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Sony won by nearly 30,000 sales

Sony's PlayStation 4 pulled out another monthy sales win over Microsoft's Xbox One, although the gap is starting to narrow. 
According to Xbox Wire, Microsoft sold 258,000 Xbox One consoles for the month of February. However, Sony sold around 287,000 PlayStation 4s according to market researchers NPD Group. 
Overall hardware sales rose 42 percent year over year and 44 percent month over month. The top-selling games for February were "Call of Duty: Ghosts," "The Lego Movie Videogame," "NBA 2K14," "Thief" and "Grand Theft Auto V."
The PS4 ended up outselling the Xbox One in January as well, where journalist Geoff Keighley -- who spoke with PlayStation SVP Guy Longworth -- said PS4 sales in January nearly doubled the "nearest next gen competitor," which points to the Xbox One. 

[SOURCE: voltmag]

But the Xbox One was December 2013's winner with 908,000 consoles sold.

In mid-February, it was reported that Sony had sold 5.3 million PS4s globally since launch.

Sales of both consoles are being watched very closely, since many believe the months after the holiday season are more telling of which console wins the race rather than the November-December period, when everyone is spending anyway. 

Both Microsoft and Sony released their respective consoles a week apart in November 2013, just in time for the holiday season. 

Source: Xbox Wire

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By Flunk on 3/14/2014 12:45:39 PM , Rating: 4
I wonder if this is purely based on supply, the PS4 is pretty scarce right now. Sony seems to have diverted a lot of stock for the Japanese PS4 launch.

RE: Supply
By gamerk2 on 3/14/2014 1:11:34 PM , Rating: 3
Yeah, PS4 is supply constrained, the XB1 isn't. So Sony's numbers will likely increase the gap again once the PS4 launch in Japan starts to pass.

Also, remember the Titanfall effect; the March/April numbers will be interesting to compare to May/June later this year.

RE: Supply
By TheDoc9 on 3/14/2014 2:07:36 PM , Rating: 2
I don't get Titanfall, it seems like one of those games people get behind because of a lack of options. It frankly reminds me of Unreal Tournament 10 years ago, and I know it won't be half as fun because it's on a console.

I'm sure it will be good and I would probably get it if I had an xbone. I'm liking the Indie games on the ps4 lately.

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By wallijonn on 3/14/2014 5:34:09 PM , Rating: 3
I don't get Titanfall...

"EA". That's all I need to know. Sim City EA. Battlefield 4 EA.

Even if I had an XB1 I wouldn't get it. But that's just me...

Yeah, reviews are nice. Let's wait and see if the EA servers go down, if they start banning accounts, see if save data gets corrupted, see if there's game killing glitches, etc.

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By althaz on 3/16/2014 10:46:25 PM , Rating: 4
EA don't make Titanfall. In fact they don't have anything to do with Titanfall, other than distributing physical copies to store and having exclusive rights to it on Origin.

They were not involved in the development of the engine (Valve) or the game (all Respawn) and they aren't (thank god) involved in the server back-end (all Azure for XB1 and PC).

The problems with Battlefield, Sim City, etc were all EA - EA handled the online, their teams (Dice and Maxis are owned by EA) handled development and they used their own in-house (seemingly broken) game engines. I wouldn't buy an EA game near release in the near future, but Titanfall is NOT an EA game, it's a game published and distributed by EA.

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By Alexvrb on 3/14/2014 8:27:37 PM , Rating: 1
It's on PC too. I've heard positive things for the most part, from those who are playing it. Outside of PC gaming, it's a positive for XB1.

But the main thing the XB1 needs is a price cut. Wouldn't hurt to have a white variant and models with a larger HDD at the current price point, plus full external drive support (so I can hook up a multi-TB WD Black/Purple drive in an external enclosure). I hope Elop wakes up and smells the coffee.

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By eek2121 on 3/16/2014 12:21:47 AM , Rating: 2
Nah, i actually like Titanfall. I also liked modern warfare 2 (but not later call of duty games) That being said, i didn't buy it on the XBone. I bought it for PC. I have a 360, but that is the last microsoft console i'll ever own. I also almost bought a PS4, but cancelled it due to lack of quality launch titles. Sadly, when i visit the various walmarts, etc. i can find plenty of xbox ones, but no PS4s. WTF is sony doing?

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By Reclaimer77 on 3/14/2014 2:20:19 PM , Rating: 2
Titanfall isn't the game changer people make it out to be. Most people aren't going to shell out over $500 to play a game on a system they didn't want beforehand.

RE: Supply
By retrospooty on 3/14/2014 3:57:47 PM , Rating: 2
Yup.. I want Titanfall bad, but not bad enough to buy an XBO. I will wait. Respawn has already announced the next one will be available on PS4.

RE: Supply
By Digimonkey on 3/14/2014 4:21:56 PM , Rating: 2
It is out for PC as well.

RE: Supply
By inighthawki on 3/14/2014 4:22:13 PM , Rating: 2
Get it for PC ;)

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By retrospooty on 3/14/2014 7:36:20 PM , Rating: 2
I know, but I have really become accustomed to gaming on hte PS4... It's the controller that wins it. That and I have had a PS3 for gaming for sevearl years and havent upgraded my video card... I know, I know, PC master race. I have been gaming on PC since Doom, upgrading constantly, to the point even I thought I had issues. I am over it.

RE: Supply
By inighthawki on 3/14/2014 10:41:57 PM , Rating: 3
That's reasonable. It gets expensive to maintain a PC with good enough specs to run the games at quality settings. I am a bit surprised though that the controller, of all things, was what won it out for you. You prefer it over a mouse and keyboard?

RE: Supply
By retrospooty on 3/15/2014 8:37:55 AM , Rating: 2
It wasnt the cost, it was mostly the time and effort, and I was obsessive about it. If I could get it all back, I would want my time, not the cash LOL.

The controller, the comfort, and the fact that it is standardized among games is a big part too, but if something like this were standardized on PC it would go a long way for me anyhow. It looks nice.

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By Piiman on 3/15/2014 2:04:13 PM , Rating: 2
It doesn't take what it used to since most games are ports from consoles a good system last a lot longer these days. I mid level video card and CPU is all you need.

RE: Supply
By TakinYourPoints on 3/16/2014 9:44:05 PM , Rating: 2
Capable gaming PCs are cheaper than they've ever been. Even with a low $500 budget, all-in on everything, you can put together a very good and small mATX system with a GTX 750 Ti that will run nearly everything well. Bump up another $200-$300 towards the GPU and an SSD and its even better.

1080p gaming is very achievable with a budget these days. What will demand an increase in your budget are things like 1440p or multi-monitor gaming, or large SSD storage. The last thing is becoming less of an issue now that SSDs have come down to around $.50 per GB. 1440p+ is an unavoidable strain on performance that demands lots of graphics horsepower. Its the only reason I'm SLI right now, otherwise a mid-range card would be perfect.

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By TakinYourPoints on 3/16/2014 6:24:19 PM , Rating: 2
That really surprised me. I can't imagine playing this game on a controller. Being able to whip-turn in this game is so important, not just for aiming but also for triangle jumping to scale parallel walls of buildings, traversing areas, etc etc.

The way you can move in this game is so important, and being able to turn faster with a mouse than with a gamepad is a huge advantage. This is all before we get into how much better mouse and keyboard is for any other shooter anyways. The movement and traversal options make it that much better in Titanfall.

RE: Supply
By TakinYourPoints on 3/16/2014 6:19:21 PM , Rating: 3
Play it on the PC you wuss, best FPS in the last ten years. Insanely fast and fun.

RE: Supply
By retrospooty on 3/17/2014 8:45:09 AM , Rating: 2
Ya, I probably will. It's way too tempting and I dont do "tempting" well. I love that style of gameplay. Not the mech part, but the fast paced jumping from wall to wall and over things while not in a mech looks like a blast.

RE: Supply
By BZDTemp on 3/17/2014 11:14:37 AM , Rating: 3
Are you saying you prefer a controller vs. mouse+keyboard?

It is of course totally up to you, but I'm surprised if I understand you right. Even auto-aim and all the other aids build into console fps games I have not been able to move past feeling dragged down on a console.

To me the only thing that saves FPS games on the console is that everyone is in the same boat, which is also why the few experiments that have been made letting PC gamers and console gamers share the same server has not made it into customers.

RE: Supply
By atechfan on 3/14/2014 4:32:19 PM , Rating: 2
I wasn't terribly impressed, but it is getting rave reviews on pretty much every gaming site. I think you'll be surprised at the sales.

RE: Supply
By thermopyle2 on 3/14/2014 5:59:47 PM , Rating: 3
Rave reviews? It's got a Metacritic of 8.6. The user rating is 62. Those are not rave reviews at all.

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By atechfan on 3/16/2014 12:05:21 PM , Rating: 2
Polygon – 9/10
Videogamer – 8/10
Xbox Achievements – 90/100
NowGamer – 9/10
CVG – 9/10
Gamespot – 9/10
Joystiq – 4.5/5
IGN – 8.9/10Mirror UK 4/5
EGN- 10/10

Yes, those sound like rave review numbers.

RE: Supply
By retrospooty on 3/17/2014 2:59:42 PM , Rating: 1
And to add to it, most of these game reviewers are like movie critics. They do it constantly and are very jaded. 8 to 9 of 10 is extremely good for that group.

RE: Supply
By Reclaimer77 on 3/15/2014 10:30:19 AM , Rating: 2
It's Call of Duty with 'mechs. Meh I'll pass.

Oh and I thought EA was the devil on Daily Tech? Suddenly an EA game is going to lift the turd known as the XBone past the PS4?

RE: Supply
By atechfan on 3/16/2014 12:01:21 PM , Rating: 2
I agree about Titanfall, but that doesn't change the fact that it has a very positive buzz right now.

It must really hurt your little anti-MS crusade to have the sales numbers for the two consoles so close in Feb. For a turd, it is selling pretty well. Or are you going to try to make excuses like others on this thread have. Just because the PS4 is selling way above even Sony's expectations doesn't mean the Xbox One isn't selling great as well.

RE: Supply
By Reclaimer77 on 3/16/2014 6:54:51 PM , Rating: 2
anti-MS crusade?

Oh come now.

Yes the Xbox is selling better, thanks to the fastest price drop in console history, but it's still not even close to total PS4 units.

I'm not buying either console, I don't have a horse in this race. I just want to make sure Microsoft learned their lesson, and that it was NOT cool what they wanted to do with the Xbox. Not cool at all.

The Xbox has always attracted the lowest common denominator when it comes to gaming. Comically large dudes with an IQ of 40 chainsawing aliens to death in an ara of high-tech projectile weapons, that sort of rubbish. So I'm sure Titanfall will do well.

RE: Supply
By atechfan on 3/16/2014 7:18:30 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, Gears was a pretty stupid game. But you could make pretty much the same complaint with the Final Fantasy series. Effeminate spiky-haired guys swinging comically huge swords in an era of projectile weapons.

Judging a whole gaming system based on one game is pretty short-sighted.

RE: Supply
By atechfan on 3/16/2014 12:09:55 PM , Rating: 2
The PS4 isn't selling that great in Japan. The first 3 weeks put sales below 400k, which is significantly worse than what the Wii U sold in the 3 weeks after its' Japanese launch. I'm just as surprised as the next guy. I thought the PS4 sales in Japan would exceed the launch sales in the US, but they haven't come close.

RE: Supply
By Reclaimer77 on 3/16/2014 12:17:16 PM , Rating: 2
Every PS4 Sony can manage to sell in Japan is being bought out, I think that's pretty good.

The Wii didn't have such supply issues.

RE: Supply
By melgross on 3/17/2014 12:12:11 PM , Rating: 2
How could it exceed the sales in the USA? We've got about 330 million people here, and they've got 128 million there.

The only way I could see that happening is if it were pretty unpopular here, and pretty popular there.

RE: Supply
By EasyC on 3/14/2014 7:43:08 PM , Rating: 1
Really? I can easily go buy one right now....

I do find this interesting. Even Titanfall couldn't bring the xbone over the PS4?

RE: Supply
By Mint on 3/15/2014 6:29:28 AM , Rating: 2
Titanfall was released on March 11. This article is about February sales.

I do agree with you about the oddness of supply issue claims, particularly with industry sales so much lower in Jan/Feb than the rest of the year.

"Well, we didn't have anyone in line that got shot waiting for our system." -- Nintendo of America Vice President Perrin Kaplan
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