June NPD: PS4 claims victory in slow software month

Sony is claiming victory over Microsoft in the latest month of console wars.


It's been an interesting few days in regards to the ongoing console wars. Yesterday, Microsoft curiously sent out a report touting that Xbox One sales had doubled in the month of June, making sure to jump out ahead of the monthly NPD report.

The NPD Group conspicuously did not state whether one console outsold the other, though Sony is claiming victory, according to Venture Beat. Rather, they are simply pointing to a 106 percent jump in hardware sales over a year ago, with Xbox One and PS4 selling more than their precessors (Xbox 360 and PS3) by over 80 percent.

As for software sales, the summer doldrums are well underway. With no juggernaut like The Last of Us popping up, sales have declined from a year ago. This also means some repeats for the Top 10 list. Watch Dogs retains its grip on the top spot, followed by Mario Kart 8. Minecraft has shot all the way up to #3, signifying that Mojang's phenomenon isn't ready to slow down anytime soon. And of course, FIFA 14 rocketed to the 5th slot on the strength of the World Cup.

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

  • Watch Dogs (PS4, XBO, 360, PS3, PC)
  • Mario Kart 8 (NWU)
  • Minecraft (360, PS3)
  • UFC (PS4, XBO)
  • FIFA 14 (PS4, 360, XBO, PS3, PSV)
  • NBA 2K14 (360, PS4. PS3, XBO, PC)
  • Wolfenstein: The New Order (PS4, XBO, 360, PS3, PC)
  • Call Of Duty: Ghosts (360, PS4, PS3, XBO, PC, NWU)
  • Tomodachi Life (3DS)
  • Grand Theft Auto V (360, PS3)
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