The NPD Group have released their statistics for September 2014 and it’s looking up for both PlayStation 4 and Destiny.
Total software sales fell 36% to $481.2 million compared to September 2013, but this is due to Grand Theft Auto V’s release last year, which made over $1 billion in just three days. As popular as Destiny is, it couldn’t compete with Rockstar’s giant. However, hardware sales were more than enough to save the month, bringing in $432.7 million, a 136% increase from last year. Overall, the industry made $1.1 billion, a 2% increase.
Destiny was the best-selling game of the month, and the Xbox One retail SKU was the best-selling version. NPD analyst Liam Callahan notes that NPD only tracks physical, non-bundled hardware, so this means that digital and Destiny PS4 bundles were not counted, something that Sony pointed out yesterday.
Check out the full Top 10 below (From left to right depicts best-selling to least-selling platform):
- Destiny (Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3)
- Madden NFL 15 (Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, Xbox One)
- FIFA 15 (PS4, Xbox 360, PS3, Xbox One, Wii, PS Vita, 3DS)
- Super Smash Bros. for 3DS (3DS)
- Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
- NHL 15 (PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3)
- Minecraft: Xbox 360/PlayStation 3 Edition (Xbox 360, PS3)
- The Sims 4 (PC)
- Disney Infinity 2.0 (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U, PS4, Xbox One)
- Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition (PS4, Xbox 360, PS3, Xbox One, PC)
September 2014 marks the ninth consecutive month that PS4 has topped the hardware charts, and tripled over last month.
Nintendo also had a pretty good month, selling 140,000 3DS units in September, which is a 55% increase over August. Despite only being on the market for two days, Super Smash Bros. for 3DS sold an impressive 705,000 copies. Nintendo did not release sales figures for Wii U, but did note that sales in September were up “significantly” when compared with August. Hyrule Warriors, the Wii U’s big September game, sold 190,000 units.
Microsoft has yet to release a statement regarding Xbox One and Xbox 360 sales.