Industry research firm The NPD Group says that spending on video games soared 52% year-over-year in May, hitting $586 million. The spending surge was bolstered by the release of new gaming titles and new consoles from Microsoft (MSFT) and Sony (SNE), VentureBeat notes.
Last month, gamers spent $187 million on new video game consoles. That’s almost twice the $96 million they spent in the same period in 2013. Microsoft and Sony launched their next-generation Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles in November.
Spending on video game titles climbed 57% to $175 million, driven by new game launches including Watch Dogs, Mario Kart 8, Wolfenstein: The New Order, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and Kirby: Triple Deluxe, according to NPD.
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