The PlayStation 4 console still trumps the Xbox One in sales, at least in July. The Xbox One is still the PS4’s closest rival, but it seems that their sales are never enough to reach the top spot.
The results were given by The NPD Group, which specializes in consumer retail information. The NPD Group provides monthly reports, and for July 2014, the PlayStation 4 sales generated $541.9 million in the United States, as Tech Times reports. The amount includes sales of hardware, software, and PS4 accessories. The group also stated that the amount has increased 6 percent from PS4’s sales the same time last year.
Xbox One, on the other hand, has managed to increase console sales by as much as 44 percent, as compared to results from the same time last year.
Despite being second to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One still managed to beat the sales of their previous consoles compared to last year. In fact, both Sony and Microsoft have managed to do so.
“After 21 months, combined Xbox One and PS4 hardware unit sales are close to 50 percent higher than the combined sales of Xbox 360 and PS3 after 21 months on the market.”
Liam Callahan, an NPD analyst, says that people are spending as much money on software as they are spending on hardware.
“Overall video game sales [growth was] driven by modest hardware growth and double-digital accessory growth as software sales remained flat compared to last July.”
For game sales, according to Venture Beat, Lego: Jurassic World takes the No. 1 spot, followed by Batman: Arkham Knight and Minecraft. Some of the other games that made the Top 10 list, in no particular order, include Mortal Kombat X, Grand Theft Auto V, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, and Destiny.
Both Sony and Microsoft are confident that their sales will just increase over time.
A Sony representative spoke out, stating their positive outlook, via Game Informer.
“We are truly humbled by the success of the PS4 and we would like to thank gamers for making it the top selling console and #1 in software sales in the United States in July. The Batman Arkham Knight PS4 bundle continues to be a top seller and we are looking forward to delighting fans next month with the launch of the Limited Edition Destiny: The Taken King PS4 bundle on September 15.”
Xbox representative Mike Nochols also issued a statement.
“Xbox One and Xbox Live continued to see strong sales and engagement in July. Xbox One sales in the U.S. [were] up 44 percent over July 2014 and active global Xbox Live users – Xbox One and Xbox 360 – up 22 percent.”
Despite increase in sales for both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, Sony may be taking the spotlight again with the PlayStation Experience in December, as Forbes reports. The event, which saw a successful turnout last year in Las Vegas, will be held in San Francisco on December 5 and 6, where gamers and enthusiasts can get the first look and experience the titles coming in 2016.
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