NPD: Xbox One Closes US Sales Gap, But Not By Much
Posted by Ken Barnes
Comparative sales up in quiet month
In what was a barren wasteland of a month for videogame retail in the US - barring the outstanding The Last of Us Remastered for PS4 - Xbox One sales were predictably down in July, but the gap between Microsoft's machine and Sony's was smaller than anticipated.
In June, Sony shifted 269,000 units of PS4 hardware, compared to Microsoft's 197,000 units of Xbox One hardware, which is a gap of 72,000. In July though, the PS4 sold 187,000 units to the Xbox One's 131,000 - a gap of only 56,000.
This suggests that while the gap clearly still exists to the point that the Xbox One is being outsold by a hefty number of percentage points, there's still a chance that the race isn't a foregone conclusion just yet. August sees the release of Madden NFL 25 along with a hardware bundle including the game, as well as Diablo III which, after a day one patch, will run at a nice, smooth 1080p.
Madden will undoubtedly shift a LOT of software units, but will the hardware bundle be enough to swing the month toward the Xbox One? Only time will tell.