NPD sales results for July show a split decision between Lego Jurassic World and Batman: Arkham Knight as the biggest games of the month.
July is one of the hardest months to get thru for ‘gaming companies’, sales are almost ‘dead flat’ as everyone is outside enjoying the summer, and not trapped indoors thinking about playing new games, or buying new consoles, plus the fact almost nothing is released during this month, but yet even with all those factors, the Sony PlayStation 4 console still was able to outsell Microsoft’s Xbox One.
July is not a big month for video games, and it’s no surprise to find that there’s only one new entry in the US sales top 10. Although the results are a little more complicated than they first appear.
Lego Jurassic World is officially the number one selling all-formats game, but chart tracker NPD doesn’t included bundled sales in their top 10. If they did, apparently Batman: Arkham Knight would still ï¿½easily’ be number one.
Which you count as number one barely seems to matter though, as both are published by Warner Bros. They’re the top publisher so far this year in the US, with sales up over 200 per cent on 2014 (in part because they publish The Witcher 3 in North America).
Meanwhile, controversy over its lack of content hasn’t stopped Rory McIlroy PGA Tour from outselling the last game in the series, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14, by ï¿½close to 70 per cent’.
- (3) Lego Jurassic World (360/3DS/PS3/XO/Wii U/PS4/PSV)
- (1) Batman: Arkham Knight (PS4/XO/PC)
- (6) Minecraft (360/PS3/XO/PS4)
- (7) Grand Theft Auto V (PS4/XO/360/PS3/PC)
- (-) Rory Mcilroy PGA Tour (PS4/XO)
- (2) The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited (XO/PS4/PC)
- (R) Destiny (XO/PS4/360/PS3)
- (8) Mortal Kombat X (PS4/XO)
- (R) FIFA 15 (PS4/360/XO/PS3/Wii/PSV/3DS)
- (10)Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare (PS4/XO/360/PS3/PC)
Predictably the PlayStation 4 saw the most software sales of the month, although surprisingly the Xbox 360 was second. That’s likely due to a combination of Lego Jurassic World and July being generally a very slow period for game sales.
But NPD also claim that it could be due to the announcement about backwards compatibility with the Xbox One, with the suggestion that customers might have felt ï¿½safer’ buying Xbox 360 games knowing they will also work on the newer console.
In terms of hardware sales the PlayStation 4 was once again the number one selling console, although there’s no clue how far ahead it was of its rivals. However, Xbox One sales were up 44 per cent on July 2014 and 3DS sales in 2015 have been up 35 per cent on the first seven months of last year.
According to NPD, combined Xbox One and PlayStation 4 hardware sales are almost twice as high as combined sales of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 after the same 21 month period.
Despite that, overall retail video game sales were only up 6 per cent on last year, with hardware sales described as seeing ï¿½modest’ growth and software sales ï¿½flat’.
So what do you think of these figures, and you think the PS4 will still be able to outsell the XB1 during busier holiday season?