As the new generation of games consoles kicked off, Sony's PlayStation 4 rocketed ahead in sales and it looked like Microsoft would be left eating dust. This month, it's a somewhat different situation, according to the most recent NPD figures.
According to Microsoft, 258,000 Xbox Ones were sold in the last month, and NPD claims that this represented "over 90 per cent" of what PlayStation 4 sold -- a figure Sony declined to give, but with a bit of cunning calculation we can figure to be just shy of 287,000 units.
Xbox One's higher price point means that despite selling fewer units, it actually outstripped PlayStation 4 in terms of how much money it made. It's also well ahead of where Xbox 360 was at this point in its lifespan -- 61 per cent ahead, according to Microsoft -- and has been branded by the company as the "most successful launch in Xbox history." The industry has grown considerably since the 360's launch, however -- thanks in part to high-profile, top-selling titles like Call of Duty and its ilk, which appeal to demographics outside of groups historically regarded as "gamers" -- and so this latter aspect perhaps isn't all that surprising.
Other noteworthy figures include strong performance of Microsoft platforms in the total software market share for the month, made up of 772,000 software sales for Xbox One and 2.46 million software sales for 360, making up 48 per cent of the total market. Xbox One also held five of the top 10 eighth-generation console games in the US with its versions of NBA 2K14, Battlefield 4, Thief, Call of Duty: Ghosts and Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare -- though notably, only one of these is an Xbox exclusive. Xbox 360, meanwhile, had overall control of the seventh-generation chart, with six out of the top 10 games being 360 titles: NBA 2K14 and Call of Duty: Ghosts again, plus Fable Anniversary, Grand Theft Auto V, Minecraft and The Lego Movie Videogame. Again, though, only one of these -- Fable Anniversary -- is not a multiplatform title.
Microsoft is obviously hoping that Titanfall will be a system-seller for its new console, but it remains to be seen if the well-received shooter is enough to push the One ahead of the PS4. PlayStation 4 has also been suffering stock issues in some areas, which may have impacted sales, but has Infamous: Second Son coming soon, which is a high-profile PlayStation Exclusive. One thing's for sure: after what initially looked like something of a one-sided fight, we've finally got a true battle between next-gen platforms on our hands.