The Xbox One’s reign at the top was short. Despite retailing at $349 for the majority of January, it wasn’t enough to win a third-straight month as the best-selling console in North America. The PS4 managed to re-claim the top spot on the hardware chart, and Dying Light was the best-selling game of January 2015, but it wasn’t enough to save the month.
Total game sales for the month were $625.7 million, which is down 5% to $662.1 million in January 2014. Hardware sales saw an even sharper decline as sales went from $239.6 million in January 2014 to $185.5 million in January 2015.
“Hardware sales declined by 23 percent as sales cooled off after the holiday season,” said NPD analyst Liam Callahan. “Eighth generation console hardware sales were down by 22 percent while seventh generation console hardware sales decreased by 35 percent.”
Software sales were down, sure, but it wasn’t a terrible month for the industry. Techland and Warner Bros. open-world zombie game had the highest first month of sales for a new survival-horror game, and even managed to beat Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. It’s also worth noting that the NPD does not track digital or mobile sales. It’s possible that software sales year-over-year would increased if the NPD would start tracking digital sales. Here are the top ten selling games of January 2015:
- Dying Light (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
- Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Xbox One ,PS4, 360, PS3, PC)
- Grand Theft Auto V (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3)
- Minecraft (360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4)
- NBA 2K15 (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3, PC)
- Super Smash Bros. (Wii U, 3DS)
- Far Cry 4 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, PC)
- Madden NFL 15 (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3)
- Destiny (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3)
- FIFA 15 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, Wii, Vita, 3DS)
On the hardware side, PS4 is back on top after losing to Xbox One in November and December. It is worth noting that the Xbox One did return to $399 for one week before dropping back to $349. We’ll have to wait to see February’s NPD report before we can tell whether this had any affect on sales. However, January did go to Sony and the PS4.
“PlayStation 4 was the top selling console in January, it and remains the cumulative leader in the US, according to NPD data,” Sony said in response. “Since launch in November 2013, 18.5 million PS4 units and 81.8 million software units have been sold through to consumers worldwide.”
We’ll let you know should Microsoft or Nintendo release any statements.