According to the recently released NPD data for the month of January, the industry is down yet again, though the battle for next-gen hardware sales rages on. PlayStation 4 outsold the Xbox One in North America, and according to Sony’s John Koller they nearly doubled their nearest competitor, the Xbox One.
“PS4 was #1 in sales for next-gen consoles in January, nearly doubling the nearest next-gen competitor. And PS4 remains the cumulative leader here based on today’s report from the NPD Group,” said Koller on the PlayStation Blog.
Koller holds firm to the claim that Sony has sold every single PlayStation 4 that has been manufactured thus far, and demand is holding strong for the console. “We’ve got supply refreshing throughout the channel regularly, so I encourage everyone to check in with their local retailers regularly,” Koller continued in the Q&A.
Despite losing badly in North America, it’s not all bad news for Microsoft. Apparently the consumers who are purchasing the Xbox One are buying a lot of games. Across the Xbox 360 and Xbox One consoles, Microsoft managed to capture 47% of the total software sales in North America. This leaves them as the top software seller in January.
For those that have been reading these reports over the last few years, it’s been a rarity for Sony to outsell Microsoft in North America, and even more rare that Sony comments on the data.