February was a good month for the gaming market. The new NPD charts were just released, and hardware sales were 42% higher than those in February 2013, with console hardware sales 60% higher.
The PS4 is still in the lead in terms of sales, but only by a narrow margin. In the United States, the PS4 sold about 287,000 units and the Xbox One sold 258,000 units. Due to the small gap and the higher price of the Xbox One, Microsoft’s hardware sales put them in the lead in terms of dollar amounts.
The Wii U’s hardware sales were also up by 25% when compared to those in February 2013, which is good news for the struggling console.
The top-selling game in February was Call of Duty: Ghosts, followed by The Lego Movie Video Game, NBA 2K14, and Thief. Grand Theft Auto V came in fifth, with the remaining five top sellers being Battlefield 4, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, Minecraft, and Bravely Default: Flying Fairy. However, these rankings do not take digital sales into account.
Well, things look good for the gaming industry in general, and both Sony and Microsoft (and Nintendo!) are doing quite well.
In related news, despite the release of Titanfall, the PS4 still appears to have an edge over the Xbox One at GameStop. Despite costing $549.96 and containing only a PS4, Call of Duty: Ghosts, a second controller, and a 1-year subscription to PS+, the PS4 Call of Duty bundle is outselling the $529.98 Xbox One Titanfall and Call of Duty: Ghosts Bundle, which contains an Xbox One, Titanfall, Call of Duty: Ghosts, and a 1-month subscription to Xbox Live.
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