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NPD: PS4 tops Xbox One in US in March

Sony claims top slot for third month in a row

Monthly US retail sales of PlayStation 4 once again eclipsed those of Xbox One, according to NPD figures.

March marks the third month in a row that Sony's new console has bested Microsoft's in US retail, with hardware sales overall coming up to 78 percent over those of March 2013. March 2014 retail sales across hardware, software, and accessories totaled $1.025 billion, a 3 percent increase over March 2013.

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Total consumer spend is estimated at $1.66 billion, accounting for used and rentals spend at $135 million, and digital revenues including digital sales, DLC, microtransactions, subscriptions and mobile purchases, at $532 million.

Though PS4 led Xbox One in sales, both consoles enjoyed significantly better performance than their predecessors. The systems' cumulative sales across their first five months on the market totals "more than double that of their predecessors, the PS3 and Xbox 360", according to NPD analyst Liam Callahan.

Next-gen software sales were nearly as positive: total PS4 and Xbox One game sales are up "close to 60 percent" over their predecessors' first five months, Callahan reported.

Monthly console hardware sales were up more than 100 percent from March 2013. Neither Microsoft nor Sony has yet released specific sales figures for the month.

Year-over-year software sales of every other console decreased aside from PS Vita, which saw renewed interest thanks to the portable version of Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster.

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