To date the PlayStation 4 has been the bestselling of the next generation consoles, however the market research firm NPD has now released figures for the sales of the first full month since both consoles have been released and it shows that, for December at least, the Xbox One topped the charts in the US. Microsoft shifted a massive 908,000 Xbox One units in December, along with 643,000 Xbox 360 consoles, giving it the first and third positions for the bestselling consoles.
Sony’s Senior Director of Corporate Communications, Dan Race, blamed Sony’s sales in December on a lack of stock, explaining that, "We sold every PS4 available at retail in the US and were out of stock in December due to overwhelming consumer demand. With more than 4.2 million PS4 systems sold worldwide, it’s clear that the PS4’s gaming and entertainment features are resonating with large audiences and we’re doing our best to provide additional inventory in all the 53 countries where it’s available."
Sony has sold more units cumulatively than Microsoft worldwide, shifting 4.2 million PS4s in 2013 compared to 3 million Xbox Ones, however Sony will need to keep up with the demand of their customers if they’re to maintain their lead.
The figures come hot off the statement from Microsoft’s Australia Vice President of Retail Sales and Marketing, Alan Bowman, that the differences in hardware between the two consoles are "marginal". He went on to say that, "The purists are gonna argue the toss, but I think it comes down to the games. You’re gonna see great exclusive games on Xbox One, and when you look at the cross-platform games… there’s gonna be exclusive content on Xbox One."
Only time will tell which of the next generation consoles will continue to dominate the top of the sales charts, but which do you think will continue to see the greatest success? Is it the games that will decide your console choice? Or does the hardware or even brand loyalty play a bigger role? Have your say below.
Article by - Rebecca Waterman
Insert Date: 01/17/2014