Video game sales aren’t exactly off to a flying start this year.
Sales fell 5 percent in January to $625.7 million, according to the monthly NPD report on sales of physical gaming products in the U.S. The drop included a 23 percent plunge in sales of game hardware, compared to the same period a year before.
Software sales weren’t so bad, presumably because people bought games for the consoles they received for Christmas. Sales of physical game media were up 6 percent. Accessory sales were also up, 3 percent for the month.
NPD analyst Liam Callahan managed to find a few positive nuggets in the data.
Games for the latest generation of consoles did particularly well. Their sales grew 74 percent last month while previous generation console game sales declined 36 percent and games for handheld devices fell 12 percent.
“The combined hardware install base of PS4 and Xbox One is close to 60 percent higher than the cumulative hardware totals for Xbox 360 and PS3 at the same point in their lifecycles (after 15 months),” he said in a release.
Perhaps it’s appropriate that the best-selling title last month was a horror survival game, Dying Light.
Here are the top games sold in January, according to NPD:
|Dying Light (PS4, XBO, PC)|
|Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (XBO, PS4, 360, PS3, PC)|
|Grand Theft Auto V (XBO, PS4, 360, PS3)|
|Minecraft (360, PS3, XBO, PS4)|
|NBA 2K15 (XBO, PS4, 360, PS3, PC)|
|Super Smash Bros. (NWU, 3DS)|
|Far Cry 4 (PS4, XBO, 360, PS3, PC)|
|Madden NFL 15 (XBO, PS4, 360, PS3)|
|Destiny (XBO, PS4, 360, PS3)|
|FIFA 15 (PS4, XBO, 360, PS3, Wii, PSV, 3DS)|