Xbox One Needs to Win North America by Christmas

Gamnesia: "There's a lot of buzz in the video game industry right now about the strong sales of PlayStation 4 compared to the more modest numbers of Xbox One. This has been the case for months now, but the talk really picked up when it was revealed that Microsoft only shipped 1.1 million consoles from April to June, whereas Sony sold 3.5 million home consoles, not counting PSP and Vita's numbers.

With the headline "PlayStation 4 outsells Xbox One three to one" plastered all over the place, many are declaring an early death for Microsoft's console. Personally, I think it's ludicrous to declare a winner of a generation after less than nine months, and Xbox One definitely has plenty of time to recover, but it's entering into a crucial period. Xbox One needs to win over the North American crowd this Christmas, and the push to make that happen needs to start right now."

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700p1171d ago

And xbox will win it. Especially because of HALOOO.

The_Infected1171d ago

Well America loves FPS like myself but there's also Destiny and Advanced Warfare. Both which are also on PS4.

Cryptcuzz1171d ago

Halo is a big franchise that can do crazy sales, but I'm afraid even Halo isn't big enough to take down both Destiny and Advanced Warefare. Both will do crazy numbers and if recent software sales trends are to repeat, a lot of third party games has been selling more on the PS4.

donthate1171d ago


PS4 selling 3rd party better is due to larger install base than Xbox One as well as the resolution/frame rate difference.

We are starting to see parity now, and the next competitive thing then will be platform features, friends and content.

Platform features: MS got that, both in OS design and rapid pace of updates
Friends: Sony got that due to having larger user base
Content: Remains to be seen. So far MS has done a marvelous job. Sony's time is hopefully coming.

MeliMel1171d ago

Lol... both are on Xbox One aswell along with Halo.

badz1491171d ago (Edited 1171d ago )

IMHO What is holding the Xbone back in the US is the price. Priced the same as the PS4, is not enough to sway customers still on the fence between the 2 consoles and the PS4 is a tad bit more popular too at the moment. If they cut another $50, I think the Xbone will have a brighter chance to give the PS4 the run for its money.

BX811171d ago

It will be a wait and see if the trend continues, destiny has ps4 dlc and the Xbox version will be bumped to 1080p. Cod has the ms dlc first but ps4 has more consoles out. Halo will be a very big deal this holiday season. Either way both consoles will do well.

LAWSON721171d ago

Well technically,
You can have AW and Destiny or you can have AW, Destiny, and Halo, you ask me the latter is better.

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DigitalRaptor1171d ago (Edited 1171d ago )

Halo alone has the potential to do great things for the Xbone. It will hit peak performance in November for sure, but beating out PS4 in North America by the holidays is still a long shot.

They would literally have to sell 10-month's worth of sales that PS4 is leading by, and sell that in the space of 2 months, as well as sell more than what PS4 will be selling from now until December. And it's not like the PS4 is slowing down either.

It's true that if Xbone doesn't catch up with PS4 by the year's end, it's going to be even more difficult for them going forward, especially once Sony fires all cylinders in early 2015 with The Order: 1886, Bloodborne, Ratchet & Clank Redux and MLB 15: The Show, and the unannounced lineup for the rest of the year, along with Uncharted 4 for the holidays.

donthate1171d ago (Edited 1171d ago )

I think most of the PS4 games you listed aren't really system sellers. I can't say the Xbox One has a lot of system sellers either right now.

Titanfall was one, and I believe Halo: MCC is another. Destiny on PS4 might garner some system sales, but it is multi-platform. Last of Us Remaster is another, but that has come to pass.

Why o why1171d ago

Those system seller rules don't seem to apply if titanfall is anything to go by. I'd guess most halo fans are prefer xbox and may already own the x1. Who knows. Maybe consistency will bridge or expand the respective gaps. . Thing about Sony's consoles were there wasn't just 'a' system seller, they had a large variety of titles of varying genres that would sell the system.

mixolydian_id1171d ago

I won't be throwing the XBO under the bus because of what PR tells me to think.

I just don't like PS games that much.

Definitly getting a One...It's just not on my priority list at the moment.

Maybe when my Dad's inheritance pays out in a couple of months?

Just in time for a H5 beta of sourts?

mcstorm1171d ago

@Why o why I think you are wrong with the quote "I'd guess most halo fans are prefer xbox and may already own the x1" as most of the fans are still playing it on the 360 as the xbox one has yet to get a halo game.

Once MC Collection is being advertised 24/7 but 343i and Microsoft you will then start to see a lot of interest in the xbox one.

At the moment the only console that has got games to shout about in the new gen is Nintendos console where the line up for both the PS4 and Xbox one in terms of exclusives is not that impressive.

Also once the big names like COD, BF, GTA, AC ect stop being made for the last gen consoles we will see a big jump to next gen consoles and we will then start to see how far Microsoft have come in terms of making the xbox one name better than it was this time last year.

MysticStrummer1171d ago

"I think most of the PS4 games you listed aren't really system sellers… ...Titanfall was one"

Titanfall was not a system seller. If it had been, Kinect wouldn't have been made optional so soon.

Why o why1171d ago

Ok. I get what you're saying and I agree many may hold out until their title of choice appears. That can be applied across the board. Gran Turismo fans, gears fans, zelda fans etc, but only halo is out this year so that could give a better boost than titanfall did. What stands in the way of that boost 'wining' north America is the titles they will release plus the momentum that's carried them. Many thought the price drop would make the difference, others the dropping of kinect , some thought e3's showing would be it, others thought it would be titanfall. Winning from behind takes more than singular hits and half a year. . It takes time and consistency.

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Eddie201011171d ago (Edited 1171d ago )

The die hard's that really like Halo have already bought a Xbox one.

The last couple of Halo games sold well but not as well as the first three.

I got Halo Reach a couple of months after release for $20.00 same with the Halo remaster. Also got Halo 4 for $20.00.

keep looking for that savior.

bigpiece1171d ago

You do realize halo 4 sold around 9 million copies right?

Rock-Lee1171d ago


Yeah 9 million copies sold.... Not that impressive when there are over 70 million X360 consoles sold as well...... Halo 4 came out late 2012, the total sales of the X360 were over 70 million at that time.

IcicleTrepan1171d ago


Last of Us PS3 only sold about 5 million. Since there's 80 million PS3s out there I guess it's a failure right?

LordMaim1171d ago

@IcicleTrepan: Actually it's over 7 million, was released a year ago instead of 2 years, and was a new IP rather than the latest in a franchise.

That said, 9 million copies of anything sold is nothing to sneeze at.

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Rimeskeem1171d ago

What happens after halo?

All the big hitters for ps4 are coming after that

Infamous2981171d ago (Edited 1171d ago )

if xbone didnt outsell the ps4 this winter , it will have no other chance against the ps4 this generation.

badz1491171d ago


What are you saying? After Halo, it will be Forza and then Gears and then maybe some Fable before back to Halo. Rinse and repeat!

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DARK WITNESS1171d ago (Edited 1171d ago )

I am not sure halo is going to win it looking at halo going forward....

however, I do think the release of Halo2 will go a long way to helping them catch up.

I think that quite a large number of people have simply moved on now.

Halo 2 just holds a special place in the hearts of many xbox fans and it's one of those games that I think they won't mind going back to.

mixolydian_id1171d ago

H1 - Banshees!!!!

H2 - Too Many NADES!

H3 - AR starts against good players. Daft Equipment

H4 - NeeNaww lobby music, Jet packs, DMR

Magicite1171d ago (Edited 1171d ago )

Unfortunately Halo isnt deciding factor anymore. Previous gen is over and MS needs new tactics if they wanna ''win''.
MS biggest mistake is lack of 1st parties.

If you mean X1 might win December NPD, then I guess it has certain possibility.

hiredhelp1171d ago

I had a breif read threw still scratching my head at the headline."Xbox One Needs to Win North America by Christmas"
why north america why not worldwide...?

MysticStrummer1171d ago

XB1 will not win NA for the year, despite Halo.

ricochetmg1171d ago

Halo had been a Xbox saving grace but fps has changed a lot.just look at the the last halo game sales with the bigger install C base.

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tdogchristy901171d ago (Edited 1171d ago )

It's funny.

Last gen it was halo 3 that made me buy a 360 and god of war 3 for ps3. This go around it was last of us remastered (already played the original) and now possibly MCC for xbone. (This is obviously omitting games like mirrors edge ((my true next gen buy in)) and battlefront which are a ways off) It feels weird remasters and games I've already played are making me want next gen lol.


it makes me feel like the industry is on crutches creatively at least.

I mean there are new games coming out an all but honestly half of them look ok, and the other half look good, but still not as good as the remasters.

kind of makes me feel sad though..

isa_scout1171d ago

My problem is the new IPs keep getting pushed back into 2015. Preciously why I don't preorder a lot of games anymore. Thank god for Destiny though or this fall would really suck. Only a few games actually worth picking up this holiday season, but I know Destiny will keep me busy.

masterfox1171d ago

win what a cookie ?, by the time November comes the PS4 will hit like 12 million consoles, xbone will hit 7 mills barely.

PS4 Better looking multiplataforms, better online gaming service, PSN better than GOLD, better hardware,exclusives Driveclub, Little Big Planet 3.

Yes old Halo remake will help to sell xbone consoles but not that much.

700p1171d ago

Halo is more popular than all sony games combined. It will help sell A LOT more consoles.

DanielGearSolid1171d ago (Edited 1171d ago )

Halo 3 boosted 360 sales by about 500,000 in the US.

Ps4 has 500k-700k lead right now

But the lead will be larger by the time it releases...

I see ps4 still leading, or a tie at best

Depending on the effect the Destiny Bundle has on Ps4 sales

IRetrouk1171d ago

Gran turismo does halo numbers no problem, also the likes of god of war and uncharted do very well too, you are reaching a bit I think.

KingPin1171d ago


i knew if i waited long enough, someone would make an ignorant statement. lol

like clockwork. you just know its coming.

diehardmetallicafan1171d ago

it aint gunna come close. the people that are waiting for halo will most probably aleady have an xbone, so it'll boost sales but not as much as you might think.

DeadlyOreo1171d ago

"Halo is more popular than all Sony games combined."

My dear god, I have no words.

darren_poolies1171d ago (Edited 1171d ago )

Really? Halo 4 hit around 9 million units, The Last of Us which is a new IP is around 7-8 million now. Halo clearly isn't as popular as it was now that Bungie aren't making it.

poor_cus_of_games1171d ago

Actually gran turismo has out sold halo.

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n4rc1171d ago

Psn is better now?

You lost me right there.. Lol

Budobear1171d ago

Hey it might not be better but its no worse either.

Insomnia_841171d ago

Get with the times! PlayStation upped Xbox this gen in every single way possible!

n4rc1171d ago

Care to name a single one?

And budobear.. That's about it.. I'm not saying it's worse.. But people honestly can't say its better in any way

plasticidolatry1171d ago (Edited 1171d ago )

If Xbox One is 5 million right now, and it's selling 200-250k a month, it will be 5.6-5.8 million by November. Maybe add 100-200k for the "tier 2" launch in September, so 5.7-6.0m total.

PS4 will probably be 11 mil by November depending on how well the Destiny bundles sell.

oODEADPOOLOo1171d ago (Edited 1171d ago )

"Sony has a thin holiday lineup, and Microsoft has a few system sellers up its sleeves. With The Order: 1886 delayed until next year, PlayStation 4's exclusives for the rest of the year are Drive Club, PlanetSide 2, and H1Z1, and the latter two aren't really exclusives, because they'll also be available on PC."

Planetside 2 by itself is not to be underestimated even if its a port of PC. The UI is being overhauled for console and the game is better optimized, with dev claiming settings are comparable to ULTRA on PC. Plus added to the fact that it fills a MAG like void and then some all while being F2P, and I'd say PS2 just might be a system seller on its own right. Especially from casuals who only play on console and never heard of this game.

XiMasterChief1171d ago

Planetside 2 is a F2P dummy(ass). How can a F2P be system seller when it PC.

ssjkiet1171d ago

People buy a PS4 to just play Planetside 2 thats how... Jerky(ass).

ThanatosDMC1171d ago

Wow, you went full retard on here, XiMasterChief.

poor_cus_of_games1171d ago

Why are people ignoring little big planet 3?

scark921171d ago

Littlebigplanet 3 is a system seller for me, in fact I plan on getting a PS4 for around the time it comes out.

Jag-T10001171d ago

Little demon dolls is not a system seller. It will never be.

n4rc1171d ago

Two questions..

Why? And or what?

People need to stop pretending they understand how business' work.

Is making $100m a failure if your competition makes $101m? Or is it a massive success if that competitor only made $50m?

"Winning" is about bragging rights.. That's about all

DeadlyOreo1171d ago

Doesn't matter if you win by an inch or a mile, winning is winning.

kneon1171d ago

In the console business it does matter. If you are lagging far behind your competitors then you end up with less 3rd party support. With less 3rd party support your console sales will likely lag even further behind.

Also many people want to play with their friends online, so they tend to buy what their friends have bought. That means that the more you sell now, the better you are likely to do in the future.