Xbox One beats out PlayStation 4 at retail for the third month in a row


#XboxOne #PlayStation4Xbox One beats out PlayStation 4 at retail for the third month in a row : Console manufacturers love boasting about numbers when the numbers are good. That puts them in a tough place, too; they’re expected to tell us when the numbers aren’t so good.

When Microsoft figured out the PS4 would continue outselling the Xbox One, they stopped handing out those numbers. They started talking in riddles, instead. They offered how many hours people spent doing super specific stuff on Xbox.

Microsoft even made the products they were talking about harder to discern as time went on. They combined not just the Xbox One and 360, but Windows 10 gaming in some of those reported sales numbers.

But they still love boasting. While they don’t have numbers, Microsoft does have bragging rights. This month, the computing giant took the lead at retail for the third month in a row, beating out Sony.

The NPD Group report comes next week, but Microsoft has already announced the triumph. For most of the last three years, Sony claimed the top spot by selling roughly two PS4 consoles for each Xbox One. Microsoft has had a few big months here and there, but this three-month streak is unprecedented.

Microsoft has a long way to go to match Sony’s numbers, but the winds have shifted in their favor the last few months. Microsoft made some good choices while Sony took on some heat.

Microsoft’s Xbox One S has been received well after a lot of hemming and hawing about whether it made sense in light of Xbox Scorpio coming next fall. The original Xbox One is ultra cheap as Microsoft tries to empty its stock.

Sony’s PS4 Pro pales in comparison to the promise of the Xbox Scorpio, even though it’s an improvement over the original. The decision to leave out an Ultra HD Blu-ray drive might be a good one for Sony in the long term, but it’s looking to fans like an oversight.