The latest NPD Group figures have confirmed that PlayStation 4 has outsold Xbox One in the U.S. for its tenth consecutive month.
So there are a few things to unpack here.
First, if there was any doubt who was winning the “console war” it’s Sony. Sony’s PlayStation 4 outsold the Xbox One in 11 of the first 12 months either of them were on the market. The only month Sony missed the mark was last December when there literally weren’t any PS4s on store shelves to sell. Supply simply was well behind demand. Xbox Ones were readily available that month. Sony is killing it.
Second, there is the revelation that at this point in the new consoles’ life cycles, there are currently 70% more new consoles sold than at the same point in the past generation of game consoles. This is great news for fans of home consoles, and potentially a sobering moment for those in the tech press who thought that the new consoles were doomed due to how great phone games are… We all love some mobile games, but if I have to hear one more tech person say that some new iPhone game has “console level graphics” or “better gameplay than a traditional game” I’m going to lose it.