Xbox One Sales Is Behind Sony PS4 By Over 2 Million Units Despite The Release Of Titanfall

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NPD today released their market research report for game console sales in the US. Sony announced that they have sold over 7 million PS4 units since launch and NPD numbers reveals that Microsoft has sold over 5 million Xbox One units. Despite the release of much hyped Titanfall game, Microsoft’s Xbox One has failed to get past Sony PS4 sales in the US. The good news for Microsoft is that the Titanfall is the No.1 selling game in March.

Highlights from March 2014 NPD Group results include:

  • Xbox One continues selling at a strong pace with 311,000 units sold in the U.S. in the month of March, surpassing Xbox 360 sales by more than 60 percent at the same point in time.
  • Xbox 360 continues to grow its install base with 111,000 units sold in March in the U.S., more than any other seventh generation console.
  • Xbox One continues to see impressive software sales with an average of 2.9 games sold per console.
  • With Xbox One and Xbox 360 combined, the Xbox platform sold the most games across all console platforms with 4.1 million games sold. Xbox One sold 1.4 million games in March and Xbox 360 sold 2.7 million, totaling 49 percent of the total software market share (Xbox 360 and Xbox One combined).
  • During the month of March, Xbox One and Xbox 360 games in the top 10 title lists were as follows:
    • Xbox One held four top titles in the generation eight top 10 console game title list in the U.S. including: “Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare,” “Call of Duty: Ghosts,” “Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes,” “ Titanfall.”
    • Xbox 360 held six top titles in the generation seven top 10 console game title list in the U.S. include:  “Minecraft,” “Dark Souls II,” “The Lego Movie Video Game,” “Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare,” “Call of Duty: Ghosts,” “South Park: The Stick of Truth.”

Source: Xbox

 

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  • redtidal

    Simply, it is more expensive than PS4. You can argue about how advance the features and functions are. But some consumers are just gonna look at the price, and only price.

    And not to mention the pre-launch marketing missed many marks.

    • Troy Schuster

      Yep, it is more expensive, but then Kinect is included with the Xbox One. Several friends are waiting on their purchase. I’m of the opinion that when Microsoft’s anticipated 360 emulator comes for Xbox One things will change. People have invested a lot in their 360 gaming. Once the emulator arrives this will free up 360 owners to upgrade to One.

      • http://www.jeroenheijster.com/ Jeroen Heijster

        It isn’t even sure that an emulator will come. While news sites report that it will, it’s only an internal discussion that is happening if they should even do it :(

    • Bugbog

      Actually, in the UK the price is the same as that of the PS4.

  • jaylyric

    Isn’t it true that the PS4 launched before the XB1? Isn’t it true that the PS4 launched in significantly more markets than the XB1? That being said,that makes the XB1 look better in my opinion,especially given the fact that it has the higher cost. Can you writers elaborate on the whole picture

    • GG002

      Yes, Microsoft does sell on average more XB1s per country than PS4. But this is a decade long run, if not more, which means that 2 million is nothing in terms of lead, considering XB1 is still rolling out to more countries, and are better at meeting demand than PS4.

      • jaylyric

        Probably right

      • http://www.jeroenheijster.com/ Jeroen Heijster

        “XB1 is still rolling out to more countries”, they are rolling it out too slowly. Whe bother buying it in one of the other markets when the PS4 is available is what most users think. It takes almost a year to roll it out to other markets than the launch markets. Good job… I still have my pre-order open…

        • koenshaku

          What country are you from?

    • Mark Matheson

      XO will supposedly be available in 26 countries by September but PS4 is already available in 52 countries. With that knowledge I’d have to say PS4 lead seems relatively poor.
      It is also sad that MS have restricted the availability to other countries, I understand one of the main reasons is language contraints for voice recognition but surely that suggests compulsory Kinect is hurting them.

      • VISU

        Its MS decision to restrict the sales to 13 countries, whatever the reason. But they are selling in all the major markets. Also the price thing is not valid as in most places, the price has been dropped by 50 $/€ and being bundelled with free game (mostly Titanfall) which makes the price same as PS4. So essentially MS is loosing money on every console sale.

        And most of the features they are touting are US only and even then PS4 leads the sales in their home turf.

        Its all to do with the marketing fluff that they tries to pull at E3 and that PS4 is a stonger machine with all cross-platform games running better on PS4.

      • Not_true

        LOL!

        Xbox will hardly sell anything in smaller “tier
        2″ markets already dominated by PS3 and PS4. The global gap is growing
        wider, Xbox will never surpass PS4 in global sales.

        8.3+ million PS4s and counting.

    • Jhora Zakaryan

      Not exactly. Both consoles are launched in all major consumer markets (80% of console sales are from US + UK + Canada + Australia + a number of european countries). The problem with XBOne is wrong marketing right from the beginning. And if a premium multiplayer game can’t help sell more consoles, nothing else will (until Halo 5). Hopefully Phil Spencer will get the brand back on track.

      • koenshaku

        Each console is readily available for pickup in my area. The xb1 probably received the worst press of any console launch in the history of consoles. We’ll see if they can turn it around when the PS4 is being sold for $100 less with 30% more graphical performance.

        • XBoxerOne

          It received bad press because MS did poor PR promoting, positioning, and releasing the product. Blame MS first.

    • XBoxOne

      No the sad fact is PS4 is selling about 5 for every 3 XB1 sold. It looks as if Sony won this round :(

      • jaylyric

        Not over by a long shot,it’s just getting started.

        • XBoxerOne

          Nope with network effects, this time we, and Microsoft XBox, are the big losers. But thinks for trying to make me and the other Boxer feel better :(

    • Not_true

      LOL!

      Xbox will hardly sell anything in smaller “tier 2″ markets already dominated by PS3 and PS4. The global gap is growing wider, Xbox will never surpass PS4 in global sales.

      8.3+ million PS4s and counting.

  • Joe_HTH

    The truth is it’s more expensive and Microsoft completely screwed up with their original DRM plans and their arrogant messaging. In spite of that, Xbox One is selling well. It’s just not selling as well as the PS4. That’s why Don Mattrick took another job, because he was probably going to be fired.

    • XBoxerOne

      Yes your right, it really makes me angry that previous management screwed it up so bad, and it is the fans that pay for it.

  • Kenny Rawlins

    The problem with the XBOX one is the fact that it is almost completely focused on online experience. The USB port for example only serve to change the controller,you can’t watch movies on a USB flash drive on your. This will probably change in the future but as of now it I absent.

    As for Kinect, a lot of people just don’t use it ,that I why the higher is not justified to a lot of potential buyers.i personally only use it for Skype and I don’t Skype that often.

    I use to be a PS only person and after having mh XBOX one for a few months I see why people prefer PS4 especially those not in North America

    A lot of the aspects on the XBOX one seem unfinished. I only use it for Skyping as that is the best way to video conference.once you Skype on the XBOX one you will never Skype on anything else again.

    I probably will play games on it once there are interesting ones.as of now,I only enjoy BF4,NFS and Tomb raider

    The rest are not my kind.

    • grs_dev

      Who watches movies from a USB stick?

      • Phil_A_Shio

        You’ve never torrented a movie, copied it to a USB then watched it from your TV or Blu-ray/DVD player?

        • http://www.jeroenheijster.com/ Jeroen Heijster

          Let’s even take the more legal route, what about video’s of vacations, marriage, etc?

          • grs_dev

            Launch Windows Media Player on your PC –> Select Video you want to watch –> Play to YOURXBOXONE.

            Again, who still watches videos or movies or whatever from a USB stick?!

          • Phil_A_Shio

            I explained to you in the above comment, plenty of people torrent high quality movies, put it on their USB stick and watch it on their TV or Blu-ray/DVD player.

          • http://www.jeroenheijster.com/ Jeroen Heijster

            Yup, I always bring my desktop to friends/family.

          • http://www.spauldesign.com/ Simon Paul

            PS4 doesn’t support this yet either. Both plan too, but seem to not view it as a priority.

          • Guest

            Thank you for at least trying to infuse some intelligence on this thread!

          • Guest

            DVD?

            (This is the dopiest whining posted)

      • Guest

        Less then 1% does this…real priority :(

  • Michael Fernandez

    Backing up what jaylyric said…. The word “Released” is not enough… I have no clue why a Golliath like MS cannot do it but XB1 is not there in so many markets where the PS4 is already selling…. At the least if the Customers were given a choice in all these markets we would know for sure.. And my bet is then XB1 would be doing far better… But hey… This is lost opportunity… after having spend on the PS4 i doubt a customer will turn around even if he finds XB1 to be superior and wishes to have it… Wake up Microsoft !!!!@@#$@%@%@

    • Guest

      Relax and just go out and buy a PS4
      :-D

      • Michael Fernandez

        If I were u I would have done that… But I happen to prefer Formula1 to a GoKart and would wait for it… Im not expecting you to understand though :-D :-D :-D… Guest with no name…

  • laserfloyd

    It costs more and is available in less markets so I’d be shocked if people were shocked. Shocking! With some price cuts and more markets it might catch up but it’s still selling well either way. I’m happy with it even if it is a little quirky right now.

  • SategB

    This just reiterates that is time for MSFT to get out if this toy business and concentrate on its core competences of Service and Software. The division has been losing shareholder value and bottom line revenues against profits since inception.

    Spin it off to Dell, let them make pennies while we embrace Nadella’s leadership towards Azura and cross platform software for growth markets like iOS and Android.

    • http://www.spauldesign.com/ Simon Paul

      You do know that they just changed their business model to a “devices and services” one correct? The X1 fills both those categories as it enables their services to be brought straight into the living room. And it’s a device manufactured by Microsoft.

      The X1 while behind PS4, is still a VERY successful product. And that’s despite the bad PR it had before launch.

      Anyone continuing to push for the dismissal of the Xbox branch, truly has their head up their ass.

      • SategB

        Despite adolescent argot, I’ll extend generosity there is an ability to advance beyond that intellectually.

        Critical thinking pushes us to utilize metrics when defining terminology such as “success” regarding product deliverables or variously we allow emotion bias to cloud the end perspective.

        Traditional benchmark and the most fundamental is Profitability. For this product, over close to 10 year there has been none.

        Microsoft will impact the “living room” by cross platform services and software, not with a box. Nadella understands this very well, and last I looked his head is clearly situated fully aloft his shoulders. One of many traits he and I share.

        • XBoxerOne

          I think you may have used too big of words on him

      • XboxerOne

        @simon paul
        Dude I love your passion but the facts are not on your side :(

        • http://www.spauldesign.com/ Simon Paul

          What facts? Explain to my “adolescent” mind how the facts show the X1 is an unsuccessful product and should be sold off? Just because a product doesn’t sell as many units as its competition does not make it unsuccessful. If the Ford Focus doesn’t sell as many units as a Honda Civic, should Ford just dump the entire Focus line? No.

          • SategB

            Arduously as you find the concept to grasp, business sell products to make a profit. XBox, much like you, has failed to capitalize on this supposition.

          • http://www.spauldesign.com/ Simon Paul

            OMG, I’m getting so sick of people pulling that card as an argument. First of all, Xbox has been turning profits for several years. They specifically priced the X1 so that they wouldn’t be losing money on each console sold. It’s not a huge money maker for MS like Office and still has some investment cost, but the big deficit investment costs have past.

            http://m.joystiq.com/2008/01/24/the-xbox-turns-a-profit/

            http://www.geekwire.com/2013/microsoft-plans-turn-profit-xbox-start/

            http://www.forbes.com/sites/insertcoin/2013/09/06/at-500-microsoft-says-the-xbox-one-will-break-even-or-make-a-profit/

            Second of all, short sided investors and sideline quarterbacks like yourself are the only ones stupid enough to not recognize value in long term investments.

            Did you not notice that Apple, Google, and now Amazon are making their own box for the living room? You think those things are instantly profitable right now? No, they are making an investment so that in the future they can capitalize on being able to reach customers in their living room.

          • Not_true

            LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!

            Xbox does not have access to all of MS’s money, they’re given a budget by shareholders and expected to turn a profit. MS shareholders aren’t going to throw endless billions into the Xbox brand that shows little or no sign of turning a profit.

            The Xbox brand has lost Microsoft billions of dollars, Xbox One will lose them further billions. Why do you think Microsoft investors keep calling for it to be sold off? Xbox, Bing, Surface, and Windows Phones are all in the same general area of failure and net loss. MS’s consumer products besides Windows have almost all been failures.

            OG Xbox lost billions, 360 made some profit but not nearly enough to cover the OG Xbox loss. Xbox One looks like an even bigger loss. Why do you think shareholders keep demanding Xbox be sold off, and execs keep mentioning selling Xbox? It’s a net loss that has lost Microsoft billions of dollars and not likely to turn a net profit anytime soon if ever.

            Xbox is not “doing well”. The Xbox brand has lost MS billions of dollars, with Xbox One set to lose even more money. MS consumer products like Bing, Surface, and Xbox are all money losers for MS and some shareholders are increasingly unhappy about it.

            Xbox One will be a net LOSS, not profit. Only question is how much they’re going to lose.

          • Rand0m3

            What year is this chart from? GAMECUBE????? Are you using a 13+ year old image to justify your POV? How is that relevant to today’s market situation other than to say that the original Xbox sold at a loss. Something MS admitted to…. Years ago. The XB1 did not originally sell at a loss according to MS (I don’t know if that’s changed with the offering of a game with the console http://www.develop-online.net/news/xbox-one-to-sell-at-a-profit/0115780). Attach rates are what are important in console sales (actual units are also important but long term more profit is generated by the licensing sales…) and both seem to be doing okay in that respect from what I’ve found. I was actually surprised that it’s under 3 games per console for both considering most of my friends (self included) have around 7+ games for our one already. (about a game a month) I thought we were typical but I guess not.

          • Not_true

            LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!

            Xbox does not have access to all of MS’s money, they’re given a budget by shareholders and expected to turn a profit. MS shareholders aren’t going to throw endless billions into the Xbox brand that shows little or no sign of turning a profit.

            The Xbox brand has lost Microsoft billions of dollars, Xbox One will lose them further billions. Why do you think Microsoft investors keep calling for it to be sold off? Xbox, Bing, Surface, and Windows Phones are all in the same general area of failure and net loss. MS’s consumer products besides Windows have almost all been failures.

            OG Xbox lost billions, 360 made some profit but not nearly enough to cover the OG Xbox loss. Xbox One looks like an even bigger loss. Why do you think shareholders keep demanding Xbox be sold off, and execs keep mentioning selling Xbox? It’s a net loss that has lost Microsoft billions of dollars and not likely to turn a net profit anytime soon if ever.

            Xbox is not “doing well”. The Xbox brand has lost MS billions of dollars, with Xbox One set to lose even more money. MS consumer products like Bing, Surface, and Xbox are all money losers for MS and some shareholders are increasingly unhappy about it.

            Xbox One will be a net LOSS, not profit. Only question is how much they’re going to lose.

    • HTk_Joe

      I hate to finally say it but you might be right. This 5 million sold is not even to consumer. It 5 million shipped to retailers.

      I just hope they keep making cool games.

  • andrewstuart81

    Sony’s PS4 outsold Microsoft’s Xbox One for the third consecutive month, however, Microsoft’s exclusive first person shooter game, Titanfall topped the software sales charts http://bit.ly/1r4VZVK

    • annaarron

      you said well, Microsoft’s XBOX One did not offer to the extent that Sony’s Ps4 did. Sony published a week ago that its very effective Playstation 4 comfort
      will be in restricted supply until in any event summer because of
      stronger than anticipated deals.

  • saraah321

    Sony’s Ps4, which is nearly rivaling Microsoft Corporation’s (MSFT) XBOX, is said to have outpaced its opponent regarding unit deals. According to gauges by Vgchartz.com, a feature diversion deals following site, Ps4 unit deals surpassed that of Xbox’s; as of April 5, 2014, just 4.2 million Xbox units were sold and http://goo.gl/TwTqhM

    • NGM123

      If you believe anything VGchartz tells you, I’ve got a lovely sea front block of land for sale I’d like to show you at low tide.

    • ZappyKins

      VGChartz.com is so embarrassingly bias against anything that isn’t Sony you really shouldn’t waste your time listening to them. A few years ago they had the PS3 ahead of Xbox 360 all year, only at the end to say ‘opps’ and realize they had dropped about 6-8 million Xbox 360 sales and make an adjustment.

  • jasonbxx

    PS4 – 7,000,000 x $399.00 = $2,793,000,000.00
    XB1 – 5,000,000 x $499.00 = $2,495,000,000.00

    Not a significance difference based on revenue. When XB1 launches in other countries and the gap closes by 1M, then XB1 will be leading based on revenue.

    8,000,000 x $399.00 = $3,192,000,000.00
    7,000,000 x $499.00 = $3,493,000,000.00

    • XBoxerOne

      PS4 is 7 mil SALES to end user consumers
      XBox 5 mil is SHIPPED into retail channel
      And to make things worse for XBox fans Microsoft loses money on each unit sold so we are losing the install base and losing profit.

      No way about it other then this is bad news.

      • Timothy Kane

        Except MS doesn’t lose money on each console sold. Sony originally said that they were losing money. Are you a paid shill or just a regular shill?

        • Not_true

          COMPLETELY WRONG AND DELUSIONAL

    • ZappyKins

      True except you need to add Sony is losing money on the PS4 and unless the promotions have changes things Microsoft was making a little bit.
      So it’s even better for Microsoft if you look at it that way. And it’s not like Sony can really afford to go more into debt right now.

    • Not_true

      LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      PS4 is currently outselling Xbox almost 2:1 globally, 7 million to ~4 million as of April 6 2014. The sales gap is growing wider despite price drops and free Titanfall bundles. PS4 is still very supply constrained in some non-US countries.

      MS shipped 5 million to stores, sold ~4.2 mil to consumers, with ~800k rotting on store shelves. Most console gamers are ignoring MS fanboy apologizing, denial, and damage control and buying PS4s. Playstation is a net profit and PS4 will gain on that profit.

      As of July 1 2014 PS4 is about 8.3 million sold to consumers, and Xbox One is about 4.5 million sold to consumers.

      “2nd fastest selling console ever!!1″ Yeah no, sales cratered after the one time delusional fanboy frenzy at launch. It’s going to get WORSE as time goes on, not better. Xbox is shipping under 360 numbers and will soon be selling under 360 numbers.

      Xbox will hardly sell anything in smaller “tier 2″ markets already dominated by PS3 and PS4. The global gap is growing wider, Xbox will never surpass PS4 in global sales.

      The 13 countries Xbox One launched in already account for ~90% of 360’s sales. Remaining countries will be 10% at best, but probably less since it’s launching late, more expensive, and less global appeal than the MURICA’ NFL TV box. I estimate the % of sales from non-launch countries around 5-6% at best.

      Furthermore, Xbox is ALREADY AVAILABLE in pretty much every European country as a grey market import. They’re stacked on the shelves of “unlaunched” European countries. That leaves Asia, South America, Middle East, and African countries.

      These markets for Xbox are so tiny they might as well be rounding errors. In other words, barely enough to move the global needle, let alone keep it from tracking under the 360 shipped numbers.

      I can’t wait for September’s “launch” to arrive with all the sales force of a wet fart. Microsoft fanboys will be left gobbling up a mountain of crow yet again while scrambling for more excuses and straw grasping. Same with this China straw grasping. I’m sorry but that’s reality and if you think Xbox sales are going to skyrocket in September you’re in for some serious crow eating.

      Xbox does not have access to all of MS’s money, they’re given a budget by shareholders and expected to turn a profit. MS shareholders aren’t going to throw endless billions into the Xbox brand that shows little or no sign of turning a profit.

      The Xbox brand has lost Microsoft billions of dollars, Xbox One will lose them further billions. Why do you think Microsoft investors keep calling for it to be sold off? Xbox, Bing, Surface, and Windows Phones are all in the same general area of failure and net loss. MS’s consumer products besides Windows have almost all been failures.

      OG Xbox lost billions, 360 made some profit but not nearly enough to cover the OG Xbox loss. Xbox One looks like an even bigger loss. Why do you think shareholders keep demanding Xbox be sold off, and execs keep mentioning selling Xbox? It’s a net loss that has lost Microsoft billions of dollars and not likely to turn a net profit anytime soon if ever.

      Xbox is not “doing well”. The Xbox brand has lost MS billions of dollars, with Xbox One set to lose even more money. MS consumer products like Bing, Surface, and Xbox are all money losers for MS and some shareholders are increasingly unhappy about it.

      Xbox One will be a net LOSS, not profit. Only question is how much they’re going to lose.

  • alukard

    It plays the Games and Media I want, so this matters not to me. It was just bad PR that got them this way in the first few months. Lets see how it will be in 5 years when all systems have matured.