While the world continues to decide which of the next-gen consoles will win the war, there is one thing both sides will be glad to hear: more revenue. The anticipation surrounding the releases of Microsoft’s Xbox One and Sony’s PS4 has helped generate a large interest in the minds of consumers; which will hopefully be used to fuel more sales.
And much needed sales, according to an article from Bloomsburg Businessweek, as consumers seem to be gravitating more toward web-powered game software on smartphones and tablets.
But the situation may be changing. According to Bloomsburg, video game sales rose 1 percent to $521 million last month, the first significant four week gain in almost 2 years. From that, video-game software sales increased 23 percent to $293.4 million, enough to counter a 40 percent loss in hardware sales.
The increase is software sales is driven by the newest must-have titles recently released, such as Saint’s Row IV, Madden NFL 25, Disney Infinity, and Pikmin 3, among numerous others.
But that’s not all: PC Gamer reported that an additional $178 million was made from used and rental game sales, and another $528 million from digital format sales. That brings the total video game sales in the U.S. to a little over $1.2 billion.
All in all, very impressive figures. And it’s thanks to gamers everywhere.