Microsoft Xbox One Lags PS4 U.S. Sales, Gap Narrowing

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Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Sony Corporation (NYSE:SNE) (TYO:6758) have again released the figures from NPD’s February US console roundup, and though the figures are new, the end result is the same with the Japanese company winning again.

Microsoft giving more data

Though Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) sold less consoles than Sony Corporation (NYSE:SNE) (TYO:6758), it revealed more data than its arch rival. According to the company, it sold 258,000 units in the U.S. Software sales of the Xbox One have also been impressive with an average of 2.75 games sold per console. In February, Microsoft sold a total of 772,000 units of Xbox One games, and 2.46 million games of Xbox 360, capturing 48% of the total software market. For February, Xbox One and Xbox 360 filled the five of the top 10 places for the generation eight and generation seven U.S. console game lists.

Xbox One top titles appearing in the generation eight console list for U.S. include, NBA 2K14, Battlefield 4, and Thief, Call of Duty: Ghosts, and Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare. Xbox 360 top titles reserving spots in the generation seven console include NBA 2K14, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Fable Anniversary, Grand Theft Auto V, Minecraft, anc The LEGO Movie Videogame.

Sales gap contracting

Sony Corporation (NYSE:SNE) (TYO:6758) has not shared any such data as the only data it shared was enough to counter all the claims from Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). A tweet from Sony said “NPD Group: PS4 is #1 again for the month, and cumulative sales, in the United States. Thanks for your support!”

However, for Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) one piece of information came as some relief: that the sales gap in February compared to January has contracted a bit. On dollar basis, hardware sales of Xbox One beat the PS4 as the former costs $100 more.

It is still too early to say who will be the ultimate winner in this exciting race, but with the release of Titanfall this week, it can only be expected to get tighter.

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