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Xbox One falling even further behind as PS4 continues to grow

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Sony’s PlayStation 4 (PS4) continues to increase the lead it has on Microsoft’s Xbox One to the point where it is evident that the PS4 has won the current-gen console war. There is no doubt that the continued growth of the PS4 sales in both software and hardware makes it near impossible for the Xbox One to make a comeback.

Recent sale figures show PS4 dominance

Last month, the PS4 sales already reached a milestone of 10 million units sold worldwide while the last announcement from Xbox One sales came in April where it sold 5 million units. Today, it has been reported that the PS4 has continued to outsell the Xbox One for eight consecutive months. For all intents and purposes the future looks grim for Microsoft, as this means that Sony still has a 5 million units sold lead in the current-gen console market.

The NPD report highlights the PlayStation sales:

  • “PlayStation 4 was #1 in hardware sales for the eighth consecutive month and remains the cumulative leader for next generation game consoles.
  • PlayStation led the month for next generation software with Madden NFL 15 for PS4 taking the #1 spot for overall software sales.
  • Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Ultimate Evil Edition and Madden NFL 15 had their strongest sales on PS4 and were the biggest third party releases of the month.
  • The Last of Us Remastered continues to have strong momentum on PS4; it was the top selling first-party title in August.
  • For the third consecutive month, PlayStation was #1 in combined home console hardware sales (PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3).” - Source

Looking at the report, not only did the PS4 beat the Xbox one, but combined current and last-gen consoles also outsold the combined efforts of the Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Furthermore, the PS4 leads the charge in current-gen software sales and had the biggest third party release this month.

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In response to this information, Microsoft has issued a statement to VentureBeat:

Xbox One sales are on a positive trajectory, nearly doubling sales in August in the U.S. compared to July due in part to strong demand for the Xbox One Madden NFL 15’bundle. The holiday season is upon us we’re looking forward to bringing the best value bundles, incredible offers like the ‘Buy a Console Get a Game Free’ promotion running now and more great games as we gear up for the launches of Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Sunset Overdrive, Forza Horizon 2, Destiny, Grand Theft Auto V and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.” - Source

Although the statement sounds positive, I believe it only tries to conceal the clear defeat Microsoft has suffered. Just like earlier this week, where Microsoft issued a flimsy excuse on why they have not released the Destiny sales figures, in this response they again mention holiday sales in what I believe to be an attempt to soften the blow from the sales figures released by the NPD report.

The Xbox One was not Big in Japan

One could argue that Microsoft still has a chance to make up this massive sales gap as the Xbox One launches in 29 additional countries this month. However, looking at the recent sales figures for Japan’s first week launch of the Xbox One, this will most likely not be the case.

TIME reported that according to Japanese game magazine, Famitsu, "Microsoft’s games console sold just 23,562 units during its first four days on the market, September 4-7. Contrast with the Japanese Xbox 360 launch back in December 2005, which sold 62,135 units in half as many days, or the original Xbox in February 2002, selling 123,929 during its launch weekend."

The Land of the Rising Sun has always preferred Sony and Nintendo consoles above Microsoft's. "Sony and Nintendo game systems have historically sold better in Japan, so it’s no surprise that figures for their respective launch windows are much higher: Sony’s PlayStation 4 sold 322,083 units during its first two days on the market (in November 2013) and the Wii U moved 308,570 units during its initial two days of availability (in November 2012). In Japan, that makes the Xbox One one of the most poorly launched mainstream game consoles on the books (the best remains the PlayStation 2, which hit 630,552 units sold during its preliminary weekend)", says TIME.

Looking at the Xbox One’s Japan first week sales numbers compared to that of the PS4, there is no doubt in my mind that the PS4 is by far the preferred choice when it comes to a current-gen console and will continue to show this trend in the months to come.

Closing Thoughts

From the recent NPD report it is clear that the PS4 increasing its lead over the Xbox One. This, coupled with the recent poor sales in the launch week of Japan from the Xbox One and Microsoft’s flimsy excuses on the Destiny sales figures, it is hard not to believe that Sony has for all intents and purposes already won this generation’s console wars.

For those of you who still want to buy an Xbox One when it launches in South Africa on 23 September 2014, you should take a look at our articles entitled “What to expect from the Xbox One when it launches in South Africa" and "All Xbox One items now available at kalahari.com" for all the information you need.

Do you think the Xbox One can make a comeback or is this generation already won by the PS4? Which current-gen console are you playing on right now? Do you plan on buying a Xbox One in the future? Will Microsoft be able to make a comeback with the launch of the Xbox One in 29 additional countries? Let us know what you think in the comment section below.

Pre-order Xbox One Bundles at kalahari.com:

Important Notes:

  • Games are digital copies and not physical items
  • Bundles include free 14-day trial of Xbox Live Gold for new members
  • Stock are extremely limited  

Sources: NeoGaf, Venturebeat, Kotaku

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