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The Xbox One Is Slowly Catching Up With the PS4

Dave Parrack 14-10-2016

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 Microsoft Xbox One Review And Giveaway The console wars are officially raging, and we've had sufficient time with both of them. That begs the question: how does the Xbox One compare? Read More has been struggling to keep up with the PlayStation 4 Sony PlayStation 4 Review And Giveaway Ladies and gentlemen, the next generation of video game consoles is here, with the Sony PlayStation 4! Read More . 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.

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 6 Dreamcast Games That Stand The Test Of Time [MUO Gaming] In many ways the Dreamcast is the forgotten console in video games history. It didn't sell well, it didn't stick around long, and it never quite lived up to its early promise. However, those who... Read More 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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  1. Reeze
    July 15, 2017 at 9:53 am

    I was really excited when I first heard about Project Scorpio. At that time, I had just bought an Xbox One S. The taq 'the most powerful gaming console ever built' or something like that was really a genius way to spread a rumor. Eveybody start to talk about project scorpio and what it can do and how well it will defeat its main Rival PS4 pro in the world of gaming console. Ok so it was revealed last month and project scorpio now is known as Xbox One X. Major improve in term of specs when compared with One S and it is the only gaming console on earth that can play games in native 4K. Whats the big deal about 4K ? Dont you think that VR is supposed to be the next big thing and should be the main concern for all gamers ? And why the hell on earth Microsoft decided to waste all the superpower the xbox one X has only with 4K ability when they can make the console support for VR as well ? When I heard there will be no VR support for one X , I was disappointed. Only after so much attachment with xbox I come to realise that me and Sony have the same wavelength. PS4 pro don't really see 4k as a major trigger to the future of console gaming instead they believe it's the VR that will lead the future. I think for Sony, they want to reserve the 4K thing to their own dedicated blue ray player for viewing movies and tv. While Microsoft now is celebrating their bogus achievement with xbox one X, Sony now could be in the lab building the next Playstation that can support VR to the MAX.

  2. Terry
    October 15, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    The X Box One S is a smart move by Microsoft. Those who want the future of 4K Blue-ray playback will choose the X Box One S over the Playstation 4 since for some reason Sony the inventor (along with Pioneer and Philips) of Blue-ray, has so far chosen to not use the new 4K blue-ray in their newer Playstation 4's. And those who do not care about the 4K will save dollars by buying the older X Box One's. Sony has I believe underestimated the need/want for a physical 4k disc drive which is surprising seeing as they nailed it with their first DVD drive PlayStation 2! What were they smoking when they decided to play it cheap and not include a $4K Blur-ray drive in their newest PS4?
    I own and use a PS3, both my 20 something daughter and son own PS4's. They really like the Playstation Plus top notch free games etc. but would think twice about getting a new console without the new 4K drive.
    I use the PS3 mainly for Blue-ray movie watching and Netflix. If it broke I would look at the X Box One S first and probably not even consider the PS4 unless it was very much less expensive than the X Box One S. Or I might just buy a smart Blue-ray player for now and wait till Sony smartens up!
    Sony has a record of many smart choices, however, they also have several epic fails! Remember consumer Beta video cassettes?

  3. Dan
    October 15, 2016 at 10:41 am

    Good for XBone and its users. I don't have a horse in this race (PC master race) but I would like all consoles to at least make a profit. I cut my teeth playing on an Atari console so I have a soft spot for these purpose-built machine. There's enough gamers for all of them.

  4. James Bruce
    October 15, 2016 at 8:32 am

    This won't last. With the PSVR out now, I predict we'll get a huge resurgence of PS sales this month and in the lead up to Xmas, while Xbox still has no confirmed plans for a VR device of any sort.

    What I find most ironic is when Oculus partnered with Microsoft, and they made a big song and dance about being able to play your Xbox one games on the Oculus Rift (albeit in 2D, and through a Windows 10 computer in the middle). Now it turns out you can play your Xbox One games on PSVR too ;)

    • Terry
      October 15, 2016 at 2:32 pm

      If Sony had included a 4K Blue-ray player they would be unstoppable! Without it both consoles will do well I suspect. I prefer the PS ecosystem however Microsoft has learned a lot from handing Sony the gift they did when the X Box One was introduced with all those dumb restrictions that Microsoft was forced to back away from.
      Time will tell, VR is cool but quite fragmented at present and in it's infancy. The price of admission is high for such early tech.

  5. Xed
    October 15, 2016 at 7:01 am

    only reason why ps4 is selling better is ecoterrorism
    Microsoft is US company so it needs to meet US green standards, it eats less electrical energy but with bad performance, so people who don't care about Earth buy PS4 for more fps

    • Moon
      October 15, 2016 at 10:22 am