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Xbox One outsells PlayStation 4 for the fourth month in a row

by Eric Frederiksen | November 11, 2016November 11, 2016 9:30 am PST

Keep on tooting that horn, Microsoft. For the fourth month in a row, the Xbox One outsold the PlayStation 4.

Since the two consoles launched three years ago, the PlayStation 4 has consistently outsold the Xbox One in all but a small handful of months. Starting in July, though, that changed. The price of the original Xbox One dropped in preparation for the Xbox One S, and the One S itself seems to have continued the trend since then.

In that time, Sony launched the PlayStation VR and a slimmed down refresh of the original PlayStation 4, but those haven’t been enough to let them catch up. Microsoft released updates to two big franchises in that time, as well – Gears of War 4 and Forza Horizon 3.

Black Friday could put the PlayStation 4 back on top

If this trend is going to change, though, it’s this month. Black Friday is coming and a pile of deals will accompany it. But, more importantly, the PlayStation 4 Pro is now on shelves. We’ve speculated in months past that potential PlayStation owners might be holding out for the beefed up system, and now we’ll see if that’s true.

Neither manufacturer has been forthcoming with numbers in recent years, so it’s impossible to tell how much ground Microsoft has covered during this hot streak.

As the PlayStation 4 Pro settles into the market and Microsoft’s own amped up console, currently code-named Scorpio, approaches release, it’s possible we could see the ball shift back and forth a few times in the coming months.


Eric Frederiksen

Eric Frederiksen has been a gamer since someone made the mistake of letting him play their Nintendo many years ago, pushing him to beg for his own,...