January was not a good month for Microsoft’s Xbox One, with sales figures trailing dramatically behind the PlayStation 4 from Sony. February has closed the gap though, with the NPD Group reporting: “PS4 led hardware sales in February 2014, but by a narrow margin with Xbox One selling over 90 percent of what the PS4 sold in terms of unit sales.” As the Xbox One costs $100 more than the PS4, that means Microsoft actually had greater revenue than Sony from console sales in February.
Microsoft revealed a few figures regarding the Xbox One, letting the public know that 258,000 console units were sold in the US in February, along with 772,000 games.
We’re not entirely sure why Microsoft has seen a sudden surge in its sales numbers. It could be due to the release of Titanfall, but as that didn’t come to the console until March the 11th it seems that the increases sales must have been for another reason. The PlayStation 4 is still having issues with supply in some parts of the country, so it’s possible that gamers waiting to pick up a PS4 have become annoyed with the delay and opted for the Xbox One instead.
It will be interesting to see if the release of Titanfall has increased the sales of the Xbox One still further when the March sales figures are released. On the whole the release of Titanfall was a success for Microsoft; however some issues with Xbox Live have frustrated gamers wishing to play the game. If you’re struggling to sign-in to Xbox Live, Microsoft explains that the problem “can be fixed with a cold reboot of the Xbox One by powering down, unplugging, waiting 10 seconds, plugging back in, and powering back on.”
Have you picked up an Xbox One or PlayStation 4 yet? What made you decide on your console of preference? Have your say in the comments.
Article by - Rebecca Waterman
Insert Date: 03/14/2014