms

Sony and Microsoft continue their graceful dance of console launch wars. Sony emerged the victor in April for the fourth time in a row, with PlayStation 4 taking the top spot. But, Microsoft finished in second with Xbox One. This is all before the impending price drop in June, of course, when we may see a shake-up.

Whatever the case in relation to each other, both consoles are cumulatively outpacing their predecessors. According to the data, the first six months of PS4 and Xbox One have more than doubled the combined sales of PS3 and Xbox 360 during their own first six months. Hardware grew 76% over last year, driven by console sales which increased a whopping 120%.

Software wasn't quite as healthy, with a slight dip at a 10% decline. Even so, PS4 and XBO software sales are up 40% compared to PS3/360 software in its first six months. Wii U software is up 80% over last year too. Titanfall continued to hold the top spot, but the top sales figures on the whole only have a couple of licensed games as new releases.

NPD specified that five games were in the top 10 in terms of raw sales, but fell out of the listings once platforms were combined. Those were Yoshi's New Island, Infamous: Second Son, MLB 14: The Show, Kinect Sports Rivals, and Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare. Ranking them by combining all the versions tends to cut out platform exclusives, in other words.

    Top 10 Games (New Physical Retail only; new releases bolded)

    • Titanfall (360, XBO, PC)

    • Call Of Duty: Ghosts (360, PS4, PS3, XBO, NWU, PC)

    • NBA 2K14 (360, PS4, PS3, XBO, PC)

    • Minecraft (360)

      LEGO The Hobbit (360, PS3, One, PS4, 3DS, NWU, PSV)

    • The LEGO Movie Videogame (360, 3DS, PS3, NWU, XBO, PS4, PSV)

    • Lego Marvel Super Heroes (360, PS3, NDS, 3DS, PS4, NWU, XBO, PSV, PC)

    • The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (PS4, 360, PS3, NWU, 3DS)

    • Grand Theft Auto V (360, PS3)

    • Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (360, PS3, PS4, XBO, NWU, PC)