Sony PlayStation 4 Sells More Than Xbox One In March

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The PlayStation 4 console sold more units in March this year than the rival Xbox One from Microsoft.

Sony continues to battle it out with Microsoft in the gaming console market. According to industry-tracking firm The NPD Group, the Sony PlayStation 4 sold more units than the Microsoft Xbox One in March.

Sony takes commanding lead over Microsoft in console market

The PlayStation 4 has now outsold all other games consoles for 13 of the last 15 months. Although the Xbox One sold more in April and October last year, the PlayStation 4 has some serious momentum.

The Xbox One was boosted in October by the release of a key title, Halo 5: Guardians. In April the Microsoft console drove sales with the release of the exclusive game Quantum Break. It is reportedly the best-selling new game for the company.

In contrast the Nintendo Wii U looks set to be discontinued due to a strategic shift at the company. Nintendo is apparently going to focus on mobile gaming and its new hardware, codenamed NX, in order to try and carve out revenues in the $99.3 billion gaming market.

Consoles represent around a third of that $99.3 billion total. Sony is in a good position to make the most of the market due to both hardware and software sales.

PlayStation 4 about to get an upgrade

“Thank you to our fans and partners for making PlayStation 4 the top-selling console and software sales leader for the month of March, as well as the number-one console for fans of The Division, according to NPD. We are truly humbled by the success and look forward to delivering more amazing gaming experiences throughout 2016, including the launch of PlayStation VR this October,” wrote Sony.

However these console sales may not continue. In March rumors broke of a supposed PlayStation 4K that would boast better processing and video-output capabilities. Microsoft has also made oblique mentions of similar improvements.

It is not yet known whether either company will make major upgrades to its consoles. However new models that will sell for around $400 would make a lot of sense, but the rumors could discourage people from buying the existing consoles.

Technological advances include 4K gaming?

Over the course of their lifetime sales of the consoles are approximately two to one. The Xbox One sold 20 million units as of December 2015 according to video games research firm Electronic Entertainment Design and Research (EEDAR). The Sony PlayStation 4 had sold 36 million units as of January this year.

The improved PlayStation 4 looks set to offer an upgraded user experience thanks to better APU technology. The latest rumors claim that the new model will improve processing speed by 65% while using 70% less power.

As a result we could see a processor that can handle 4K resolution at similar frame rates to the existing PlayStation 4. However if this is to be the case it will require some serious technical work from Sony, not least to ensure that there is enough memory that 4K gaming is as smooth as the current version.

Improvements would need to be made to the RAM to make sure that the more powerful GPU unit was properly served. Some people have expressed their doubts over the introduction of a new console at a time when Sony is enjoying such a commanding lead over its main rival Microsoft, but it seems that the company wants to push forward.

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6 Comments on "Sony PlayStation 4 Sells More Than Xbox One In March"

  1. I think 4K should be the baseline for the 9th generation of consoles. Introducing 4K now, 4 years into the 8th generation is too little, too late. Come on Sony the hardware in your PS4 was about 3-4 years old when you introduced it to the public.

  2. I had a PS4. Sold it and bought an Xbox One. I’m even more disappointed with the Xbox One. Frame rates are terrible. The PS4 had terrible frame rates. Wow. One game gets 60FPS? Not any of the games I’ve been playing. All I hear from developers is that they need to reduce quality to get *playable* frame rates on both systems.

    They call this crap “next gen?” Seriously? More like a waste of money. A $500 PC outperforms both systems (AMD 8350, GTX 960, 8GB). $650 PC would destroy them (AMD 8350, GTX 970, 16GB). $1000 PC and the console is a joke in comparison (Intel I7 4790K, GTX 970, 32GB).

    With a console you have no control over visual quality. It’s fixed at the lowest possible settings that will allow the highest frame rates without looking like crap.

  3. Both consoles are crap… I’d rather have 1080p at 60FPS, but neither system can deliver 60FPS at 720p. You’re lucky to get 30FPS in most areas of Fallout 4 on either console, but people are fighting about which console is better? NEITHER. And Sony is talking about going 4K? Putting all that extra GPU power into the PS4.5 just so you can get more pixels at the same low frame rate. No thanks.

  4. Does anyone care about this? What is it with you PlayStation users and your fascination with sale numbers? Yes we all know that the Xbox One has lost this generation, but it still has good games and more to offer over the PS4, i.e monthly updates and a stronger/better community. I see only two article reporting sale numbers you and venturebeat, all the rest are talking about games or the supposed Xbox One Slim. So enough about sale numbers, as it’s a dying story! Both platforms are great and have their own strengths and weaknesses. Just don’t waste your time reporting on NPD numbers.

  5. Keep dreaming. Keep dreaming.

  6. Charles - The Great and Powerf | Apr 15, 2016, 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |

    PS – Bore can’t do 4k gaming. Xbox One can. People are moronically playing a numbers game with comparisons, but Xbox One has dedicated video memory that has no bus. Ps-Bore doubled the bandwidth on the bus but the memory is just as slow as operational memory on xbox one. the dedicated video ram on Xbox is like a hundred times faster than PS-Bore’s ram. Developers have to use it, which they haven’t been often. That’s why Xbox One has the only 1080p x 60 fps first person shooter. The only 1080p x 60 fps racing. Because Xbox One is superior in every way to PS-Bore.

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