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Resident Evil 7 was the best-selling game of January 2017, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, other heavy-hitters play musical chairs

17 Feb

The NPD group has released hardware and software figures for January 2017 and it should come as no surprise that PlayStation 4 and Resident Evil 7 topped the respective sectors.

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January 2017 NPD at a glance

Resident Evil 7 tops software charts

PS4 was best-selling console

PC software spend declined 12% year-over-year

All categories – accessories, hardware, software – down 4% year-over-year

Compare month-on-month: December 2016

Compare year-over-year: January 2016

While hardware sales declined, software was up 14% to $313 million. NPD attributed the increase to Resident Evil 7’s release, especially when comparing the year-over-year (yoy) release slates.

It’s also worth noting Resident Evil 7 was only on the market for five days when the NPD reporting period ended.

“With only five days in the market, Resident Evil 7 was the best-selling game in January,” said NPD analyst Sam Naji. “The last time Capcom had the best-selling game of the month (in dollar sales) was in March 2009 with Resident Evil 5.”

First-person shooters Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and Battlefield 1 were still two of the best-selling games for the month, and neither title has fallen off the chart since release in fall 2016.

Overwatch also returned after dropping off the NPD software list in October.

The rise in sales could possibly be attributed to various discount offers or the Overwatch Year of the Rooster event; however, that’s just conjecture on our part as NPD didn’t elaborate on why Overwatch was once again charting. It was, however, one of the best-selling games of 2016 per NPD’s yearly report in January.

Action titles Grand Theft Auto 5 and Watch Dogs 2 also remained on the chart, while sports titles Madden NFL 17 and FIFA 17 remained popular with US consumers as well.

PC software came in at $16 million, a 12% decline yoy from $18 million.

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NPD Software Top Ten January 2017

You’ll notice not much changed on the chart since December 2016, as the heavy hitters played musical chairs and that’s about it.

The biggest changes were the entry of new releases Resident Evil 7 and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue – the second best-selling PS4 title for the month.

Pokemon Sun and Moon and Final Fantasy 15 fell off the chart, and again, Overwatch reentered it.

The full NPD software chart is below, but keep in mind not all digital stores report sales data. Some publishers who sell through the PlayStation and Xbox Stores report data, but others do not. For example: Microsoft, Sony and Blizzard (Battle.net) do not report first-party sales.

  1. Resident Evil 7 (PS4, Xbox One)
  2. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
  3. Grand Theft Auto 5 (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)
  4. Battlefield 1 (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
  5. NBA 2K17 (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)
  6. Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue (PS4)
  7. Madden NFL 17 (PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)
  8. Watch Dogs 2 (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
  9. Overwatch (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
  10. FIFA 17 (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

This month, NPD also started reporting catalog sales of titles from the first six months of availability – starting with month seven (thanks, MCV). The winning publisher in the category for January 2017 was Take-Two and it was also the top publisher for 2016. NPD attributed this to continued sales of GTA 5.

NPD Hardware January 2017

Last week, the initial NPD report had PS4 topping hardware followed by Xbox One – which according to Microsoft enjoyed year-over-year (yoy) growth compared to January 2016.

PS4 sold the most units, with Xbox One coming in second place, and Nintendo’s Nintendo Classic Mini: NES in third.

“The PlayStation 4 was the best-selling hardware (in units sold) during January 2017,” said NPD analyst Sam Naji. “And for the fourth consecutive month, PlayStation 4 Slim System 500GB Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End Bundle was the top-selling PS4 sku in terms of units sold.”

For the month of January 2017, hardware totaled $127 million, a decline of 19% yoy compared to $157 million in 2016.

Accessories declined 17% yoy to $155, with toys-to-life skus (ex: Skylanders, amiibo, Lego Dimensions) showing the biggest decline.

Total spent in the US on accessories, hardware and software for the month January hit $611 million. While that’s indeed as large figure, it’s 4% less compared to $637 million spent in 2016.

NPD said the lower figure was due to a decline in hardware sales and general lack of growth.

PS4 tops January NPD, but Xbox One had a record month and was the only new console to show growth

10 Feb

PS4 vs Xbox One: good news from both sides of the console war.

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PS4 topped us retail charts in the US in January, according to the NPD Group. The full monthly report drops next week, but both Sony and Microsoft have released statements on their initial performance.

Microsoft said the Xbox One had its best January to date, and was the only console in this generation to enjoy year-on-year growth during the month. Time spent playing Xbox One games grew a tasty 21% year-on-year.

Not a bad result for Microsoft given there were no big Xbox One exclusives in January; the biggest new release was the multiplatform Resident Evil 7. The PS4 version of Resident Evil 7 has PlayStationVR support and a long period of demo exclusivity in its favour, but the Xbox One build has cross-buy with Windows 10 PC through Play Anywhere, which is pretty nice.

The PS4 was the best-selling console of the month, and Sony told Gamespot that four of the five bestselling games of January were PS4 releases.

Since the Xbox One had no new or even especially notable recent exclusives, and the only PS4 exclusives released in January were Gravity Rush 2 and Yakuza 0, Sony is probably referring to a single-format chart, where the PS4 and Xbox One SKUs of a game are tallied separately.

January NPD: Grand Theft Auto V Still in Top Five

12 Feb

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PS4, Black Ops 3 top January NPD during release drought

12 Feb

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 won January 2015 in North America, but it’s not like anybody else turned up to challenge it.

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NPD January 2016 at a glance

Total spend down 4%.

Hardware down 15%. PS4 topped charts.

Software down 10%. Black Ops 3 topped charts.

Compare month-on-month: December 2015

Compare year-on-year: January 2015

January was pretty damn dry in terms of new retail releases, and that was reflected in the NPD’s monthly report on the state of the US market.

Total spend dropped 4% year-on-year to $605.2 million, with declines in hardware and software sales alike. Only accessories managed growth, up 15% year-on-year to $235.5 million.

Hardware

Hardware spend dropped 15% year-on-year to $157 million. Unusually, this wasn’t just because of declining PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 sales; PS4 and Xbox One also faltered a bit, for the first time since launch. There’s no need to panic, though; unit sales were flat, and it’s only dollar sales that fell, thanks to price cuts over the past year.

The PS4 outsold the Xbox One as usual, with Sony describing the console as the “top-selling platform and software sales leader in January”, recording “impressive year-over-year growth in both hardware and software sales”.

Last-gen sales plummeted 81%, by the way, with 3DS and Vita also declining 21%.

Software

Software sales dropped 10% year-on-year to $212.7 million, but there was precious little to buy in shops. The only combined SKU new release to crack the top ten was LEGO Marvel Avengers. The NPD said Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam would have made it into the top ten on a single SKU chart, through.

Otherwise, the charts are extremely dull; Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, GTA 5 and NBA 2K16 occupy their regular roles in the top three.

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 (Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
  2. Grand Theft Auto 5 (PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
  3. NBA 2K16 (PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3)
  4. Star Wars Battlefront 2015 (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
  5. Fallout 4 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
  6. Minecraft (Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS4, PS3)
  7. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
  8. Madden NFL 16 (PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3)
  9. LEGO Marvel Avengers (PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii U, PS3, 3DS, Vita)
  10. FIFA 16 (PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3)

As ever, bear in mind this NPD report only tracks traditional, new retail sales; the digital market grows ever more lucrative, and without a complete picture it’s inadviable to draw conclusions about the health of the industry as a whole.

PS4 back on top, Dying Light knocks Advanced Warfare down the NPD charts

12 Feb

Dying Light was the best-selling game in the US in January 2015, according to the NPD group, which also reported a return to the number one slot for Sony.

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January NPD 2015 at a glance

PS4 outsold Xbox One.

Dying Light topped software chart.

Total industry spend down 6% year on year.

Software and accessories slightly up, hardware sharply down.

Compare MoM: December 2014

Compare YoY: January 2014

As we suspected when Microsoft’s response was so muted, the PS4 once more outsold its new-gen rival.

“PlayStation 4 was the top selling console in January, it and remains the cumulative leader in the US, according to NPD data,” Sony said in a response statement.

“Since launch in November 2013, 18.5 million PS4 units and 81.8 million software units have been sold through to consumers worldwide.”

This is disappointing news for Microsoft, but it’s worth noting that for the first week of January the Xbox One was going for $400, before the price was once more dropped to $350. For the 15 months that PS4 and Xbox One have been on sale, Microsoft has led hardware sales for just two of them – November and December 2014.

Nintendo hasn’t commented on the NPD’s report as yet.

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Software

Dying Light dominated the sales charts in January. It was the only major new release, but even with that in mind its performance was impressive.

“In January 2015, Dying Light had the highest first month of sales for new IP in the survival-horror genre, exceeding the previous record, The Evil Within, which launched in October 2014,” NPD analyst Liam Callahan said.

Given its popularity, Warner Bros. must be kicking itself for not getting the game out to other territories in the same timeframe.

Even though there was only one, Callahan said this January was better than the last for new releases.

“The sales of January 2015 launch titles were up over 200 percent versus January 2014, with Dying Light being the major new release of the month. If January 2015 releases performed in line with January 2014 releases, overall software sales would have decreased by 4 percent.”

  1. Dying Light (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
  2. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3, PC)
  3. Grand Theft Auto 5 (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3)
  4. Minecraft (360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4)
  5. NBA 2K15 (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3, PC)
  6. Super Smash Bros. (Wii U, 3DS)
  7. Far Cry 4 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, PC)
  8. Madden NFL 15 (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3)
  9. Destiny (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3)
  10. FIFA 15 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, Wii, Vita, 3DS)

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General

Total industry sales reached $662.1 million in January, a 5% year-on-year decrease from 2014′s $625.7 million.

The drop off was largely due to a 23% year on year decline in hardware sales, which fell from $239.6 million to $185.5 million (-$54 million).

That’s not terribly surprising given the time frame of new-gen console releases, and not necessarily a bad sign; the combined hardware install base of PS4 and Xbox One is close to 60% higher than the cumulative hardware totals for Xbox 360 and PS3 at the same point in their lifecycle.

PS4 and Xbox One together saw year on year sales declines of 22%, whereas other, older consoles saw sales declines of 35%.

Software sales grew 5% from $231.2 million to $242.3 million. Accessories grew 3% from $231.2 million to $242.3 million.

As always, please bear in mind that the NPD Group’s monthly reports cover traditional retail only, and therefore don’t provide an accurate assessment of the overall health of the industry.

Xbox One enjoyed record sales in January

12 Feb

Xbox One had a pretty successful January, according to Microsoft’s interpretation of the NPD Group’s latest report.

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The January NPD report is filtering out now, and Microsoft is first off the bat with a response.

The platform holder noted “record January sales for Xbox One and more game sales per console than any other platform”.

What Microsoft hasn’t said is even more interesting than what it has said. We need to wait for the full report or Sony’s response to be certain, but it looks like the Xbox One may have dropped its two month streak at top of the US hardware sales chart.

Nevertheless, Microsoft was pretty positive, reporting a 22% increase in members and hours spent gaming on Xbox Live over January 2014.

“We are grateful to our loyal Xbox fans for their continued support,” Xbox marketing corporate vice president Mike Nichols said.

“With a special $349 price for Xbox One in the US and an unprecedented lineup of Xbox exclusives including Fable Legends, Halo 5: Guardians, Rise of the Tomb Raider and Forza Motorsport 6 plus a host of blockbuster third-party titles such as Battlefield Hardline, Evolve and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt all coming this year, 2015 is shaping up to be another amazing year for Xbox fans.”

Xbox One enjoyed record sales in January

12 Feb

Xbox One had a pretty successful January, according to Microsoft’s interpretation of the NPD Group’s latest report.

xbox-one

The January NPD report is filtering out now, and Microsoft is first off the bat with a response.

The platform holder noted “record January sales for Xbox One and more game sales per console than any other platform”.

What Microsoft hasn’t said is even more interesting than what it has said. We need to wait for the full report or Sony’s response to be certain, but it looks like the Xbox One may have dropped its two month streak at top of the US hardware sales chart.

Nevertheless, Microsoft was pretty positive, reporting a 22% increase in members and hours spent gaming on Xbox Live over January 2014.

“We are grateful to our loyal Xbox fans for their continued support,” Xbox marketing corporate vice president Mike Nichols said.

“With a special $349 price for Xbox One in the US and an unprecedented lineup of Xbox exclusives including Fable Legends, Halo 5: Guardians, Rise of the Tomb Raider and Forza Motorsport 6 plus a host of blockbuster third-party titles such as Battlefield Hardline, Evolve and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt all coming this year, 2015 is shaping up to be another amazing year for Xbox fans.”