The Xbox One Has Outsold The PS4 For Four Months Running In The US

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

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  1. Considering how cheap it is to pick Xbone, that probably helped major. Plus playstation has just become lazy & not even trying,releasing 3 items in a space of a month, slim, VR & pro, it’s just too much & overwhelming

  2. But outselling the PS4 by how much? Sold half a dozen more? And is that sold or the usual “shipped to the shops, that’s the same as selling, isn’t it?” they like to do?

    What if it’s the PS4 Pro thing slowing down PS4 sales? Won’t the same thing happen to MS next year when Scorpio is nearer to release?

    I suspect it’ll change for November. And MS are never going to catch up with Sony.

    • Whether it is or not, it’s great to see them catching up from what could easily be deemed as “average sales” when compared to the hot cakes the PS4 has been selling like. Competition is great. Sony hasn’t rested on their laurels but they’ve certainly lost a bit of shine since the opening year or two of launch.

      • Hang on, don’t assume there is catch-up at all. It’s highly plausible there is no catch-up at all, sales elsewhere in the world or in the UK the 2 months it didn’t outsell the PS4 over the last 4 months, could counteract the 2 months it did.

        The fact there are still no lifetime numbers, and Microsoft still using shipped rather than sold as it’s measure means this is likely worthless spin rather than real evidence that gamers have started buying Xbox lone.

      • Yes, for their own stats they use shipped instead of sold, but this particular four month run is based on NPD and GfK retailer tracking, so that is actual sales.

        So yeah, it’s spin, but it does say that people are buying their consoles, and that’s healthy.

  3. It will be fascinating to see what happens for November. If Slim didn’t get beaten down by One S, it got kicked out the window by Pro’s affordable pricing and specs. Pro vs One S probably shouldn’t even be a thing, but considering the only practical difference in benefit for the Pro is a 4K checkerboarded game over a 4K upscaled game, it seems like it is a thing.

  4. Meh, summer lul season. PlayStation owners waiting for slim and Pro.

    Let’s see Xmas figures worldwide to see the real results, not the Microsoft spun results (after years of silence on numbers, suddenly Microsoft care again. Funny that)

    Anyone find it odd that Microsoft outright refused to talk about Xbox one sales (or lack of) and now showing their arrogance again… I bet they are keen to talk of the last 4 months, but still avoid lifetime sales…

  5. Here we go again. Microsofts refusal to talk about sales figures for so long and now they want to arrogantly strut around boasting about about a couple of months on the low season before Sony launched the slim refresh and the pro…

    Microsofts desperation is cringeworthy

  6. Ah, the numbers flinging. Literally no benefit for gamers but strokes the egos of Sony and MS. I forgot this used to be common.

    Erm…. Good for MS for outselling the PS4?

    Oh, ffs. I just remembered this will fuel fanboy arguments all over the net. Kinda thought that stuff died out or wasn’t as common as the PS3/360 years.

  7. Good.

    Competition brings the best games to gamers.

    Until both sides decide they like timed exclusives anyway.

  8. Seeing the amount of deals there have been for the past couple of months or so, it’s not a surprise. They might as well give them away.

  9. It’s a shame it’s taken so long but it’s great that they are finally seeing a fairer share of the market after addressing all the launch controversies and going the extra miles to win back support.

  10. As long as the next Assasins Creed game isn’t Xbox exclusive, I dont care who’s selling more. Just please, no more timed exclusives of my favourite franchises.

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