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May 15, 2014 at 4:22 PM

Game sales leap in April, led by PS4, “Titanfall”

Any lingering questions about whether there was enough demand for a new generation of high-end game consoles should be put to rest.

"Titanfall" image from EA

“Titanfall” image from EA

Console sales grew 120 percent in April — five months after the launch of Sony’s PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One, according to NPD’s monthly report of U.S. sales.

“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,” NPD analyst Liam Callahan said in a release.

Overall sales of game hardware and packaged games rose 17 percent to $580 million.

Hardware sales overall grew 76 percent to $193 million. The PS4 was the best-selling console for the fourth month in a row.

Physical software sales didn’t fare as well, declining 10 percent. But that’s partly because more games are distributed online now, including games for the new consoles. NPD estimates that total game sales — including online and offline — were $1.14 billion in April.

Microsoft noted that the Xbox One has so far sold more software than the PS4, with an average of three games sold per Xbox One. Including sales of Xbox 360 games, its platform saw 2.6 million games sold last month for a 53 percent share of physical games sold in the U.S.

Xbox software sales were given a big boost last month by “Titanfall,” Electronic Arts’ military/sci-fi action game, which is available only for Xbox One, 360 and PC.

Here are the top 10 physical games sold last month in the U.S., according to NPD:

Titanfall
Call Of Duty: Ghosts 
NBA 2K14 
Minecraft 
LEGO The Hobbit 
The LEGO Movie Videogame 
Lego Marvel Super Heroes
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Grand Theft Auto V
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag 

 

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