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Xbox One beats out PS4 sales for the third month in a row

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Xbox One beats out PS4 again

Just before the launch of the Xbox One S, Microsoft has been enjoying a stint of dominance on the console market space. It’s claimed top spot in NPD sales figures for console hardware for now the third month running, beating out the PlayStation 4 in September sales. That’s a pretty big deal for a console that was so obviously outdone by the PS4 in the years prior, and Microsoft isn’t letting it lie.

Although the results haven’t been publically released yet, Microsoft have released a statement claiming that they have topped the charts for the third month running in both the U.S and U.K. It’s a victory off the rousing success that the Xbox One S has seem, reigniting Xbox One sales in multiple markets. It also shows that either people who still need a current-gen console are choosing the Xbox One instead, or simply already have a PS4 purchased.

PlayStation VR could be factoring in this heavily too, with multiple consumers perhaps already gears for Sony’s headset and in no need of a PS4. Sony isn’t likely expecting PSVR to spur on PS4 sales (the combination of both is the hardest sell possible), but it will be a hardware figure to keep an eye on now that it has launched in many major markets.

Another factor is the incoming PS4 Pro. The PS4 Slim launched n markets last month and surprising still hasn’t managed to take away the sales crown from Microsoft, but it could be the PS4 Pro that is preventing that. Despite some of the backlash, it’s likely that many probably PS4 consumers are waiting for the more powerful console next month, with November being the real test for Microsoft. If the Xbox One can maintain its dominance there, it bodes well for Microsoft going into the new year.

It also offers them a little insight into how they might approach their own new console launch at the end of next year, perhaps learning for some of Sony’s missteps if they occur. Either way, Microsoft is enjoying their time on the top.

Here’s what Microsoft told Gamesbeat:

“Thanks to our fans, Xbox One was the best-selling console in September in the U.S. for the third month in a row according to NPD Group as well as the best-selling console in September in the U.K. according to GfK Entertainment UK. In addition, Xbox One was the only gen eight console to see year-over-year growth in September in the U.S., Australia, the U.K., and many other countries worldwide. This success was driven by our fans and their support for Xbox One S, which is the only console available this holiday with built-in UHD 4K Blu-ray, 4K video streaming and HDR for gaming and video.

We received an incredible response to Forza Horizon 3, the No. 1 first-party title for September in the U.S., Australia, and U.K. according to NPD Group and GfK Entertainment UK. Global engagement on Xbox Live – the fastest, most reliable gaming network – continues to grow and the number of unique multiplayer users increased 57 percent year-over-year. With the blockbuster launch of Gears of War 4 for Xbox One and Windows 10 this week and the upcoming release of Clubs and Looking for Group on Xbox Live alongside the launches of Dead Rising 4, Battlefield 1, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Dishonored 2, Final Fantasy XV, Titanfall 2, and Watch Dogs 2 in the coming months, Xbox is the best place to game this holiday.”

Last Updated: October 14, 2016

58 Comments

  1. Would still buy a PS4 over an Xbone.

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    • Archdruid Kromas

      October 14, 2016 at 08:29

      Last console I bought was a PS3 and basically because I wanted to play one single game.

      I gave it to my brother soon after.

      PC gaming ruined all consoles for me.

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      • Pariah ???

        October 14, 2016 at 08:30

        *WoW ruined all consoles for you

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        • Archdruid Kromas

          October 14, 2016 at 08:37

          Oh hell no. Wow ruined time management for me. Half Life,KoToR,ME,Doom,Skyrim,Fallout,Witcher Ruined consoles for me.

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          • Pariah ???

            October 14, 2016 at 08:39

            While I don’t agree personally with the last 2, that’s an amazing list there.

            Sorry consoles.

            Although Final Fantasy, TLOU, Journey, Forza, Horizon Zero Dawn (or whatever).

            Yeah I want consoles too.

          • Archdruid Kromas

            October 14, 2016 at 08:43

            Fallout looks and plays better on PC and ofc Modding.

            Witcher has always looked better on PC and ofc Enhanced Edition upgrades for both 1 and 2 were a PC thing.

            TLOU was the only consoles game ever to make me buy a console.

          • Pariah ???

            October 14, 2016 at 08:44

            I wasn’t disputing whether or not they were better on PC. I just don’t like either of those games, at all.

          • Archdruid Kromas

            October 14, 2016 at 08:47

            Ah … .well to be fair I did not finish W3 and Fallout 4 cause I got bored.

            But then again I got openworld fatigue. Sandbox is still fine though but openworld I am pretty much over with.

          • miaau

            October 14, 2016 at 09:11

            I call it burnout, but yeah, I get you. STILL not fully finished Witcher 3…. never will, in that game. Will restart with all DLC.

          • miaau

            October 14, 2016 at 09:07

            It may have looked better, but I care more for how they played and how much fun I had playing them AND I had loads on console.

          • Archdruid Kromas

            October 14, 2016 at 09:19

            Controllers just annoy me.Mods also just increase enjoyment of games tenfold.

          • miaau

            October 14, 2016 at 09:06

            Skyrim and Witcher were AWESOME on console.

            AND I went console because of LIFE, switch on, play. That is all I wanted. I do not to install drivers, keep up to date, find a virus from a memory stick or any crap like that. LIFE made that choice for me.

      • VampyreSquirrel

        October 14, 2016 at 08:41

        Last console I bought was the Xbox 360. My PC was dead at the time, and it cost me less to buy a console (at the time) than fix my PC.

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        • Pariah ???

          October 14, 2016 at 08:43

          The biggest thing putting me off consoles is the price of games. R900+ for a new game is absurd.

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          • VampyreSquirrel

            October 14, 2016 at 08:50

            I totally agree there, and it’s getting worse.

          • Archdruid Kromas

            October 14, 2016 at 08:51

            But at least the games are on a disc and does not require a 30gb day one patch …. oh wait. 😛

          • VampyreSquirrel

            October 14, 2016 at 09:02

            HAHAHAHA

      • BakedBagel

        October 14, 2016 at 09:40

        Im curious as to what that game was.

        I purchased the PS3 just for Heavy Rain

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    • Original Heretic

      October 14, 2016 at 08:39

      Only reason I’d want a XB1 is for Gears 4.

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      • Archdruid Kromas

        October 14, 2016 at 08:44

        I wanna say get the PC version but then I just laugh at that windows store price and also windows store.

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        • Original Heretic

          October 14, 2016 at 08:46

          I only have a crappy only laptop that will not run anything current, let alone the awesomeness that is Gears 4.

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          • Archdruid Kromas

            October 14, 2016 at 08:47

            And even then I would still say buy and Xbone before you buy a game off the windows store. 😛

          • Pariah ???

            October 14, 2016 at 08:48

            I’d say buy an Atari 2600 before buying anything off the Windows Store.

          • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

            October 14, 2016 at 08:59

            At least those games didn’t have season passes, MT or DLC. Plus they work day one

          • Pariah ???

            October 14, 2016 at 09:00

            And they were fun. You know. That thing that is the basis for us playing games in the first place.

            Also they lasted longer than 5 hours. (I’m looking at YOU Gears of War)

          • Pieter Kruger

            October 14, 2016 at 09:31

            If you’re unable to get 100’s of hours of pure gaming bliss out of Gears you’re doing gaming wrong!

          • Pariah ???

            October 14, 2016 at 09:37

            I finished the first game in 5 hours. The final boss fight felt like the first real boss fight. Like the end of chapter 1.

            I was rather annoyed to find that that was it. I Bought GoW1, played it, finished it, and returned it, all in 1 day. That’s worse than CoD.

          • Pieter Kruger

            October 14, 2016 at 09:48

            You bought Gears & COD only for the SP?!!????

          • Pariah ???

            October 14, 2016 at 09:52

            Yes. Because if I wanted multiplayer, I’d have bought something for the PC. And CoD1 was epic single player. No other CoD has come close since. CoD 1 puts Gears to shame on so many levels.

            But anyway. My Xbox 360 has to this day never connected to the internet. I bought the console expecting offline single player games. Every game I bought for it promised exactly that. Gears was one of the very few that delivered on nothing that it (or the hype from fan boys such as yourself) had claimed.

          • Archdruid Kromas

            October 14, 2016 at 09:01

            But they also had a sci fi game that had a 90% terrible review (and crashed the industry at the time).

            I would love to see a NMS landfill next to the ET one. 😛

          • Pariah ???

            October 14, 2016 at 09:02

            Can’t landfill digital, bruh

          • Archdruid Kromas

            October 14, 2016 at 09:02

            Console versions were physical.

          • Pariah ???

            October 14, 2016 at 09:04

            Retail console versions were physical. Retail.

      • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

        October 14, 2016 at 08:59

        And cuphead, but I still bought a PS4 because it has more exclusives that I want

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        • Pieter Kruger

          October 14, 2016 at 09:53

          Great choice!

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          • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

            October 14, 2016 at 10:05

            I don’t know why I’m so infatuated with Cuphead. It just looks so adorable

    • Pieter Kruger

      October 14, 2016 at 09:26

      It’s a great console!

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  2. Pariah ???

    October 14, 2016 at 08:43

    And if anyone reads the comments – yes I’m always in two minds and can never make it.

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  3. Fox1 - Retro

    October 14, 2016 at 08:57

    Maybe it’s because MS are putting out the best exclusives in the industry that the Xbox One has picked up again 🙂

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  4. Ghost In The Rift

    October 14, 2016 at 09:03

    1 game 2 platforms has sold me, games are to expensive these days to be choosy, oh and no Blu Ray on PS4 , will start saving now for that Scorpio.

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    • Fox1 - Retro

      October 14, 2016 at 09:06

      There’s Blu-Ray on the PS4, just not 4k UHD Blu-Ray playback.

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  5. miaau

    October 14, 2016 at 09:04

    So (as per article), reason could have nothing to do with Xbox One or S, but to do with PS 4 pro coming out later, right?

    I always like to understand and know where the stats and comes from, that can changes things.

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    • Fox1 - Retro

      October 14, 2016 at 09:07

      On the flipside, the PS4 bundles were going at 50% off in the US and UK in the build-up to the Pro launch. Next months data will be more clearer.

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  6. Pieter Kruger

    October 14, 2016 at 09:07

    The reason is those exclusives!!! Can’t put Gears Of War 4 down I swear! Haven’t even touched the campaign yet, waiting to couch co-op that with my nephew but all the multiplayer pvp modes are simply fantastic, not to mention Horde 3, GREAT STUFF!

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    • Fox1 - Retro

      October 14, 2016 at 09:09

      Yeah, but how many “reviewers” or Kotaku clone sites will admit that?

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      • Pieter Kruger

        October 14, 2016 at 09:22

        True, but it’s still Hip to diss MS. I like Reddit because it’s gamers talking about games, not bias bait clicking hipsters! XBox One has so much to offer but sadly you won’t hear a peep from those sites about the 100’s of Universal Apps, Clubs, latest B.C. Games etc etc. They’d rather stream gameplay from a year old game……LOL!

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        • Archdruid Kromas

          October 14, 2016 at 09:25

          The Xbone has some amazing features that are way better than PS4 I will admit but they have increased their game prices and the windows store is a mess and most of those features are on PC since before the Ice Age. Basically if I ever would buy a console for consoles sake it would be an Xbone but then again I probably won’t.

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        • Fox1 - Retro

          October 14, 2016 at 09:38

          My favourite complaints are when SP centric games like Halo, QB and Gears 4 are getting slammed for not being RPG enough lol. It’s all about keeping up with Metacritic these days and Opencritic doesn’t help either. I’d rather find my way through user-opinion on forums and social media and stick to that one review site that’s not affiliated with to any review aggregate site.

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    • Skyblue

      October 14, 2016 at 11:15

      You have to admit that with cross-platform play an Xbox One is a less attractive purchase if you have a half-decent PC and any Xbox controller. I’m saying this as an Xbox One owner. MS are getting a lot of things right now and I hope the trend continues.

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  7. Avithar

    October 17, 2016 at 11:06

    i read some article around PS VR working on the XBone, has any1 else seen that?

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