PlayStation 4 edges Xbox One for U.S. console sales in February

ps4Sony’s PlayStation 4 beat Microsoft’s Xbox One for sales in the U.S. last month, but not by much.

The NPD Group released its video game statistics this afternoon and the PS4 came came out on top for total console sales. However, while the PS4 finished January with nearly double the sales of the Xbox One, the margin wasn’t quite as large for February.

NPD noted that the Xbox One sold more than 90-percent of what the PS4 sold in February. Since Microsoft announced today that it sold 258,000 Xbox One units in the U.S. last month, it looks like the Sony sold around 290,000 PS4′s in February (Sony does not release sales stats).

Though Microsoft was beat on a unit sale basis, thanks to Xbox One’s higher price point — $499 vs. $399 for the PS4 — it led hardware sales on a dollar basis.

xboxone2121So to recap: Sony sold more individual consoles in February, but Microsoft brought in more overall revenue.

By last count, Sony noted 6 million consoles sold worldwide. Microsoft last revealed its total sales numbers in January, when the company said it shipped — not sold — 3.9 million Xbox One devices worldwide.

Microsoft is hoping to ramp up sales with the debut of popular sci-fi shooter Titanfall, which hit shelves on Tuesday. The Redmond software giant last week announced an Xbox One Titanfall Bundle, which includes an Xbox One console, an Xbox One chat headset, one month of Xbox Live Gold and a copy of Titanfall all for $499 — currently the same price as the Xbox One by itself. Purchased separately, Titanfall costs $59.99, so Microsoft is offering a pretty substantial discount with the package.

In terms of software, Xbox One sold 772,000 games in February. Compared to the first four months of sales for the Xbox 360 and PS3, NPD noted that software sales for the Xbox One and PS4 are up 80 percent since the consoles debuted in November (this does not include digital sales).

The Xbox 360, meanwhile, sold 114,000 units in the U.S. last month during its 100th month on the market. Titanfall comes out on the 360 on March 25.

Overall, thanks to the next generation consoles, hardware sales were up 42 percent at $347 million in February compared to last year. Here were the top-selling games last month (not including digital sales):

  1. Call of Duty: Ghosts (Xbox 360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4, Wii U, PC)
  2. The Lego Movie Videogame (Xbox 360, PS3, 3DS, Wii U, Xbox One, PS4, Vita)
  3. NBA 2K14 (Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, PC)
  4. Thief (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)
  5. Grand Theft Auto V (Xbox 360, PS3)
  6. Battlefield 4 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, PC)
  7. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Wii U, PC)
  8. Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII (PS3, Xbox 360)
  9. Minecraft (Xbox 360)
  10. Bravely Default (3DS)
  • guest

    Keep in mind this is the US, Xbox’s stronghold. So it’s a horse-race here, but just barely, and Xbox is still behind. Europe, however, is a different story. In Europe Xbox is getting crushed, 3 or 4 to 1 (which is why MSFT dropped price in the UK, their largest market – just to stay in the game). And Japan’s even worse.

    I would imagine that things will look better for XB1 in March with the launch of Titanfall, but only in the US, in Europe, it will still likely end up behind for the month.

    And then we’re into the summer doldrums before the fall releases.

    The prediction that XB1 would be behind PS4 2:1 looks like it may come true after all. If MGS doesn’t turn that around by EOY, there will be dire consequences.

    Dire.

    Sony has to win, it’s existential for them. MSFT, not so much, they can exit the space, sell out, or kill the HW part of the business and go all in on XBL as a multi-platform content/ad network.

    • Will

      “Sony has to win, it’s existential for them. MSFT, not so much, they can exit the space, sell out, or kill the HW part of the business and go all in on XBL as a multi-platform content/ad network.”

      Quit being so dramatic. Xbox is selling incredibly well, especially considering it’s $100 more. Just because they’re not in the #1 sales spot (Xbox never has been), doesn’t mean they have to “sell out”.

      Ridiculous.

  • kduffey86

    Im sorry but even with Titanfall they are done. TF isn’t going to help xboxone jump 2.1 million consoles. from the beginning they were screwed when they launched in the US and only managed to match PS4 sales, in they’re own backyards they are losing, and the rest of the world is being dominated by PS4. I own a PS4 but have played the xbox one a lot, and I can honestly say that I dont know how people bought the thing. Call me a Sony pony or what ever you want. I picked the system that is owned by 6 million people and i guarantee will win this console war. If you dont think that the best exclusives down the line are going to flock to the system with the most gamers then you are crazy!

    • duffeyk68

      Just like they flocked to Wii… right?

      • Vdubbs

        Difference with the Wii is that it was the weakest of the 3 power wise. The PS2 was weaker but not out of the playground, to where developers couldnt leave them out. PS4 is different, its more powerful and costs less.

    • Will

      “Im sorry but even with Titanfall they are done.”

      You okay? Um, Xbox One is selling very well. Much better than the 360 did in the same time frame.

      Xbox is doing fine, dude. Just fine.

      “I own a PS4 but have played the xbox one a lot, and I can honestly say that I dont know how people bought the thing.”

      Yeah? What have you played? Cuz the XOne has some great games, including Killer Instinct, Forza 5, Ryse, Tomb Raider, AC IV, and Titanfall.

      What exactly are you playing on the PS4 that makes it so special?

      • guest

        Forza is mediocre. Titanfall is excellent. Ryse is an absolutely terrible game

        • Will

          It’s the easiest thing to just dismiss a game. I have experience with these games, however, and I have extensive experience with the Forza series, as well as the newest installment.

          Forza is easily the highest achievement of the racing genre and continues to push boundaries. Every detail of the game just reeks of quality, and I immediately dismiss the opinions of brazen idiots that fail to acknowledge it.

          Ryse is a fantastic brawling game. The cinematic quality, as well as the competent voice acting and back story add substance to it, and the fighting system itself is both innovative and engaging.

          The question is still not answered, of course. What exactly are you playing on the PS4 that makes it so special?

  • Justaphella

    Its not just the games that should bentalking about. The apps coming out are going to be great. In the long run the xbox one will be all around the same system. Xbox one will always bring in more revenue. Better exclusives.

    • fred

      I agree the xbox one is better for gaming as well as all else I have both systems and the ps4 is junk I’ve sent it in twice for repair as it’s built like crap and has hardly any good exclusives. Xbox will come out on top in sales like they always do when people realize they are getting a forced out product to compete with the one. You did avoid they question what is it you are playing on the ps4 that is so great like I said I have both systems and xbox has better games better apps and doesn’t fall apart. You have been mislead into believing in a system that will bite the dust in the end because they shoved it out to fast. Oh might I add xbox is catching up quite quickly might I add since the release of titanfall where ps4 sales are down 19% whaddya know :-)

  • ipeedonyou

    “It doesn’t matter if you win by an inch or a mile… Winning’s winning.”

    • Guy Brohski

      Sony’s winning by 10 miles, Xbox One is still at the starting line.

  • Dustin X

    I remember Titanfall’s midnight release. We were all there to pick up Dark Souls on PS3.

  • video game fan boy

    Ps4 is by far the better gaming console. Notice I said gaming. If you want to put on the greatest PowerPoint presentation get an Xbox1. If you don’t own a smart t.v. or have direct TV as I do then talking to you Xbox1 will be fun, (however short lived it will be). But with all the horns and whistles the Xbox fan boys keep barking about the reality is it isn’t a big selling point. Nor does it justify the extra $100.00 you’ll spend for it. The reason the ps4 is so successful is they listened to what the consumer wanted. Microsoft told the consumer what they wanted. This is a business, game manufacturers will follow the trend. Right now it’s playstation. 6 million people can’t be wrong. So believe whatever you want I own both and the Xbox1 collects dust and the ps4 gets used. Just my personal reality. I would have been very disappointed if I would of bought the xbox1 rather then getting it as a gift.

  • Joecraft128

    The PS4 console looks futuristic because of the parallelogram shape and size. It is also lighter. On the other hand, the Xbox One is bigger and heavier and looks like an old VCR player. It is more expensive because of the Kinect. Sure the Kinect can do really cool stuff like track your heart rate and track more motion compared to the PS4 camera, but no one really cares about the Kinect. The Kinect doesn’t have fun games and it is time consuming going through the menus. On the other hand, the PS4′s camera is optional and costs $60.
    Xbox One cables are horrid. It uses special cables and is a pain in the butt to replace when it breaks or gets lost. The PS4′s cables are easy to replace because other companies such as Sega uses the PS4′s kind of cables.
    The PS4′s controller is amazing. It has a touch pad which is good because now everything is touch screen. The PS4′s controller is chargeable but the Xbox One’s controller uses batteries. The PS4′s controller has the share button which allows you to share cool things you have done in your games on PSN (PlayStation Network.) The share button is easy and simple to use.
    The BIGGEST REASON why PlayStation 4 is better than Xbox One is because the PlayStation is MORE POWERFUL. It has better visual effects, such as fire, water, or smoke, and the graphic possessor is 50% more powerful than Xbox One’s. The game such as Call of Duty Ghosts, Assassin’s Creed 4, and Battlefield 4 are better on the PlayStation 4 because of the graphics more additional content, and remote play.
    Again the Xbox One does have the Kinect, and the PS4 gives you more things than Xbox One. The PS4 has better remote play, better graphics, better console design, better controller, and Uncharted, which is a great game. I bought the PS4 and I recommend it.