The NPD Group reckons the gaming industry didn't exactly start the new year roaring out of the gates, as U.S. industry sales fell 21 percent year-over-year to $664 million USD for the month of January. To be sure, January 2014's reporting period needed to account for five weeks instead of a four-week period like last year, making for a wider difference.
Slumping software sales were to blame for the drop in monthly performance; software spending in January fell 40 percent to $224 million compared to last year. Helping pick up this slack were hardware sales, which actually increased 17 percent year-over-year to $241 million.
The big winner on the hardware front as the PlayStation 4, which enjoyed sales "nearly doubling the nearest next-gen competitor", the Xbox One. Both consoles also managed to outsell December's winning gaming device, the 3DS.
Microsoft was quick to note that its Xbox platforms combined would account for a handsome 47 percent of the software marketshare last month, though according to NPD the PS4 versions of multiplatform titles in the software top ten typically sold better than the Xbox One versions. The exceptions were LEGO Marvel Super Heroes and Call of Duty: Ghosts which retained its crown as the game of the month.
|1.||Call of Duty: Ghosts||Activision||Xbox 360 / PS3 / Xbox One / PS4 / Wii U / PC||11/2013|
|2.||NBA 2K14||2K Games||PS4 / Xbox 360 / Xbox One / PS3 / PC||10/2013|
|3.||Battlefield 4||Electronic Arts||PS4 / Xbox One / Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC||10/2013|
|4.||Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag||Ubisoft||Xbox 360 / PS4 / Xbox One / PS3 / Wii U / PC||10/2013|
|5.||Grand Theft Auto V||Rockstar Games||Xbox 360 / PS3||09/2013|
|6.||Madden NFL 25||Electronic Arts||PS4 / Xbox One / Xbox 360 / PS3||08/2013|
|7.||Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition||Microsoft Game Studios||Xbox 360||06/2013|
|8.||FIFA 14||Electronic Arts||PS4 / Xbox One / Xbox 360 / PS3 / Vita||09/2013|
|9.||LEGO Marvel Super Heroes||Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment||Xbox 360 / Xbox One / PS3 / PS4 / 3DS / Wii U / Vita / PC||10/2013|
|10.||Tomb Raider||Square Enix||PS4 / Xbox One / Xbox 360 / PS3||05/2013 (Definitive Edition - 01/2014)|