The big rebound in video-game sales paused ahead of the holidays, with October sales essentially flat, according to NPD.
Overall sales of physical products – not including downloaded games – were $790.7 million in the U.S., just below the $791.3 million posted in October 2013.
Sales of packaged games were down 27 percent – perhaps because people were busy playing titles that launched in September, or saving their money to buy “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare” in November.
Soft game sales were offset by a surge in console purchases. Hardware sales grew 59 percent to $273.5 million.
Most of the hardware sales were newer consoles – as opposed to older models that remain on sale at lower prices.
October marks the first full year of Xbox One and PlayStation 4 sales, NPD analyst Liam Callahan noted in the release. He said they “have had a great start as cumulative sales are currently over 70 percent higher than the combined first year totals of Xbox 360 and PS3.”
Among the games released last month, Bethesda’s “The Evil Within” posted the highest debut month of any new franchise in the survival-horror genre, Callahan noted in the release.
The top 10 games sold in physical format last month:
|NBA 2K15 (PS4, XBO, 360, PS3, PC)|
|Super Smash Bros. (3DS)|
|The Evil Within (PS4, XBO, PS3, 360, PC)|
|Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! (360, PS3, PC)|
|Destiny (360, XBO, PS4, PS3)**|
|Skylanders Trap Team (360, Wii, NWU, PS3, XBO, PS4, 3DS, MOB)|
|FIFA 15 (PS4, 360, PS3, XBO, Wii, PSV, 3DS)|
|Madden NFL 15 (360, PS4, PS3, XBO)|
|Middle Earth: Shadow Of Mordor (PS4, XBO, PC)|
|Minecraft (360, PS3, PS4)|