New sales figures published for May 2014 reveal that the new next-generation Sony PlayStation 4 games console has now been the top-selling gaming hardware in the US for five straight months.
The latest PlayStation 4 games console has also sold more software than any other games console in the US since launch. When compared to May 2013 games console sales this years have risen a healthy 95 percent.
Hardware console sales in May 2014 rose to $586 million or £345 million, while console software sales rose by 57 per cent to $274 million or £161 million. Surprisingly Nintendo’s handheld gaming console the 3DS of the second bestselling hardware last month. With Nintendo’s Wii U sales rising 85 percent with the highly anticipated racing game Mario Kart 8 only being on sale for just two days of May 2014.
It will be interesting to see if Microsoft’s change to sell their new next-generation Xbox One without the Kinect motion controller will have an effect on their sales and help them to gain ground on Sony’s PlayStation 4. NPD analyst Liam Callahan, explains :
“Collectively, May 2014 launches sold 800 percent more in dollar sales than May 2013 launches did their respective launch months. New launches represented 50 percent of dollar sales this month, which compared to only 9 percent for new launches in May 2013,”
For more information on the new sales figures of games and hardware jump over to the Games Industry website for details, were you can also see a list of the top selling games in May 2014.