Sony's PS4 Outsells Microsoft's Xbox One for February
March 14, 2014 12:36 PM
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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.
, 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.
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
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.
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Why does one console have to "win"?
3/14/2014 5:29:40 PM
As far as I'm concerned the sales numbers are pretty close especially considering the xbox one is $100 more. Look at how much better both consoles are selling compared the Wii U, and that's been out for an extra year. I'm interested to see what would happen if Microsoft dropped the price to match that of the PS4.
Still, why does it matter which console has the most sales? Do people really think one will drop out of the race if the sales figures aren't high enough? The only console that might happen to is the Wii U, but even then I think Nintendo will hold out as long as they can.
The xbox360 was the clear winner of the last generation, especially since it came out earlier and was about $200 cheaper than the PS3. Sony narrowed the gap though by reducing the price and by the end of it's run it had some very good exclusives. Sony didn't drop out then and there is no way Microsoft would drop out now, even if their sales were much worse than they actually are. Both companies have too much invested.
Bottom line is, who cares which console wins? Both consoles will probably get the majority of the same games with each getting some exclusives. I'm waiting for the prices to drop and more games to come out before I pick up one of the other, but I'm definitely waiting to see what Microsoft does with the multimedia aspect of their console. The xbox360 has seen major software improvements over the years but the PS3, not so much.
Either way I will probably get both consoles eventually, just as I have both the xbox360 and the ps3 now.
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