Sony's PlayStation 4 led a surge in console sales that lifted the US video game market in April, according to figures released by market research firm NPD Group.
A visitor plays a first-person shooter game on Sony's PlayStation 4 game console during the "Try! PlayStation 4! -2.22--" event at Ginza Sony building in Tokyo on Feb1, 2014.
Sales of video game hardware, mostly consoles, jumped 76% to US$192.8 million (6.26 billion baht) during the month compared to a year ago, more than offsetting a 10% drop in sales of game software to $227.9 million, NPD reported.
Overall video game sales rose 17% to $580.3 million from the same month last year, according to NPD.
PS4 was the top-selling console for the fourth consecutive month, followed by Microsoft's Xbox One.
"Titanfall" was the top-selling game, followed by "Call of Duty: Ghosts."
NPD estimated that the total spent in the United States on video games topped a billion dollars during the month after adding in rentals, mobile apps, social network play, subscriptions, digital downloads, and other non-traditional revenue channels.
Microsoft said Tuesday it would sell a reduced-price version of its Xbox One console without the Kinect motion detection system.
The move comes with Microsoft locked in a tough battle with Sony, which has been leading the game console market with its next-generation PlayStation 4.