September 2015 NPD Sales Analysis: NBA2K16 has the best launch for a sports …

21 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

PS4 and Xbox One sales down in US, as Metal Gear Solid V beaten by NBA 2K16.

PlayStation 4 owners have been able to stream their video game sessions live on Twitch for years, but unlike its rival the Xbox One, Sony’s latest console only allowed users to watch Twitch broadcasts of PS4 games. The company has confirmed that the PlayStation 4 outsold its Xbox One and Wii U competition in the U.S. last month, according to data from industry-tracking firm The NPD Group. That changes today with the launch of the new Twitch app, a full-featured piece of software that lets PS4 players watch broadcasts or interact with streamers of games on other platforms, bringing Sony’s machine up to speed with competing iOS, Android, and Microsoft devices. The rapidly growing company first detailed its new PS4 app last month at its first ever TwitchCon conference, explaining that in addition to the PS4, the app would be available on PS3 and Vita.

November and December are easily the two most important months of the year for both gaming hardware and software, and Sony cut the price of the base PS4 from $400 to $350 to compete with the Xbox One’s $350 price. “As we kick off the holiday season, we would like to take a moment to thank fans for making PlayStation 4 the best-selling console and #1 in software sales in September. While the PS4 version is available first — launching in North, South, and Central America today before rolling out to players in other regions shortly — Twitch promises the app will be available for the older consoles before the end of fall. Including the highly successful limited edition console bundle, PS4 also led retail sales for Destiny: The Taken King.” “It was also a very strong month for PlayStation Network with September being the highest grossing month in PlayStation Store history.

From PlayStation exclusives like the recently launched Uncharted Collection to partnerships with Call of Duty: Black Ops III and Star Wars Battlefront, we are committed to our community and to making PlayStation the best place to play this holiday.” Sony got a boost in September from two important third-party games. In terms of software sales there were more surprises, with Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain being steamrollered by the two big American sports sims. Despite having been released on the first day of the month Metal Gear had to settle for third place, behind Madden NFL 16 – which had already been released in August.

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