For the last four months, Microsoft’s Xbox One has been the best-selling console in the US. That’s largely down to the release of the Xbox One S: a smaller, slightly cheaper and al around better version of the Xbox One. Its lower price, better hardware, 4K upscaling and actual UHD Blu-Ray drive have propelled it to the top of the hardware sales charts.
It’s a streak that’s now been broken. While the NPD results for November are only really due next week, Microsoft’s released a statement on their sales. It lacks the sort of chest-thumping rhetoric that usually accompanies first place.
“We have seen strong momentum for Xbox One since announcing the new Xbox One S at E3 in June. That momentum continued in November as gaming consoles were once again among the most sought-after products to buy over Black Friday weekend,” said Xbox marketing VP Mike Nichols.
“In addition, we saw record engagement among Xbox One owners on Xbox Live as fans enjoyed new games and great deals. In fact, the total players online on Sunday, Nov. 27 was up 40 percent compared to last year.”
Sony’s not released its own statement of victory in this console war of attrition, though they have confirmed their dominant position to Gamespot. I suppose they don’t need to say too much, given that they’ve just breached the 50 million sales tally.
Sony’s also been pretty quiet on sales numbers for the recently launched PlayStation 4 Pro, though Sony Worldwide Studios head Shuhei Yoshida has said it’s selling” very well.”
“Yes, it’s selling very well. We were hoping that people who purchased a PS4 day one would upgrade to PS4 Pro, and people who have a 4K TV would see it as their console of choice.
“We need more time to analyze the situation, but it seems that more people who are buying PS4 for the first time are choosing PS4 Pro. I think that’s driving a larger demand than we had anticipated. In many markets it’s sold out and hard to find,” Yoshida told DigitalSpy.
Last Updated: December 9, 2016