Though Xbox One pulled ahead for the final two months of 2014, Sony’s PlayStation 4 has regained the lead in the hardware sales, according to figures released by NPD, while Techland’s Dying Light claimed the best-selling game at retail.
In light of the news, Sony provided a statement to Games Beat about its recent coup.
PlayStation 4 was the top selling console in January, it and remains the cumulative leader in the U.S., according to NPD data. Since launch in November 2013, 18.5 million PS4 units and 81.8 million software units have been sold through to consumers worldwide.
As a whole, hardware sales across the industry declined by 23 per cent relative to the same period last year, as excitement for the eight generation of consoles begins to recede. On the other hand, sales for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 fell by 35 per cent.
But if hardware hit a slump during the first month of 2015, then it was up to software to snatch the limelight. In releasing in an otherwise quiet month, it was Techland’s Dying Light that stole the show, accumulating the highest sales total in the first month for a new IP, edging out the record previously set by The Evil Within back in October of last year.