April NPD: Xbox One overtakes PS4, Mortal Kombat X decapitates all comers

Xbox One has overtaken PlayStation 4 sales in the month of April, according to the NPD Group. Meanwhile, Mortal Kombat X has finished off the competition, fending off a string of worthy challengers.


The PlayStation 4 winning streak appears to be at an end. Microsoft has claimed victory for the Xbox One in the month of April, with the April NPD report confirming a win over Sony's next-gen console. It culminates in a down month overall for hardware, with the decline mostly coming from old-gen consoles.

Prior to today's NPD report, corporate vice president at Xbox marketing Mike Nichols sent out a statement. "As the best-selling console in the U.S. in April, fans set record April sales and engagement for Xbox One last month," the statement read. "Xbox One console sales in the U.S. increased 63 percent in April 2015 compared to April 2014 and Xbox Live comparisons showed the number of active global users (Xbox One and Xbox 360) grew 24 percent. We are grateful to our fans for their passion and support and are looking forward to sharing more on the best game lineup in Xbox history at E3."

The Xbox One dropped its price to $349 back in January, but its suddenly April surge can also be attributed to a pair of April promotions. A NeoGAF poster pointed to promotions from GameStop and Best Buy that offered a chunky amount of credit towards new Xbox One purchases with trade-in of an old-gen console.

Over on the software side, Mortal Kombat X has dished out pain to its competitors, taking the top spot for the month of April. Not only that, but it had the best opening month in franchise history, as well as the second-highest launch ever for a fighting game, only behind Super Smash Bros. Brawl in 2008. Grand Theft Auto V shot back up to the second spot, largely on the strength of the new PC version that released in April. There wasn't a whole lot else happening in terms of new releases last month, which allowed for Dark Souls 2 (strengthened by some next-gen hotness) and Super Smash Bros. to creep back onto the list. It was crushing for April's other new releases, most notably the New 3DS' Xenoblade Chronicles, though the NPD Group noted that on a sku-by-sku basis, it would have cracked the top 10.

April Top 10 Games (New Physical Retail only; across all platforms incl. PC; new releases in bold)

  • Mortal Kombat X (PS4, XBO)
  • Grand Theft Auto V (PS4, XBO, PC, 360, PS3)
  • Battlefield: Hardline (XBO, PS4, 360, PS3, PC)
  • MLB 15: The Show (PS4, PS3)
  • Minecraft (360, PS3, XBO, PS4)
  • NBA 2K15 (XBO, PS4, 360, PS3, PC)
  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (XBO, PS4, 360, PS3, PC)
  • Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin (PS4, XBO, 360, PS3)
  • Super Smash Bros. (3DS, NWU)
  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection (PS4, XBO)
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    May 14, 2015 3:40 PM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, April NPD: Xbox One overtakes PS4, Mortal Kombat X decapitates all comers

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      May 14, 2015 3:52 PM

      Is it possible to get separated lists, so that we can see which versions of games sold the best. Like, who sold the most copies of the new Mortal Combat game?

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        May 14, 2015 3:59 PM

        They are in order from left to right. In this case, the PS4 version has sold more than the Xbox One version.

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          May 14, 2015 4:17 PM

          But that doesn't show if the PS4 version of BFH outsold the XBO version of MKH, or how well the PC versions are selling.

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            May 14, 2015 7:44 PM

            I'm pretty sure you have to pay for that shit, assuming they give that info out at all.

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              May 14, 2015 8:09 PM

              It's been a long time, but that's how they used to release the top-10 lists.

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      May 14, 2015 4:16 PM

      Xbox One out of nowhere? Pretty surprising it tops sales when they didn't really have any big releases.

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        May 14, 2015 4:39 PM

        Neither did Sony :/

        They are both looking lackluster tbh.

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      May 14, 2015 6:50 PM

      Mortal Kombat X is on PC, as well.

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      May 14, 2015 7:18 PM

      I kinda want to create a tweeter account just to let Ed Boon know that I've had better experience playing ONLINE MK2 on the SNES back in 1995 than trying to play MKX PC online. I'm serious. The game looks and runs amazing with so much useless shit to do. The only thing I care about is the online play. Between the fuckups , patches and rage uninstalling the game I've downloaded around 120GB of MORTAL FUCKING KOMBAT. It would stay hidden in my Steam library FOREVER. No seriously, I'm never buying another MK game. Anyone know how to remove tattoos?

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        May 14, 2015 7:23 PM

        Who didn't think this was a cash grab? Mortal Kombat out of nowhere? At least on my radar, I had no idea this game was coming out. I'm not in the fighter game scene though but I think the capcom vs marvel games were the be all end all. Just from the stupid meme, whens mahval

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          May 14, 2015 7:29 PM

          As much as i like to think you're on my side how the f you didn't know that a new MK game was coming out. What the f are you even doing here. Go home you're drunk your radar is broken. btw do you have an Xbox Live account and if you do is your name the same?

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            May 14, 2015 7:32 PM

            The only thing I know about the fighting scene is 'whens mahvel'. I dont own any of the games. But I do know of that one epic fight where the dude parries the guy for like 15 seconds and ends the match. It was at evo

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