Since the release of Xbox One and PlayStation 4, Sony and Microsoft have been battling to win the hearts and the money of console users. However, overall Sony has taken a significant lead over Microsoft in term of sales, but Xbox One outsold PS4 in July.
Microsoft has already released a new version of its console, Xbox one S, but the old model had a strong performance in July. Speaking with Gamesbeat, Xbox marketing head, Mike Nichols, said that Xbox One outsold PS4 in July and also revealed the amount of time users spent on the console this year.
We’re honored that Xbox One was the best-selling console in the U.S. in July, and that total gaming hours on Xbox consoles globally were up 18 percent over last year, reaching 1.55 billion hours.
While it is certainly good for Microsoft, but this won’t do much to close the gap between the sales of the two consoles. Statistically speaking July and August are slow months for console sales, so if Xbox one managed to outsell the PS4, the figures would not be too high.
There are two possible reasons that Microsoft managed to beat Sony. One is that Microsoft dropped the price for Xbox One in follow up to release Xbox one S. The second reason could be Microsoft’s strong showing of the console during E3 2016.
Mike Nichols is also hopeful that Xbox will also outsell PS4 in August, given the strong performance of Xbox One S. The 2 TB version of Xbox One S is sold out in UK and in US the situation is almost the same.
Following its release last week, the 2TB launch edition of Xbox One S sold out in the U.K. and is nearly sold out in the U.S. Later this month on August 23, we will launch 500GB and 1TB options for Xbox One S at $299 and $349, respectively. We’re excited about all the fun gamers are having on Xbox One and all the new releases we’ll be bringing them this holiday.
So what do you think of Xbox one outsold PS4 in July? Do you think Microsoft will be able to do it again in August? Let us know in the comments.