Microsoft has sold 5 million Xbox One consoles to retailers, continuing to lag behind Sony’s PlayStation 4, which has sold 7 million units to consumers so far.
Microsoft revealed the sales figure — the first update since the company said it sold 3.9 million units through the end of 2013 — in a blog post today from Yusuf Mehdi, vice president of marketing and strategy for Xbox.
Sony revealed its sales figure yesterday.
Both consoles launched in November.
Microsoft’s Mehdi did not address the console’s continuing sales lag behind the competition in his blog post today. Rather, he compared Xbox One sales to those of the previous generation of Xbox consoles, saying: “The new generation is off to a strong start, with global Xbox One sales outpacing Xbox 360 by more than 60 percent at the same point in time, a true testament to your love of console gaming.”
Microsoft had pinned great hopes that the launch last month of “Titanfall” — the much-anticipated first-person shooter from Electronic Arts and Respawn Entertainment that debuted as an exclusive to the Xbox and Windows platforms — would help goose Xbox One sales.
Indeed, “Titanfall” was the top-selling game in March, “with a solid attach rate to the Xbox One,” and is currently the second-highest selling game for Xbox One, according to the latest report from research firm NPD Group.
Still, it wasn’t enough for Xbox One to overtake PlayStation 4, as Sony’s console led hardware sales for the third month in a row in March, according to NPD Group.
When the Xbox One console — which included the Kinect motion- and voice-sensor — launched Nov. 22, it was priced at $100 more than the PlayStation 4.
Microsoft has been cutting the price since. Last month, the company began offering a “Titanfall” bundle that included the console, game and a month of Xbox Live Gold membership for $500. Now, that package (or a comparable one that includes “Forza Motorsport 5” instead of “Titanfall”) is selling for $450.
Hardware sales overall in March were up 78 percent from the year-ago period, due mainly to the success of both the PS4 and Xbox One, according to NPD Group.
“PS4 and Xbox One continue to see success with cumulative sales of the two consoles through the first five month currently totaling more than double that of their predecessors, the PS3 and Xbox 360,” NPD analyst Liam Callahan, wrote in a note.
Retail video game sales increased 3 percent in March over the year-ago period, but sales of games that launched in March this year were 42 percent less than those launched a year ago.
“Last March we saw eight of the top 10 games were new launches with games like ‘Bioshock Infinite,’ ‘Tomb Raider,’ ‘Gears of War: Judgment,’ ‘God of War: Ascension,’ Callahan wrote.”This March saw six of the top 10 games as new launches with ‘Titanfall,’ ‘inFAMOUS Second Son,’ ‘South Park: The Stick Of Truth,’ and ‘Dark Souls II.’ ”