NPD: Xbox One, PS4 Sales in Canada Double That of 360/PS3's Launch

The two systems have combined to outsell Xbox 360 and PS3 by 127 percent over the course of first eight months; software sales rise 102 percent, but tie ratio is down.

According to data released this week by the NPD Group, the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles outsold their predecessors by 127 percent in Canada over their respective first eight months on the market. "Console sales in Canada have never been stronger," NPD's Darrell Ryce said in a blog post.

Ryce didn't share specific sales numbers or say if the Xbox One or PS4 is the more popular system in Canada. In the United States, the PS4 remained the top-selling console in June, even after Microsoft introduced the less-expensive Xbox One SKU.

Software sales were also on the rise, jumping 102 percent for Xbox One/PS4 compared to Xbox 360/PS3 over the first eight months of availability. However, tie ratio--that is, the number of games a console owner buys for their system--is down 11 percent for Xbox One and PS4 compared to when the Xbox 360 and PS3 launched.

The reason for this downturn, Ryce said, is that there is a "lack of truly compelling content at this time in either digital or physical format." He pointed out that this is a trend that has been seen throughout the history of new console launches and said he expects that it's only temporary. "It will be resolved in time for the holidays," Ryce said.

The Accessories category for Canada was also on the rise, though its jump of 29 percent was the least dramatic compared to the spikes in hardware and software sales.

Looking ahead, Ryce said that the video game industry in Canada is poised for growth, thanks in part to the bevy of upcoming high-profile new releases, as well as potential areas of growth. One of these markets could be toy-based games, Ryce said, pointing out that this has not yet been a focus for Xbox One or PS4. "But we can expect to see momentum on all fronts in the near future," he said.

Activision's Skylanders and Disney's Infinity products are available, or will be available, on Xbox One and PS4, but Microsoft and Sony do not make their own toy-based content for their consoles.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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RSM-HQ
RSM-HQ

Good that it's selling well, but in this stage of PS3 lifetime I had Oblivion, NG Sigma, and Tekken DR online.


Liking New n' Tasty but can't say the PS4 has outstanding experiences the previous generation can't deliver.

willjohnboy
willjohnboy

What's this a positive article for sony and microsoft fans? gamespot must have had a senior moment and the article has been edited by eddie "the tr0ll" muckach as well is this the twilight zone lol

deathwish026
deathwish026

so both consoles are doing well then... fantastic!

3dmatrixgamer
3dmatrixgamer

and last gen of consoles were considered to be the last gen of console world ever Lol u freaky analyst.

hanlon23
hanlon23

Thats crazy I would think Xbox One would do better in canada because the ps4 is more expensive.

theKSMM
theKSMM

Does NPD Canada track digital sales?  I would think that if there were a decline in physical sales that it would be attributable to an increase in the number of people downloading games.  I see so many people these days who buy digital versions of the games they're truly excited to play just so they can start playing immediately at midnight on release day.

BigBacon87
BigBacon87

Combining PS4 and X1 sales?  Lol.  Could this site be any further in MS' pocket?

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

I'd really like to see the console breakdown numbers in Canada. It'd be interesting to see if Sony is number one after their price increases accross the board. Also, I see many PS4s on the shelves while Xbox Ones seem to fly off them.

rjh_24
rjh_24

when will we see actually sales numbers?

kane6911
kane6911

the x1 is doing fine. ,making that paper 

atopp399
atopp399

I wish they would include Wii U numbers.  

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

Canada is a small market with only 34 million people. So While this is good news for Sony and Microsoft. Canada is really just a small country in population. So this does not quite make a meaningful impact on 8th generation console sales. If these numbers were for the United States or the U.K then it would have a more meaningful impact of the start of the 8th gen console cycle.

xantufrog
xantufrog

Canada is a bunch of graphics wh0rz





*kidding, for anyone that would actually take my comment seriously and be offended (plus it doesn't really make sense)

mkeezay22
mkeezay22

@Sevenizz  LOL what? I live in Ontario and PS4s are gone by the end of a weeks shipment but X1s are sitting on shelves, don't make up stuff, where do you live that X1 is more popular than PS4, obviously not anywhere near me.

northArrow
northArrow

@Sevenizz I'm curious as to where you live. I've never seen Xboxes flying off the shelves, even on launch day I saw several sitting on store shelves. .

Keitha313
Keitha313

@Sevenizz Fly off them... And where is your proof to this?

Do you go around every store in Canada asking for their stock limit of the machines?

Maybe they've not ordered enough Xbox Ones in because they're not confident enough on selling them you know... meet your supply limit that you need because holding too many of something wastes space.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Per capita - we buy more videogame hardware/software than any other Western country. We also develop more triple A titles - yes, more than the United States.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Reading comprehension - learn it.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Mississauga, Ontario.

Naturally, that's all the information you're getting. Stop stalking me. Be a fan from afar.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Notice I'm getting 'likes' whereas the posters below are not. Clearly, others know what I'm talking about.

Go ahead now. 'Like' each other's comments - we'll wait...

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Huh? It's a personal observation. Where did I say it's confirmed? Obviously not possible since the numbers aren't being given. Hence why I said I'd like the actual breakdown.

Honestly, take off your fanboy goggles - they're forcing you make stupid comments.

krazeekhujo05
krazeekhujo05

@rogerpdaultry @atopp399 So r u being a jerk!

Stogin
Stogin

@Sevenizz Dude, you're the worst fanboy on this site, YOU should take off the fanboy goggles.  Honestly, why do you even CARE about console sales??? Will that help you justify the fact that you'll only own 1 system and miss out on exclusives because you're a child with some kind of grudge against Sony???

BigBacon87
BigBacon87

@Sevenizz  Funny you say that with the X1 being your avatar and your extremely pro-X1 comment.  Take your own advice kid.  Also from what I have seen it is the exact opposite, I've never seen a single store sold out of X1's here in Alberta.  Ever. 

fredyellowone
fredyellowone

@rjh_24 @fredyellowone  Sony will prolly say something about them once it reach the 10 M milestone. 

blackace
blackace

@fredyellowone @rogerpdaultry @atopp399 I've been to Canada just once and I was bored to death. Took a cruise shuttle to Halifax. got of the ship and there were almost no people on the streets. It was almost like a ghost town. Went to a bar, a club and a restaurant and it was all uneventful. Couldn't wait to get back on the ship, as I had more fun gambling on the ship, chatting with ladies and grubbing on the free food then I did in Halifax. The people in Halifax told us to go to Toronto as there was more exciting things to do there. lol!!

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Huh? I own 2 consoles this gen. The X1 & WiiU.

And as a fan of the industry, I do care - hence why I'm here. You do too - since you are in a videogame marketing website's comment section.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

You may want to look up the word 'observation'. Did that flood seep into your brain?

BigBacon87
BigBacon87

@blackace that is about as ignorant and stupid as comments get.  I've been bored in the USA too.  Doesn't mean the whole country sucks.  People like you give the US a bad rep, luckily Canadians are smart enough not to judge all of you by some of your least impressive specimens(that's you).  I like how you lied about chatting up ladies though, nice touch loser!

Stogin
Stogin

@Sevenizz No, you only care because you want some kind of fodder for your lame fanboy nonsense.  If they said the X1 was selling faster than PS4 you would assuredly post something.  I'm not going to get roped into another post war with you, I'm honestly tired of destroying you on here.  You'll never change, you'll always be some sad Sony hating fanboy.  I know you're not a true gamer, and many others on here know the same about you...

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Can I get a date and time I was 'destroyed'?

Must've been absent that day.

Why are you in an Xbox thread? You never see me in Sony threads.