The latest U.S NPD results are in, showing sales of PS4 are double that of the Xbox One, even outselling the Nintendo 3DS, although it's not all bad news for Microsoft as Xbox One was the second best selling console for the month.
There has certainly been plenty of reaction to the release of the NPD's, with Sony's Guy Longworth talking up PlayStation to Venturebeat, "Demand for PlayStation 4 remains incredibly strong as it was No. 1 in sales for next-gen consoles in January, nearly doubling the nearest next-gen competitor, and remains the cumulative leader.
"Although PS4 remains severely constrained at retail, we are working hard to refresh supply as quickly as possible."
Microsoft also added it's thoughts saying the Xbox 360 and Xbox One cumulatively sold 2.27 million software units in the US in January, making it the highest-selling platform of the month with a 47% share of the software market.
January 2014 is a five week accounting period, however total industry spend was down 1% year-on-year to $664 million. Last year was a four week month, so accounting for that makes for a 21% drop in sales.
At least hardware did pretty well, with a 47% climb year-on-year to $241 million, no doubt due to the release of the new consoles. Unfortunately, it was software that accounted for the overall drop.
"A major factor in the decline in software this month was the slide in performance of November and December 2013 launches during January 2014 compared to how November and December 2012 launches performed in January 2013," said NPD analyst Liam Callahan.
"These November and December launches collectively decreased 36%, or 20% when normalised to account for the 5-week January 2013.
"There were about half the number of SKUs launched this January versus January 2013, leading to a 52% decrease in sales for new launches (or 39% when normalised).
"DMC: Devil May Cry and Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch were particularly strong launches in January 2013, causing a poor comparison for launches in January 2014."
Here's the top selling software for the month:
January 2014 top 10 games (new physical retail, all platforms including PC)
- Call of Duty: Ghosts (PC, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One)
- NBA 2K14 (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)
- Battlefield 4 (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)
- Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag (PC, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One)
- Grand Theft Auto 5 (PS3, Xbox 360)
- Madden NFL 25 (PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)
- Minecraft (Xbox 360)
- FIFA 14 (PS3, PS4, Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One)
- Lego Marvel Super Heroes (3DS, PC, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One)
- Tomb Raider (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)
There was no words on Nintendo hardware sales, although software was up.