The NPD report for June was released last week, and the PS4 was the top-selling console. In fact, the PS4 has been the top-selling console every month since October 2015.
The NPD report for June also had some enormous changes in how the data is tallied and presented. This report is the first to include digital software sales from PSN, Xbox Live, and Steam in its rankings and focuses on revenue, not units sold, to determine the best-selling games for the month. The digital sales are only for a limited set of companies, including Take-Two Interactive, Ubisoft, Capcom, EA, Activision Blizzard, Square Enix, Warner Bros, and Deep Silver, and the data no longer shows which platform sold the most of a certain title.
With the changes out of the way, we’re sure that no one will be surprised to see that Overwatch was the top-selling game in June. Grand Theft Auto V was number 2, and it may only leave the top ten when Grand Theft Auto VI is released. Here is the list:
- Grand Theft Auto V
- Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens
- Doom 2016**
- Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst
- Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End**
- NBA 2K16
- Call of Duty: Black Ops III
- Destiny: The Taken King
*No Battle.net sales
**No digital sales
However, not everything on the report was puppies and rainbows. Sales totals of $652.2 million for June 2016 were down 22% versus revenues in June 2015. This was across the entire industry including software, consoles, and peripherals. Even with that dip, “the combined cumulative hardware sales for these two consoles exceed the sales of their predecessors by 40 percent at the same point in their lifecycles” said NPD analyst, Liam Callahan. Sounds pretty good to us.
Let us know in the comments what games you expect to see on this list next month. *Cough* No Man’s Sky *Cough*
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Jason became terminally addicted to videogames after receiving the NES at an early age. This addiction grew to include PC gaming and was cemented with the launch of the PS2. From then on, he was afflicted with epic RPGs, tense shooters, and deep strategy games, never becoming skillful, but never able to quit. He continues to play games (poorly) and share his passion for them to anyone willing to listen.