Xbox One Crosses 5 Million Sales to Retailers

April 18, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment


On Wednesday, we shared the news of the PS4 crossing 7 million consumer sales, yesterday we showed you the details from the NPD report, and today we have news from Microsoft. Over 5 million Xbox One units have been sold to retailers.

Now, on the surface, you might think that means the PS4 has sold 2 million more units than the Xbox One. However, Microsoft’s 5 million refers to the number it has sold-in (sold to retailers), while Sony’s 7 million refers to the number it has sold-through (actually sold to consumers). Without Sony’s sold-in figure or Microsoft’s sold-through figure, we can’t make a true comparison.

The Xbox One’s sales data still looks good, though, and Microsoft noted that the Xbox One is seeing 60% higher sales than the Xbox 360 did at the equivalent point in its life cycle. Titanfall was also very successful, coming in at the top of the game sales chart for March.

All eyes are on E3, as Microsoft promises a strong lineup of game announcements. Could E3 be the turning point for the Xbox One?

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March NPD Report Shows Titanfall and PS4 in the Lead

April 17, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment

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It’s that time again, when the NPD Group releases the official sales report for the previous month. It feels almost contradictory to say the Xbox One-exclusive Titanfall and the PS4 were both in the lead in March, but that’s the way it turned out. The PS4 led the console sales, which isn’t surprising in light of the news that it crossed 7 million sales, even though Titanfall was the top-selling game.

The top ten best-selling games (new, physical copies only) for March were:

  1. Titanfall
  2. Infamous: Second Son
  3. South Park: The Stick of Truth
  4. Call of Duty: Ghosts
  5. Dark Souls II
  6. Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes
  7. NBA 2K14
  8. Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster
  9. The LEGO Movie Videogame
  10. Minecraft

The sales data for Titanfall and Infamous: Second Son didn’t include their respective console bundles. We assume those were counted among the hardware sales instead.

Overall, hardware sales were up 78% from last March, although software sales were down 28%. It’s definitely been a good season for the PS4 and Xbox One, as well as for some of their most prominent games.

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PS4 Crosses 7 Million Sales

April 16, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment


Around the start of March, Sony announced that PS4 sales had crossed the 6 million mark. With another month, the latest sales figure has been released: more than 7 million PS4s have been sold as of April 6th.

According to Sony, global PS4 software sales stand at 20.5 million. This means the average attach rate is 2.93 games per PS4 owner, which has also risen from previous figures.

PS4 sales just keep rising, and with the NPD report releasing soon, we should have some more interesting sales data to share shortly.

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Infamous: Second Son Crosses 1 Million Sales

April 10, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment


Infamous: Second Son released on March 21, and according to the latest blog post from PlayStation, it hit 1 million sales in just 9 days.

This makes it the fastest-selling Infamous title, which is interesting, considering that this is still relatively early in the PS4’s life cycle.

If you enjoyed Second Son, don’t forget to check out the free episodic Paper Trail DLC. Share your comments on Second Son and the Infamous series in the comments below, and let us know if you think it deserves its high sales.

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Infamous Boosts UK PS4 Sales by 106%

March 24, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment


We thought it was impressive when the Xbox One’s sales in the UK jumped by 96% with the release of Titanfall, but it seems the release of Infamous: Second Son had an even greater impact.

According to MCV, the same source that provided the Titanfall figures, Infamous: Second Son boosted sales of the PS4 in the UK by 106%. Now that’s impressive!

Second Son has been fairly well-received. We’re interested in seeing where the Infamous series goes next, especially since Sucker Punch has said the premise of the series allows for protagonists “of any age, any gender, any time, any country” and that future games could feature any character.

Have you played Infamous: Second Son? What do you hope to see next from Sucker Punch?

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Xbox One Outsells PS4 for 4 Weeks in the UK

March 21, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment


MCV has reported that things have shifted a little bit in the UK video games market. While the PS4 was outselling the Xbox One for a long time, the Xbox One has been the highest-selling console for the past four weeks. This is most likely due to the price cut, the release of Titanfall, and the limited stock of the PS4.

However, the PS4 still has the highest total sales in the UK. With more consoles coming into stock and today’s release of Infamous: Second Son, which became the top-selling game on Amazon in the US, UK, and France, the PS4 could increase its momentum. We’ll keep you updated.

In the meantime, share your general thoughts on these two consoles. (Try to keep your debates civil, of course.) Do you have an Xbox One or a PS4? Both? Which do you prefer, and which do you see leading sales in the months ahead?

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Increased Sales for Xbox One and PS4

March 17, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment


It shouldn’t be a surprise to learn that the Xbox One saw a boost in sales over the past week. After all, Titanfall launched on March 11, and it was one of the most anticipated titles in the Xbox One’s library. Factor in the effective price cuts from bundles, and it would have been a shock if the Xbox One didn’t see a substantial rise.

According to MCV, the Xbox One’s sales in the United Kingdom rose by 96% last week, 70% of which were due to the Titanfall bundle. Titanfall itself was the #1 bestselling game in the UK, beating out Dark Souls II.

We haven’t yet heard data on how the Xbox One’s sales have improved worldwide, but the numbers from the UK are very promising.

However, the PS4 also saw a massive rise in UK sales last week–a 72.4% boost MCV’s editor attributes to more stores getting the console in stock.

So it looks like it was a great week for both consoles in the UK. Did you pick up an Xbox One or a PS4 last week? What about Titanfall?

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February Sales High for PS4, Xbox One, and Wii U

March 15, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment

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February was a good month for the gaming market. The new NPD charts were just released, and hardware sales were 42% higher than those in February 2013, with console hardware sales 60% higher.

The PS4 is still in the lead in terms of sales, but only by a narrow margin. In the United States, the PS4 sold about 287,000 units and the Xbox One sold 258,000 units. Due to the small gap and the higher price of the Xbox One, Microsoft’s hardware sales put them in the lead in terms of dollar amounts.

The Wii U’s hardware sales were also up by 25% when compared to those in February 2013, which is good news for the struggling console.

The top-selling game in February was Call of Duty: Ghosts, followed by The Lego Movie Video Game, NBA 2K14, and Thief. Grand Theft Auto V came in fifth, with the remaining five top sellers being Battlefield 4, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, Minecraft, and Bravely Default: Flying Fairy. However, these rankings do not take digital sales into account.

Well, things look good for the gaming industry in general, and both Sony and Microsoft (and Nintendo!) are doing quite well.

In related news, despite the release of Titanfall, the PS4 still appears to have an edge over the Xbox One at GameStop. Despite costing $549.96 and containing only a PS4, Call of Duty: Ghosts, a second controller, and a 1-year subscription to PS+, the PS4 Call of Duty bundle is outselling the $529.98 Xbox One Titanfall and Call of Duty: Ghosts Bundle, which contains an Xbox One, Titanfall, Call of Duty: Ghosts, and a 1-month subscription to Xbox Live.

Is it the PS4 itself? The PS+ subscription? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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PS4 Hits 6 Million Sales, Killzone: Shadow Fall Reaches 2.1

March 4, 2014 by Staff - Leave a comment


The PS4 continues to blast through its sales predictions (the most recent of which was 5 million sales by the end of March), and after its popular reception in Japan, we were wondering how much that would boost its overall sales. Well, Sony announced today that 6 million units have been sold worldwide.

Both Sony Computer Entertainment President and CEO Andrew House and Sony Computer Entertainment Japan and Asia President Hiroshi Kawano referenced the Japanese market having a major contributing factor to the PS4’s latest success. Kawano also mentioned that they will “liven up” the Japanese market.

Japan had an exclusive limited edition PS4 that included a free digital download of Knack. After selling 370,000 units, it has been discontinued.

Over half of PS4 users subscribe to PS+, and 3.6 million smartphones currently run the PlayStation App. Sony released some other data as well. The PS4’s “share” function has been used with Facebook and Twitter over 100 million times, and 3.6 million gaming sessions have been streamed to Twitch and Ustream, with over 56 million views. In fact, PS4 broadcasts now account for 20% of the streams on Twitch.

Additionally, the PS4-exclusive shooter Killzone: Shadow Fall has seen 2.1 million sales, and 13.7 PS4 games have been sold in total.

Once again, these are huge sales numbers for the PS4. Its momentum has to slow eventually, but we’ve seen no sign of that happening. What might the future hold?

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PS4 Has Already Outsold Wii U

February 27, 2014 by Staff - Leave a comment


According to VGChartz, as of February 22 the PlayStation 4 had sold approximately 5,847,194 units worldwide, while the Wii U had sold approximately 5,765,484 units worldwide. That means that in the three months (and a week) since the PS4’s release, it has already outsold the Wii U, which has been on the market for an additional year.

Now, it’s no secret that the Wii U’s sales haven’t exactly been stellar, but this still speaks volumes about the success of the PS4. It keeps selling out in stores around the world, and its recent Japanese launch was hugely successful.

Have you picked up a PS4 yet? Do you plan to? Let us know.

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