The NPD Group has released its March sales date for video game hardware and software in North America. The data reveals mixed performance for software and hardware sales. Software was down year over year, while hardware was up as consumers are still heading out to buy new consoles. And why not? March was a month that saw two system selling titles release for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
As expected, Respawn Entertainment’s Titanfall and Sucker Punch’s Infamous: Second Son were one and two on the software charts. SouthPark: The Stick of Truth, Call of Duty: Ghosts, and Dark Souls 2 rounded out the top five games for the month.
For the third month in a row, the PlayStation 4 has topped the Xbox One in North America. Not even the success of Titanfall and Titanfall bundles could propel the Xbox One past the PlayStation 4 it appears. Sony just recently announced that they have surpassed the 7 million consoles sold mark. Regardless, both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are seeing higher cumulative sales from this time into the previous generation.
The new generation of consoles has given Sony a surge in popularity in North America as of late. After lagging behind the Xbox 360 for some thirty months, the PlayStation 4’s first few months at market have seen short supply and high demand for the console.
Update: Microsoft has revealed a more detailed look at their most current hardware and software figures on the Xbox Wire. Notably, they’ve announced that they’ve shipped 5 million Xbox One consoles to retailers. 2 million behind what Sony has sold.