April NPD: PlayStation 4 tops hardware, Titanfall tops software
posted on 05.15.14 at 07:34 PM EST by (@salromano)
inFAMOUS: Second Son the top-selling next-gen software.

PlayStation 4

PlayStation 4 was the top-selling hardware in April, the latest NPD sales results have revealed. Specific numbers were not announced.

Xbox One hardware came in second at 115,000 sales, with Xbox 360 following at 71,000.

PlayStation 4 and Xbox One software sales combined are up over 40 percent compared to the software sales of PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 titles through their first six months. Wii U software sales are also up over 80 percent from last year.

Xbox One games sold 447,000 copies, while Xbox 360 games sold 2.2 million. Both consoles combined account for 53 percent of all software sales.

The top game sales for April are as follows:

  1. Titanfall (XBO, 360, PC) – Electronic Arts
  2. Call of Duty: Ghosts (PS4, XBO, PS3, 360, Wii U, PC) – Activision
  3. NBA 2K14 (PS4, XBO, PS3, 360, PC) – Take 2 Interactive
  4. Minecraft (360) – Microsoft
  5. LEGO The Hobbit (PS4, XBO, PS3, 360, Wii U, PS Vita, 3DS) – Warner Bros.
  6. The LEGO Movie Videogame (PS4, XBO, PS3, 360, Wii U, PS Vita, 3DS) – Warner Bros.
  7. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (PS4, XBO, PS3, 360, Wii U, PS Vita, 3DS, PC) – Warner Bros.
  8. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (PS4, PS3, 360, Wii U, 3DS) – Activision
  9. Grand Theft Auto V (PS3, 360) – Take 2 Interactive
  10. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (PS4, XBO, PS3, 360, Wii U, PC) – Ubisoft

inFAMOUS: Second Son was the highest-selling “next-gen” game in April, according to Sony. Meaning it outsold the Xbox One version of Titanfall.

Read below for Sony and Microsoft’s responses:

Sony (via)

“The April NPD report confirmed that PlayStation 4 was the top selling next gen console and remains the cumulative leader,” Sony Computer Entertainment America SVP of Brand Marketing Guy Longworth said. “In addition, inFAMOUS: Second Son was the top-selling next-gen software title in April. Since PS4 launched last November, over 7 million consumers have enjoyed rich and immersive gameplay, powerful graphics, and deeply integrated social features that are only available on PlayStation. Demand for PS4 continues to outstrip supply and we are working incredibly hard to provide additional inventory. We’d like to thank the PlayStation Nation for their amazing support and we’re looking forward to sharing exciting news at E3 next month.”

Microsoft (via)

“Looking ahead to June, we’ll launch significant updates for Xbox. Earlier this week, we announced more choices and better value for Xbox fans who have been asking for options in games and entertainment experiences as well as options in hardware selection. Beginning on June 9, in all markets where Xbox One is currently sold, we will offer Xbox One starting at $399, in addition to Xbox One with Kinect. We’re also bringing a new generation of Xbox Live including Games with Gold and Deals with Gold coming to Xbox One, as well as giving anyone with an Xbox 360 or Xbox One access to apps – whether or not you have an Xbox Live Gold membership.

“We’re excited to share more about the amazing lineup of games coming to Xbox during our Xbox E3 2014 Media Briefing, Xbox: Game On, which will take place Monday, June 9 beginning at 9:30 a.m. PDT. During the briefing, we’ll showcase in-depth looks at previously announced games as well as trailers for our unannounced games coming in 2014 and beyond.”

Thanks, NeoGAF.

  • Bob Obb

    Nice. And I don’t think this will change anytime soon! Xbone couldn’t beat PS4 with Kinect and Titanfall at $450, so I don’t see a bare bones version doing any better for just $50 less

  • Eder García

    waiting for Nintendo numbers

  • pekot

    Yes
    May should be easy win for PS4

    After that sony please make this E3 the best show ever

  • Six

    Those Xbone numbers are terrible, and May is going to be even worse. Hopefully Microsoft shows some compelling software at E3 to go along with that $400 model in June.

    • Sevyne

      Microsoft really need to have an amazing E3 this year if they want to turn things around. The $400 Kinectless Xbox One will definitely give them a boost in June, but they’ll need a lot more than that to sustain it.

      This year’s E3 is going to be bloodbath between Sony and MS. Look forward to watching them trade blows, and shamelessly mocking each other. Fun times.

      • Ta23 Ta28

        Here, I’ll give you a run down of things to come.

        Microsoft conf:
        Exclusive games, exclusive games, and exclusive games.

        Sony conf:
        MUH 3RD PARTY RELATIONS
        MUH MARKETING PARTNERSHIP
        MUH UBISOFT ASS-KISSING
        No need for exclusive titles showcase. It’s not like exclusive titles sell console, anyway. It’s all about dem multiplats with (timed)exclusive contents, hombre.

        • Sevyne

          Umm, I don’t really care for the “herp derp” fanboy nonsense, so if that’s all you intend to respond to me with then please just don’t. Take it over to IGN. They’d love you there.

          • Ta23 Ta28

            I’m just telling you to not have high expectations for Sony’s conference.

            • Sevyne

              Then perhaps you could actually do that without that drivel you just spouted out before. I’d gladly read some level-headed speculation.

              • Ta23 Ta28

                Sony has disappointed me too much with their events that I’ve become this pessimistic about their showings.

                • Sevyne

                  And it’s fine if you are pessimistic, but you were crapping up a normal discussion with blatant shitposting. I’m simply saying to not respond to me at all if you are going to do that. Like now, you are responding normally, and that’s alright.

                  • Ta23 Ta28

                    The disappointment is slowly corrupting me into an evil shitposter.

                    • DarthNemesis

                      What has there to be disappointed in? Sony has had the best games last generation and will continue this generation. Sounds like you are just trolling.

                    • Six

                      Opinions. How do they work? And of course he is just trolling.

                    • Ta23 Ta28

                      No. Not trolling.

                      My post might’ve been exaggerated, but you get my point. Take a look at PS4 reveal, E3, Gamescom, and pre-launch event. 3rd party relation ass-kissing everywhere.

                    • Six

                      … yeah, I can see where you are coming from, I guess. They really need to show off more AAA exclusives and not have some guy up there demoing another Assassin’s Creed game.

        • Six

          I dunno. Personally, I’m excited to see more of Destiny.

        • DarthNemesis

          Sony has more exclusives already announced than MS LOL and you speak as if MS has been announcing great things at previous E3s. No one relies on third party more than MS. Their biggest announcements last year were DLC and Halo teaser as usual. You seem to be confused.

          • Six

            And Sony’s were two multiplatform JRPGs, one of which was announced back in 2006.

        • http://Xcite79.1up.com/ Keegs79

          Are you that serious? Sony has more studios so they win on exclusives games period when it comes to quantity. That is a fact. I won’t state opinions on either side’s quality because that is irrelevant since its an opinion but Sony has more studios. Microsoft’s presentations had always counted on third parties first, especially with Call of Duty.

          Last year was something special for Microsoft and they did it all right. Look at the games they got as exclusive. Most of them are not developed by Microsoft. Titanfall and Sunset Overdrive are not made by Microsoft. Neither is Dead Rising 3.

          If it was only about exclusives than the XB1 would have been outselling the PS4 but it is not. Obviously it is not only about exclusives and maybe people remember Microsoft’s track record with exclusives. More Halo, Gears, Forza, and Fable over and over again sprinked with a few titles like Alan Wake and Perfect Dark.

          • Six

            “sprinkled” is being generous. I’m probably the biggest Xbox fan on this site, and I’ll say that it got sad towards the end.

            I love me some Gears of War and Halo, but damn.

      • Six

        Their conference last year was pretty solid, and this year should be even better, between Phil running things and the cloud of that DRM bullshit gone.

        Sony is going to need to step it up as well, since they can’t just ride Microsoft’s fuck ups this time.

        It should be a damn good E3, no matter what your platform of choice is.

        Unless it’s the Vita. D:

        • Sevyne

          That’s why I think it’s going to be an interesting E3 this year. MS may still be cleaning up their mess, but at least they’ll be cleaner than they were last E3.

          Last year they did have a pretty solid conference, but it was obviously tainted/overshadowed by the negativity surrounding Xbox One. Sony came off looking like saints for simply remaining as they were.

          This year both of them are going to actually have to put in the work to get any praise.

          And yeah…Vita :(

        • badmoogle

          Don’t be too hard on Vita we already have a good line up of games coming up in the near future. ;)
          I expect a few more announcements at E3.

      • DarthNemesis

        When has MS ever had an amazing E3? There biggest announcements since Gears has been DLC, Kinect, DLC, TV features and more DLC.

        • Six

          Last year was good. Sunset Overdrive, Titanfall, Quantum Break, MGS V The Phantom Pain, Dark Souls II, D4. Killer Instinct, teaser for Halo…

          • http://Xcite79.1up.com/ Keegs79

            People are too quick to forget. Nice to see not everyone. I think Microsoft had a much better E3. Sony’s was sad with just Order 1886. I think though Sony has been holding out though on purpose and will have an incredible E3 presentation this year.

            • Six

              One can only hope. My PS4 purchase is already sealed with Project Beast and The Last Guardian (BELIEVE), but the system really needs more heavy-hitting exclusives.

              • Sevyne

                If the rumors are true about those two games, those are gonna huge news.

          • AdamBoy64

            I think Microsoft will have a good E3 this year too. It really isn’t as one-sided as some might have you think.

            • Six

              I agree. I think all three platform holders are going to have good showings this year. Hell, I even have high hopes for the Ubisoft and EA conferences.

        • Sevyne

          Last year (if you looked beyond the negative aura of the console itself) they did pretty well showing games. Not amazing of course, but I never said they did. I am saying that they have to this year if they want to compete.

          They’d be out of their minds to not go all out showing games this year. It would be like a death sentence.

          Pretty sure they’ll step it up this E3. Question is though; how much will Sony step it up to counter? Sony is currently just coasting on the success of the PS4 launch. They’ll need to be just as ready to bust out the big guns at the show to keep that success rolling.

    • Nesther

      Unless we see a Rare revival, MS’ E3 presentation will be mediocre.

      • Six

        New Perfect Dark, plz.

        • Sevyne

          I dunno. I’m not really confident in Rare being capable of a good new one. Rare is a shell of it’s former self these days.

          • Six

            I’m sure they could make something worthwhile with another team to assist.

            Killer Instinct turned out pretty well, after all. Though, I’m not sure how hands-on Rare was with that.

            • Sevyne

              Yeah, maybe that could work.

          • Nesther

            Handing off a few classic Rare IPs to fresh new studios would be the most sensible thing to do. Just look how KIller Instict turned out. MS should build upon that and do the same with PD, Banjo, Conker, Jet Force Gemini etc.
            Otherwise they’re just wasting perfectly functional and, more importantly, popular IPs that could even move a few Xbones. There are plenty of (ex)-Rare fanboys waiting for MS to do something with those IPs

            • Sevyne

              Handing off the Rare IPs would definitely be a good move. There’s a wealth of content that MS could take advantage of if they did that, I agree.

            • Six

              I have to wonder how many of those franchises could command full retail releases though.

              Perfect Dark, definitely. Probably Banjo and Conker as well. I think Jet Force Gemini would need to undergo a complete reimagining to sell for $60 bucks these days.

              Battletoads needs to be a $20 download though, and I bet there are plenty of indie devs who could manage that.

  • 罪罰

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    • Six

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  • Elvick

    Sort of related to this is the fact that the PS4 version of MLB 14: The Show is the fastest selling game in the series.
    http://blog.us.playstation.com/2014/05/15/mlb-14-the-show-for-ps4-is-fastest-selling-game-in-franchise-history/

    Also… console gaming is dying, and stuff.

  • bloodiOS

    Hey Sal, I thought you were through with posting NPD news given how the previous articles turned out. I mean, I haven’t seen you post one for quite sometimes. Do you plan on going back to posting one every month from now on?

    • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

      He posts it because he’s secretly a Sony fan ;o

      No, I really don’t know why, lol. This is good news for Sony though either way.

    • Zackasaur

      It’s good that he did. It’s silly at best to hide news away on a news site. :P

      • bloodiOS

        It isn’t exactly silly when all these articles did was generating a bunch of pointless flame wars and stupid fanboy reactions. It was an absolutely ugly sight before but err, as long this doesn’t devolve back to that, sure, why not.

        • Elvick

          No worse than the Media Create threads imo, and those are weekly.

  • badmoogle

    I wonder if EA has now regreted their exclusive deal with MS for Titanfall.
    Or MS since it didn’t help them too much for selling more XB1s.

    • Elvick

      Well there’s a rumor they do. One from an “insider” which is why I said it’s a rumor.

      • badmoogle

        Well it makes sense.it will be much harder (and expensive) for MS to moneyhat publishers this time around if the PS4 continues to sell as it does.Unless of course they are paying for every cent of the development process like Nintendo did with Bayonetta 2.

  • shogunknight

    Seems like they really needed to drop the kinect and make a price cut to try and catchup in sales, at least till a major exclusive title hits the stores. Its good that they are trying to go pro consumer and rectify any issues and demands that consumers made. If they continue to strive to be better they might actually get back lots of gamers if not now, then later. Xbox division must really be on berserk mode for making all these changes in less than a month, one can only think of how much money MS spent between E3 2013 and now; from implementing the reversals to the UK fifa bundle deals then titanfall deals and bundles and now a $100 price cut (actually it should be the norm for the 3 console makers tbh). The two seem to be doing fine but maybe microsoft really wants to dominate the tier 1 countries (at least the US especially)