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PS4 outsells Xbox One for the fourth month in a row

Friday, 16 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?

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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.

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29 Comments

  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 11 months ago
  2. GK

    slam dunk again :D

    #2 11 months ago
  3. BrokenSpline

    @FeaturePreacher

    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 11 months ago
  4. BrokenSpline

    @BrokenSpline

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

    #4 11 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.

    JM

    #5 11 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 11 months ago
  7. Dragon

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

    #7 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 months ago
  11. Legendaryboss

    Of course it did.

    #11 11 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 11 months ago
  13. tenthousandgothsonacid

    Watchdogs is going to shift PS4s too.

    #13 11 months ago
  14. pukem0n

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

    #14 11 months ago
  15. Legendaryboss

    @14
    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 11 months ago
  16. Iliad

    In other news, the earth is round.

    #16 11 months ago
  17. Pytox

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

    #17 11 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 11 months ago
  19. OlderGamer

    @OlderGamer

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

    RIP the edit button.

    #19 11 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 11 months ago
  21. Ge0force

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

    #21 11 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 11 months ago
  23. bobnice

    @Dragon

    PS4 available in 49 territories – 7 million units

    XB1 available in 13 territories – 5 million units

    #23 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 months ago
  29. lordlad

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

    #29 11 months ago

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  • Mortal Kombat X live-action TV spot features the track Chop Suey

    The TV sport for Mortal Kombat X has been released, and not only does it contain a “spontaneous fight circle” taking over an entire city, but it features the System of a Down track Chop Suey. Mortal Kombat X will be released on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One April 14. The […]

  • Bloodborne Forbidden Woods progression bug caused by multiplayer summon

    A progression bug in Bloodborne is in the works, according to Sony and From Software. The issue occurs when players activate a multiplayer session in the Forbidden Woods using the Sinister Resonant Bell or Small Resonant Bell. It also appears the Lunarium Key won’t appear because of the multiplayer bug, and without the key you […]

  • Yo-Kai Watch game franchise has sold over 7 million copies

    The Yo-Kai Watch IP has sold over 7 million copies, according to developer Level-5. The figure included both physical and digital download sales. Yo-Kai Watch 3 will be unveiled during Level-5 Vision 2015 next month. The first title is in the works for the west but is still without a release window. Thanks, Gematsu.

  • Bloodborne trademark returned to Sony after accidentally losing it

    In case you were worried or anything, Sony has once again obtained the Bloodborne trademark. Earlier this week it was revealed that Sony mistakenly abandoned the Bloodborne trademark along with four others registered with US Patent and Trademark Office: Guns Up!, Kill Strain; How Games Were Made to Sound, and No Heroes Allows: No Puzzles […]

  • GTA 5 PC official trailer coming next week, 15 new screenshots released

    New PC screenshots of GTA 5 have been released along with word of a new trailer coming on Monday. The screens below are from the PC version and you can view them in 4K glory over on Rockstar Newswire. The PC version of GTA 5 releases on April 14.

  • PSN real-time server status page launching in Europe soon

    PlayStation users in Europe will soon have its own a PSN Service Status Indicator. It was released earlier this month in North America. The indicator makes it easier to check whether PlayStation services are down or running as planned. This includes account management, PlayStation Now, the store, social services, etc. Sony told Eurogamer the service […]

  • Exclusivity contract prevents Bioware from revealing Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC release on PS4

    Bioware is unable to discuss when the Jaws of Hakkon DLC for Dragon Age: Inquisition will arrive on platforms other than PC and Xbox One. According to various tweets from executive producer Mark Darrah, due to the exclusivity contract between EA and Microsoft, the studio is unable to announce a release date for PlayStation 3 […]

  • LEGO Batman 3 demo, Namco Museum, more added to North American eShop

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a demo for LEGO Batman 3, Namco Museum on Wii U Virtual Console, and various sales. Below is the full update. Nintendo eShop Dot Arcade – Wii U LEGO Ninjago – 3Ds LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Demo – Wii U Harvest Moon: The […]

  • Square Enix’s Easter Surprise bundle contains five mystery PC games

    Square Enix offering another mystery bundle to customers in the UK, which comes with five mystery PC games for £3.99. As before, customers will be unaware of the games they are purchasing in the mystery bundle, but the bundle contains triple-A titles worth £40 combined. One of Square’s previous mystery bundles contained Tomb Raider, Just […]

  • From Software’s PSone game Shadow Tower coming to PSN

    Shadow Tower, the first-person action-RPG developed for the original PlayStation by From Software, will be released on PlayStation Network. In the 1998 title, players took on the role of a mercenary who has returned home to the Holy Land of Zeptar to find the place has been sucked into the Underworld. He must use the […]

  • PlayStation TV gets price cut in the UK, now £44.99

    PlayStation TV has received a price cut in the UK. After several retailers started offering the console for less than the RRP of £84.99, users on DealSpwn began to wonder whether this is an official price cut, and not just regular deals or stock clearance. Sony later confirmed the new price of £44.99. “Starting from […]

  • Fast & Furious expansion for Forza Horizon 2 is now available, for free

    You can download Forza Horizon 2 expansion Fast & Furious starting right now. Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious is available to download now through Xbox Live for Xbox One and Xbox 360. The expansion is standalone, so you don’t need to own Forza Horizon 2 to play it. It’s also free from now […]

  • Fire-based weapons come to PayDay 2 with the Butcher’s BBQ Pack

    The 20th DLC for PayDay 2, the Butcher’s BBQ Pack, is now available on Steam. The DLC will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: Piglet Grenade Launcher, 12G Steakout Shotgun and Mk1 Flamethrower Molotov cocktails and incendiary ammo Four new masks, patterns, materials and achievements The Butcher’s BBQ Pack is another co-development between Overkill and Croatian […]

  • Lords of the Fallen developer offers Hideo Kojima a job

    Amid the current turmoil between Hideo Kojima and publisher Konami, one studio has offered the legendary designer a position. Lords of the Fallen developer Deck 13 took to Twitter to extend a job offer to Hideo Kojima. Dear Mr. @HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN In case you are currently searching, we have an open position as Head of Game […]

  • Destiny Xur update: should you buy MIDA Multi Tool?

    The question on every Destiny player’s lips today. And the answer, supplied by resident Destiny expert Paul Davies, is… Yes! We asked Paul whether or not he thought Xur’s Exotic weapon this week was worth the 23 Strange Coins. Here’s what he said: “It was already a great gun to own for PVP owing to […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 has an all-male cast to make it “more approachable”

    According to Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata, the main cast of the game is all-male because it makes the game “more approachable.” Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata spoke to Gamespot about the reason for his choice of making the core cast an all-male affair. “Speaking honestly, an all-male party feels almost more approachable […]

  • Hearthstone Blackrock Mountain is coming April 2

    Blizzard has given Hearthstone expansion Blackrock Mountain a solid release date. Hearthstone’s Blackrock Mountain adventure pack will be released April 2 in the Americas region, and April 3 in Europe, Korea, Taiwan, and China. Blackrock Depths is the first wing to be released, others will follow one week apart. Other than the 31 new cards, […]

  • Bloodborne: if you can’t load your save after installing firmware 2.50, this will help

    If you’re having issues loading your Bloodborne save after applying firmware update 2.50 to your PS4, this should help you out. Reddit user KBALLZZ encountered an issue after installing update 2.50 on his PlayStation 4. Bloodborne started reinstalling the day one patch again and when it was done he couldn’t continue his game or load […]

  • Use this code to get 10% off on PSN purchases

    Sony is offering a 10% discount coupon to anyone looking to buy games on PlayStation Store this weekend. Sony’s latest discount coupon code is here. You’ll receive 10% off your cart total when buying from the PSN Store. The offer is not valid on purchases made on PS Vita, PlayStation TV, PSP, or in-game stores. […]

  • Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin upgrade path announced, system specs revealed

    Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin will offer returning customers a chance to upgrade at a discounted price. Those who already own Dark Souls 2 on Steam and are interested in picking up the Scholar of the First Sin edition will be happy to know that publisher Bandai Namco is offering them an […]

  • Bloodborne: this is what happens when you have 40 Insight

    Insight is one of the currencies in Bloodborne, but it’s also a mechanic that affects the gameplay. There are MASSIVE SPOILERS below, so turn back now or one of Bloodborne’s gameplay mechanics will be SPOILED for you. Just like Blood Echoes in Bloodborne, Insight is used to purchase certain items from vendors in the game. […]

  • Phase two of Xbox One April update brings voice messages, dedicated servers for party chat, more

    The second phase of the April update for Xbox One is now open to members of the Preview programme and and it looks like there are even more features in store. Phase one of Xbox One’s April firmware update started a few days ago with improvements to party chat and achievements notifications. Today, phase two […]

  • GTA 5′s graphical “downgrade” is a bug, will be fixed in upcoming patch

    As of patch 1.8 for GTA 5 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, a few graphical issues have cropped up leading some to believe there has been a stealth downgrade to the game’s overall graphics. Over the past couple of days, Reddit went nuts over a video showing what appears to be a downgrade to […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for March 27, 28 – MIDA Multi-Tool edition

    Xur: Agent of the Nine has arrived at The Tower in Destiny to rid you of your Strange Coins. Xur: Agent of the Nine has once again made it to Destiny’s Tower to sell you Exotic weapons and gear in exchange for Strange Coins and Motes of Light. For this weekend, Xur can be found […]

  • Destiny vault space upgrade will have enough room for every Exotic

    Destiny is finally getting the vault space upgrade players have been begging for almost since launch week. Destiny players can currently use vault space to store 20 pieces of amour, 20 weapons and 20 general item stacks. In the latest Bungle Weekly Update, the developer revealed that as of patch 1.1.2, due before House of […]

  • Half-Life 2: Update mod applies some sparkle to the original title

    Half-Life 2: Update will be available tomorrow, and thanks to the modding community, those who own the vanilla version of the game can apply a visual update to the 2004 title. The comparison video shows you the differences between the original version, and the version with Half-Life 2: Update applied. Here’s what the mod includes: […]

  • Neverwinter MMO can now be pre-downloaded on Xbox One

    You can now pre-download the free-to-play Neverwinter MMO on Xbox One. The game launches on March 31, but you will still need an Xbox Live Gold account to play it. Based on the Dungeons & Dragons franchise, the game can be downloaded from the Xbox Store.

  • Destiny of Spirits will go offline starting next month

    Sony will be ending service for Destiny of Spirits starting next month, Sony has announced. The free-to-play Destiny of Spirits was released in late March 2014 on Vita, and tasked players with collecting supernatural forces appropriate to their geographical location, and then trading them with others online. Gravity Rush spirits were added to the game […]

  • MotoGP 15 is out this spring on PC, last and current-gen consoles

    MotoGP 15 will be released in June on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, Milestone has announced. Bike, rider and team customization are part of the latest release in the franchise, along with time-trials and enhanced career options. The game features over 20 bike models divided into three classes: MotoGP, Moto 2 […]

  • Cities: Skylines players should check out Nakatomi Plaza and Wayne Enterprises

    Nakatomi Plaza and Wayne Enterprises can now be yours in Cities: Skylines. Die Hard fans will be familiar with Nakatomi Plaza. Those who have never watched the first film and live in Los Angeles know it by its real-life name, FOX Plaza. It was created by Enos Shenk and is available through Steamworks. Those who […]

  • Call of Duty franchise has sold 175M copies, players have thrown 300B grenades

    With the Call of Duty Championship kicking off tomorrow, Activision has sent over a series infographic full of interesting figures such as the number of copies sold over 10 years and how many grenades players have tossed. According to the stats below, the Call of Duty franchise has sold 175 million copies across all platforms […]

  • Save up to 75% on select SEGA games on Steam this weekend

    SEGA has put many of its games on sale through Steam this weekend and the firm has also announced Eastside Hockey Manager is now available through Early Access. The sale runs through March 30. The entire Total War, Company of Heroes and Dawn of War back catalogs are discounted 75% and all associated DLC is […]

  • Batman: Arkham Knight PC confirmed as digital download-only in UK

    Batman: Arkham Knight will indeed be a download-only title on PC in the UK, Warner Bros. has confirmed to VG247. Batman: Arkham Knight will be available as both a physical and digital release for PS4, Xbox One and PC in North America and Europe. Again, in the UK, the PC version will be “available as […]

  • Rainbow Six Siege release date set for October per GameStop Italy – report

    GameStop Italy may have let the release date for Rainbow Six Siege slip if a recent listing is accurate. According to the listing, the game will release on October 16. While this could be a placeholder date, October 16 is a Friday in the UK, the usual day new releases land at retail. The release […]

  • Watch the $1 million Call of Duty Championship right here

    The The Call of Duty Championship takes place this weekend, and you can watch all the action as it unfolds right here. The event takes place in Los Angeles tomorrow March 27 and runs through March 29, and the livestreams are below. 32 teams from five continents and 11 countries will be competing in Call […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: Battlefest kicks off this weekend with Double XP

    A new season of Battlefest kicks off this weekend, and starting today, you will earn Double XP in Battlefield Hardline. Battlefest for Hardline is similar to the event held for Battlefield 4 last year. For the entire month of April and into May, in-game events and competitions will be held by the developers and player […]

  • Don’t forget: the GTA 5 PC pre-order bonus cutoff is March 31

    Just a friendly reminder to those planning on purchasing GTA 5 for PC: you have until March 31 to pre-order if you want all the bonuses on offer. Those who pre-order will be handed $1 million in-game cash plus a bonus $300,000. It is split between GTA 5 and GTA Online: $500,000 for Grand Theft […]

  • Games with Gold offers doubled for April – six games instead of three

    Microsoft’s April Games with Gold collection is being doubled. For the month Xbox Live Gold members will receive six instead of three games free. Here’s what’s on offer: Pool Nation FX: Available all month on Xbox One Child of Light: Available all month on Xbox One Gears of War: Judgment: Available from April 1-15 on […]

  • Pokemon players can grab a code for Shiny Charizard at GAME in April

    Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire players along with Pokemon X and Y owners can grab a free, rare Shiny Charizard from April 3 at one of GAME’s 320 stores in the UK. The redeemable codes for the character will be made available upon request and no purchase is necessary. Those who pop into one […]

  • F1 2015 will arrive on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in June, includes Mexico circuit

    Codemasters has announced its F1 franchise will make its series debut on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this June with the release of F1 2015. The game was developed using a new engine and contains improved handling and physics for all vehicles and parts attached. This includes: engine, transmission, aerodynamics, fuel tank, force feedback, suspension […]