Sony Sells its 10 Millionth PlayStation 4 as Hardware Drives Video Game Sales in July

Sony reached a milestone with its PlayStation 4 in July, selling the 10 million of the video game console worldwide, the company said.

Microsoft has yet to disclose updated numbers for its Xbox One, but hardware drove much of the sales generated by the video game industry last month, according to the NPD Group, to generate $198.8 million.

In fact, the overall industry rose 16% to $514.3 million because of a 100% surge in hardware sales.

“When combining life-to-date sales of Xbox One and PS4 after nine months, and comparing them to the combined totals of nine months of sales for Xbox 360 and PS3, sales of the newest consoles are larger than the prior generation by close to 80%,” NPD’s Liam Callahan said, which could rub off on future game sales.

Microsoft said it had sold 5 million Xbox One consoles in May.

New software fell 17% in July, however, to earn $178.2 million.

The top selling games in July were the remastered version of Naughty Dog’s “The Last of Us,” for Sony; “Minecraft,” Electronic Arts’ “FIFA 14,” Ubisoft’s “Watch Dogs;” and Nintendo’s “Mario Kart 8.”

NPD does not release individual unit sales for game titles.

Fewer new games were released during the month as compared with previous years.

“July is typically a quiet month for software sales, representing about 5% of annual sales,” NPD’s Liam Callahan said.

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