Xbox One outsold PlayStation 4 during the month of August

Microsoft came out on top in console sales for the second month in a row.

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Microsoft's victory in July was no fluke: According to early NPD results, Xbox One outsold PS4 for the second month in a row.

"Thanks to our fans and their excitement for new Xbox One games and the recently launched Xbox One S, which is the only console available this holiday with built-in UHD 4K Blu-ray, 4K video streaming and HDR for video and gaming, Xbox One was the best-selling console in the U.S. in August," said Xbox marketing VP Mike Nichols.

Nichols went on to share statistics related to user engagement. Total global hours on Xbox One consoles jumped 42 percent year over year, and fans created "hundreds of thousands of designs" in Xbox Design Lab, a website that lets you customize Xbox One controllers.

Microsoft's got more ammo in the barrel. Earlier today, another Xbox executive assured IGN that Xbox Scorpio would be "the most powerful console ever," a clear shot across Sony's bow.

"We’re excited to launch Clubs and Looking for Group on Xbox Live broadly this holiday alongside some of our biggest titles for the year, including ReCore, Forza Horizon 3, Gears of War 4 and Dead Rising 4," said Nichols.

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    September 8, 2016 4:22 PM

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      September 8, 2016 5:43 PM

      I wonder if the XBO S will end up like the PS2 and PS3 (later in its life), where people buy it for its media functions over the gaming ones.

      I've got no need for an XBO in terms of games (since anything I might care about will be on PC as well), but a $299 UHD BR player is a good deal.

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        September 8, 2016 7:28 PM

        I just don't believe that people are that interested in owning discs anymore. How close did bluray get to DVD?

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          September 8, 2016 7:31 PM

          UHD has sold five times more than Blu Ray did in their respective first three months. Yes, there isn't a physical format war but there is clearly a market out there even with 4K in its infancy.

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            September 8, 2016 7:33 PM

            I'm not buying a ps4 pro now due to it, fuck streaming I could do that on the tv I want a good damn player for 4K HDR content. I'll probably just get the One S which I wasn't going to if the pro had uhd playback

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              September 8, 2016 7:38 PM

              This is what I'm thinking. The people who are most interested in these players are buying more so for quality rather than "Finally I can watch this movie at home".

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                September 8, 2016 7:43 PM

                I'd probably only buy a handful of movies on disc but I want the option to do so, I really think this is a terrible decision by Sony. The early 4K adopters are the ones wanting a UHD player and the less devices to hook up the better. If you already have a ps4 the incentive to buy this just for better games and needing a separate player doesn't warrant the purchase

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                  September 8, 2016 9:15 PM

                  Sony did the waiting game for an HD drive once, and it hurt them badly. If people truly want a UHD player they can buy a different product, or better yet Sony can add that to their console when it's a better value proposition. Xbox 1+1 is looking exactly like the PS3 right now. Will likely be a bit more powerful, support using a disc for the HD standard. Is going to release later, and we can bet cost more.

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                  September 8, 2016 9:18 PM

                  If you want the best gaming experience on a PS4 it does. And it releasing at 400 bucks keeps it civil.

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            September 8, 2016 7:37 PM

            I also think HD 720/1080 was much slower to catch on due to competeing formats early on. Do you get a 720p television or 1080i? Should you just pony up for 1080p? Man I don't know. HDDVD or Bluray? Eff it. I'll just wait. We don't have that confusion now. It's just 4k HDR. We're not seeing all these different options that can confuse people and put off purchases. The only real wait is OLED, and it's here.

            I'd love to see a chart of total DVDs sold over the first 10 years vs Bluray. I'm really curious to see if people are still buying movies on discs, or if we're rapidly approaching where music CDs are today.

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              September 8, 2016 8:09 PM

              Yeah, the early days of Blu-ray were a lot more uncertain than now. I still remember the number of people I'd run into who thought merely having an HDTV in their house was how they got HD movies.

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                September 8, 2016 9:14 PM

                I remember a Xbox Live friend who was pretty happy with himself and his Xbox HDDVD Player purchase. 150$ bucks of value video entertainment. It's not surprising that UHD is selling much better. We've done this transition once, and people are making better moves.

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          September 8, 2016 7:37 PM

          When the physical disc costs $15 but the digital costs $60, I'm going disc.

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            September 8, 2016 7:40 PM

            I think that depends more on which disc and when you're trying to buy it. How would you factor in a Youtube or Amazon Rental cost vs owning the new panda movie? I think "ownership" is more important if you want to watch a film many many times over.

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            September 8, 2016 7:43 PM

            The physical disc usually comes with a digital copy these days. Win-Win.