Sony claimed victory over Microsoft in the U.S. market by selling nearly twice as many PlayStation 4 units in the month of January.
While Sony’s PlayStation 4 managed to beat the Xbox One when it came to global sales in December, Microsoft’s offering had the lead in the U.S. market.
However, it looks like the tide has turned in the favor of the PlayStation 4, as January numbers indicate that Sony has sold nearly twice as many PS4 units as its nearest next-gen competitor. Both consoles sold well in the month of December, and while Sony grabbed the overall lead with 4.2 million global sales, Microsoft outsold Sony by accruing 908,000 Xbox One sales in the U.S.
John Koller, SCEA Marketing Vice President, mentioned in a Q&A session on the PlayStation blog that Sony has sold every single PS4 console launched in the U.S. He also announced that Sony has seen a 90 percent growth in PlayStation Plus subscribers since the launch of the PS4, and that over 90 percent of PS4 consoles in the U.S. are connected online. He also said that over 1.7 million game streams were broadcast to Twitch and Ustream globally. While he did not confirm on the status of this feature, he did allude to the fact that more tools would be available to edit gameplay videos.
Meanwhile, Microsoft scored a small victory by edging out Sony in game sales. Over 2.26 million Xbox One games were sold in January, which accounted for 47 percent of overall game sales across all platforms. However, the NPD data does not include digital sales, so it might not be the most realistic indicator for overall sales. Usual bestsellers like Battlefield 4, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Grand Theft Auto V and Minecraft generated a bulk of the sales.
Microsoft might continue to lead game sales in the coming months as well, with exclusive titles like Titanfall debuting next month. However, Sony is likely to continue its dominance as far as console sales are concerned.