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NPD: PS4 tops May in US as industry sees significant sales boost

PS4 enjoys its fifth consecutive month on top of hardware charts

PS4 topped console hardware sales in the US in May, according to the latest monthly report from industry tracker NPD Group.

The Sony console has dominated its rivals in the hardware charts for five consecutive months, with Xbox One only having lead sales in December 2013.

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This comes as the US games industry in general enjoys a significant boost in sales, with combined physical hardware and software spending up 52 per cent to around $586 million from $387M during the same period last year.

"The last time overall new physical channel growth saw a month-over-month increase of this magnitude was June 2008, with a 53 percent increase," notes NPD's Liam Callahan.

Total consumer spend in May is estimated at around $1.46 billion, with digital format sales at around $787 million and combined used and rentals revenue at roughly $124 million.

PS4 and Xbox One drove the largest margin of growth in the month, but Wii U and PS Vita also saw year-on-year growth thanks to the release of Mario Kart 8 and the Borderlands 2 Vita bundle respectively.

Major releases including Watch Dogs, Mario Kart 8, Wolfenstein: The New Order, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and Kirby: Triple Deluxe sparked a turnaround in software sales, following 6 months of declines.

"Collectively, May 2014 launches sold 800 percent more in dollar sales than May 2013 launches did their respective launch months. New launches represented 50 percent of dollar sales this month, which compared to only 9 percent for new launches in May 2013," said Callahan.

Watch Dogs topped the physical sales charts for the month. Full report through here.

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