Xbox grabbed the holiday season thanks to a price drop but even with that lower price, it couldn't take January.
According to an SCEA statement made to GameSpot , Sony's PlayStation 4 is back on top of the NPD charts:
"PlayStation 4 was the top-selling console in January and remains the cumulative leader in the U.S. according to NPD data. Since launch in November 2013, 18.5 million PS4 units and 81.8 million software units have been sold through to consumers worldwide."
Microsoft claims Xbox One enjoyed a "record January" and "more game sales per console than any other platform," but PS4 still took the #1 overall slot for the month. As for industry sales, hardware was down $54 million but software rose $12.4 million and accessories went up $5.4 million. Said NPD analyst Liam Callahan:
"Hardware sales declined by 23 percent as sales cooled off after the holiday season. Eighth generation console hardware sales were down by 22 percent while seventh generation console hardware sales decreased by 35 percent." However, the silver lining is that "combined hardware install base of PS4 and Xbox One is close to 60 percent higher than the cumulative hardware totals for Xbox 360 and PS3 at the same point in their lifecycles (after 15 months)."
And here were the top 10 games for January; Techland's Dying Light leads the charge.