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Xbox One demand surges in the US, but PS4 still tops June

PS4 remains best seller for sixth straight month, claims Sony, despite Kinect-less Xbox One launch

High demand for PS4 and Xbox One in US pushed overall hardware sales in June up 106 per cent over the same month last year, according to industry tracking firm NPD Group.

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Hardware sales topped $292.7 million in the month, up from $142 million in June 2013. This was driven entirely by home console sales, which were up by over 200 per cent in the month, hugely offsetting "declines seen in portable hardware".

Importantly, Sony has announced that PS4 was the "top-selling US next-gen console in June" for the sixth consecutive month - a critical result after Microsoft launched a significantly cheaper Kinect-less Xbox One bundle which it claims saw June Xbox One sales 'more than double in US' over sales in May.

Oddly contrary to previous NPD reports, NPD's Liam Callahan made no mention of which console topped hardware charts in June.

"Combined sales of Xbox One and PS4 are over 80 percent higher than the combined totals for Xbox 360 and PS3 - an indication of the strength of the start of this new console generation," said Callahan.

Strong hardware performance drove a 24 per cent increase in overall physical retail sales to $736.4 million, up from $593.5 million in 2013.

Console software was up 6 percent, but failed to offset declines in portable software sales, which drove overall physical retail software sales down three per cent from $296.1 million to $286.8 million.

"Sales of launch titles in June 2014 did not compare favorably to those launched in June 2013, which included the PS3 exclusive The Last of Us, along with Nintendo's Animal Crossing: New Leaf, and a retail version of Minecraft for the Xbox 360," noted Callahan.

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