Titanfall, PS4 drive US game sales up 17% in April - NPD

EA's blockbuster continues to do well, but PS4 still outsold Xbox One for the fourth month in a row [UPDATE: Xbox One sells just 115k]

Following the March debut of Respawn's Titanfall, the Xbox One shooter topped the charts yet again in April, but software sales at US retail did decline 10 percent to $227.9 million for the month, according to the just released NPD report. Total industry sales climbed 17 percent to $580.3 million, in large part thanks to the continued momentum of next-gen hardware - hardware sales jumped 76 percent to $192.8 million while accessories also increased 21 percent to $159.7 million.

Although Titanfall no doubt helped Xbox One, similar to March it wasn't enough for Microsoft's console to outsell Sony's. NPD said that PS4 was the top-selling hardware for the fourth month in a row. The next-gen picture has been rosy all around. "Life to date, sales of PS4 and Xbox One hardware have more than doubled the combined sales of PS3 and 360 hardware through their first six months of sales,” said NPD analyst Liam Callahan.

"PS4 software combined with Xbox One software sales are up over 40 percent compared to sales of the PS3 and Xbox 360 through their first six months. Wii U software sales were up over last year by over 80 percent," he continued.

Apart from Titanfall, Activision's Call of Duty: Ghosts also sold well, as did 2K Sports' NBA 2K14 and three different Lego titles. Check out the top ten listing below.

Update: While Sony has not revealed its PS4 sales figure for April, Microsoft noted in an email to media that Xbox One sold 115,000 units during the month. To put that in perspective, the nine-year-old Xbox 360 actually sold another 71,000 units in April. That said, Microsoft stressed that Xbox One has outpaced Xbox 360 sales by 76 percent in the first six months on the market.

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Paul Jace Merchandiser 7 years ago
It's good to see Titanfall still selling well. I'm hoping that we get a full sales figures break down(by platform) for it around E3 next month. But thats probably just wishful thinking on my part. It's also nice to see the PS4 still selling so well, despite Sony's constant posted losses. I bet that if they dropped the Vita their gaming business would show positive gains per quarter much more often. Now all eyes are on Watchdogs. That should be the game to dethrone Titanfall next month and I can't wait to play it.
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David Lee Chief Concepticator, Concepticate7 years ago
True, "game industry sales up 17%" would be more accurate in the headline.
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Peter Dwyer Games Designer/Developer 7 years ago
I'm taking the amusing twist on this story and saying that what's actually happening is that PS4 owners are buying Titanfall to deny Xbox One owners the joy of playing it. I think my version fits more with the headline
Titanfall, PS4 drive US game sales up 17% in April - NPD
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Morville O'Driscoll Blogger & Critic 7 years ago
Mmmm... Titanfall selling well. Except on PC. And anecdotal evidence pointing to console gamers starting to get bored with it. Sales aren't the full story for multiplayer-only games. :/
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 7 years ago
I finally played through Titanfall's double campaign at a friends on his Xbox One (he bought the game and promptly broke two fingers on one hand on the way home in a fall, ouch) and while I love the fluidity of the combat and the thrilling pace of the gameplay, some of the dumb "shoot me!" AI irked me to no end. After the missions were all done, I didn't like the fact that there's nothing to do but go back online and shoot each other in the face in a few different (albeit fun for a little while) ways. Despite the innovation in speed and those wonderful Titans, I felt as if I'd played this before in a lesser form as the Xbox/PC game WarPath from Digital Extremes, but at least that had a solo play mode (which was too easy until the final boss with his super cheap size and super cheap attacks).

Eh, I guess when this gets a sequel, we'll hopefully see more content in the box for all types of players, not just one that buys these games just to do the same things they've done to death for years...
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