January Video Game Revenue Dips16 Feb, 2017 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Total video game sales in January fell 4% from the previous-year period to $610.7 million — despite a 14% uptick in software sales to $312.5 million. Software sales, which include console, portable, physical and digital, almost reached $274 million in the previous-year period, according to new data from The NPD Group.
Hardware sales, which include PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, dropped 19% to $127.1 million, from $157 million. PC games software sales dropped 12% to $16.1 million. Accessories declined 17% to $155 million.
“There were significant declines in interactive gaming toys,” video game analyst Sam Naji said in a statement.
Software sales were spurred by Capcom’s new release, Resident Evil 7: Biohazzard — despite only five days on the market.
“The last time Capcom had the best-selling game of the month (in dollar sales) was in March 2009 with Resident Evil 5,” Naji said. “Spending on the top five games of the month was 17% higher than the top five games of January 2016.”
Separately, PlayStation 4 was the best-selling hardware (in units sold) for the fourth consecutive month. PlayStation 4 Slim System 500GB bundled with Naughty Dog’s Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End was the top-selling PS4 in units sold.