Earlier this week, Microsoft revealed that the Xbox One had more than doubled its sales totals for June when compared to May. Many speculated that the company's recent un-bundling of the Kinect and subsequent price drop had a large part to play in that sales boost.
However, with June NPDs still not in, there were questions as to whether this boost had helped Microsoft overtake Sony's PS4, at least for the month of June. And as we now know, that was not the case.
For the sixth month in a row, the PS4 was the top selling console in the country, beating out all competitors. Unfortunately, we don't know exactly how many PS4s were sold during the period, only that the tally was greater than the Xbox One's.
We suspect, though, that Microsoft has somewhat bridged the gap between Xbox One and PS4 monthly sales, and is in a prime position to overtake Sony if the conditions are right. And with a handful of Xbox One retail exclusives on the docket for fall 2014, compared to Sony's lone offering of DriveClub, we could be looking at a changing of the guard.
At the same time, Sony is still leading the pack when it comes to multiplatform sales. Within the top 10, PS4 is the clear platform of choice versus the Xbox One, and is most often the number one platform among all options.
Speaking of the top 10, it should come as no surprise that Watch Dogs led June software sales. The game set launch-day sales records for Ubisoft, hit 4 million copies in its first week on the market, and set the record for fastest selling new IP. So, while Watch Dogs' six-month delay may have been disappointing, it didn't hurt sales much at all.
However, if we're talking about individual SKUs — meaning a single title on a single platform — Mario Kart 8 was also a big winner for June, moving a reported 470,000 units for the month. Mario Kart 8 also helped boost Nintendo's Wii U sales by 233% compared to June 2013, while software sales were up 373% compared to last year.
In an interview with the Seattle Times last month, NOA President Reggie Fils-Aime said he was very eager to see the June sales numbers, and now we know why. It's obviously too early to make any sweeping proclamations, but Mario Kart 8 could be the first sign that Nintendo has turned a corner.
Check out the rest of the top 10 for June below:
1.) Watch Dogs (PS4, 360, XBO, PS3, PC)
2.) Mario Kart 8 (NWU)
3.) Minecraft (360, PS3)
4.) EA Sports UFC (PS4, XBO)
5.) FIFA 14 (PS4, 360, XBO, PS3, PSV)
6.) NBA 2K14 (360, PS3, PS4, XBO, PC)
7.) Wolfenstein: The New Order (PS4, XBO, 360, PS3, PC)
8.) Call of Duty: Ghosts (360, PS4, PS3, XBO, NWU, PC)
9.) Tomodachi Life (3DS)
10.) Grand Theft Auto V (360, PS3)
While the current-gen console race is certainly heating up, not much has changed in the last 30 days. But, with Microsoft and Nintendo showing new signs of life, it will be interesting to see how things play out over the remainder of the year.
Did you buy or play any of the top 10 games for June? Are you surprised to see PS4 is still leading even though Microsoft said Xbox One sales jumped?