NPD’s October report is out, and it brings good tiding to the gaming industry.
For starters, the software sales were up by 12 percent making it a streak of 3 months in a row of increased sales. More importantly, they have reported that Xbox 360 stayed ahead of PS3 in October hardware sales.
When it comes to games, Grand Theft Auto 5 kept a firm hold on the number one position in terms of sales, followed by Pokemon X & Y. Rounding off the top five were battlefield 4 and Batman Arkham Origins.
The top ten chart looks like this:
- Grand Theft Auto V (Xbox 360, PS3)
- Pokémon X (3DS)
- Pokémon Y (3DS)
- Battlefield 4 (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
- Batman: Arkham Origins (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U, PC)
- Assassin’s Creed IV, Black Flag (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U)
- NBA 2K14 (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
- Skylanders: Swap Force (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U, 3DS, Wii)
- Lego Marvel Super Heroes (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U, 3DS, PC)
- WWE 2K14 (Xbox 360, PS3)
In comparison to last month’s $432.6 million in game sales, October raked in 12 percent higher games sales inflating the figure to $482.5.
To no one’s surprise, the console sales ($171.7 million) were down by 8 percent when weighed against last month ($187.4 million); this could be directly attributed to the impending release of the next generation consoles by Microsoft and Sony this week.
Nintendo 3DS led the race in hardware by selling a total of 452,000 units which were largely aided by the 2DS and Pokemon X &Y release. As far as the home consoles are concerned, Xbox 360 has reclaimed the number one spot, ahead of PlayStation 3.
Xbox 360’s streak was broken only last month majorly due to the GTA5 bundle that the PlayStation 3 was being shipped with, but it is back on the throne now.