Hardware sales bolstered video game revenue in February, with Microsoft and Sony each claiming they won the month in the PlayStation 4-Xbox One console war.
Gamers spent $887 million on new physical games at retail in February, according to sales-tracking firm The NPD Group. That’s up 9 percent to $810 million last year. As expected, it’s still the new hardware from Sony and Microsoft that is bringing in the dough.
Hardware brought in $347 million, which is up 42 percent from last year when the aging consoles only generated $244 million in sales. With gamers dropping $400 and $500 to purchase new systems, they also spent a bit less on software. New game sales were down 9 percent to $318 million. Accessories, which includes items like controllers and Skylanders toys, was up 3 3 percent to $221 million.
As always these figures only represent physical items sold at brick-and-mortar stores. The NPD
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Microsoft said it sold 258,000 Xbox Ones. Sony sold an estimated 290,000 PlayStation 4s.
“PS4 led hardware sales in February 2014, but by a narrow margin with Xbox One selling over 90 percent of what the PS4 sold in terms of unit sales,” said Callahan. “However, with Xbox One’s higher price point, it led hardware sales on a dollar basis.”