Microsoft has released its regular press statement regarding the NPDs U.S. sales figures for the previous month, but the company has chosen not to quantify the sales of Xbox One, likely indicating it wasnt the best-selling console for January.
Yusuf Mehdi, Microsofts corporate vice president of marketing and strategy for Xbox, published a blog post on Xbox Wire noting the Xbox line sold the most games of all console lines with 2.27 million units sold, including both Xbox 360 and Xbox One titles. That figure accounted for 47 percent of the total console software sales. Mehdi didnt clarify Xbox Ones software figures, however, only writing that "U.S. consumers [have purchased] an average of 2.7 games per console since launch." Also absent from the post were any hardware figures for either Xbox console.
Mehdi said Xbox games accounted for five of the top 10 best-selling titles for the month, though this fact was again not broken down by Xbox console. Other, more random statistics were also provided, such as the fact that more than a million people have used Skype on Xbox One.
Its unlikely the Xbox One was the best-selling console for the month, as Microsoft would have touted that fact as it did last month, when it bragged about selling an industry-leading 908,000 units in December. Microsoft later announced it sold a cumulative total of 3.9 million Xbox One consoles during its previous fiscal quarter. Sony has yet to release its regular monthly response to the NPDs figures, though it likely won the month as Nintendos Wii U has significantly lagged behind its next-generation console peers.
The years early months typically serve as a lull in console sales, though Microsoft will have two well-known titles set for release relatively soon, with "Titanfall" scheduled for a March 11 release and "Kinect Sports Rivals" scheduled for an April 8 release.
per @LuckyLongworth: PS4 was #1 in sales for next gen consoles in January, nearly doubling the nearest next gen competitor.— Geoff Keighley (@geoffkeighley) February 13, 2014
Sonys statement to Keighley notably also lacks numbers, possibly indicating it was a down month for the industry as a whole.
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