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Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo all had a relatively good month, all things said, though

After dropping the previously required "always-on" Kinect 2 sensor, Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) managed to create a new Xbox One SKU at $100 USD less than the original price ($499 USD).  Importantly, the Kinect-free Xbox One SKU now costs the same amount as a Sony Corp. (TYO:6758) PlayStation 4, which previous enjoyed the price edge.

The strategy paid off; Microsoft in June doubled its sales from May.  But just two days after crowing about its turnaround, Microsoft still finds itself behind Sony.

The NPD Group  -- a top market research firm -- has just released its June sales numbers.  And it turns out that despite doubling its sales, it still was outsold by the PS4 in June.  Overall hardware sales were up 200 percent month-to-month, according to the NPD.  That indicates that the PS4 posted a nice sales speedup of its own, and even Nintendo Comp., Ltd. (TYO:7974) got in on the action.

Nintendo's Mario Kart 8 seized second place on the software sales charts, with 470k physical and digital copies.  That brings its total haul to 1.67m, if you consider console bundles, or 885k if you consider individual digital and physical SKUs only.  That hints that in May and June Nintendo sold roughly 800,000 consoles in May and June -- or roughly 400,000 a month.  If accurate, that's a big story of its own as it marks a dramatic recovery for the struggling console.  

Nintendo's social gaming title for the 3DS, Tomodachi Life, debuted in 7th place after making its long await U.S. debut (and despite controversy around Nintendo's refusal to support same sex relationships in the current version)


The two titles were the only single-platform titles to make the top 10, hinting that Nintendo is seeing strong payoff on the software side for the Wii U console.  Nintendo of America sales and marketing VP Scott Moffitt cheered:

These results reinforce the power of the Mario Kart franchise and speak to a bright future for the Wii U platform.  History has shown that Mario Kart games tend to have an extremely long tail. We fully expect Mario Kart 8 to continue to drive momentum for our hardware and software business through the holidays and into the foreseeable future.

With new Smash Brothers, Metroid, Zelda, Mario, and Donkey Kong titles on the horizon, Nintendo could be poised for a watershed few quarters when that software lands.

And in first place, yet again, was WatchDogs, the blockbuster techno-thriller from France's Ubisoft Entertainment SA (EPA:UBI).  With 8 million copies sold, the open-world cyberpunk hacking action-RPG sensation almost single-handedly propelled Ubisoft past its arch-rival Electronic Arts, Inc. (EA), for the title of the world's largest game publisher.


Also of interest was Minecraft's ability to cling to the #3 spot on the game sales charts despite only being available for last generation's Microsoft Xbox 360 and Sony PlayStation 3.

While Sony's sales win may be a blow to Microsoft's pride and bragging rights, it's increasingly looking like both it and Sony are enjoy a terrific generation of consoles.  NPD analyst Liam Callahan commented:

The 106 percent increase in hardware sales versus June 2013 was lifted entirely by console hardware sales, which were up by over 200 percent.  The strong sales performance of console hardware helped to offset the declines seen in portable hardware.  Combined sales of Xbox One and PS4 are over 80 percent higher than the combined totals for Xbox 360 and PS3 – an indication of the strength of the start of this new console generation.

Evidence is strong that Nintendo, too, is enjoying this fertile era of gaming.  And that means this generation of consoles is one of the only ones to feature three viable contenders and no market casualties.

Sources: NPD Group, via VentureBeat

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What a disaster
By StrangerGuy on 7/18/2014 9:04:25 PM , Rating: 1
MS is already losing it big in by far their strongest market. In places like China the PS4 is outselling the Bone by at least 10:1 or ~5:1 in Europe.

RE: What a disaster
By Samus on 7/19/2014 12:00:51 AM , Rating: 2
Got any data for that, because last I checked the XBOX was only a million units behind the PS4 in world-wide sales. That's make your ratio's in China and Europe more like 2:1.

RE: What a disaster
By Samus on 7/19/2014 12:09:36 AM , Rating: 1
I just looked up on NPD that the PS4 has sold a little over 3 million units than XBOX in world-wide sales as of May, which doesn't account for the increase in sales XBOX has had for non-Kinect bundles. Current estimates peg total sales at 9.1 million for PS4 and 5.7 million for XBOX One, with level sales increase across markets.

The PS4 is only 1 million units ahead of XBOX in the USA, making it about 2.3 million units ahead in external markets like China and Europe with all gaps closing. 10:1 or even 5:1 would be a ridiculous number when its really less than 2:1 in all markets.

RE: What a disaster
By Lerianis on 7/19/14, Rating: 0
RE: What a disaster
By Alexvrb on 7/20/2014 11:38:14 PM , Rating: 2
What they were proposing wasn't really any different from the ever-popular Steam platform on PC. Anyway, since it never actually came to fruition, I don't think it really hurt them all that much. The ones who complained the loudest weren't going to buy one anyway, they just wanted something to beat up the "other team" with. No sir, the single biggest factor since launch has been pricing.

Personally I won't buy either until the price becomes more compelling or they get decent cloud-based backwards compatibility up and running.

RE: What a disaster
By testbug00 on 7/19/2014 1:11:30 AM , Rating: 3
When Sony announced over 7 million sales TO CONSUMERS MS announced 5 million shipped to retailers.

The gap has only grown. It is at least 3 million, likely closer to 4-5 million.

Or, the PS4 has sold between 50 and 100% more than the Xbox One TO CONSUMERS.

RE: What a disaster
By StrangerGuy on 7/19/2014 8:27:07 AM , Rating: 2
Yup, the Xbone was doing so hot that this happened back in April:

Fantastic sales of Diskinect Xbone on Amazon US! At #57 place, surely they can catch up with the PS4 and the totally optional PS4 camera that has perpetually hovered around top 10 spots. Did somebody from MS dared said "worldwide" yet?

I don't own either...
By MrBlastman on 7/18/2014 1:02:50 PM , Rating: 2
But I'm pissed at Sony for making the next From Software game a PS4 exclusive. Give us a PC release of the next 'Souls spinoff, darnit!

RE: I don't own either...
By nikon133 on 7/20/2014 7:59:09 PM , Rating: 2
You should be pissed off at MS for not supporting PC gaming more... in fact they were/are making their own franchises exclusive on Xbox, completely orphaning gaming on Windows.

Why would Sony care more about PC gaming? They don't even make PCs any more.

MS has more than enough money to counter Sony's offer with something like "we will pay you more if you make game multiplatform of MS multiplatform (Xbox/PC)". But they haven't done much of that recently, save for TitanFall. All the other exclusives they do are for Xbox, and PC gaming is left to care for itself.

RE: I don't own either...
By HomerTNachoCheese on 7/21/2014 10:22:16 AM , Rating: 2
What pisses me off is the add-ons and their availability/price for the consoles.

PCs generally have higher availability and 3rd-party add-ons, plus fan mods. The console storefront generally has less. For add-ons that can be purchased retail/online, many times those channels cost less than directly through the console - whether comparing prices with PC vs console (any channel) or console storefront vs retail.

With less games being developed for PC, and the trend for game companies to sell their add-ons for more profit (F-you, EA), games just end up costing more.

RE: I don't own either...
By MrBlastman on 7/21/2014 11:51:06 AM , Rating: 2
Well that's the thing, PCs don't need the support of consoles to survive and prosper as a gaming platform. The amount of mods and user-created content can keep old games alive for decades with constant improvements. We're fine, we have our own niche, but sometimes something brilliant comes out on a console (Dark Souls/Demon Souls series) and we enjoy playing it despite its roots.

We game to game. It isn't about what or where it is, it is all about how good the game is. PC/Console alike, we all can agree that they've been dumbed down so much it is sickening and you must cherish throwbacks to the days of skill like a sacred ankh or relic of yore that has been re-incarnated in something magnificently stupendous.

RE: I don't own either...
By nikon133 on 7/21/2014 5:40:54 PM , Rating: 2
I agree with most you said, but my point remains: I cannot hold grudge against Sony for trying to make games exclusive (thus they do not appear on PC, in a process), when Microsoft is doing the same with their own games - and I would think that MS should have much more reasoning to keep gaming on PC live and well.

I like to think that, to some part at least, reason of Windows popularity at homes is due to good gaming options available. Can't say how universal this is, but much as I am concerned, I could easily replace my home PC with Mac if there were no games involved; most if not all applications I use are available on both platforms.

I enjoy building my home PC, but that is also due to gaming. Why would I care about graphics and sound cards, power supply, aftermarket cooling without having goal to make my PC gaming worthy? Any desktop with integrated graphics and audio would do, as long as CPU is worthy and there's enough RAM and storage for my needs. And then... if my base PC is not Windows, there are less reasons for my laptop and/or tablet to be Windows too. That's my theory at least. I might be very wrong, but as it is, I think MS is potentially doing more damage by ignoring Windows gaming, that they have benefits by pushing Xbox gaming.

Or, this. Halo Collection is coming to XBO. Games are done in their original engines, thus they are not re-mastered, HD-treated... just ported. Now I'm thinking; considering current gen situation, it is reasonable guess that more X360 users moved to PS4, than PS3 users moved to XBO. Loyal Xbox users have already played most if not all Halo games, many of them still have them with previous Xbox consoles. I don't see that this collection will push XBO sales significantly. New Halo, sure - but this? Not sure. I think releasing Halo Collection on PC would be much more profitable move. Huge user base, no Halo games for ages, no saturation. I know I'd buy them for my PC.

Watch Dogs
By FITCamaro on 7/18/2014 3:32:58 PM , Rating: 2
Glad I got my money back for it considering the sound still doesn't work on my computer since there is a known bug that causes Dolby Digital not work with the game. And my headset only takes Dolby Digital input. 2 months later and still no patch for that.

RE: Watch Dogs
By ianweck on 7/19/2014 12:11:00 AM , Rating: 1
PC Master race. As long as you don't need sound.

RE: Watch Dogs
By Piiman on 7/19/2014 1:13:58 PM , Rating: 2
dumbest replay ever!

RE: Watch Dogs
By atechfan on 7/20/2014 6:38:53 PM , Rating: 3
Watchdogs looks to be pretty disappointing considering the hype. If that is "next gen" I'm not sorry I have skipped both Xbox One and PS4 so far.

RE: Watch Dogs
By retrospooty on 7/21/2014 8:40:51 AM , Rating: 2
Sounds like your problem is you considered the hype.

By brshoemak on 7/18/2014 4:47:46 PM , Rating: 4
It's just like racing, where regardless of how you perform it's hard to catch up when you're way too slow out the gate.

I don't have loyalty to any side, nor do I own either of the consoles, but I hope that the Xbox does well if for no other reason than to ensure future hardware from Microsoft and thus keep more choice in the marketplace.

I own both
By dxf2891 on 7/21/2014 4:50:18 PM , Rating: 2
I am currently playing the Destiny Beta on the PS4, but will probably by Destiny for the XBox One. This will tell me what I need to know as this game is possibly my favorite game on either of the next gen systems.

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