Round 18! In the blue corner, it’s the PS4. Sleek and pretty, this Asian tech will lure you in to look up her skirt and beg you to make her flash her strip lights. In the green corner, it’s the Xbox One. This American heavyweight isn’t about being good looking; it’s all about what’s inside and how it talks to your living room. So who won this round in the US of A?
It’s that time of the month again. No, I’m not going to say something rude about the guys I work with – it’s that time of the month for sales figures. After many months where PlayStation came out on top, it was Xbox One’s turn to lead the way.
Even before the official NPD numbers were released, representatives from Xbox and PlayStation issued statements about the numbers. From Corporate VP of Xbox Marketing, Mike Nichols:
As the best-selling console in the U.S. in April, fans set record April sales and engagement for Xbox One last month. Xbox One console sales in the U.S. increased 63 percent in April 2015 compared to April 2014 and Xbox Live comparisons showed the number of active global users (Xbox One and Xbox 360) grew 24 percent. We are grateful to our fans for their passion and support and are looking forward to sharing more on the best game lineup in Xbox history at E3.
Wow, 63% growth compared to last year is pretty impressive. I know PlayStation 4 is doing insanely well, but it’s still good to see that Xbox One is breaking records and selling faster than its predecessor did. Of course, PlayStation’s official comment highlights the other side of this:
We would like to thank fans around the world for their continued support of the PS4. According to NPD, PlayStation continues to lead software sales for April 2015 and PS4 remains the cumulative sales leader in the US. We are looking forward to an amazing E3.
Leading in software sales is expected, considering that PlayStation has been the leader in sales for so many month. Cumulatively, there are simply more PS4s in people’s homes than Xbox Ones. Still, this could be a slight shift towards a slowing in console sales. 18 months in, most early adopters will have already purchased the consoles for the sake of having them. Now it will be up to particular games to help shift units and keep the purchases going.
Last Updated: May 15, 2015