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Weak Software Sales Drag Down Gaming at Retail in January

U.S. retail sales of gaming hardware, software and accessories totaled $664 million in January, according to the NPD Group. That’s down from $3.28 billion in December and a slight year-over-year dip from the approximately $668 million recorded sales in the first month of 2013. The decrease was driven by weaker software and accessory sales, despite hardware being up 47 percent year over year. After losing out to Microsoft’s Xbox One on the U.S. retail charts in December, Sony’s PlayStation 4 climbed back on top in January.

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