Xbox One continues to trail PS4 in console sales for May

If you are a gamer, there is a good chance you have either bought, or are trying to decide between the PS4 and the Xbox One. While we know sales figures do not paint the entire story, they do show the trending of which way gamers are leaning when looking to buy a next gen console.

With that being said, the PS4 has once again outsold the Xbox One for the month of May. While the NPD did not release exact sales figures, as that is typically left up to Sony and Microsoft, they did say "May 2014 marked the fifth consecutive month that Sony’s PlayStation 4 led hardware sales".

Of course, it must be said that the PS4 is on sale in many more regions than the Xbox One, so the playing field is not exactly even but Microsoft will close that gap later this year. The company plans to offer the console up for sale in many more regions starting in September.

For gamers, having Microsoft and Sony compete so fiercely is a good thing as it forces both companies to be creative in how they try to entice consumers to buy their consoles. Seeing that both company's are doing well in sales, we don't expect to see the marketing push from either company slow down anytime soon.

Based on public figures, Sony has said that it has sold 7 million PS4 consoles while Microsoft has said that it has shipped 5 million Xbox Ones. We will be curious to see how June plays out seeing that Microsoft now sells a cheaper version of the Xbox One without a Kinect at the same price as the PS4 for $399.

Source: Venture Beat

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-Razorfold said,

I'm betting that it will start doing a lot better. Especially since Gamestop was recently quoted as saying the $399 xbox has been flying off shelves.

I think the Kinect is a pretty neat idea and it was a good idea to bundle it since it forces developers to at least try to incorporate it, but the $100 price difference was a major downside especially for people who couldn't care less about it.


Still needs more games. Even though I do want Kinect, I must admit $400 is easier to take.

Well they announced the cheaper sku in April...i would expect that to have slowed sales even more during may as people wait it out.

spenser.d said,
Well they announced the cheaper sku in April...i would expect that to have slowed sales even more during may as people wait it out.

Exactly! I would expect sales to come to a grinding halt in May in anticipation of a significantly cheaper Xbox in June.

just add in mouse and keyboard, then introduce a couple of famous RTS/ARTS games like LoL, DoTA and StarCraft II to xbox, i'll bet that people will buy them.

I plan on getting a PS4, but mainly because I like my PS3, I like a lot of the Playstation titles that won't be on XBox, and I don't want to have to re-purchase all of the digital stuff I have on the Playstation Network.

Would be nice to have both though, because I have a lot of digital downloads on XBox Live as well, and I do enjoy the Halo series.

Same here. I try to squeeze in about 3 hours a week. Mostly after midnight but then I'm exhausted at work. I'm not in my twenties anymore :-(

Can't this console war END ALREADY?
I mean, they're the same console. It's only brand loyalty that makes people choose one or the other.

(Not really the same console, but you get what I'm saying, right?)

The hardware is so similar that the biggest selling point right now is software. Useful 3rd party applications, games, and company policies are what's going to sell consoles in this generation, because in terms of raw horsepower, there isn't enough of a difference between the two for it to matter.

I wouldn't place any bets on selling more once released in other countries, the only region xbox sells well is NA

"Of course, it must be said that the PS4 is on sale in many more regions than the Xbox One, so the playing field is not exactly even"

You do know NPD is a measure of North American sales? This sentence is irrelevant. Besides you really think Microsoft haven't launched in markets that they can shift large volumes. Delusional thinking.

June an July will be the interesting months with the new $399 SKU out, otherwise people have been going with the cheaper option PS4 for the most part. The same held true last time when the PS3 started at $499 and $599 it went nowhere, way worse than the XB1 which is selling, just less than the cheaper PS4.

What people fail to mention is that Sony has no monies and bleeding out badly. They are losing money on Vita too which has taken a huge hit. Ms has a ton of money and resources and can invest really well.

Well sony is no small company either. Microsoft is also bleeding on different frontiers. Stockmarket will not allow any of those companies to burn money forever

StandingInAlley said,
What people fail to mention is that Sony has no monies and bleeding out badly. They are losing money on Vita too which has taken a huge hit. Ms has a ton of money and resources and can invest really well.

What does your post have anything to do with the PS4 outselling the Xbox One? Unless this was a site for shareholders and this was a post about corporate profitability, your post simply reeks of childish fanaticism.

To top it off you are wrong, or rather misleading with your comment, the Playstation group of SCE along Sony's mobile division are the strongest money makers for Sony so again why in the world would your comment have any relevance in relation to this post?

As far as resources go Sony has more assets than Microsoft does, at about $150 billion.
asset=economic resource.

If anyone were to sell off their games division it would be MS dumping the Xbox seeing as its their loss leader at about -$2 billion per year.

So while Playstation is one of the Sony's saving graces, the Xbox brand has always been nothing but a loss leader dragging Microsoft down.

StandingInAlley said,
What people fail to mention is that Sony has no monies and bleeding out badly. They are losing money on Vita too which has taken a huge hit. Ms has a ton of money and resources and can invest really well.

Sony is "bleeding out badly" because of other parts of the companies (spinning off TVs, poor computer sales, restructuring, etc.) These are huge corporations with many parts however the PlayStation division IS making a profit. Microsoft is the opposite, MS is hugely profitable because of Office, Windows, Visual Studio, Server Software (including cloud), etc. but the Xbox division is a huge money loser that's just propped up by everything else. So yes, overall MS is in much better shape than Sony however PlayStation IS in much better shape than Xbox.

Asmodai said,
....

I think you need to read the Microsoft annual report again.
MS Entertainment division is operating in the black.
They also sold parts of the Entertainment division that were in conflict with the overall XBox strategy.

StandingInAlley said,
What people fail to mention is that Sony has no monies and bleeding out badly. They are losing money on Vita too which has taken a huge hit. Ms has a ton of money and resources and can invest really well.

Nobody's failed to mention anything. It's just not very relevant.

It's like you're booing the scrappy guy who isn't all built and cut like his opponent, yet is still landing more punches. What difference does size make if you can't land your shots? ... I see this no different.

It is strange that these consoles sell at all given the fact that they cannot run most games at normal resolution...

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