April 2015 NPD: Xbox One tops PlayStation 4

Mortal Kombat X tops software sales.

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U.S. video game sales results for the month of April 2015 are in.


Consumers spent $595.7 million on software and hardware in April 2015, up three percent from the $579.5 million spent during the same period in 2014.

Hardware sales generated $183.9 million, down four percent from the $191.9 million generated during the same period in 2014.

Software sales generated $256.7 million, up 13 percent rom the $227.6 million spent during the same period in 2014.

Top ranking standalone software for the month include:

  1. Mortal Kombat X (PS4, Xbox One)
  2. Grand Theft Auto V (PS4, Xbox One, PC, 360, PS3)
  3. Battlefield: Hardline (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3, PC)
  4. MLB 15: The Show (PS4, PS3)
  5. Minecraft (360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4)
  6. NBA 2K15 (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3, PC)
  7. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3, PC)
  8. Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)
  9. Super Smash Bros. (3DS, Wii U)
  10. Borderlands: The Handsome Collection (PS4, Xbox One)

(These figures only come from new physical games and systems sold at retailers. The NPD Group does not track digital or used game sales.)


Xbox One was the top-selling console in the United States, according to the NPD Group.

“As the best-selling console in the U.S. in April, fans set record April sales and engagement for Xbox One last month,” Xbox marketing boss Mike Nichols told VentureBeat. “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.”

Xbox One sold 115,000 units in April 2014. So with a 63 percent increase, Xbox One sold approximately 187,000 units in April 2015.


The PlayStation family, which includes PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PS Vita, led hardware sales in the United States, a Sony spokesperson told VentureBeat.

“We would like to thank fans around the world for their continued support of the PS4,” a Sony spokesperson said. “According to NPD, PlayStation continues to lead software sales for April 2015 and PS4 remains the cumulative sales leader in the US. We are looking forward to an amazing E3.”


Wii U sales were up 15 percent when compared to the first four months of 2014, according to VentureBeat. 3DS sales were also up about 65 percent over the same period last year.

Sales for Pokemon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire for 3DS, which launched in November 2014, have surpassed three million combined physical and digital copies in the U.S. And Super Mario 3D World for Wii U, which launched in November 2013, has sold more than two million copies.

Xenoblade Chronicles 3D, which was released for New 3DS XL on April 10, was the fifth best-selling software SKU in April.

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