Despite the looming August 2 release of the Xbox One S, the souped up, shrunk down update to the Xbox One console, Microsoft’s big box had a great month in July, outselling the PlayStation 4.
The NPD Group, which tracks video game console and software sales in the US, confirmed the console’s successful month.
Microsoft attributes the success to post-E3 excitement, though the price drop to $250 certainly doesn’t hurt much. The Xbox One S may have contributed in its own way, both by keeping the system in the headlines and pushing people to get the cheaper, larger version while supplies last.
As GamesBeat notes, July is one of the slowest months in gaming during most years, so despite Microsoft winning the month, it’s likely they didn’t gain much on Sony’s massive 2:1 lead.
August could prove to be another solid month for the company, though. The Xbox One S released on August 2 as a limited-edition 2TB system, which has sold out at many retailers. August 23 will bring the release of the Xbox One S’ 1TB and 500GB versions, priced at $350 and $300 respectively. The 500GB PlayStation 4 currently stands at $349, for comparison.
September, though, is anyone’s game. Microsoft’s new system will still be fresh in the minds of consumers, but Sony has an event on September 7 that is presumably going to be used to unveil the refresh of their own console, currently called PlayStation 4 Neo.
Microsoft is continuing their trend of not showing sales numbers. Instead, Xbox marketing head Mike Nichols offered up the following statement:
“We’re honored that Xbox One was the best selling console in the U.S. in July, and that total gaming hours on Xbox consoles were up globally 18 percent over last year, reaching 1.55 billion hours,” he said in a statement. Even that number, though, includes both the Xbox One and the Xbox 360. With Microsoft getting trounced month after month, it doesn’t help them to hand out numbers that let people quantify that. The Xbox Scorpio, a massively powered up Xbox console, is set to release next fall. If that does well, we’ll see if Microsoft’s tune changes.