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The Xbox One has outsold the PlayStation 4 in the US for three months in a row. This may not seem like much to write home about, but it should give Microsoft a huge boost in morale as we head into the holidays. And, as a bonus, Xbox One owners get to claim a small victory over their PlayStation 4-owning friends. Who have a tendency to be a little smug at times.
Ever since the current console generation kicked off in 2013, the Xbox One has been struggling to keep up with the PlayStation 4. Not in terms of games, graphics, or any of the other important stuff, but purely in terms of sales. The PS4 has been killing it, and Sony has built up a massive lead over Microsoft and Nintendo.
However, according to the latest sales figures from the NPD Group, the Xbox One has outsold the PlayStation 4 through July, August, and September. The report will not be released to the public until next week, but Aaron Greenberg, Microsoft’s Head of Xbox Games Marketing, couldn’t resist tweeting out the news early.
— Aaron Greenberg (@aarongreenberg) October 14, 2016
As Greenberg notes, this is the first time in this generation that Xbox has managed to secure the top spot for three months in a row. This uptick in sales coincides with the release of the Xbox One S and Microsoft cutting the price of the standard console.
Why Should I Care About Any of This?
You may be asking yourself, “Why should I care about any of this?” Put simply, it’s because the fate of your favorite games console is governed by how many people own one. Poor hardware sales killed the Sega Dreamcast well before its time. And while no one is suggesting the Xbox One was in any danger of being killed off, there’s definitely safety in numbers.
According to VGChartz, at the time of writing Sony has sold 43.4 million PlayStation 4 consoles, Microsoft has sold 22.3 million Xbox One consoles, and Nintendo has sold 13.3 million Wii U consoles. So, the Xbox One is still a long way behind the PlayStation 4, but this is the first sign it could be catching up.
Which current-gen games console do you own at the moment? Are you at all bothered by how well your favorite console is selling? What should Microsoft do to continue this trend beyond three months? Please let us know in the comments below!
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