PS4 Outsells Xbox One in US During February 2016
The PlayStation 4 was yet again the top-selling console in the United States for the month of February, Sony announced today ahead of the release of the NPD Group's overall report. Additionally, more PS4 games were sold during the month than for any other system. Below you'll find Sony's full statement.
"We would like to thank our fans and partners for making PlayStation 4 the top-selling hardware platform and the software sales leader in February, according to NPD," Sony said. "We continued to see strong year-over-year sales growth for PS4 hardware and software and are truly humbled by the support and enthusiasm from gamers. We will continue to deliver amazing gaming experiences with the upcoming launches of Ratchet & Clank, MLB The Show 16, and Uncharted 4: A Thief's End."
As of January, the PS4 had sold nearly 36 million units worldwide. A specific unit sales number was not disclosed in today's report.
Microsoft released its own statement covering February 2016, explaining that its sales compared to February last year have seen a 49 percent increase with the total hours spent playing video games on Xbox One rising 93 percent.
Nintendo's statement revealed that both versions of Fire Emblem Fates sold nearly 400,000 copies combined, outpacing the previous series' record-holder, Fire Emblem: Awakening. That number should continue to rise with Fire Emblem Fates: Revelation, which releases today.
Overall, the NPD Group reported today that hardware sales across the industry fell 23 percent to $292.3 million, compared to $378.2 million for February 2015.
"The main cause of the decrease was portable hardware, which dropped by 58 percent, or $48 million, due to a difficult comparison to the launch of Nintendo's new 3DS in February 2015 (the number one platform in Feb. 2015)," NPD Group analyst Liam Callahan said.
Additionally, both PS4/Xbox One (-6 percent) and PS3/Xbox 360 (-77 percent) generation hardware sales declined during February. "However, the difference in volume between these declines is only $7 million due to the eighth generation now representing 86 percent of all hardware dollar sales," Callahan said.
With hardware, software, and accessories combined, February 2016 brought in $842.5 million in new physical sales, a decline of 12 percent compared to February 2015.