Earlier this week when Microsoft announced to sell Xbox One without Kinect and to slash the price of the unit to $399, many of us knew about the real game behind the scenes, and now Sony’s PS4 proved to be the highest seller compared to Microsoft’s console.
According to a market research firm NPD Group, Sony’s PlayStation 4 remains as the top-selling gaming console during April for the fourth month in a row beating Xbox One.
Sales of game consoles in the U.S has seen a 76 percent to $192 million in April when compared with same month last year. There was also a 21 percent gain in sales of gaming accessories worth $159 million. According to the analysts, the total revenue generated by console hardware, software and accessories was $583.3 million which excludes revenue from used hardware and software.
“Life to date, sales of PS4 and Xbox One hardware have more than doubled the combined sales of PS3 and 360 hardware through their first six months of sales,” said NP analyst, Laim Callahan.
NPD also mentioned that consumers spent about $1.1 billion on gaming in April including mobile apps and subscriptions. However there was a 10 percent fall in physical software sales while the release of new consoles ensured the sales of hardware and accessories. There was also a 10 percent dip in console software revenue totaling $240.8 million compared to previous year.
NPD stated that the sale of games for older generation consoles were affecting the revenue though games for Xbox One, PS4 and Nintendo’s Wii U were trending during April. Microsoft had recently offered a Kinect-less Xbox bundle for $399 and also allowed streaming of Netflix, YouTube and other Internet services without Xbox Live Gold requirement. Titanfall, a game published by Electronic Arts exclusively for Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC took the top spot as the top selling title after beating PS4’s Infamous : Second Son.