The console wars continue, with both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One each having something to brag about. But if head-to-head domestic sales numbers mean anything, Sony has the most to crow about.
The PS4 took the top spot in the console sales battle for january, according to the NPD Group, which follows sales numbers in the United States (via GameSpot). The console as was the top seller in the highly competitive Christmas season last year.
Microsoft spun its own good news, saying that the Xbox One had its best sales month ever since the launch in 2013. It also said it was the only console to show year-over-year growth.
“Thanks to continued support by our fans, 2017 is off to a strong start as Xbox One game hours grew 21 percent year-over-year,” Mike Nichols, Xbox Marketing corporate VP, told GamesBeat. “In addition, in the U.S., Xbox One had its best January to date and was the only eighth generation console that saw growth in January compared to the prior year according to NPD Group. Team Xbox is committed to delivering the best gaming experiences for our fans.”
For the record, there are only two eight generation consoles left, Xbox One and PS4. The Wii U has ceased production as Nintendo gets ready for the Switch launch on March 3.
Resident Evil 7 likely boosted the sales of both consoles, although the game did have an option for PlayStation VR. PlayStation 4 also had a couple of popular exclusives in Gravity Rush 2 and Yakuza 0.