The folks at NPD have released the figures for the month of February with the PlayStation 4 still topping the charts. While Xbox One failed to top the charts for the month of February 2015, Microsoft announced it was still a fruitful month for the Xbox One. The console had record sales in the month February 2015 in the US, reporting a phenomenal increase of 84 percent compared to January.
Furthermore, Xbox Live users spent on average 74 hours on the service throughout February — an average of over 18 hours a week which is quite impressive. Mike Nichols, corporate vice president of Xbox marketing at Microsoft, said this is “three times the amount of hours the average user spends on social networks. “And, Xbox Live set new records, quadrupling global gaming hours on Xbox One and Xbox 360 in February 2015 compared to February 2014,” Nichols said. “We are grateful to our fans for choosing to play on Xbox One.”
NPD’s report continues to mention that the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One combined “outsold the PS3 and the Xbox 360 combined 15 month totals by close to 60 percent.” Overall, the console hardware sales saw a decline of 5 percent month-over-month, as per NPD. Combining all three categories in the gaming arena, that is, hardware, new physical software and accessories, amounted to $956 million, an increase of almost 8 percent year-on-year.
“Hardware unit sales for all eighth generation consoles increased year over year with high double-digit increases from January 2015, indicating increasing momentum for this new console generation. The first 15 months the PS4 and the XBox One combined unit sales have outsold the PS3 and the Xbox 360 combined 15 month totals by close to 60 percent,” says NPD’s Liam Callahan.
The record sales for the Xbox One could be attributed to several factors such as the recent price drop for the console which brought the price back to $349. There’s a possibility the sales may improve a little more as the company recently introduced the Xbox One The Master Chief Collection bundle for the same $349 price tag.Further reading: Gaming, Microsoft, Playstation 4, Xbox, Xbox One