The April victory for Microsoft and Xbox One was short-lived, as Sony and the PlayStation 4 have once again emerged on top of the console hardware sales charts. It's something of a Pyrrhic victory, though, since hardware sales were down 18 percent overall from last year. The NPD Group's Liam Callahan argues that there weren't quite so many system sellers in the last month, compared to May 2014. Look for software sales to potentially rise next month with the long-awaited arrival of Batman: Arkham Knight.
In fact, let's go into software right now. The big winner for the month, unsurprisingly, is The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, overtaking last month's leader, Mortal Kombat X. A slower month of new releases means that Grand Theft Auto V and Minecraft trail at #3 and #4, respsectively. But if anyone is about to celebrate, it's Nintendo, which sees Splatoon come in at the #5 slot and perform far better than anyone expected. The usual suspects of NBA, FIFA, and MLB round out the top five.
May Top 10 Games (New Physical Retail only; across all platforms incl. PC; new releases in bold)
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (PS4, XBO, PC)
Mortal Kombat X (PS4, XBO)
Grand Theft Auto V (PS4, XBO, PC, 360, PS3, PC)
Minecraft (360, PS3, XBO, PS4)
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (PS4, 360, XBO, PS3, PC)