The NPD has announced the sales results for last month in terms of video games for the United States region. According to a report from VG247 on Aug. 15, the PS4 was the top selling hardware once again. Sony's next-generation system was able to outsell the competition for the seventh straight month. Since launch, the console was only outsold by the Xbox One in Dec. of last year due to the lack of supplies.
For software, the biggest new release for the month was "The Last of Us Remastered." The port managed to become the top selling video game even though it came out towards the end of July. Another title that debuted during last month was Sniper Elite III, which ended up in eighth place.
The rest of the list are made up of video games that came out prior to July. The two notable software products are "Minecraft" in second and "GTA 5" in the seventh position. Both titles are being ported over to the other systems, mainly the PS4 and Xbox One, in the near future. However, it seems like consumers aren't willing to wait for the new ports.
Mojang is planning to release "Minecraft PS4 Edition," "Minecraft Xbox One Edition" and "Minecraft Vita Edition" later this month. However, all three games will only be released as digital downloads initially on the Playstation Store and Xbox Live Marketplace. As a result, the ports won't add to the total of retail sales for "Minecraft" in the NPD chart. The PS4 version of the open-world sandbox game can be seen near the top side of this article (courtesy of the 4J Studios Twitter).
The PC, PS4 and Xbox One ports of "GTA 5" should be available on the digital stores as well as a disc release at retailers. However, a vast majority of consumers should end up purchasing a physical copy due to the potentially robust download size of the software product. The PS4 and Xbox One features mandatory installs for disc-based games, which should result in similar load times when compared to playing the product straight from the hard drive.