April 2014 NPD Numbers are Live

NPD numbers for April put PS4 ahead of Xbox One. Titanfall retains the number one spot for the second month in a row.

NPD numbers for April put PS4 ahead of Xbox One. Titanfall retains the number one spot for the second month in a row.

The NPD has released sales numbers for the month of April. 

Every month the NPD, a group that independently tracks sales across a number of different industries including video game software and hardware sales, posts a list of the industry’s best sellers. Here’s a look at the games and hardware that dominated April.  

Hardware Sales

Microsoft confirmed 115,000 Xbox Ones and 71,000 Xbox 360s were sold during the month of April – the PS4 retains its lead. However, Sony has not confirmed the number of consoles sold at the time of this writing. 

When combining sales for hardware, software, and accessories, $580.3 million were spent by gamers during the month of April. That’s up 17 percent from last year during the same period. The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One boosted hardware sales by seventy-six percent when compared to the previous year. That’s a staggering increase from $109.5 million to $192.8 million for this month alone. Clearly the video game industry is thriving thanks in large part to the release of Sony and Microsoft’s new consoles.

With the announcement of the new Kinectless Xbox One, it’ll be interesting to see how Microsoft’s console fairs during the next month. Will consumers not buy Xbox Ones at all in anticipation of the price cut on June 9? Or will sales continue to chug right along?  

Software Sales

The NPD only tracks sales numbers for physical copies of games sold, so this list does not cover games sold digitally. It is also worth noting that the NPD list places the console that the game sold the highest number on first. For example, Titanfall sold best on Xbox 360 so it’s listed first in parenthesis. That being said, here’s the list of the top 10 selling titles for the month of April:

1. Titanfall (Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC)

2. Call of Duty: Ghosts (Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Wii U, PC) 

3. NBA 2k14 (Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, PC) 

4. Minecraft (Xbox 360) 

5. Lego: The Hobbit (Xbox 360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4, 3DS, Wii U, Vita) 

6. The Lego Movie Videogame (Xbox 360, 3DS, PS3, Wii U, Xbox One, PS4, Vita)

7. Lego Marvel Super Heroes (Xbox 360, PS3, DS, 3DS, PS4, Wii U, Xbox One, Vita, PC)

8. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (PS4, Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U, 3DS)

9. Grand Theft Auto V (360, PS3)

10. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, PC)

Wow, Minecraft? Still? Seriously? 

About the author

Rocky Linderman

I’m a freelance camera assistant by trade, but I also love video games. I run a weekly podcast called Video Game Wundercast.