Since the launch of next-gen gaming consoles back in November 2013, Sony’s PlayStation 4 has always had an edge over its rival the Xbox One. Though its seems the Xbox One is finally gaining ground, as according to new reports, Microsoft’s Xbox One has finally aced past the PS4 last month. The news comes as a press release from the Redmond giant claims that Xbox One outdid the PS4 in the month of April.
This had been coming for a while as the Xbox One continues to impress with its sales growth this year. The console gained an impressive 84 percent growth in sales compared to January. Meanwhile, it has seen a growth rate of 63 percent compared to last year, clearly suggesting the new measures taken by the Redmond giant are apparently working.
“As the best-selling console in the U.S. in April, fans set record April sales and engagement for Xbox One last month. Xbox One console sales in the U.S. increased 63 percent in April 2015 compared to April 2014 and Xbox Live comparisons showed the number of active global users (Xbox One and Xbox 360) grew 24 percent,” said Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President of Xbox Marketing, Mike Nichols.
Industry tracking firm NPD has also confirmed that Xbox One was the top selling console last month. In addition, video games sales at U.S. retailers grew up by 3 percent from $579.5 million in April 2014 to $595.7 million in April 2015. Meanwhile, Sony has already revealed that over 22 million PS4 units have been sold since its launch, compared to Microsoft’s 12 million Xbox Ones.
“PlayStation continues to lead software sales for April 2015 and PS4 remains the cumulative sales leader in the US. We are looking forward to an amazing E3,” according to NPD.
NPD Group’s Liam Callahan also noted that hardware sales dropped by 4 percent in the month of April due to a 55 percent decline in sales from previous-gen consoles.
“Declines in hardware dollar sales were due to a decrease in average price of 4 percent, due to a drop in console hardware pricing,” said Callahan.
The retail price of the Xbox One came down to $350 in January this year while PS4 still sits at the same $400 price tag.