NPD: PS4 Sales Doubled Xbox One In January
Sony has confirmed that it has sold roughly twice as many PS4 consoles as Microsoft’s Xbox One in North America during the month of January.
That’s gotta hurt, with North America being Xbox’s turf.
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Sadly, specific sales numbers were not officially released by either Sony or Microsoft, which is typical during monthly NPD reports on North America sales. However, Sony confirmed in a statement that the PS4 outsold the Xbox One 2:1.
“Demand for PlayStation 4 remains incredibly strong as it was number one in sales for next gen consoles in January, nearly doubling the nearest next gen competitor, and remains the cumulative leader,” read a statement from Sony.
This achievement was somewhat reflected in software sales as well, with Tomb Raider Definitive Edition selling around twice as many copies on PS4 than on Xbox One, which happens to also be similar to the sales ratio in the UK.
Microsoft chose to focus on combined Xbox One and Xbox 360 sales, claiming that the consolidated data shows an overall lead. Microsoft also stated that the Xbox One has a 2.7 attach rate.
“It is gratifying for our team to see Xbox continue to prove it’s the best place to play games,” said senior Xbox executive Yusuf Mehdi.
“January NPD sales figures released today revealed Xbox [360 and Xbox One combined] sold the most games across all console platforms in January, with 2.27 million units sold, making up 47 percent of software market share.”
However, it’s a bit of a thing that the Xbox 360 dominance isn’t seeping through into the brave new generation. Out of the top ten best selling next-gen games, eight of them sold their majority units on the PS4, which is telling.
“Although PS4 remains severely constrained at retail, we are working hard to refresh supply as quickly as possible,” Sony said in a statement.
“It’s clear gamers are choosing PlayStation as the best place to play with PS4 software sales ranking number one in January, highlighted by strong sales of Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, which sold twice as many units on PS4 than any other platform.”
While this is cool and all, it’s a bit lame when both Sony and Microsoft are saying their own console is the best place to play games. Creativity, bros.
Either way, it’s pretty legit for Sony to be doing so well with the PS4 in North America. But as we know from the previous generation, console races are a long journey – a marathon – and aren’t determined by what happens in the beginning.