Sony's PS4 and Microsoft's Xbox One were released at the end of last year and both have enjoyed successful launches. Now, several months on, the launch frenzy has settled down and we're able to take a proper look at how each console is doing in terms of sales. According to NPD's data for January, the PS4 outsold the Xbox One in terms of units sold. By a lot.
Microsoft announced yesterday (opens in new tab) that it had shipped 2.27 million units in the U.S. The news was revealed in a lengthy blog post on Xbox.com where the company proudly exclaimed that it is leading U.S. software game sales. Over on Sony's official PlayStation blog, the PS4 maker was focusing on another statistic. There, Sony revealed that it had sold nearly double the number consoles compared to "the nearest next gen competitor," in the U.S. Not only that, but the company has sold every PS4 available in the United States.
At launch, Xbox One definitely had the upper hand when it came to who had the longer list of exclusive titles. However, priced at $100 more, the Xbox One is less attractive for price-sensitive customers looking to get on board with the next generation of console hardware. Especially around the holidays, when people are generally more strapped for cash than other times of the year. Microsoft has said it has no plans to ditch Kinect to make the console cheaper, so it will have to rely on exclusive titles to maintain an edge over PS4. Titanfall is set to be one of the biggest games of the year, and it's launching in March on Xbox and PC only. On the flip-side of that argument, Sony also has a number of exclusive titles, including Infamous: Second Son, which also launches next month. It'll be interesting to see how console sales progress as 2014 wears on.
These measurements are based on U.S. sales along, which is probably the fairest comparison. Global data would likely be a little skewed thanks to the fact that the PS4 is available in 53 countries while the Xbox One is still only available in the 13 countries in which it launched way back in November. The console will hit Japan, as well as several other 'tier 2' countries, later this year, though Microsoft has yet to specify a release date for that launch.