Total Video Game Spending in United States Up Two Percent in 2013
After 2011 and 2012 saw declines, the NPD's annual report has shown that video game spending in the United States enjoyed an increase in both hardware and software sales in 2013. Software sales, which include "new retail, used retail, rental, and digital (inclusive of subscriptions and DLC)," amounted to $15.39 billion in 2013; a one percent increase over 2012. That being said, physical sales actually saw an eleven percent decline, showing that more and more people are turning to digital outlets.
As for hardware purchases, they saw a five percent increase over 2012, bringing the overall spending (software and hardware) two percent higher in 2013 than 2012. While two percent may not sound like much, as previously stated, this is the first increase in three years. Of course it was no doubt helped by new consoles, as well as the maturization of existing ones. It'll be interesting to see if 2014 enjoys another increase, as the new consoles become more widely adopted.
Source: Game Informer