Despite doubling sales, Xbox One lags behind PS4 in June

Earlier this week, Microsoft said that console sales of the Xbox One doubled for the month of June when compared to the prior month. On the face of it, this looks like great news for Microsoft and frankly, it is, as doubling sales is good for the bottom line - but in the console wars, this is not enough.

According to the latest NPD numbers, Sony's PS4 once again outsold the Xbox One for the month of June. We know that Sony is selling its console in more markets than the Xbox One and has, until this past month, had a lower price point but the sales gap remains wide open.

It goes without saying that both consoles are selling well and will continue to do so going forward as each platform looks to best the other in terms of exclusive titles. As a gamer, it's a great position to be in as both Sony and Microsoft are not holding anything back when it comes to marketing and delivering a quality gaming experience.

For Microsoft, even though its console is doing well, this is still a blow to the ego as it did quite well with the Xbox 360 in the US when compared to the PS3, and not being able to replicate that success with the Xbox One means that the company's initial strategy simply did not meet with consumer expectations.

They have, of course, reversed course quite a bit; they are doing away with a lot of the original streaming content and have introduced a lower priced SKU. Will this new focus be enough to push Xbox One ahead of PS4? Only time will tell, but for now, Sony continues to best the Xbox One each month.

Source: NPD via Venturebeat

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Not interested in either console until the next hardware iterations (slim versions) come out and most importantly there is a bigger game library.

tsupersonic said,
Not interested in either console until the next hardware iterations (slim versions) come out and most importantly there is a bigger game library.

I.e. you don't want to be a guinea pig.
Also, don't forget the word :"cheaper".

NPD numbers are U.S. only, which is never clearly stated in the article. As such "Sony is selling its console in more markets than the Xbox One" is just a confusing thing to include as it may lead those not familiar with NPD numbers to believe that the numbers are global and thus take into account Sony sales in markets MS hasn't entered yet.

Asmodai said,
NPD numbers are U.S. only, which is never clearly stated in the article. As such "Sony is selling its console in more markets than the Xbox One" is just a confusing thing to include as it may lead those not familiar with NPD numbers to believe that the numbers are global and thus take into account Sony sales in markets MS hasn't entered yet.

yeah but PS4 is still doing better worldwide, even when you take into account the larger amount of markets it is in. I will say that at least at the moment it isn't doing too hot in Japan, so they still do need Europe and Americas to sell well.

macrosslover said,

yeah but PS4 is still doing better worldwide, even when you take into account the larger amount of markets it is in. I will say that at least at the moment it isn't doing too hot in Japan, so they still do need Europe and Americas to sell well.

You are correct, PS4 is doing better worldwide, in part because they are in more markets but that has nothing to do with the NPD numbers article is based on. As for Japan the PS4 is being outsold now the Wii U and I believe even the PS3 right now so sure it's a disappointment but I think it's pretty safe to say that Xbox One sales will not even match PS4 sales when it launches in Japan because the Japanese have never embraced any Xbox and there is no reason to believe they will start now. Again though, that has nothing to do with what this particular news post is about. NPD numbers are U.S. only.

I've seen numbers online that show the PS4 is like 70 or 80k ahead. So not by a huge margin, but still ahead.

Edited by macrosslover, Jul 18 2014, 2:12pm :

macrosslover said,
I've seen numbers online that show the PS4 is like 70 or 80k ahead. So not by a huge margin, but still ahead.

From what I've been seeing posted the gap, if you will, is closing now that the new $399 unit is on sale, so we'll see how it plays out the rest of this year and into 2015.

George P said,

From what I've been seeing posted the gap, if you will, is closing now that the new $399 unit is on sale, so we'll see how it plays out the rest of this year and into 2015.

yeah but ironically, I've seen seeing the PS4 go on sale a lot more online too.

George P said,

From what I've been seeing posted the gap, if you will, is closing now that the new $399 unit is on sale, so we'll see how it plays out the rest of this year and into 2015.

Um, no, it's not. NPD numbers released yesterday show that Xbox One was outsold by the PS4 by about 70,000 units in the month of June. That means that in the region that Xbox sells best in, they are still losing out...and it means that the "gap" you are talking about is not only not shrinking, it GREW by 70,000 units!

The fact is that the lower price is not enough to get customers to buy.

John Nemesh said,

Um, no, it's not. NPD numbers released yesterday show that Xbox One was outsold by the PS4 by about 70,000 units in the month of June. That means that in the region that Xbox sells best in, they are still losing out...and it means that the "gap" you are talking about is not only not shrinking, it GREW by 70,000 units!

The fact is that the lower price is not enough to get customers to buy.

I'm talking about the monthly gap as I'm sure you could've figured out, not the gap overall. And also the June price cuts didn't start off on day 1 of the month, they kicked into effect in the 2nd week IMO. We'll see what effect they've truly had after this point because June had hardly any new games out to actually push either of the two systems.

Enron said,
Not very good reporting. Lags behind by how much?

I've noticed this before on this site especially when it's bad news for Microsoft, reminds me of Infowars for techies ;-)

George P said,

I'm talking about the monthly gap as I'm sure you could've figured out, not the gap overall. And also the June price cuts didn't start off on day 1 of the month, they kicked into effect in the 2nd week IMO. We'll see what effect they've truly had after this point because June had hardly any new games out to actually push either of the two systems.

Whatever metric you care to measure by, the Xbone is LOSING this fight. Argue about it all you want, wont change the facts that it's being outsold by the competition 3:1 worldwide.