Sony’s PlayStation 4 Recaptures Console Sales Crown For January

The latest data by NPD Group shows that sales of Sony's PlayStation 4 (PS4) and Microsoft's Xbox One consoles slipped 22 percent in January, though there are two reasons why that's not raising any red flags, at least not yet. The first is that a sales drop coming out of a busy holiday shopping season is to be expected, and the second is comparative -- sales of the PS4 and Xbox One are both outpacing their predecessors (PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360) by 60 percent at this same time in their respectively life cycles.

Going head to head, the PS4 flipped the script and outsold the Xbox One in January after trailing its rival in sales for the past two months. It probably didn't help that Microsoft reinstated the Xbox One's $400 price for the half of the month before again dropping it to down to $350 on January 16.

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"PlayStation 4 was the top-selling console in January, it and remains the cumulative leader in the U.S., according to NPD data," Sony said in a statement. "Since launch in November 2013, 18.5 million PS4 units and 81.8 million software units have been sold through to consumers worldwide."

On the software side, the industry collected $625.7 million revenue last month, a 5 percent drop from $662.1 million in the same month a year ago. Dying Light took the top spot, followed by Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Grand Theft Auto V, Minecraft, and NBA 2K15 rounding out the top five titles.

The next five include Super Smash Bros., Far Cry 4, Madden NFL 15, Destiny, and FIFA 15.