NPD Group: PS4 Back on Top, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Tops Software

The May 2015 NPD report has been released. The PS4 managed to reclaim its spot as the best-selling hardware of the month, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt topped the software charts.

The industry was down compared to May 2014. Physical software sales generated $507.6 million during May 2015, down 13% from May 2014. Likewise, hardware sales generated $153.6 million, down 18% from May 2015.

NPD analyst Liam Callahan notes that the May 2015 lineup of games paled in comparison to May 2014s lineup. The only big titles released this past month were The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and Splatoon, which was only on the market for two days. Compare that to 2014, which saw the release of Watch Dogs, Wolfenstein: The New Order, and Mario Kart 8. The hardware sales fell not because of a decline in the sales of eighth-generation consoles, but by the continuous decline in sales from the seventh-generation of consoles.

Splatoon should be given a round of applause. Despite launching on May 29, the game managed to make it to the fifth spot on the sales charts. It looks like Nintendo has a hit on their hands.

Here are the Top 10 selling games of May 2015:

  1. The Witcher III: Wild Hunt (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
  2. Mortal Kombat X (PS4, Xbox One)
  3. Grand Theft Auto V (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, PC)
  4. Minecraft (360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4)
  5. Splatoon (Wii U)
  6. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (PS4, 360, Xbox One, PS3, PC)
  7. NBA 2K15 (360, PS4, Xbox One, PS3, PC)
  8. FIFA 15 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, Wii , 3DS, Vita)
  9. MLB 15: The Show (PS4, PS3)
  10. Super Smash Bros. (3DS, Wii U)

Switching over to hardware, the industry anxiously awaited to see whether or not the Xbox One could keep the title for a second month in a row. The PS4 ended up back on top, and continues to lead sales in the U.S. and worldwide.

“As we head into E3, we would like to thank gamers for making PS4 the top-selling console and the leader in software sales in the U.S. in May,” a Sony representative told us.

Microsoft may have been pushed back into second place, but the company released a positive statement. The company touted growth in the community, and the fact that sales of Xbox One are outpacing sales of the Xbox 360.

“Xbox One and Xbox Live continue to see strong growth in sales and engagement. Xbox One sales in the U.S. were up 81 percent over May 2014 and active global Xbox Live members, Xbox One and Xbox 360, were up 20 percent,” a Microsoft representative said. “We are grateful to our fans for choosing Xbox One and for making Xbox Live the fun and vibrant community that is. We can’t wait to share more on the greatest games lineup in Xbox history at E3 next week.”

Nintendo has not released an official statement regarding the NPD Report.