PS4 Leads U.S. in Hardware sales for six straight months
Despite the Xbox One sales doubling since last month, the PS4 yet lead hardware sales in the U.S. for the sixth straight month. The NPD Group’s monthly US retail sales report for June confirmed Sony’s early announcement of them trumping the Xbox One in units sold. This is a pretty surprising development, seeing as how the PS4 was lacking in momentum compared to the Xbox One’s recent price drop. Overall, hardware is doing very well, jumping 106% year-on-year to $292.7 million.
Despite a 3% year-on-year dip in software sales to $286.8 million, and with pedestrian accessory sales coming in at $156.9 million, the spike in hardware drove total industry spend to climb 24% year-on-year to $736.4 million. “The 106% increase in hardware sales (vs. June 2013) was lifted entirely by console hardware sales, which were up by over 200 percent. The strong sales performance of console hardware helped to offset the declines seen in portable hardware,” NPD analyst Liam Callahan said.