Sony PS4 Continues To Outsell Xbox One In The US, Now Six Months In A Row

For the sixth straight month, Sony’s PlayStation 4 has beat Xbox One in sales in the US. Even the doubling of console sales was not enough for Microsoft to catch up with PS4 which shows that Xbox One sales were really bad in the month of May. Despite having a solid platform for both games and entertainment apps, Microsoft’s console sales is not up to the mark due to unfocused marketing team. The total sales of consoles and portables combined was $736.4 million, up 24 percent from $593.5 million in sales during the same period last year. Also, combined sales of Xbox One and PS4 are over 80 percent higher than the combined totals for Xbox 360 and PS3

“Sales of launch titles in June 2014 did not compare favorably to those launched in June 2013, which included the PS3 exclusive The Last of Us, along with Nintendo’s Animal Crossing: New Leaf, and a retail version of Minecraft for the Xbox 360,”

However, games sales were at $286.8 million, down 3 percent from $296.1 million YoY.

Top Selling Games:

1. Watch Dogs (PS4, 360, Xbox One, PS3, PC)
2. Mario Kart 8 (Wii U)
3. Minecraft (360, PS3)
4. UFC (PS4, Xbox One)
5. FIFA 14 (PS4, 360, Xbox One, PS3, Vita)
6. NBA 2K14 (360, PS3, PS4, Xbox One, PC)
7. Wolfenstein: The New Order (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, PC)
8. Call of Duty: Ghosts (360, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Wii U, PC)
9. Tomodachi Life (3DS)
10. Grand Theft Auto V (360, PS3)

Source: NPD

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  • saqrkh

    This is bittersweet for me.

    I love Microsoft and the Xbox One. It is a genuinely good platform in that it has great games and a good assortment of entertainment apps.

    However, the Xbox team was quite smug when it came to Windows Phone. Despite the immense potential found in the platform for mobile gaming and pushing Xbox services, the Xbox team snubbed it time and time again. I’d pin the death of Xbox Live gaming on WP to the Xbox team’s intransigence.

    Now they’re getting a little lesson. Here they have a good platform with loads of potential, but thanks to both their own mistakes and market behaviour, they’re getting snubbed.

    It’s time for Phil Spencer to walk the talk. It’s clear the Xbox team doesn’t have a handheld console in the works, and if they’re serious about gaming on mobile being a thing, they need to back Windows Phone in earnest.

    They need to bring AAA quality titles to the platform and work with the OS Engineering team to ensure that WP has what it takes to demonstrate high fidelity graphics, fluid gameplay and other key features.

    Xbox Live on WP might be dead, but that doesn’t mean a new Xbox program on WP couldn’t be developed. Perhaps it could be “Xbox on WP” whereby select Windows Phones (i.e. high-end devices with the requisite specs) have access to a catalogue of quality games. Maybe pair it with a free title a month to generate interest.

    • Avatar Roku

      Phil Spencer (Xbox head) still thinks it’s the year 2003. Don’t expect any support for mobile gaming from this guy. Mobile gaming is not an important thing in his outdated 2003 mind. However please look forward to a re-release of Xbox Original “Phantom Dust” and look for the exciting announcement of Xbox system-link play for Halo Master Chief Collection so you can play Halo 1 with friends on your LAN.

      • saqrkh

        You know, I developed a concept for this, but have had trouble translating it into a term. The concept is as follows, Microsoft’s strategists and upper-level managers live in delusion. Their world is some tra-la-la-la-land where people behave in a certain way that has little to no bearing on the reality, which is why they come up with ideas that don’t speak well to consumers.

        I once called it “Microsoft-logic”, but that implies there’s some sense to the madness and that Microsoft may have a point. Now I’m thinking, “the Narnia effect” or the “7 realms of Redmond.”
        Seriously, these people live on another planet in another dimension.

        To give an example.

        Here we have Xbox One, the one box for the living room and for everyone to use, be it for gaming, watching TV or whatever. OK.
        Now assume one’s parents, spouse or children decide to do something with the main TV (in which your X1 is hooked), e.g. watch TV. But at that time, you want to play Forza or Titanfall.

        What do you do?

        How on earth does Microsoft not have a solution for pushing one’s Xbox One games via WiFi direct to other devices, e.g. the tablet, the phone or even an Xbox Lite?

        On the note of an “Xbox Lite” … Here they are pushing this $499 beast to everyone, expecting that people outside of the hardcore gaming realm would put up with that investment in a market where general media boxes are $100.

        Sure, being marginally pricier is not a bad thing, especially if one were to give over the top added value that’s of use, but how can you leave such a huge gap beneath the $499 segment?

        If Microsoft were smart they would have also released a $199 Xbox Lite bundled with Kinect 2.0. Sure, this device wouldn’t be as powerful as the Xbox One, but it could still be good enough to run the media apps (and even Universal Apps) as well as play a lot of games (e.g. Gameloft’s mobile titles). Microsoft could have even worked on getting indie and smaller gaming studios to develop around Kinect with the casual gamer in mind.

        On top of that, a $100 variant of this could be sold with Xbox One users in mind, i.e. those of us who want to be able to play our X1 games in different rooms.

        • Not_true

          Xbox Lite? You mean the Xbox 360?

          • saqrkh

            Nope. The point behind my “Xbox Lite” idea was that in addition to being a lighter and cheaper Xbox, it should also be able to interact with the Xbox One in meaningful ways, e.g. streaming its games.

        • Mike

          Spot on in my opinion. Imagine it a small set top box with no need for dvd drive and all the horse power. Just all the media capabilities, Kinect voice controls, TV integration and gaming content from windows phone ports and others. Leave teh $499 box to the full gamers. They might still do this, but will it have been too late?

          • saqrkh

            Maybe, but if they release it alongside an “Xbox Online” that lets people stream Xbox, Xbox 360 and Windows 8/RT games, they might garner sufficient sales. If the price is low enough ($99 no Kinect, $199 with Kinect), I expect many will buy it, if only for the sake of accessing old Xbox games.

            Beyond that it’ll be tough competition against PS Vita TV. The Kinect might help draw in casual users provided they get the $199 price-point (Microsoft might try to play $299).

            Fighting Android TV is going to be a real pain in the butt as the OS will be part of many Smart TVs from the onset.

            The only way around it, maybe, would be to give OEMs a variation of the Windows/Xbox OS (that includes all Xbox services, the UI, etc), and that too for free.

            But if OEMs do pick up on this OS for Smart TVs, then those Smart TV users would only be $100 away from a full Xbox experience, they just need to buy the Kinect sensor.

        • CyberAngel

          Because in the current technology any projected display has hundreds of milliseconds of delay. Instead they’ll build the Threshold where “One App Runs on Them All”? How bad is that? Nobody – and I mean NOBODY else is doing the same!

          • saqrkh

            To be fair Sony is already working on streaming games from the PS4 to the PS Vita TV. It might not be great right now, but at least they have something out the door and will be able to harvest through the experience of tens of thousands of users over a couple of years.

            As for the “One App Runs on Them All”… From what we know thus far, it’s just a slogan. It could genuinely be a good in that there’s one app capable of adapting its UI to different device types.

          • CyberAngel

            The delays in the underlying technology will prevent gaming.

            The Developer still needs to deploy for the different UIs, but the business logic is the same WinRT for appx.

        • CyberAngel

          And I’d just buy a fifth TV….

  • borhan48

    I think its time microsoft should focus every country other than US, US is not a fan of microsoft i guess.

    • tkadrum

      You nailed it! The media are so anti MS, and have written negative articles about everything from Windows Phone, Windows oS, Surface line, Xbox One, etc.
      But MS has developed thick skin, they will come out stronger as the coming years.
      But in the meantime, focusing in the USA and overseas are a must!

      • Avatar Roku

        I’m beginning to turn into a MS hater too after all the 180 turns at Microsoft over the past 2 years, after all this shifting back and forth from focusing on consumers to focusing on enterprise.

        Windows 8 = all about consumers and apps. Surface = all about consumers and apps. Xbox One = all about interactive TV and apps.

        Windows 9 = all about enterprise and desktop. Surface Pro 3 = all about productivity and business. Xbox One = all about hardcore & indie games.

        6 months ago: “we need to buy Nokia because we need to be competitive in the mobile phone biz.”

        Today: “we need to fire most of Nokia because Nokia’s business is redundant and wasteful.”

        Enough is enough. I’ve had it as a consumer. The revolving door of top level execs has destroyed all of their efforts. Sinofsky, Mattrick, Ballmer set a vision to capture the mainstream consumer market and Myerson, Spencer, Nadella have destroyed their consumer-centric vision. Maybe they were forced to do this by ValueAct, but I know destroying the consumer business like this was never what Microsoft’s board wanted.

        • whatup12

          I don’t really see these as 180 turns as much as i see it about refining their approach. Indeed, the whole point of w8 was about trying to engage more casual users, but I have come to understand that the interface was simply too complicated for most. and at the same time, it took away from the core money maker of enterprise. w9 has to ride that balance far better and i hope they are working towards that.
          purchasing nokia was about integrating that expertise in their toolbox and that has been accomplished. while not nice for an individual, there had to be some efficiencies after that purchase akin to what GOOG did post Motorola purchase, etc.
          Ballmer was there a LONG time…and indeed, while I really like W8, someone had to take responsibility for its failure (ie Sinofsky). In any case, we knew these cuts were coming. What we don’t know is how the company will fare over the coming few years… I still hope well!

          • LexicoRed

            You made it too complicated. The company missed mobile. Mobile was the first significant platform to challenge the Wintel PC monopoly. Ballmer late response was to late and misguided.

            There is a long future for MS, it is just not as a hardware company. Sooner they readjust to this fact the better.

          • whatup12

            the difference between us is that i just don’t think the competition around “mobile” is over. I think the last 5 years represents one phases out of many phases that have or will take place. The future is yet to be written. But indeed, they are clearly trying to become a more efficient company given this shedding of staff. We will see if that translates to them still being able to deliver. But I still believe that they should be given a longer leash that you to experiment with hardware. Either way, we both are fans of the company and both wish it well…so let’s see if and how they deliver.

        • LexicoRed

          What you are seeing is the cleaning up of the Ballmer mess. He was trying to compete in areas that was not the company’s strengths and finally the board saw his destructive strategy. They are now going back to what made the company great ; software and services.

        • CyberAngel

          Concentrating on the Windows Phone ONLY. A very visionary decision, which was in my mind right after the Deal in the later summer 2013.

      • Not_true

        Pointing out the terrible reception and sales of Windows Phone, Windows 8, Surface, and Xbox One is “anti-MS”? It’s more like “news”.

    • Not_true

      US was the Xbox 360’s strongest market. The Xbox brand is even less popular globally.

  • Rikkirik

    Come on Pradeed, give us the numbers. Without numbers we cannot really assess the situation ourselves. I expect that Xbox1 still will prevail, once people start replacing their Xbox 360. But this old console still has a lot of life in it. PS users are replacing their old console at a faster rate than Xbox users are replacing theirs, that’s all the higher sales of PS4 means. This attests to the higher value of the Xbox360 compared to the PS3. Microsoft made a very great Xbox360 console.

    • Not_true

      More like a lot of 360 users are jumping ship to PS4.

      • NGM123

        Na. Luv my 360, no need to upgrade yet.

    • HawaiianDread

      Sorry to say but there are less PS3 owners switching to PS4 majority of the people who switched are 360/wii owners. Most PS3 owners don’t see the need to switch especially with the games still coming out for the system.

      • NGM123

        Link?

        • Not_true

          Not the majority, but apparently about 30% of PS4 owners owned a Wii or 360 but not a PS3.

          http://kotaku.com/sony-nearly-a-third-of-ps4-owners-only-had-a-wii-or-xb-1589874564

          • NGM123

            So that means potentially 15% are 360 owners according to that unscientific stab in the dark so your original post is B.S

          • Not_true

            He didn’t specify how much of that 31% was Wii or 360 owners.

            Either way, 30% is not a majority, but still impressive how many they’ve lured from 360/Wii.

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