Microsoft had a lot to celebrate during the closing months of 2014. The company’s Xbox One gaming console beat out the defending champion PlayStation 4 during the months of November and December (according to NPD Group’s U.S. sales estimates). Microsoft owes a lot of that success a $50 price cut which dropped the Xbox One to just $349 during the Christmas shopping season.
Microsoft is even upping the stakes – starting today -- by extending the $50 price cut for the foreseeable future as it runs its victory lap.
Sony, however, says that it isn’t focused on just the past two months of sales. It’s more interested in letting everyone know that the PlayStation 4 still reigns supreme in global sales. “PlayStation 4 was the top-selling console in the U.S. and globally in 2014,” said a Sony Computer Entertainment America spokesperson to GamesBeat. “And [it is] the fastest selling console in PlayStation history with 18.5 million sold through after just 14 months in the market.”
We still don’t have any updated figures from Microsoft on total Xbox One sales to date; the company last gave us a status update way back in August 2014. At that time, the company had shipped 10 million consoles to retailers (however, that number doesn’t mean that 10 million consoles were actually sold to consumers).
According to NPD’s estimates, this generation of gaming consoles has rocketed off to a tremendous start, with both the Xbox One and PS4 outselling their predecessors during the same 14 months of initial availability by 65 percent. In addition, total video games sales were up to 20 percent in 2014 compared to the previous year.