In the world of video games, the so-called “console wars” continue to rage on. As the battle between the PS4, Xbox One, and Wii U continues for the set top boxes, it always ends up interesting when looking at the actual numbers each unit is selling from month to month. In that respect, February’s outlook was familiar to previous months, but this one also told some other interesting stories.
According to the NPD sales reports for home console sales (via IGN), the PlayStation 4 is continuing its stream of dominance, coming out on top once again for the month of February. Additionally, when compared to the sales of each company’s last-gen console at the same point in their respective life cycles, NPD says that the PS4 and Xbox One “have outsold the PS3 and the Xbox 360 combined 15 month totals by close to 60 percent,” indicating a much larger adoption rate for these machines than their older counterparts.
Still, the Xbox One isn’t exactly a pushover, with Microsoft boasting a sales increase of 84% month-over-month in February. This massive jump can likely be attributed to the now longer-lasting $50 price cut for all models of the console, with the Kinect-less model selling for $50 less than the standard PlayStation 4 model. Most standard Xbox Ones in that price point also include major games, like Assassin’s Creed Unity, or Halo: The Master Chief Collection, while standard models of the PS4 don’t usually have a game packed in, with the holiday Destiny white PS4 bundle apparently out of stock at most retailers.
While the Xbox One and PS4 duked it out for home console supremacy, though, the real winner was a handheld: namely, Nintendo’s 3DS. In that month alone, nearly 400,000 3DS’ were sold, largely due to the release of The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D, as well as an entirely new version of the system hardware, the “New Nintendo 3DS XL,” featuring more advanced 3D display technology and a faster processor, along with additional control options.
Overall, the video game industry seems to be a major player in the entertainment industry, and these figures are further proof of that. For more on the console landscape, check out our recent piece that looks at why people choose the consoles that they do!
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