Microsoft on April NPD Results: Xbox Leads U.S. Software Game Sales

"April NPD Group figures released today showed that Xbox One continues to lead in software sales with the most cumulative units sold for any eighth generation home console platform life-to-date. Combined, Xbox One and Xbox 360 held eight of the top 10 spots on the generation eight and generation seven console game lists in the U.S. And, Xbox One continues to outpace Xbox 360 sales in the same historical time period by selling over 76 percent more units in the first six months on the market.

Xbox One sold 115,000 units in the U.S. in the month of April and has outpaced Xbox 360 sales by 76 percent in the first six months on the market.

Xbox 360 continues to grow its install base with 71,000 units sold in April in the U.S., more than any other seventh generation console."

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ape007889d ago (Edited 889d ago )

TitanFall in my humble opinion is the best online game i played since CoD4/Mw2 and the best "nextgen" game yet along with SM3DW, the game is just amazing, flows like magic, vintage old IW/Respawn

Second Son is too an good game, glad to see SP game sell well

no matter how i love online, im an Old School SP guy

a great SP > great mp but online is awesome

Septic889d ago

Interesting that the X1 is leading in software but not hardware.

"Xbox One continues to lead in software sales with the most cumulative units sold for any eighth generation home console platform life-to-date."

Bonkerz889d ago

Xbox One has better games which leads to more software sales. Only thing that is really worthy atm on PS4 is Infamous, and its only a SP game so the used copies probably killed it. MLB is a complete mess, horrendous MP, load times are a joke, its just not good.

Kayant889d ago

Not surprising they do have more retail exclusives and big TF sales. Probably will continue for a while.

I do wish we could get by how much it is leading by.

georgeenoob889d ago (Edited 889d ago )

It's great MS recognizes how vibrant and supportive their gamers are. That's why they're so confident in putting gamers first.

Congrats Microsoft. Well deserved.

Septic889d ago (Edited 889d ago )

I have to say, for all those that tried to downplay Titanfall and how it benefitted the X1, if anything, this shows just how crucial and instrumental it has been in making the Xbox One appear competitive in these tough times.

Imagine if it didn't have Titanfall and got merked on hardware AND software.

If MS continue to bring on the games in this strong fashion, THIS combined with the Kinectless Xbox (now we definitely know why they dropped it), we might see a bitter fight for hardware domination, at least in the USA, at the end of this year.

All speculation though. The question is, has Sony gained too much momentum in the meantime?

tbone567889d ago

Xbox 360 hitting beast mode right now. 9 out 10 best sellers. Too many people are currently satisfied with their 360. Will move to X1 in the future.

izumo_lee889d ago

I think the reason for this is that many PS4 gamers may be taking the digital option. Alot of PS4 games are only digital.

I for one have downloaded more games than i have bought physically on the PS4. Dead Nation, FF 14, towerfall, Warframe, Outlast, etc some of the games i own digitally.

Also downloading these games are extremely fast for the PS4, some even you are able to play when it has downloaded parts of the game.

04STIBluByU889d ago

@ Septic:

Please stop saying games...It was 1 game TF... not many games...just TF...which is a SHOOTER...those tend to sell very well on XB consoles. So just hope you get more shooters I guess.

aceitman889d ago (Edited 889d ago )

@bonkers not correct ,ill leave this right here 4 u.

MysticStrummer889d ago

"Xbox One has better games which leads to more software sales."

darthv72889d ago (Edited 889d ago )

Not surprising Septic. When you think about it...that is all anyone can do on the xb1 is "buy" games.

On PS4 they "give" you games with PS+. many of those games on both lists are 8th gen specific? Certainly not Fez, flower or Rayman legends......

kreate889d ago

I'm pretty satisfied with the 360. just wish there was more new games to play. so I'm playing old ones, which is also great.

NatureOfLogic_889d ago (Edited 889d ago )

From Neogaf:


April 2006 - 295K

April 2007 - 174K

April 2008 - 188K

April 2009 - 175K

April 2010 - 185K

April 2011 - 297K

April 2012 - 236K

April 2013 - 130K

Xbox One:

April 2014 - 115K

Correction: This is Xbox worst April since they discontinued the original Xbox.

KwietStorm889d ago

I'm not making any definitive statement, but realistically, you could buy a PS4, not purchase a single game, and still have like 10 games to play, especially if you include PS+. Maybe that's where a chunk of the difference is. All these people who keep saying PS4 has no games, DON'T EVEN OWN A PS4.

Bathyj889d ago

Given the popularity on online shooters, its no surprise the TF is leading. TF is very much a game catered to Xbones demographic.

But even given that popularity, and even without a huge mega-selling game, more gamers are preferring PS4.

I dont think the NPD results for software OR hardware are surprising to anyone, or at least to me.

ma1asiah889d ago

@ aceitman and MysticStrummer,

Now take out the mutiplat titles and indie or arcade games for both platforms, then see if you still stand by who has the better games especially Triple A titles wise

MysticStrummer889d ago (Edited 889d ago )

@darth - "how many of those games on both lists are 8th gen specific? Certainly not Fez, flower or Rayman legends…"

You "forgot" Titanfall. Much of the list for both consoles is cross gen, so I'm not sure what your point is.

@ma1asiah - They're all games man. If you have to start excluding games to make your point then how much of a point do you really have? Last gen several of those allegedly non-games were legit GotY candidates, and some even won the award, so please let's drop this "Only the games I say are games are actually games" argument.

darthv72889d ago (Edited 889d ago )


Where is the April 2014 360 numbers? You list every year but this one so lets see if what MS says is true or false.

It's the best April for the XB1 so far. How about we just go with that???

@mystic, my point is people buy a new console to play new games. Not ones that are old and made new again (Fez, Flower). New games released on the 8th gen first. If they were released prior to the 8th then they shouldnt count.

but hey, you like the list so go play with your list. I'm going to go play with games.

Skips889d ago (Edited 889d ago )


From that list...

Retail PS4 games that can't be played on Xbone:
Final Fantasy XIV (87)
MLB: 14 The Show (83)
Infamous Second Son (80)
Injustice (80)


Retail games that can't be played on PS4:
Titanfall (86)
Forza 5 (80)
Dead Rising 3 (78)
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare (77)

lol not sure what your points is, PS still beats Xbone in scores for retail. And not to mention in numbers WHEN adding in indies, and downloadables.... XD

Biggest889d ago

Did you guys not read the releases? Infamous, not Titanfall, was the leader in software sales for current generation consoles. Titanfall sold the most software when combining 360, PC and Xbone.

Muerte2494889d ago (Edited 889d ago )

IF you look at the report. The Xbox 360 is actually leading in software. Everything next gen has PS4 outselling Xbox One, generally.

Also "-Infamous was the best selling next-gen game. (As in, in terms of only counting sales of games on XB1/PS4/probably Wii U, this game sold the best if you ignored all other sales.)"

So.... yeah, there's that.
Funny thing is VGChartz, that people keep posting so much, had Xbox One taking April in America +50k. Just more evidence of how off their numbers continue to be.

ma1asiah889d ago (Edited 889d ago )

@ Skips

My point is that the number of critically acclaimed games comes down to being relatively the same - meaning neither console is winning any type of war based off of the games you actually buy these type of consoles for. The score next to them is kind of subjective as they are "one" persons opinion in this particular case i.e. gaming journalist etc. So don't carry the same weight at the end of the day as you either agree or disgree with their opinion which no matter what your own opinion would be well neither answer would be incorrect.

I asked to take out multiplats as these appear on both consoles and outside of graphical differences the game you play is pretty much still the same.

I asked to take out indie and arcade titles simply because even though they may offer the most unique and innovative experience, they are not the main reason you buy a four or five hundred dollar console for.

I am yet to find someone who says "man you have to buy console "x" for Rosogun or Max The Curse of Brotherhood etc. Normally the games we get most hyped for etc are the Triple A blockbuster titles that you can't play on an Android, IPad or Tablet.

One thing I will add in respect of your list is your inclusion of "Injustice" yes it is exclusive to the PS4 but at the same time it is a visually retooled port of the Xbox 360 PS3 game for the most part so I am not really sure it actually counts.

MLB The show is a sports game, not really what I personally would consider a Triple A franchise in the same way I don't consider Madden or FIFA, NBA2K etc Triple A franchises. Yet hey everyone to their own, plus to be fair I probably wouldn't consider Plants vs Zombies GW a Triple A game.

AceBlazer13889d ago

Safe to assume a lot of ps gamers are buying digital.

DoubleM70889d ago

It's been that way for a very long time @septic. Xbox owners buy games. Everybody I know have KI, DR3, TitanFall. Not to mention all the multiplats.

OrangePowerz889d ago


Lol MS putting gamers first, that's the best joke for today so far. You always crack me up just like Truefan1 or powerofgreen. You just should get a youtube comedy channel :)


all the sales numbers are retail so it doesn't include any digital sales and that counts for both platforms. Out of 18 or so games I have 4 retail games and the rest are digital games.

Prime157889d ago

Does anyone know if npd takes into account digital sales? Xblive vs psn sales would be interesting to see if they aren't in npd.

DaGamingKing888d ago

Tells me XB1 is where the games are at. Those others out there just need to realise that. Perhaps now its cheaper folks will. One can hope.

ma1asiah888d ago

@ Prime157

No only sales from retail, so ALL digital sales are not reflected in these figures.

SilentNegotiator888d ago (Edited 888d ago ) did Microsoft push so much software in April?? /s

alexkoepp888d ago

Xbox has the best games, no surprise. You find a much greater quantity of -$ony fans on this site because M$ fans are busy playing all those great games they buy.

BG11579888d ago

These number are showing something funny.
When MS pesented their vision of gaming, they wanted to force their costumers to go all digital. They public reacted negatively and MS kind of changed their policy.
Wirh Sony, there was nothing of that. They said, you either play from the bluray or the disk.
Guest which of the compagnies sell more digital content? Weird right? Sony seemed to have actained tge perfect balance between digital and physical content sales.

Death888d ago

It's funny how so many assume Sony sold digital games to make up the differance yet ignore the fact Microsoft sells digital too. I bought Titanfall digitally since it's online only.

NewMonday888d ago


XB1 has more retail games, but PS4 has about twice the games tatal with PSN games that don't get tracked.

as for Titanfall it's actually about people over-hyping the game and saying it will make XB1 the top seller those people are proven wrong, those who disagreed are proven right.

Clown_Syndr0me888d ago

The only game I bought new this gen is Titanfall, as I preordered it.
All my PS4 games were bought used as they were either singleplayer or I bought them a while after release.
As someone said, alot of people have played Infamous but there is ALOT of copies avaliable pre-owned, as it is only single player a lot of people dont hang on to it.

t-hall785888d ago

How is that interesting. Xbox gamers GAME. Sony gamers troll N4G

FriedGoat888d ago

Wow, interesting stuff.
Xbox one has really sold that badly in April that it's being compared to the original xbox? That's crazy.

To think the Xbox360's worst april was 130K (and that was last year). No wonder they got rid of Kinect if they are only getting 115k :(

RosweeSon888d ago

Well if you've bought the console your gonna buy games surely, specially as Microsoft won't give any away.

Nachoman30888d ago

It's simply a marketing spin, notice it says XBOX not xbox one. It is combined software sales.

BlackTar187888d ago

lol at that list of game scores

90+ on PS4: 3

90+ on Xbox One: 1

80+ on PS4: 18

80+ on Xbox One: 8

andibandit888d ago

Someone explain to me why Sony customers would be more inclined to buy digital copies?.

Also even tho they have rougly the same number of games available, the only game i would really like to play on PS is Infamous:ss, where as i would really like to try TF and DR3 on X1.

The only sensible comment on here was some guy who mentioned that Sony customers get some games (almost) free, which is why they havent been so keen on spending money.

Lightning Mr Bubbles888d ago

XBOX One is leading in software basically because of Titanfall. That's about it.

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mikeslemonade889d ago

^at the title

So.. what? Worldwide install base is everything and for that matter PS4 leads Worldwide software.

Death888d ago

So...what? I still enjoy my Xbox One and WiiU even though they aren't "winning" worldwide in sales. Some actually care more about games than sales.

XisThatKid888d ago

This is great news This gen may be the most successful if all this keeps up. Pee in the eye to all who thought consoles were dying.

GarrusVakarian889d ago (Edited 889d ago )

115k X1's sold in April?


Last month it was 311k.

That is a huge drop.

It's also pretty embarrassing seeing them constantly reference the 360 when talking about the X1. This is next-gen now, the X1's numbers should stand on their own. You shouldn't need to mention, and make comparisons, to an 8 year old console to damage control your current consoles numbers.


In their March NPD report.

bleedsoe9mm889d ago (Edited 889d ago )

when did ms release 311k number for march ?

edit: @Kayant ya sorry Lukas_Japonicus , did they go back and release that number , i thought they just gave out the overall shipped number , my bad

DLConspiracy889d ago

Pretty sure that number will rise after E3.

4Sh0w889d ago (Edited 889d ago )

Not really Lukas, last gen sony referenced ps2 sales alot in the early years of ps3. That's what you do, talk about your strengths, 360 is making them lots of money.

Nov 2008 NPD sales response from sony:
"Total PlayStation Hardware Unit Sales in November 2008 Top 1 Million"

"PlayStation®2 (PS2) and the LEGO Batman: The Videogame PS2 Entertainment Pack posted solid sales in November, with 205,944 hardware units sold, a 51% increase from the previous month."

-Anyways interesting to see how long Titanfall can lead sales even though X1 is behind.

Kayant889d ago


"Xbox One continues selling at a strong pace with 311,000 units sold in the U.S."

MysticStrummer889d ago

MS on April NPD : Have you SEEN 360?

darthv72889d ago

Lukas, Ms has been following sonys lead for some time. That includes the release of information. MS can now use combined data very much like sony has been for years.

Every time sony touts their achievements its always using the combined efforts of all their platforms. go back and watch any of their past e3 events and you will see how they combine data. basically saying Playstation (in general) this or that is leading the way.

If people are going to call foul on MS for doing this then do we get a do over to call foul on sony? Hell i dont even think nintendo combines figures unless it is platform related. Meaning DS as in ds, dsi dslite for example.

Kidmyst888d ago

With the June price drop announcement, May could be pretty low since consumers may just wait for June and after E3. Congrats to Sony and Sucker Punch for the great sales.

Saigon888d ago

I am wondering, has anyone noticed that the top sale for titan fall was for the 360 and not the XBO. Within the NPD though they list the games, they also place in order of sales. TF XBO sales were number 2 out of 3 systems that its available. Not saying that this is bad but many people are talking as though the XBO TF sales lead last month.

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osprey19889d ago

This just proves that the xb1 has the better games, despite the ps4 out selling the xb1 atm, the xb1 still sells more games. The ps4 only has a small handfull of half decent games, while xb1 has plenty, and plenty yet to come.

jessupj889d ago (Edited 889d ago )

Or it could be a lot to do with PSN+ and actual free to play games that aren't held prisoner behind a paywall.

You know how many games I've bought for my PS4 after getting BF4 including in my console bundle?


Why you ask?

Because I've been way to busy with Resogun, Don't Starve, Outlast, Mercenary Kings, WarFrame, DC:O... I think I'm forgetting a few as well.

I fully intend to play all the other amazing PS4 exclusives like KZ and Infamous amoung others, but PSN+ has just kept me way too busy.

Also, you're forgetting this is the US and as I'm sure you've been told a million times before, but somehow need to be told again, the US does not equal the world.

Good day sir.

HeavenlySnipes888d ago

I wouldn't definitively agree but I wouldn't say its not arguable

Titanfall is a strong MP game, and unless there are a multitude of people like me who like Killzone, there isn't much choice on the MP side of things on the PS4 (I didn't buy BF4 on the PS4 because of how buggy I heard it STILL was and COD: Ghosts is trash). InFamous is a fun game, but it lasted me about 20 hours

The free to play games are alright, none of them are stuff that could get hooked to (maybe DC Universe but I had already reached near max level on my PS3 a while ago) so my purchase and I'm guessing the purchases the majority of people have made are based on potential.

We all know Sony's first party studios and their quality thresholds that they hit nearly every time. I'm confident that the PS4 will be a gaming powerhouse by next fall at the very latest

kenshiro100888d ago

LOL, @ XB1 has the better games.

On what planet?

jkendrick888d ago

Wow all these Xbox can't read or choosing not to comprehend. Infamous outsold titan fall on the Xbox 1. I guess you have to see a light at the end of the tunnel. Keep hope alive, keep hope a live!

Gamerbynight888d ago (Edited 888d ago )

I wish npd counted digital sales as I know so many people who purchased Titan Fall on xboxone digitally and they do not get counted. I would bet ms sold close to half of its transactions for titanfall digitally. This gen its going to be hard to get true numbers until npd catches up with the times and starts recording all sales. I would think that ms and sony would know what they sold and announce it with added on sales. Either they are not selling as well as I thought or they are waiting for e3 to show the dominance that Titan Fall has shown on the platforms its on considering it is a brand new ip. Either way congrats to sony for moving hardware and congrats to ms on the software side. This will be a fun gen for all gamers on all machines if we can get along and quit bashing one another because you do not like the choice THEY made. The majority of the conversations on here do not belong on n4g and the same with neogaf they belong on the Ny or Toyko stock exchange or maybe Forbes but not here unless were all investors and make a living on the health of these platforms. My point is were fricking gamers and maybe we should have the open zone back as it worked so much better for people who are not here to talk or learn about games but to troll and fight. Just a thought.

Ju888d ago (Edited 888d ago )

Better games...huh...which then is reduced to TF ... which again (considering next gen only) was outsold by inFamous in April.

PS4 has 5 shooters - KZ, BF4, CoD + Blacklight & Warframe while XO has 2, BF and CoD. So, yes, there are less shooters on that platform and less competition. Of course there is some need to have YAS, obviously, because the 'platform with the games' (/s) has no shooters to begin with.

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dicemoney889d ago

Happy for you now move out the way

ape007888d ago

thanks a lot, yeah a grown man got angry because of games :)

no wonder they call gamers man childern

quenomamen889d ago

Titanfall is anything but a " Nextgen " game.

beereal360888d ago

I totally agree with you. It's no surprise the xbox one is kicking butt in the USA . I just think the xbox one is better than my PS4.

medman888d ago

Most gamers just laugh at Microsoft at this point....they get hammered in hardware and software and have been trying to spin that into a win for months, really since launch. Good luck with that. The rest of us are gaming on the better console with the better first party developers with indies and psplus. Oh, and the better multiplayer experiences with more power under the hood. Good luck with all that.

Ju888d ago

They hammerer retail chains so they could report shipments sold to at least look competitive which bites them in the a$$ now that retail is still selling overstock. LOL.

XiSasukeUchiha888d ago

Titanfall is the only reason!