PS4 outsells Xbox One for the fourth month in a row

Friday, 16th May 2014 00:37 GMT By Brenna Hillier

PlayStation 4′s continued success at US retail certainly adds context to that cheaper, Kinect-free Xbox One, doesn’t it?


The NPD today announced that the PS4 was the best-selling individual hardware platform at US retail during April. That’s four months in a row.

Although Sony didn’t release specific sales figures, we know the PS4 sold over 115,000 units, because that’s how many Xbox Ones Microsoft shifted.

Although it still can’t claim to have outsold the PS4, Microsoft did have some boasting this month. It sold 71,000 Xbox 360 consoles, 447,000 Xbox One games and 2.2 million Xbox 360 games.

The Xbox platform (total spend across both consoles combined) continues to hold the majority of the US retail market share at 53%.

The NPD noted that the Xbox One is selling well, too, and even the Wii U’s not doing too badly-software wise.

“Life to date, sales of PS4 and Xbox One hardware have more than doubled the combined sales of PS3 and 360 hardware through their first six months of sales,” NPD analyst Liam Callahan said.

“PS4 software combined with Xbox One software sales are up over 40% compared to sales of the PS3 and Xbox 360 through their first six months. Wii U software sales were up over last year by over 80%.”

But Sony definitely had the last laugh, laying claim to top-selling next-gen software title in April with Infamous: Second Son; presumably Titanfall doesn’t count because it’s multi-platform.

Sony said demand for the PS4 “continues to outstrip supply” and that it’s “working incredibly hard to provide additional inventory”.

Nintendo has not issued a response to the NPD’s report.

In other NPD news, total industry sales climbed 17% year-on-year $580.3 million, probably because next-gen hardware is still selling strongly, up 76% year-on-year at $192.8 million.

Sadly, software sales were down 10% year-on-year to $227.9 million, but accessories jumped 21% year-on-year to $159.7 million.



  1. FeaturePreacher

    I just wonder if this continues even after ditching kinect, if MS will start to react to the fact their system is less powerful than the ps4 and finally release a version using GDDR5 RAM.

    #1 7 months ago
  2. GK

    slam dunk again :D

    #2 7 months ago
  3. BrokenSpline


    That won’t save them anything as its not just the fact PS4 uses GDDR5 but also a weaker GPU. They are stuck with the system they have now.

    #3 7 months ago
  4. BrokenSpline


    Correction -”its not just the fact PS4 uses GDDR5 but also a stronger GPU.”

    #4 7 months ago
  5. Joe Musashi

    Is the PS4 still in short supply?

    I’ve not looked around any vendors yet as I’m not planning on buying a next gen machine until there’s a lot more games out for either of them.


    #5 7 months ago
  6. SlayerGT

    @Joe Musashi I haven’t checked any of my sources lately but the few retailers I’ve been to and NOTICED, PS4′s and XBOnes were available although where they’re may have been 2 or 3 PS4′s, I could see 6 to 7 XBOnes. One place I know still has a day one ed XBOne, 2 reg, and 4 TF ed.

    #6 7 months ago
  7. Dragon

    But I heard MS were selling less as they were less markets. This month would be different though.

    #7 7 months ago
  8. DeVitowned

    @Joe Musashi

    I notice PS4s and Ones when I get off work, so I don’t think supply is an issue anymore. The mad rush to get either console has died down.

    #8 7 months ago
  9. OmegaSlayer

    May is going to be a massacre since the few that would buy an XB1 will wait for the Kinect-less version.
    Then, if MS choose the route “Kinect-less will be available after the stock is gone”, then we will be in for a funny treat lol

    #9 7 months ago
  10. wamp

    So far great for the industry. Hardcore gamers did their best supporting it buying those consoles., even though they know they won’t be many games at start. I hope that ps4 and x1 continue sell that well, without the need of motion controllers/3d tvs/ VR headset peripherals, and that the casual market finally realizes that playing with a gamepad isn’t that hard if you give it a try for two weeks.

    #10 7 months ago
  11. Legendaryboss

    Of course it did.

    #11 7 months ago
  12. Dog4life

    Even the X1 has weaker HW, they should just focus on quality games and exclusives, that’s all what matters.

    the only real next gen game i’m having fun right now is BF4 on ps4.
    Beside that i’m having a blast at Trials Fusion, Octodad and lego hobbit…. all games that probably would run on a smartphone hahahahahaahhhah.

    it’s all great that shiny new powerful HW and graphical power, but in the end it’s down to the games.

    #12 7 months ago
  13. tenthousandgothsonacid

    Watchdogs is going to shift PS4s too.

    #13 7 months ago
  14. pukem0n

    still nobody except the people in this comment section care ^^

    #14 7 months ago
  15. Legendaryboss

    You care enough to comment so by extension that includes you? If sales figures don’t matter don’t come through the virtual door. Oh and opinion > fact.

    #15 7 months ago
  16. Iliad

    In other news, the earth is round.

    #16 7 months ago
  17. Pytox

    @Dragon lol. this are numbers from US only, not other markets xD

    #17 7 months ago
  18. OlderGamer

    Funny that people think now that Kinect is gone the X1 will somehow know be able to focus on games, and that will make a difference. Kinect was a barrier to purchasing the console, it didn’t effect the quality of games. From what I have played the X1 is out to lunch. Nothing on the system that could also be on a XB360 with damn near parrity. PS4 out sells the X1 because when people make a choice, they pick PS4.

    Higher resolution. Higher frame rates. Smoother AA/less jaggies.

    I think Kinect and price hindered sales. But the quality of games is why I play on my PS4 over my X1.

    #18 7 months ago
  19. OlderGamer


    Nothing on the system that COULDN’T also be done on xb360.

    RIP the edit button.

    #19 7 months ago
  20. ManuOtaku

    Well Og, i do found kinect a good added value, because besides games, give my lcd bravia tv set applications from smart tv, for me is nice because i could give voice commands and change windows with hand gestures like an smart tv.
    When i pick one, i will pick the kinect bundle maybe next year for halo 5, and that recently i bought the ps4 that did cost me 4.000 $, so i need to save more money, probably Next year.

    #20 7 months ago
  21. Ge0force

    @ManuOtaku where did u pick up a 4.000 $ PS4? :p

    #21 7 months ago
  22. ManuOtaku

    @Ge0force sadly thats the price here in venezuela, for mutilple reasons not worth writing it here, some has to do with politics.

    #22 7 months ago
  23. bobnice


    PS4 available in 49 territories – 7 million units

    XB1 available in 13 territories – 5 million units

    #23 7 months ago
  24. bobnice

    @OlderGamer you’re high if you think the ps4 has better games than xbone, I have both and killzone is generic, knack is garbage, infamous was a great weekend, and ive bought bound by flame and it makes be want to jab my eyes out

    #24 7 months ago
  25. MrSec84

    @bobnice @OlderGamer you’re high if you think the ps4 has better games than xbone, I have both and killzone is generic, knack is garbage, infamous was a great weekend, and ive bought bound by flame and it makes be want to jab my eyes out

    Knack’s a quality throwback to the brawler/platform games of old, it was actually fun, killzone’s a solid 1st person shooter, with great gameplay & a compelling story, Infamous is short yes, but still a great game.
    PS4 also has the best baseball game on next gen.
    Resogun is also awesome.
    Hardly a poor opening line-up, especially Sony also has the best performing 3rd party games & a larger line-up of indie titles that are actually fun to play.

    Forza is at best a prologue to a proper next-gen experience (could have been done on 360), Ryse sucks, Dead Rising is boring as hell, that’s all the XB1 really has.
    XB1′s exclusives really don’t compare to what the PS4 has right now.

    #25 7 months ago
  26. Dragon

    @bobnice ,
    And those 49 territories include small European countries , India and Japan where MS got KOed last gen, and dont constitute a significant market.

    #26 7 months ago
  27. sebastien rivas

    Lost and lots…. what do I say… no
    I mean TONS AND TONS and fucking more TONS of demands across various gaming website where showing protest against Microsoft decisions before they even launched large scale manufacture.
    I swear, Phil and buddies and Microsoft have NO reasons to complain about ANYTHING.
    It was shown from before fucking beginning with fucking comparisons and contrast that XB One was about to lose. Even the name was taken lightly and as a joke by the many.

    It does not mean the vast majority were/are against Microsoft as a brand and newest gaming platform.
    But again, don’t take gamers for fools and try to shove stuffs down the throat, we know what we want, we know can be successful, we know you can come back but unfortunately it seems you are just dropping the sponge Microsoft.

    Arrogance and stupidity brought you where you stand, If this is truly happening and you drop the sponge on kinect then shame on you and you should burn your LDs, you are no American no more! I am not a fan of Kinect, far from it but potential is there just poorly executed at cost, development and use.

    #27 7 months ago
  28. polygem

    Microsoft are in trouble. Their disastrous One reveal helped the PS4 A LOT. I think that it was very clever from Sony to really focus on their strenghts without compromise and actually make a more powefull version of the Xbox360 with a Sony feel. They aimed at their core audience and only that audience and i believe that this is the strategy they should stick with now and don´t mess around with anything else – just focus on that. (And they should finally try to develop a modern UI – Better interfaces in general, something that is more fun to use -but maybe that´s just me).

    MS knows very well that the gaming market is changing though, that the competition is getting bigger and better as well. There aren´t only 3 companies anymore sharing the market among them by bringing new, more powerfull videogameconsoles to the market every 5 years or so. That´s a thing of the past already. That stuff is outdated. Consoles are outdated. You have so much more options to play games on these days…so MS came with the TV, Media Center, sports thing. It failed and it deserved to fail but i don´t think that it was wrong to try to open your business into a new direction.

    In a way i think it was even a clever move if you think of it in a long term point of view. They just sold the idea completely wron. They just became too greedy. There wasn´t enough value there for the consumer with all that DRM and ads on subscrition services etc. It was just too much to swallow. The idea wasn´t completely off though.

    Sony definitely had a short term advantage because of all this – if this will stay like that in the long run? I am not so sure about that.

    I also believe that Nintendo have made the right steps with the WiiU, with keeping the name Wii for it, with making it a dual screen device just like the 3DS, aiming for that hybrid machine, that upcoming handheldhomeconsole Wii that uses Miis and Miiverse for their social features, that Nintendobox. It makes too much sense.

    Sony must stick with being the Hardcore machine with cutting edge tech now, Nintendo must be the familiy friendly Nintendo Box and Microsoft now either have to aggressively try to force Sony out of the market or come up with a solution that works to differntiate them enough from Sony and pays off in sales as well.

    Either way, you should worry the most about Sony or Microsoft in a future market even with solid selling systems today. Sales are just a small piece of the pie. This is a marathon a neverending one.

    #28 7 months ago
  29. lordlad

    @bobnice sure…the xbone is gonna sell ‘SO MUCH’ in Japan and Asia (i’m from Asia btw)………..:P

    #29 7 months ago

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