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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)
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