Just a few days ago we reported to you on the PlayStation 4 once again surpassing Xbox One sales in the month of February. Despite efforts such as backward compatibility, bundles, cross-buy, and even the release of new titles to the Tomb Raider and Forza franchises, the NPD report made it apparent that Microsoft is still lagging behind Sony in console sales. While Microsoft does not release official sale figures for consoles, VGChartz is a website which gives out fairly accurate estimates for console sales, and they too now are showing statistics that are not necessarily in Microsoft and Xbox’s favor.
While the statistical methods behind figure can be argued about, as of March 5th, the website is listing that Microsoft has sold about 20.4 million Xbox consoles. This is still a bit far behind their listing of Sony’s 38.8 million PS4 consoles sold. The website, however, has proven to be fairly accurate with its listings and is close to Sony’s most recent official PS4 sales figure of over 36 million units sold.
Nonetheless, it has still been a good internal year for Microsoft and Xbox. The company has said that exclusive games sales for the Xbox One were up by 49 percent compared to February 2015. Microsoft even further mentioned that the number of hours spent by Xbox users has dramatically increased by a whopping 93 percent.
Compared to a few years ago with the Xbox 360, Microsoft has now shown a clearer understanding of the wants and needs of gamers. The company has listened to the feedback of fans in the Xbox Preview program by releasing a new Xbox One dashboard experience, and even released a new 1 TB systems for those storage hungry gamers.
Do you think Microsoft will ever catch up to Sony in console sales? The topic sure can be controversial, so be sure to let us know what you think in the comments below.Further reading: PS4, Xbox, Xbox One