Numbers Game: Xbox One Outpaces PlayStation 4 in U.S., PS4 Tops in Overall Sales

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Sony may have the edge in worldwide PlayStation 4 sales, but in the U.S., Microsoft’s Xbox One sold faster, said Microsoft in an email citing NPD retail data. But in overall sales, the PS4 — which launched a week earlier than the Xbox One — has Microsoft’s console beat, says Sony.

Both companies announced sales of over two million units shortly after their respective launches, though Sony had laid claim to roughly 100,000 more units sold at last check. But those were worldwide figures, and Sony’s PlayStation brand has long been more popular in Europe. In the U.S., by contrast, where the Xbox 360’s managed to keep well ahead of the PS3 for most of its tenure, the Xbox One seems to have the home advantage in sales rate (bear in mind console supply issues may have impacted this figure — it’s not clear to what extent either system had allocation issues).

Microsoft says NPD figures reveal 909,132 Xbox One units were sold stateside during the fledgling console’s initial nine days — that’s about 101,000 consoles per day, “significantly outpacing the nearest competitor,” adds Microsoft.

Then again, those are sales in the U.S. alone. Factor all of North America, and Sony claims it has Microsoft beat by a (sorry for the pun) country mile, selling over one million PS4s in less than 24 hours.

So much of this is how you spin the numbers, of course, and both sides are spinning furiously. Microsoft says total retail spend on the Xbox One — $1.21 billion — was the most for any console in the U.S….which couldn’t have anything to do with the $100 price differential, of course. Sony, for its part, says the PS4 was the top-selling console in the U.S. for November…which couldn’t have anything to do with Sony’s one-week head start, right?

What else. Sony says the PS4 launch was “the biggest ever in the history of game consoles.” That one’s actually kind of impressive.

But given how relatively close both systems remain, however you spin those figures, this is all pretty much sturm und drang — posturing for the sake of narrative momentum. If you want to know how things are going to shape up in the months to come, you’ll want to have a look at each console-maker’s software lineup. It’s what’s on tap in 2014 that’ll determine whether one system’s able to bolt ahead of the other.

MORE: The History of Video Game Consoles – Full

109 comments
Idon'tCareBear
Idon'tCareBear

Alright children, calm yo titties, big papa pc gamer is gonna give you the score. First, ps4 and xbone both suck, and they're already outdated tech, sure you can get them for less than a pc, much like you can get a gremlin for less than a ferrari. But if you can get the ferrari, why would you drive the gremlin? On top of this, while you're all squabbling over lesser ranges of hd like the laughably ancient 720p and 1080p we'll be moving on in the next few years to higher resolutions than that AND the occulus rift which is amazing, but you'll never know because you're slavishly devoted to your casual mode prepackaged shovelware machines. Once you are aware of the mistake you've made by wasting good money on ancient dinosaur technology you are more than welcome to join the master race, but please, if you're going to get into multiplayer, take some time to learn the game first.

JayRay
JayRay

Let's just all agree there is no better system. It's all personal preference so stop getting butthurt and enjoy your "next gen console".

Jameson_Michaels
Jameson_Michaels

Wow, Time magazine lets fanboys write articles for their rag?  The PS4 has outsold all other consoles in North America alone, as well as worldwide, from launch to date.  Wii U actually outsold the Xbone during Nov/Dec as well.  The Xbone also launched in more countries, and still sold fewer units; the console war is already over.  PS4 is the primary gamer's console this generation.  Get over it.  Last gen I played 360 for all multiplat games, and only fired up the PS3 for the occasional (but excellent) Sony exclusive.  Now, things are switched around, with PS4 having 50%+ faster hardware, outselling the Xbone by a large margin, AND being the lead SKU, console of choice for all studios, both AAA and indie, who perfer its architecture and faster hardware.  So this gen, if you're smart, you'll be playing multiplats and exclusives on PS4, and an occasional MS exclusive (if they can come up with any) on the Xbone.  


The kinect jacked up the price on the Xbone; the actual gaming hardware is seriously underpowered, so it's a terrible deal. since Kinect games SUCK.  And you can do voice commands on PS4 just the same, but through the controller, no need to buy the camera accessory if you don't want it.  PS4 DualShock 4 controllers are by default rechargeable; MS gives you 2 AA batteries and then you have to spend $30-$50 more for a rechargeable battery pack just for ONE controller battery!  Xbone uses up 2 CPU cores and about 130GB of the  hard drive just for the OS, and you can't upgrade your OS without voiding the warranty (and failure rate is high on the Xbone, just as it was on the 360 until they got it right with the Falcon chipset four years after launch).  PS4 only uses one core for its nice, lightweight, BSD-based OS, and has a separate co-processor (basically a mini-PS3) JUST for background functions (recording, sharing, downloading, etc).  PS4 can record 15+ minutes of video at all times, which you can edit, share, livestream, do whatever.  Xbone can only do 5 minutes, and it draws from all system resources.  And currently, it doesn't work at all; MS is promising a "fix".  Xbone is very much like a bone…  slow, old, creaky, prone to failure, and pretty much worthless except for nostalgia.  Xbone is %50% slower, UNOPTIMIZED; so once we start seeing more PS4-optimized games, it's really going to be amazing.  The only true "next-gen" game out right now is Killzone: Shadow Fall, built from the ground up to be next-gen; optimized for the PS4 hardware.  


In 2014 alone, PS4 has 20+ exclusives being released, in addition to being lead SKU on all multiplatform games.  Xbone has 2 or 3 exclusives, and one is now a timed exclusive, coming to PS4 shortly after.  They couldn't resist, having such a large embedded user base.


The proof is in the pudding for multiplats:


COD Ghosts: PS4 1080P, Xbone: 720P 

Assassin's Creed: PS4 1080P (and touchpad optimized), Xbone 720P.


The PS4 launch titles are far better and more immersive than the Xbone ones; which are really just ports (Ryse is just a CryEngine x86 port and could run on any system).   Forza won't be good until Forza 7 or 8, judging on the past history of the game (I have Forza 5 and it's little more than a demo; very few cars/tracks).  NFS: Rivals is a better car game, frankly, and that too is 1080P on PS4, 720P Xbone.


Xbone = epic fail

PS4 = console king this generation by every measure

dorien.dowling26
dorien.dowling26

well this article is dumb as an xbox fan i will argue for my console you told how many ps4's were sold but not how many that were turned back in ps4 is the main console i here about being recalled all the time it did not start it would not update stop telling all the good stuff and be truthful

ArmondWandareliNees
ArmondWandareliNees

 your a terrible journalist. If you did your research like real journalis do u wuld knw that the ps4 sold more in america than the xbox. Sales beat speed ra-tard. The rabbit was faster but turtle stil won. 



ArmondWandareliNees
ArmondWandareliNees

your a terrible journalist. If you did your research like real journalis do u wuld knw that the ps4 sold more in america than the xbox. Sales beat speed ra-tard. The rabbit was faster but turtle stil won. 

Jdzspace
Jdzspace

yeah, it took Microsoft 9 days to catch up to what Sony did in 24 hours.....they are clearly "outpacing the competition". 


we'll ignore that Sony is the fastest selling console in US AND UK history.....facts get in the way when your a Microsoft guy.......i guess

Jdzspace
Jdzspace

I'm sorry, i don't mean to be rude here. I really don't. But I HAVE to ask......are you people on drugs? I mean seriously. 


the PS4 launched ONLY IN AMERICA....and sold OVER 1million units in 24 hours. 


and Microsoft who sold 990,000 in the first 9 days outpaced it? 


I'm sorry, but that is the most retarded thing i've ever heard. I mean c'mon, at least TRY to be objective, give it a shot!

ReneGilRamos
ReneGilRamos

MS: Xbox One is the fastest seller.


Sure MS. You are comparing your first week (strongest week) to Sony's 2nd week which was weight down by units shortage. MS is butthurts lol

Genkem
Genkem

I am not a fanboy of any console i play PC, Xbox, and PS. PC is the best by far. but, The real truth to all of this is what you want to play. i started with the One (I will own both) to me I like the Multi media side of it, it works for me and my family and it is easy for my daughter to work and the start games were more for me. I also enjoy and FPS games a lot more than RPG's and Xbox controlers are FPS made.

My two cents is the PS4 can outsale the One all it wants outside US i use my Xbox to play Online games and I need more players in my area for a great connetion and do not want to connect with euro gamers. so total sales means nothing to me i am only interested in sales within the US as long as it is close in the US then I am happy.

Everyone knows it will be close

ZakkSinurge
ZakkSinurge

npd says ps4 won almost 3:1 n north America not sure where your articles facts came form but you may want to recheck lol

bigfatshady
bigfatshady

I find it so very funny that all these massively butthurt Sony fanboys are have their collective minds blown by the fact that the XB1 is doing awesome despite the fact of the $100 extra cost, the kinect and that DDR3 crap and 720p crap! Also why wont Sony release their USA # of units sold for November? I will tell you why...the gap between the two consoles is so small that Sony doesnt want any one to know. And before you all say but,but,but.."Sony sold 1 million units in the US in 24 hours!"

 NO they DID not! They sold 1 million in US and Canada in 24 hours. Nobody but Sony knows the sales split. So now we have  MS making Sony work for it all the way and the PS4 is not destroying XB1 like they all dreamed it would. And this is blowing all their little minds. I love it!

OldGregg
OldGregg

@dorien.dowling26 As a fan of run on sentences and spelling mistakes on words that are kind of important to describing your concerns, I agree wholeheartedly.

dirtvlog
dirtvlog

@ArmondWandareliNees Lol. We found yet another 9 year old Playstation fanboy. Do your research kid, this is fact. You can not tell me you're older then 9 because no one past that age spells "would" as "wuld". It does not make much sense about how the Xbone got more USA sales but it's very possible.

OldGregg
OldGregg

@Jdzspace hahaha I used to work with this guy who still has a Zune and a Windows phone.  He likes to pretend that skydrive, Zune, and Windows phone will still dominate some day.  His weird logic is really hilarious though at least.

gazlc81
gazlc81

Maybe you are on glue? What difference does it make if the ps4 ONLY launched in the US? Both Microsoft and Sony had approximately 1 million consoles to sell, both sold out but Microsoft imo were fair and gave us all a chance at getting a console. (im in the UK)

daaruz
daaruz

Gamingng-wise, the PS4 is superior to the XBone. Entertainment-wise, the XBone is superior to the PS4. 

DruVirus
DruVirus

@ZakkSinurge North America is not just the USA. This article is about the USA, not the entirety of North America.

brysonspilman
brysonspilman

@ZakkSinurge  Actually NPD said, "Although both consoles currently say that they've sold over 2 million each, Sony and Microsoft are selling as many units as are made available. Overall sales numbers currently equal the number of consoles produced." Nobody is "winning."

Awaiting_Equinox
Awaiting_Equinox

@bigfatshady you are a complete idiot, you know not what you say. I am not surprised by this, as you are an xboxfanboy 

ShaunPhillips
ShaunPhillips

@bigfatshady First off, you sound like an idiot. Of course, MS was going to do well, if not better than Sony in America. It's not like Microsoft loss every fanboy with all the negative press surrounding the Xbox one, so Of course it was going to sell well. And it's not like Sony was going to gain millions of fans in America because of the bad press surrounding the Xbox one. Reality is both consoles will sell pretty much the same for the first year or two. Numbers really do not matter until each console is fully developed and has a library of games. The only reason both consoles did so well was the fact that they actually made millions of consoles instead of a few thousand per console. 


What you seem to fail to understand is the fact that Sony will win eventually. Ps1 was the best selling console of its generation, the Ps2 was also the best selling console of its generation and the PS3 is the 2nd best selling console of its generation. Even after the terrible first couple of years for the PS3 is still bounced back and out sold the 360 in a year less time. The PS4 is more powerful, it has better exclusives and its focus on gaming so it's a show in to beat MS.


I remember when every 360 fanboy talked about how the 360 had better graphics, now all of sudden the PS4 is significantly more powerful than the Xbox one and all of a sudden graphics and power don't matter. The Xbox one will sell well no matter what, and probably sell more than the PS4 in America, but PS4 will sell more world wide.

fsaf11
fsaf11

@bigfatshady You sound like someone who'd put his penis inside the that disk shredder.

itchy_trigger
itchy_trigger

@dirtvlog Yes small controllers only good for little kids i used to play ps2 when i was younger now i use xbox as controllers are far superior especially for fps. This is heavily supported by all the kids on here having temper tantrums and not giving any logical reasons why ps4 is better (this is because there is not any) The only thing ps3 had over xbox 360 was it looked allot better now that is gone ps has nothing on xbox. 

Jdzspace
Jdzspace

@gazlc81 - because it refutes the entire statement. if Sony sold 1million + systems in 24 hours

and Microsoft sold 900,000 + in 8 days all of those sales in the US. 


then how did Microsoft outpace them? it literally makes zero sense at all

FalconD.Stormvoice
FalconD.Stormvoice

@brysonspilman @ReneGilRamos The Xbox One didn't sell "more" -- Microsoft is playing with the words. They said it sold "faster". And it did. For the period that they counted around its launch.

This is like if we both had lemonade stands and you sold 31 cups of lemonade on the first day of summer, and by a week later, you were selling about 16 cups a day. Then I open my lemonade stand, and sell 19 cups of lemonade on the first day. Obviously you've sold way more lemonade, and your lemonade was way more popular on your first day. But for that day, I'm faster-selling than you are, and I put up a banner "fastest-selling lemonade on the block".

Typical Microsoft spin, in other words.

itchy_trigger
itchy_trigger

@daaruz PS4 would be if it had good controller. For fps the xbox controller is miles ahead i was stuck in my ways until i went from ps2 to 360 and mind was blown by the difference you can just about play racing games on ps but fps are very limited by controller. I don't like Microsoft and having to pay for live but i could never go back to using that ps controller. This is why xbox gamers are stuck in there ways cos we know for fact the xbox is far superior. 

brysonspilman
brysonspilman

@daaruz Actually gaming-wise, the X1 doesn't have frame rate issues, and has a higher GPU clock speed. As far as better graphics, Ryse and Forza 5 have the best graphics of any game. Not everything that seems good on paper is reality. 

OldGregg
OldGregg

@itchy_trigger @dirtvlog Also, I love the PS4 controller and I've been told I have meathook hands.  Xbox controllers remind me of some giant kids educational toy gamepad.

OldGregg
OldGregg

@itchy_trigger @dirtvlog So you're a big fan of big box looking VCRs then?  I suppose I can understand liking that crappy retro look.  You must be referring to the appearance of the console considering the lack of power the Xbone's video card has over the PS4 right?  If you look at the specs you can see why some might consider the PS4 a superior system.  There's also the fact that many of the games don't look as good on the Xbone because of the whole 720p and upscaling due to lack of hardware power factor.  Also, who still wants to support Microsoft these days anyhow?  I can't wait until SteamOS blows a big huge hole in the side of the one reason why anyone would still want a Windows machine (Gaming.  The OS is terrible otherwise)

OldGregg
OldGregg

@lawi2ence @Jdzspace @gazlc81 I'm pretty sure the a big reason so many Xbones sold at all was because people just couldn't wait for next gen systems.  The PS4 sold out so fast that consumers just gave up and went for the second choice.

lawi2ence
lawi2ence

@Jdzspace @gazlc81 I feel your pain Jdzspace... articles like this makes me lose faith in humanity. There is NO logic at all. We all know Xbox One did not sell the fastest. 

FalconD.Stormvoice
FalconD.Stormvoice

@itchy_trigger @daaruz What? Tons of people are switching from Xbox to PlayStation. The New controller is great. And who cares about a stale genre like FPS. Also

*because
*their

Jameson_Michaels
Jameson_Michaels

@brysonspilman @daaruz fail.  Forza won't be good until Forza 7 or 8 judging from the last generation; it's nothing more than a little demo right now.  Ryse is a multiplat game, built using CryEngine's AMD/x86 game builder, so there's nothing proprietary about it.  It's a dumb, slow, quicktime-fest.  


Sorry dude, you got the wrong console.  North America went 3 to 1 for the PS4 alone; internationally the PS4 outsold the Xbone exponentially as always.  A clear win for Sony.  With 20+ exclusives confirmed for 2014 just for PS4, devs are confirming that the PS4 has superior hardware and is better to program for.  


Stupid Xbone…  Pay all that money and get an old-gen GPU, old-gen CPU (with 2 cores used up by bloated 3-layer Windows), slow RAM (DDR3 vs GDDR5 in the PS4); the teraflops are far higher on the PS4 UNOPTIMIZED; once we start seeing the optimized exclusives this year it's going to be incredible.  Killzone is the only true "next-gen" game out right now, and it's only on PS4.  Halo, you say?  Bungie moved on long ago, to Destiny, which is lead SKU for… guess what..  PS4!  


COD Ghosts: PS4 1080P, Xbone: 720P

Assassin's Creed 4: PS4 1080P, Xbone 720P


PLus you get two AA batteries with the crappy Xbone controller… seriously?  Dualshock4 is rechargeable out of the box and works like it should, and added new features (clickable touchpad, speaker), and still as motion control which Xbone has never had.  Want voice commands?  You can do them all straight through the PS4 controller, no need to buy the camera if you don't want it.  MS forces Kinect on you, and gives you AA batteries…. What a ripoff.


Sharing features are also broken on the Xbone right now.  MS promises a "fix" soon.  Xbone can only record up to 5 min of video.  PS4 is always recording 15+ mins in the background which you can edit, upload, share, whatever, and it has a co-processor (basically a mini-PS3 with its own separate RAM) just to do these background tasks, whereas Xbone uses its crappy embedded RAM for sharing, OS overhead, etc.  Xbone even uses 130GB of the hard drive for the OS, and you can't replace it without voiding the warranty!  What a piece of junk.  


MS, you got lucky with the 360; we had some fun times with devs liking your lazy architecture and all, but now the playing field is leveled in terms of architecture, and PS4 has vastly superior hardware, making it the go-to system for both exclusives and all multiplats.  


I've owned every console since pong, except the Sega Genesis during the SNES/Genesis years.   This will be the first time I don't own the "other" console; it's just too slow, bogged down with Kinect BS, and doesn't play games as well.  Stuttering, low resolution, and high failure rate (we're seeing 60% failure rate of the Xbone as we did with the 360 for it's first four years until the Falcon chipset, three tries later–PS3 launch consoles had a less than 1% failure rate).  That's what you get when you cheap out on hardware and outsource the building of it (MS).  Sony owns actual manufacturing plants and was able to design a much faster, much better console all-around.  Xbone has a huge case and clunky external power brick, PS4 is slim and no external power brick.  


Xbone = epic fail

PS4 = the new next-gen console for North America and worldwide


If you wanna play games the way they were intended to be played, with other US players, you need to pick up a PS4; hopefully you can still return that Xbone (there's a 60% chance it'll fail on you anyway, so you may have to return it for warranty anyway). 

OldGregg
OldGregg

@programmer64 You'll always get higher frame rates at lower resolution.

snwbrdco
snwbrdco

@brysonspilman@daaruz Agreed- I have a X1- my buddy has X1/PS4.  X1 up-scaled looks better than PS4 as a whole picture.(not looking for stupid details just playing the game- X1 better eye candy multi-plat games)  X1 plays smoother and has better controller response, better interface and more possibilities. PS4 is like a Gamecube with Netflix, WOW.    

Iconoclysm
Iconoclysm

@programmer64 The real issue here is that there isn't a true flagship PS4 game available and probably won't be for quite a long time.  Killzone has never really been a successful franchise and I'm almost shocked that was the best they could do for launch.


Meanwhile, the X1 launched with at least 3 very decent exclusives and Titanfall will be here before the PS4 really has an answer to it.  I have both the X1 and PS4 but I'm really wondering why I bought the latter.

programmer64
programmer64

@brysonspilman @daaruz Yeah, sure. Don't know what "frame rate issues" you're referring to (almost always a dev problem) and the PS4 is capable of 1.84 tera flops while the Xbox One is only capable of 1.33 (not to mention the much higher memory bandwidth on the PS4).  "Clock speed" is not a determinator of superior GPU power.


And Forza 5 is a car game (GPUs are much better at shiny than not shiny)/both are Xbox One flagship exclusives so of course they're going to look good.  Do they have the "best graphics"?  Lol anybody who claims they objectively can say that is fanboying.