NPD February: PS4 just edges the Xbox One in hardware sales
The NPD report for February is in, and the PS4 appears to have just edged the Xbox One in sales.
The PS4 has edged the Xbox One in sales numbers for February in North America, according to NPD. The Xbox One has been described to have sold over 90% of what the PS4 sold, which puts the PS4 sales numbers for February at approximately 286,000 as Microsoft’s Xbox One sold 258,000. However, with the Xbox One’s higher price tag, the Xbox One is leading the sales on a dollar basis.
There have also been positive signs for industry growth elsewhere, with next-gen software sales over 4 months beating their previous generation counterparts at their launches by 80%. Microsoft have also claimed 2.75 games have been sold per console, with Sony’s number coming closer to 2.2 games per console. Wii U and 3DS sales are also up, likely driven by good sales performances from Bravely Default on the 3DS and Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze on the Wii U.
Overall, retail sales across hardware, software and accessories has grown by 9% over February for last year. Total consumer spending is estimated to be around $1.47 billion, with used games and rentals at just $131 million in comparison to all digital revenue hitting approximately $512 million, suggesting that people are finally beginning to embrace the digital movement in games.