The NPD Group has released sales date for the month of May showing that the PS4 was the top-selling piece of hardware for the eighth-straight month. August 2014 was a solid month that saw an increase in spending by consumers on hardware, though not on software.
Gamers spent a total of $561.3 million on hardware and software, up from $521.1 million in August 2013. Spending on hardware reached $196.2 million, and increase of 116% compared to the same time last year. Software, however, was on the decline bringing in only $231.6 million compared to 293.4 million last year.
“Overall new physical retail sales increased by 8 percent in August 2014 over August 2013,” NPD analyst Liam Callahan said. “The month followed a similar pattern of prior months with explosive hardware growth driven by eighth-generation consoles offsetting declines in software.”
Sony confirmed that the PS4 was the best-selling console of August 2014. “PlayStation 4 was No. 1 in hardware sales for the eighth consecutive month,” PlayStation senior vice president of marketing Guy Longworth said in a statement. “And it remains the cumulative leader for new-generation game consoles.”
Microsoft also published their own statement noting that sales of Xbox One doubled between July and August.
“Xbox One sales are on a positive trajectory, nearly doubling sales in August in the U.S. compared to July due in part to strong demand for the Xbox One Madden NFL 15 bundle. We’re looking forward to bringing the best value bundles, incredible offers like the ‘Buy a Console, Get a Game Free’ promotion running now, and more great games as we gear up for the launches of Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Sunset Overdrive, Forza Horizon 2, Destiny, Grand Theft Auto V, and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.”
Nintendo has yet to issue a statement regarding the NPD results.