The NPD Group has released their monthly sales figures for the consoles and software in the U.S. for the month of February, and it may not be too pleasing for the folks at Microsoft. PlayStation 4 has once again surpassed the Xbox One in terms of hardware sales, and is the top-selling console for the month according to NPD (via GeekWire). It’s not just the hardware sales, the PlayStation 4 also surpassed both Nintendo and Xbox in terms of software sales as well.
“We continued to see strong year-over-year sales growth for PS4 hardware and software and are truly humbled by the support and enthusiasm from gamers,” a Sony Computer Entertainment America spokesperson said in a statement. “We will continue to deliver amazing gaming experiences with the upcoming launches of Ratchet & Clank, MLB The Show 16 and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.”
However, Microsoft said that exclusive games sales for the Xbox One was up by 49 percent compared to February 2015. It further mentioned that the number of hours spent by Xbox users have dramatically increased by a whopping 93 percent.
“The unmatched lineup of games available on Xbox One continues to generate a strong response from gamers as seen through global Xbox Live engagement and exclusive game sales,” Mike Nichols, Microsoft Corporate Vice President for Xbox Marketing, said in a statement. ” … We are truly grateful to our fans for choosing to play the greatest games lineup in Xbox history across Windows 10 devices, and are excited to share more in the coming months on our full lineup of holiday exclusives as well as new innovations, features and experiences coming to Xbox One, Windows 10 and Xbox Live.”
Looking at the over figure for the consoles, it’s not something to be excited about as the overall hardware sales dipped by a significant 23 percent.
Ever since the launch of both consoles, the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, in November 2013, Sony has managed to surpass Microsoft’s console despite the fact that the folks at Redmond have released several enticing deals and bundles to boost its sales.Further reading: Microsoft, NPD group, Playstation 4, Xbox One