Since the decline of arcades and the ascension of console gaming, sales competitions between different video game systems have occurred and will continue to do so, unless, of course, some sort of singularity happens in our lifetime. Arguably, the most salient example of this concept can be seen in the public press battle held between Nintendo and Sega in the ’90s, which most gamers aptly dubbed “The Console Wars.” Naturally, people’s varying tastes in aesthetics and game development cause them to gravitate toward the system that best suits their needs, whether it was the SNES or the Genesis back then, or the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One here in the now.
It’s been almost two full years since the release of the PS4 and Xbox One, so obviously, some of the luckier gamers with more cash flow than others have had ample time to buy and enjoy both consoles. But most people out there are content with a singular system, making their choice by shopping comparatively, and weighing decisions like whether or not online gaming is better on Xbox Live or the PlayStation Network, or which one will have better exclusive titles. And for the month of April in the United States, more fans bought Xbox Ones instead of PS4s, and made Microsoft‘s console the top-selling system in the nation.
The report comes from The NPD Group (National Purchase Diary), an industry tracking firm that will release their full April sales report soon. The news is a major win for the Xbox One, as the PS4 has regularly ruled the console market since its release back in November 2013.
In a statement made earlier today, Xbox marketing boss Mike Nichols said:
“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. We are grateful to our fans for their passion and support and are looking forward to sharing more on the best game lineup in Xbox history at E3.”
While Xbox fans and supporters celebrate the victory, it’s key to note that Sony contests their cumulative software sales for PS4s, PS3s, and Vitas, beat that of Microsoft’s entirely. Plus, with Sony confident about its E3 announcements and holiday lineup for 2015, the company isn’t completely counting itself out of the race. And even though they still technically have the edge over their competition with current software sales, the electronics conglomerate’s optimism is rather brazen in the face of their highly anticipated Ratchet & Clank and Uncharted 4 titles being pushed back until early 2016.
It’s also important to keep in mind that Microsoft is pretty excited about its big plans for E3 too. Not to mention, with their consoles getting 60fps DVR capturing, in addition to the launch of rumored Xbox Ones with 1TB hard drives, and the not-too-distant release of exclusives like Halo 5: Guardians and Rise of the Tomb Raider, the Xbox One is shaping up to be quite the impressive rival.