PlayStation 4 Beats Xbox One Again as Best-Selling Hardware Platform in US Through February – Xbox One Sales See About 50% Increase
Just a quick check up on the console retail market, and yes, this time again after ranking number 1 on the sales charts in January, PlayStation 4 has topped the list as the highest selling video game console in a single month, thrashing the Xbox One by selling more units in the United States throughout the month of February 2016, as well as by becoming “the software sales leader.” Xbox One is making progress as well, and saw a 49% increase in sales compared to February 2015.
PlayStation 4 is the Top-Selling Video Game Console of the Year so Far in the US – Xbox One Sales See 49% Increase Compared to February 2015
Ahead of the overall sales report from industry-tracking firm the NPD Group, Sony recently announced that its eighth-generation PlayStation 4 console was the “top-selling hardware platform” in the United States in February, making it the second month at number 1 position to start the year. According to previous reports, PlayStation 4 had sold nearly 36 million units as of January 2016. In this latest report, however, actual sales numbers were not shared. That is not all; PlayStation 4 was also “the software sales leader in February,” selling more games than any other system. The official statement (via GameSpot) from Sony says:
“We would like to thank our fans and partners for making PlayStation 4 the top-selling hardware platform and the software sales leader in February, according to NPD. We continued to see strong year-over-year sales growth for PS4 hardware and software and are truly humbled by the support and enthusiasm from gamers. We will continue to deliver amazing gaming experiences with the upcoming launches of Ratchet and Clank, MLB The Show 16 and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.”
Following Sony’s lead on the hardware sales charts with its Xbox One console for the ninth time in ten months, Microsoft also released an official statement covering the month of February 2016 in terms of how its eighth-generation console sales have progressed compared to the same month last year. The platform holder stated that compared to February 2015, the console has seen a 49 percent increase in terms of sales, and the total hours spent playing games on Xbox One have risen by 93 percent.
In addition to official statements from Sony and Microsoft, the NPD Group also rolled out its detailed report for the month of February, suggesting a different story. According to the report, hardware sales across the industry are down by 23 percent to $292.3 million, compared to $378.2 million for February 2015. For complete report, check out this page.