PS4 Outsells Xbox One by Nearly Two-to-One in the US Last Month

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PS4 Outsells Xbox One by Nearly Two-to-One in the US Last Month

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According to NPD's numbers, PS4 units sold in January almost doubled that of the Xbox One, with even the software sales showing a clear slant for Sony's console.

While it's no secret by now that Sony's PlayStation 4 is outperforming Microsoft's Xbox One at retail, that gulf might be bigger than most people think. According to The NPD Group's numbers for January, hardware sales of the PS4 nearly doubled that of the Xbox One in the US, with Sony spokesperson Guy Longworth confirming the advantage, even if PS4 supply remains "severely constrained."

Demand for PlayStation 4 remains incredibly strong as it was No. 1 in sales for next-gen consoles in January, nearly doubling the nearest next-gen competitor, and remains the cumulative leader, according to today's NPD report...Although PS4 remains severely constrained at retail, we are working hard to refresh supply as quickly as possible.

Over in the software front, Sony managed to dominate that area too, with Longworth stating, "It's clear gamers are choosing PlayStation as the best place to play, with PS4 software sales ranking No. 1 in January, highlighted by strong sales of Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, which sold twice as many units on PS4 than any other platform." Aside from Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, the PS4 version of multi-platform games is outselling its Xbox One counterpart except for Call of Duty: Ghosts and LEGO Marvel Super Heroes.

While both Microsoft and Sony have yet to reveal official hardware figures, estimates peg the PS4 sales at 280,000 units, with the Xbox One said to have moved 145,000 units in the first month of 2014. Keep in mind that these are US numbers. But then again, the story isn't all that different in the UK, either, with online retail giant Amazon confirming that the PS4 gap over the Xbox One is "quite a big one."

What steps should Microsoft take to catch up to Sony's PS4? Offer Xbox Live's "Games with Gold" service on the platform? Drop Kinect entirely? Or could Respawn's upcoming Titanfall be the game that lessens the gap?

Source: VentureBeat

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When microsoft said they were going to release the more expensive console later, I couldn't believe it. Its like, they didn't enjoy what happened to sony and their ridiculous cell processor last time. The problem for MS is that NA has always been their best market, and as I understand it sony is whonkin' em in many of the other markets around the world as well.

Titanfall is a great title I'm sure, but I do not see it having anywhere near the sort of draw Halo CE had.

It doesn't really matter to me though, being a glorious member of the PC Gaming master race, I recommend the best thing to do is for MS to opensource their console and let you run steam on it. ;)-

Cue a Microsoft exec saying 'It's not about sales figures. Stop trolling!'

And I think dropping the Kinect and lowering the price of the console to the same/less than the PS4 is pretty much Microsoft's only hope to increase their numbers. I don't really think Titanfall is going to make much of a difference as people who want to play it on a console would probably have already bought their box by now, unless they are holding out in hopes of an Xbone with a Titanfall design like the controller or something.

drop the kinect, drop the price or include a solid game or two with the xbone purchase and you MIGHT have a chance in catching up microsoft, otherwise sony is clearly shoving its foot in your face to keep you in third place.

I enjoy my PS4 ...but... I need more games -.- .

If I had the income to purchase 2 consoles, I would get the XB-One happily. I would even take the disk less one that was rumoured.

I find the news about CoD: Ghosts really interesting. It's bundled on both consoles right? So it's fascinating how two nearly identical consoles, which were also identical in the previous generation, still have a genuine culture divide. The Xbox is still the console for hardcore shooter fans and the PS4 goes for more offbeat, often story-focused, directions.

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The US is traditionally the strongest place for the Xbox by far. Imagine what it's like in Europe, or even how hard it will be for Microsoft in Japan.

It's still really early days though. The Xbox One hasn't lost and there aren't signs of third-parties having Wii U style complaints so it doesn't really matter. Who knows what will happen in the next few years? (If the Xbox One ever significantly falls behind, which I don't think it will, they can probably just ditch the Kinect and slash prices anyway). I still think Titanfall is going to be huge, although hopefully this is going to be the year inFamous is really given the recognition it deserves

This really surprises me. The games list for both consoles is nearly the same, and I don't think either console has anything that really sets it above the other at this point. I only reason I can see the PS4 doing that well is the blowback from the Xbone originally having online DRM.

blalien:
This really surprises me. The games list for both consoles is nearly the same, and I don't think either console has anything that really sets it above the other at this point. I only reason I can see the PS4 doing that well is the blowback from the Xbone originally having online DRM.

Really, I think the PS4 being $100 less is mainly what's driving this. Why pay $100 more when the games are essentially the same?

Interesting. It would seem that a less expensive, more powerful and more consumer friendly product has some sort of advantage on the market. Truly a strange occurrence.

Matt K:

blalien:
This really surprises me. The games list for both consoles is nearly the same, and I don't think either console has anything that really sets it above the other at this point. I only reason I can see the PS4 doing that well is the blowback from the Xbone originally having online DRM.

Really, I think the PS4 being $100 less is mainly what's driving this. Why pay $100 more when the games are essentially the same?

Especially as that extra 100 is for something many people find repulsive. More then a few gamers would find the kinect a dealbreaker if they GOT a $100 to have it included on their console.

This launch has gone exactly as i predicted.

Thats neat... if only there were games or backwards compatibility. Then id buy one finally.

Sadly, it's not about good games anymore only. Microsoft fails to understand that along with a good product, they need to focus on Customer Satisfaction, which doesn't end with buying a game. It means listening to the audience, seeing what they want, and try to do their best to keep that audience. What happened last year -they didn't have a good product AND they didn't listen to their customers even after the huge backlash- cost them a lot of PR and a lot of new and past customers, and things like the XboxONE/Machinima scandal aren't doing anything but dig the trench deeper.

Getting new customers is 5 times more difficult and costly than keeping old ones. Imagine if those 'new' customers are old ones you've spurned.

1) Drop Kinect. Entirely. No one cares about it, and the actual market for the device itself is slim compared to the number of 360s sold. Making it a required mechanism for the system (in terms of purchase) isn't going to make anyone want to use it more. This will also solve the pricing issue.

2) Start pimping Xbox Gold more. The games they are offering? Utter, complete trash aside from 1 good game and a couple of borderline decent titles. That means start offering incentives aside from "Demo access" and "2 games a month". All that crapton of DLC you have? How about you try putting those on sale a little more through it, and in discounts for those using gold.

3) You remember that announcement you guys made when you first unveiled the XBox One? Never go near it again. Avoid every single concept in it. Stop worrying about "ESPN BRO!" and "WE GOT INTERNET EXPLORER DUDE!", among all the various other waste of programs. It's bloating the cost of Gold membership, and it isn't helping. Focus on... Oh, I don't know, the game part of your system first and foremost. That also means drop the Gold requirement to use Netflix.

4) Try releasing in more than 13 different areas next time.

And an optional 5th step here but...
5) Ignore Nintendo. Between fumbling around with their tiny wii-motes, trying to push people to like their bloated wii-pads, and all around ignoring everything that is counter to what a majority of original Nintendo fans wanted... They just aren't being all that smart. No one wants to deal with waggle/motion controls because, for a majority of everything, it's poorly done. Even with the Wii Motion+ it's superficial at best, and doesn't allow for anything really unique to be done that Nintendo is interested in backing.

They're dead in the water, which kills me to say. Not because I like their newer systems (the last one I loved was Gamecube, both the Wii and Wii-U suffer from such a lack of good titles than it took forever for me to buy the Wii, and I refuse to buy the Wii-U still). But because there are some genuinely good games on them. Xenoblade's sequel X (which, just reinforces the whole Xenogears/saga/blade connection with its X logo), Bayonetta 2? Those games are going to languish sales wise.
Hell, I bet we won't see the "X" game outside of Japan because, just like its predecessor, Nintendo is a giant friggin twat and sinkhole of common sense and won't release it. They're zooming down the Sega path to console death it seems, and all they have to keep them afloat is the numerous 1st party titles they own (something Sega lacked in sheer numbers of).

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Also, Titanfall isn't going to be as much of a system seller as people believe; It isn't an "Xbox One" Exclusive title like people keep ignorantly proclaiming, people who own 360s or a PC and don't want to waste money on an Xbox One will not buy an XBox One to play it, they'll play it on the PC or 360 and save that money for more important things, like the DLC crap Respawn will be throwing out for it inevitably, or other games also being released on the PC or 360.

Alex Co:

What steps should Microsoft take to catch up to Sony's PS4? Offer Xbox Live's "Games with Gold" service on the platform? Drop Kinect entirely? Or could Respawn's upcoming Titanfall be the game that lessens the gap?
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Yes, yes, and yes. Well, the first two would put the XbOne about even (there's still the graphics weakness) with the PS4 in my eyes at least. Titanfall is really hyped up as a multiplayer game, so sales will jump anyways. Such multiplayer games have sold/distributed millions upon millions.
(see also: League of Legends, DOTA 2, Team Fortress 2, Call of Duty, Grand Theft Auto V, and Super Smash Bros.)

I'm really happy to see the punishment for the Xbox One fiasco continuing.
I feel like Microsoft shouldn't have just been able too pull a "Backsies" move and felt as though that would be the end of it, no, they NEED to be crucified for having the fucking gall too even mull over such a strategy, let alone announce it grandly too the world. Maybe next generation they'll be back on top, but they handed Sony the win for the next decade and I'm perfectly satisfied with that.

I'm not too sure Titanfall will be the massive system seller everybody's assuming it'll be, given that it'll also be available on the Xbox 360 and PC at the same time (and possibly Mac at a later date).

Don't get me wrong, I'm sure Xbox One sales will increase when the game comes out, but it's hardly an "exclusive" exclusive.

Xman490:
Titanfall is really hyped up as a multiplayer game, so sales will jump anyways. Such multiplayer games have sold/distributed millions upon millions.
(see also: League of Legends, DOTA 2, Team Fortress 2, Call of Duty, Grand Theft Auto V, and Super Smash Bros.)

The flaw in your logic is as follows, however.
League of Legends: F2P game. It hasn't sold millions. It has players who spend obsessively on the shop, and that attributes to its sales. Not everyone pays for it though.
DOTA 2: Moreso than the above, F2P game, and people more often trade other Steam game items for Dota 2 stuff.
TF2: Exactly the same as above, considering both are Valve-owned Steam titles.
Super Smash Bros: Party game, plain and simple. 1 in 4 people need to own it for all 4 to play, and most likely that is exactly what happens. It also plays very heavily into Nostalgia, and has existed long enough that its fanbase is solid and support large sales.

Call of Duty and GTA have that same advantage as well.

It doesn't matter how much the game sells, because we aren't talking about game sales here buddy. This is console sales, and Call of Duty doesn't drive console sales nearly as much as you apparently think. And as I said, Titanfall isn't Xbox One Exclusive. Anyone who doesn't own an Xbox One but wants the game, will more than likely buy it on the PC or 360.

Matt K:

blalien:
This really surprises me. The games list for both consoles is nearly the same, and I don't think either console has anything that really sets it above the other at this point. I only reason I can see the PS4 doing that well is the blowback from the Xbone originally having online DRM.

Really, I think the PS4 being $100 less is mainly what's driving this. Why pay $100 more when the games are essentially the same?

It's the PS4 being cheaper AND more powerful. That's two good reasons to get the PS4 and not much reason to get the Xbone. Titanfall does look kinda nice, but not nice enough.

Iiiin fairness to Microsoft, the Xbone is doing very well even in its own right, despite the dominance of the PS4 so far. Perhaps Microsoft shouldn't focus on 'catching up' with Sony, and instead see about how to profit as much as possible from their console?

If they're going to achieve actual profits from the console, they need to focus on software sales. So, I reckon expanding Steam-style downloadable titles would be a big boon for Microsoft (and Sony, for that matter). Of course, they'll make sure that the games are just as expensive as the disk versions for no good reason but to keep retailers happy, which kinda majorly sucks...

If they do want to catch up with Sony? Drop the price. Thats all. Titanfall would do the rest.

blalien:
This really surprises me. The games list for both consoles is nearly the same, and I don't think either console has anything that really sets it above the other at this point. I only reason I can see the PS4 doing that well is the blowback from the Xbone originally having online DRM.

Less terrible PR blowback, no always on Kinect, 100$ cheaper. They've also threw in the free PSplus trial, which thus far meant you got Contrast, Outlast, Resogun, and Don't Starve as freebies.

AntiChri5:

Matt K:

blalien:
This really surprises me. The games list for both consoles is nearly the same, and I don't think either console has anything that really sets it above the other at this point. I only reason I can see the PS4 doing that well is the blowback from the Xbone originally having online DRM.

Really, I think the PS4 being $100 less is mainly what's driving this. Why pay $100 more when the games are essentially the same?

Especially as that extra 100 is for something many people find repulsive. More then a few gamers would find the kinect a dealbreaker if they GOT a $100 to have it included on their console.

This launch has gone exactly as i predicted.

Also add the fact that it's slightly weaker than the PS4.

OT: While it is fun to jump on the Microsoft is screwed bandwagon it has actually surpassed their sales projections which is surprising to me at least. It's just that they're facing the PS4 which seems to be doing a lot better. Now the release date of the Xbox One is still not announced here, but it looks like it will be in the second half of this year. Considering Europe is usually more of a Sony dominated market this is not good. They let the Kinect drive up the prices and the Kinect is the reason for a massive delay giving Sony half a year at the best (or worst depending on who you side with) and it's a feature few actually wanted. So while the Xbox One is doing quite good right now I am having some difficulties seeing it measure up to the PS4.

That's interesting given that North America has been the Xbox stronghold for a long time. Still, given the way Microsoft went about their business I'm hardly surprised. I own a Xbox One and I can definitely say I'm happy with it, but I still think that both Sony and Microsoft (more Microsoft) should have held off on their next gen consoles for a while. They seem a little under-cooked.

Microsoft needs Halo 5.

Seth Carter:

blalien:
This really surprises me. The games list for both consoles is nearly the same, and I don't think either console has anything that really sets it above the other at this point. I only reason I can see the PS4 doing that well is the blowback from the Xbone originally having online DRM.

Less terrible PR blowback, no always on Kinect, 100$ cheaper. They've also threw in the free PSplus trial, which thus far meant you got Contrast, Outlast, Resogun, and Don't Starve as freebies.

Don't forget the free $10 PSN fund given to early buyers! That's a nice way to get people buying PSN games.

From the reaction here, and from people I've talked to, Kinect is something no one wants. Sure, there might be a few who does, but for the most part, gamers don't need it. If MS pulled it, and priced it at $100 lower and maybe bundle a game, I can see it doing better. Of course, there's the whole technically inferior thing, which a lot of third-party games are already showing this early on. That might be the most worrying thing if I was MS. Most Xbox One games these days are technically inferior to their PS4 counterparts. So much so, that all the buzz how MS will supposedly release a firmware update to free more Xbox One processing power/GPU sounds like a much needed solution right now.

As for Titanfall, the game looks really fun, but seeing as it's also on PC and the Xbox 360 -- and Zampella's tweets that all but confirm the sequel coming to PS4 -- then, it might not move as much units as MS would have hoped.

We'll know for sure once the next NPD data rolls in.

Seth Carter:

blalien:
This really surprises me. The games list for both consoles is nearly the same, and I don't think either console has anything that really sets it above the other at this point. I only reason I can see the PS4 doing that well is the blowback from the Xbone originally having online DRM.

Less terrible PR blowback, no always on Kinect, 100$ cheaper. They've also threw in the free PSplus trial, which thus far meant you got Contrast, Outlast, Resogun, and Don't Starve as freebies.

I thought the Xbone was more expensive specifically because of the Kinect. I guess it's not that much of a system seller.

blalien:
This really surprises me. The games list for both consoles is nearly the same, and I don't think either console has anything that really sets it above the other at this point. I only reason I can see the PS4 doing that well is the blowback from the Xbone originally having online DRM.

I think that the PS4 sales being higher despite the launch titles being the same is due to the Playstation's history of having many 2nd and 3rd Party titles that become sleeper hits. The PS Brand still ports over some of Japan's PS exclusives and they do sell decently for the most part.

Games like Demon's Souls which sold over 1 million as a PS3 exclusive with only word of mouth as marketing for many months ahead of its release.

Games like the console titles imported by Atlus and Nis America do well with a lot of gamers that want Japanese styled games.

Randomly interesting sleeper hits like The Mark of Kri on the PS2 as well as Ico and Shadow of the Colossus.

The niche titles that pop up on Nintendo consoles in the form of The Wonderful 101 and No More Heroes pop up all of the time on the Playstation consoles.

Katamari Damacy anyone?

That subset of console gamers is also bolstered by the fact that a lot of those games aren't on the PC at all so they pretty much have to grab a Playstation in order to get those kinds of games.

Not everyone that buys a Playstation is buying it for the triple A titles from the big guys. Once those offbeat Asian sleeper hits come in you'll see why people adopted their PS4s early. The X1 and PS4 will always share the titles of the major companies, but Xbox's brand has always carried the brunt of not having the audience that enjoys stuff like JRPGs. Most JRPGs not named Final Fantasy don't sell well on the Xbox. Major JRPGs like Star Ocean, Tales of, and the other non-FF RPGs Sqeeenix made for the 360 all bombed and whatever ones got ported to the PS3 sold significantly better. It's kind of like why most 3rd party titles that don't involve Nintendo characters flop on Nintendo consoles. The audience there is there for Nintendo in most cases. The Xbox audience is there for the online shooters and high octane action titles. The Playstation audience is the most varied of the 3. Some like the shooters and high octane games. Some like the offbeat titles that get imported from Japan and elsewhere.

And some frankly bought it because it's still a better blue ray player than an actual blue ray player as well as it being the easiest way to utilize Netflix :P

blalien:
This really surprises me. The games list for both consoles is nearly the same, and I don't think either console has anything that really sets it above the other at this point. I only reason I can see the PS4 doing that well is the blowback from the Xbone originally having online DRM.

Alternatively, the extra $100 you get to keep in your wallet when buying a PS4 might be helping. You said it yourself, there's very little to set them apart, but the PS4 is a hundred cheaper, so why would anyone buy the Xbone?

CriticalMiss:
Cue a Microsoft exec saying 'It's not about sales figures. Stop trolling!'

I really really hope they do, just so I can put it side by side with their previous public display of bragging about outselling their competition.

Their problem is that there are no good games for Kinect to justify it being forced on consumers. It's a gimmick that everyone except apparently microsoft has seen through. What is really sad though, is that like Nintendo and unlike Sony its microsofts much needed attempt to really make their console more then a midrange PC (Except of course with it being completely corporately controlled from top to bottom.). Beyond just never ever entertaining the notion of the build in DRM, they should never allowed any Kinect games that could not absolutely prove the viability of the Kinect as a gaming device, hell even if it meant they had to give money to a developer themselves to make sure the game worked exactly as advertised. I mean I cannot think of a Kinect or PS move game that didn't get completely laid into by critics, the best example I can think of is the Star Wars game, but then that caused those silly fanboys to, for the thousandth time, gnash their teeth and cry about how Star Wars is over exploited.

BrotherRool:
I find the news about CoD: Ghosts really interesting. It's bundled on both consoles right? So it's fascinating how two nearly identical consoles, which were also identical in the previous generation, still have a genuine culture divide. The Xbox is still the console for hardcore shooter fans and the PS4 goes for more offbeat, often story-focused, directions.

Microsoft has CoD gamers under the spell. 5 people I work with (in their 30's or older) play Ghosts, and have played every single iteration of the CoD series on Xbox 360 since CoD4.

They were CLOSE to abandoning the Xbox during the E3 debacle, but now they've suddenly forgotten about all of that and are going to buy the Xbone "Because that's what everyone else is getting".

If you've played CoD together for the past however many years, you're probably not going to want to lose those friends by switching to a new console. Which sucks in my opinion, because I bought a used Xbox 360 to play with them this year (just cause they kept bugging me to) and I am NOT buying an Xbone, so even though I really enjoy playing with them, that's coming to an end.

My suspicions about Xbox were correct all along. I bought a PS3 the year after they first came out and people have always been saying I was stupid for getting it and should have bought a 360 instead.

BS. My PS3 is the better system. It looks nicer, it's made with better quality, the graphics are better, the exclusives are better, and even though PSN isn't quite as streamlined as XBL, it's just as functional.

My Xbox on the other hand has been nothing but trouble. Yeah, it's used, so I can let some things slide... but XBL has dropped my subscription twice now, requiring me to either fight with customer service to get it restored or pay for the same freaking thing over again (won't ever do it again). Signing up was a disaster in the first place because it couldn't decipher my Windows Live account from my XBL account, even though they were SUPPOSED to be the same thing. It auto-purchased the Season Pass for CoD Ghosts when I went in to view payment options without even a confirmation prompt. It logs me out randomly for no reason.

I've NEVER had any of those issues with PSN or my PS3.

Never again.

I think the large leap has mostly to do with that supply is gradually starting to catch up. Besides a bump in Xbone from potential Titanfall sales, I think this gap is only going to get worse.

The problem I have with it is that I own a PS4. If they're winning, they might think they can rest on their laurels. They need to pump WAY more work into getting some games developed. I downloaded a game I had no interest in (Don't Starve) just because it was free and I don't really have any other options (btw - despite me having no interest, I did enjoy it quite a lot).

Well, I sure am glad I picked Sony for this generation, it sounds like its servers are going to be a lot fuller than Microsoft's. Too bad I lost all my Xbox friends in the switch. I hadn't been keeping up with many of them, so now even if they're also playing PS4 I have no idea what their names are.

When I've thought about if I should buy a new system or not most of what I think about with the X-Box One are negative things. Do I really want to pay more for X-Box than the Playstation? Do I really want to deal with the Kinect, because it kind of sounds like if in ye olde gaming days if you were forced to use the Power Glove? Ouch and do I really want to pay extra to play against other people when I could play against other people on the PC games for free?

X-Box needs more positives to pop to mind than negatives.

The PS4 pretty much trumps the Xbox one in just about every respect except maybe television integration. They are also starting to hurt themselves in the enterprise areas as well.

blalien:
This really surprises me. The games list for both consoles is nearly the same, and I don't think either console has anything that really sets it above the other at this point. I only reason I can see the PS4 doing that well is the blowback from the Xbone originally having online DRM.

The PS4 is more powerful, has a better interface, looks better, is waaaaaay smaller, has the better controller, has a better online subscription model and services setup, PS4 versions of games run better than their Xbone counterparts, the Xbone costs $100 more and comes with a stupid camera that doesn't really work and no one wants.

Basically there's nothing BUT reasons to get a PS4 over an Xbone.

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