Compared with the first couple years of utter dominance from Sony and the PlayStation 4, the tides have shifted strongly in Microsoft’s favour since the middle of this year. Practically since the announcement of the Xbox One S, the console has outsold the PlayStation 4 at US retailers. October has been the fourth month in a row that this has happened.
You might think to dismiss this as a US only phenomenon, but it’s a not too dissimilar story in the UK and Australia, where Xbox One has outsold PlayStation 4 in both September and October.
Xbox’ Mike Nichols said:
Thanks to the passion of Xbox fans worldwide and their continued excitement for Xbox One S, Xbox One was once again the best-selling console in October in the U.S., U.K. and Australia according to NPD Group and GfK Entertainment. Xbox One has been the best-selling console in the U.S. for the past four months, and in the U.K. and Australia in each of the last two months.
This is in the face of the launch of a PlayStation 4 Slim in September and PlayStation VR in October, but the PlayStation 4 Pro may have factored as something of a spoiler for the last few months. November is the true test with the PlayStation 4 Pro having launched this week and Black Friday sales.
In the rest of his statement, Nichols notes a 52% increase in multiplayer gamers over last year – that’s more people playing, not more people subscribing – while Gears of War 4 was the best selling platform exclusive in the US and UK and Forza Horizon 3 the best selling and highest rated racing game of the year.
Microsoft are on a roll, but how long can they keep it up?
Source: Venture Beat