In the continued battle for next gen console dominance, the PS4 has spanked the Xbox One in early 2014 sales. Overall Sony’s machine has outsold Microsoft’s globally so far and the PS4 has reportedly sold double the amount of units compared its rival in January.
Whilst overall game sales for hardware went up, software went down and the PS4 re-asserted its power over the Xbox One after losing out in December sales. What makes this battle between Microsoft and Sony interesting is that the Xbox platform sold more games than the PlayStation platform, but the PS4 sold more hardware and software compared directly to the Xbox One.
The NPD Group has posted a monthly report which indicates that for every Xbox One Microsoft sold, the PS4 sold 2 units. Neither company has published their monthly sales figures yet but Sony confirmed they had sold double the amount Microsoft had. When approached on how many Xbox Ones they sold in January, Microsoft declined to comment which could be a bad sign for them.
Reports on Venture Beat have suggested that the PlayStation 4 recently sold 280,000 units, where the Xbox One did indeed sell almost half as much with 145,000 consoles. The PS4 also sold more games than the Xbox One did, however across all platforms Microsoft sold more software than Sony. This is because the most games are still being bought on the Xbox 360, which shows some promise for Microsoft in some form.
Are you surprised at the way the next generation console war has been largely in Sony’s favor, which device did you buy?