NPD: Xbox One Closes Gap on PlayStation 4
Written Friday, March 14, 2014 By Lee BradleyView author's profile
The sales gap between Xbox One and PlayStation 4 appears to be closing.
According to NPD, January's PlayStation 4 sales were almost double those of Xbox One in North America. In February, however, NPD reports that PS4 sales are only higher by “a narrow margin.” And thanks to Xbox One's larger price tag, the console lead sales last month, in terms of revenue.
"PS4 led hardware sales in February 2014, but by a narrow margin with Xbox One selling over 90 percent of what the PS4 sold in terms of unit sales," reads the NPD report. "However, with Xbox One's higher price point, it led hardware sales on a dollar basis."
This upswing in sales is likely related to anticipation for Titanfall, which threatens to be Xbox One’s killer app. It hit North America on Tuesday and arrives in Europe today. You can read our review here.
Microsoft also added that Xbox One is selling 61 per cent more than Xbox 360 at similar points in the consoles’ lifecycle. So whatever way you shake it, both Microsoft and Sony’s new consoles are performing well.
In terms of money flowing into the industry, it was a bit of a mixed bag. While total spend is up 9% year-on-year from $810m to $887m, software sales are down 9 per cent year-on-year. Compared to January’s software sales, however, February was a great month, with total sales rising from $232m to $318m.
It’ll be interesting to see Titanfall’s impact on both Xbox One and software sales next month.
All-format sales chart for February in North America
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- The Lego Movie Videogame
- NBA 2K14
- Grand Theft Auto V
- Battlefield 4
- Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
- Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII
- Bravely Default