March NPD 2018 - Hardware: PlayStation 4 outsold Switch, Xbox One — but sales are red hot for all

“Sony’s PlayStation 4 was the best-selling console hardware platform in March, and it remains the best-selling console hardware platform year-to-date,” Piscatella said.

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dirkdady83d ago

Of course Xbox hardware spending increased due to the Xbox one X vs Xbox one base/s it's price difference is almost doubled.
So they could effectively have sold less units than last yr and still have a spending increase.

sd1183d ago

If that is the case it at least shows that the xbox x is selling well. Take into account the lack of must have exclusives this year that is actually quite impressive.

JaguarEvolved83d ago

PlayStation domination across the nation. I can't even imagine the worldwide sales added to the npd sales because PlayStation is winning all around the world. I'm glad the best gaming console is selling the best worldwide and by a wide margin. Ps4 sales are well deserved because it has the most and best exclusive games for consoles

StormSnooper83d ago

Well, PlayStation is on top as expected. With Switch in second position. Xbox is doing good too.

dirkdady83d ago

sd not following ur logic it could have sold worse quantity wise month over month but dollar spending is higher because of the huge price point difference

Obscure_Observer83d ago


"So they could effectively have sold less units than last yr and still have a spending increase."

Pherhaps. But it also proves that Xbox One X is a success.

DiRtY83d ago

That would be still impressive for a product you guys claimed to be a major flop. It is still selling pretty well it seems.
This might also be an important message to Phil Spencer how the next Xbox should look like...

dirkdady83d ago

Obsecure not following ur logic either - if it sold less month over month from last yr but hardware spending increased how is that a success?

Higher Consumer spending does not equate to increased profits as the hardware cost to manufacturer is more.. so the profit margin would remain relatively flat but less quantity was sold. Not quite sure where/how u r defining success

sd1182d ago

Just in response to this VG chartz ( Not always the most reliable I admit) actually have Xbox sales volumes up 31% this year compared to last year. Combined with the increased hardware spending I would still say this is a good thing for MS.

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travestyj83d ago

Have they? PS4 still the top selling console despite a hell of a lot more people having one already. And this is in the only country Microsoft focuses on. Worldwide it's even larger for Playstation. The fact that the Xbox still can't beat PS4 even when releasing their most hyped exclusive in a year and a half is pretty bad.

welly30083d ago

Really? They all did good....cant we leave it at that. Sales on all platforms, are good for all gamers. Ps4 dont need any fanboy support.

Realms83d ago


Oh you mean like MS trolled last gen with sales numbers every time they hit a milestone, stay classy we Sony is they hardly even mention they are ahead why because it's redundant at this point.

Shiken83d ago

This kind of back and forth of close 1st and 2nd between Sony and Nintendo is going to be the norm moving forward. The winner will depend on games coming out at the time, as both Playstation and Switch have identities that can co exist under one roof.

MS on the other hand, while doing ok in the US, has a major identity crisis. I doubt we will see them beat Sony or Nintendo anytime soon.

ThinkThink82d ago

They don't need to beat Sony or Nintendo. They just need to sell enough consoles to support a healthy fan base, which they have. Microsoft is doing very well for itself. Just not in first place. I don't hear any Xbox fans complaining.

Shiken82d ago

Well many of the XBox fans that have been complaining have already jumped ship.

The X1 is doing ok in the US, but struggling everywhere else in the world. I understand loyal fandom, but ignoring the lack of exclusivity in games is nothing short of blindly following what they say.

If you ONLY play multiplat games and you value BC, I can see buying an X1X. As someone who has an X1, PS4, and Switch however, I find little use for my X1 besides a netflix box.

Even my WiiU has gotten more attention, and that should tell you something.

KwietStorm83d ago

I'm confused what you're even referring to here? PS4 is *still* on top. Emphasis: *still*

BrettAwesome83d ago

It's called "the tides have turned"

dreue83d ago

The tides have turn? What you mean? Xbox will catch sony and ps4? Dude if that happens in out of gaming.... Because xbox to me was the worst and they dont care about gamers.... How can people be happy with a game lile sea of thoefs? Come on 4 years and thar is the best they can do? Lolol one more year and santa monica just release a beast.... Lol sad xbox people still think xbox is the place to play, can all imagine of xbox would be first? We would only have MP games.... And a servoce.... Well f that all i want arr new, fresh games, ezperience etc.... Sony is doing that at 100%

ThinkThink82d ago

Not sure i follow. I love sea of thieves. I purchased an extra copy to be able to play with my kids. We play it consistently and it's almost a completely different experience each time. You bring up god of war which is a great game but after i beat it, i just send it back to game fly. I find myself having to buy the Xbox games more often because they fall more under games as a service, which i prefer.

Inzo83d ago

We will see what those tides are doing once NPD give their figures for next month and you can thank Kratos for whats about to happen.

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darthv7283d ago

XBO is doing good: “For the 2018 year-to-date period, hardware spending has increased 13 percent to $925 million,” NPD analyst Mat Piscatella said. “That’s driven by growth in Xbox One spending. This is the highest year to date total achieved since 2014.”

PS4 is doing good: “Sony’s PlayStation 4 was the best-selling console hardware platform in March, and it remains the best-selling console hardware platform year-to-date,”

Switch is doing good: “The Nintendo Switch 32GB with Neon Red/Blue Joy-Con is the best-selling hardware item of both March as well as 2018 year to date."

Razzer83d ago (Edited 83d ago )

Third place is "doing good"? Remember, "growth" from March last year for Xbox One is saying much.

LordCheezus83d ago

Even if they are third place it dont mean they are not turning a profit.

sd1183d ago

If profits and spending increase then yes it is doing well.

morganfell83d ago

They were selling it at $239 and at one point it hit $229. It may seem like a boost now but when software fails to materialize the trade-ins begin and the systems dumped onto the used market come back to haunt them

Heelix83d ago

You should have "third place" in quotes.
An artificial race.

Kribwalker83d ago


I’ve heard your predictions before
“Gears of war is coming to PS3, No one will buy PUBG on console like CSGO”.....i’ll just toss this one on that pile

Razzer83d ago

"Remember, "growth" from March last year for Xbox One ISN'T saying much. "


UKRsoldja83d ago (Edited 83d ago )

Yes, third place is doing good. In the real world companies only care about growth and profitability. Being first or second really only matters to the n4g dorks and trolls like you.

A company can be 40th, dead last, and still exceed all expectations if its net profitability is good.

Razzer82d ago

Nope. Phil Spencer said he wants to win this gen. You think he thinks third place is doing good? You would be wrong.

ThinkThink82d ago

3rd place can be an amazing place as long as you're making a profit. McDonald's, In&Out burger and Wendys are all burger restraunts. Guess who comes in 3rd place on that one?

Razzer82d ago

Fast food? lol....bad analogy.

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King_Lothric82d ago

You intentionally left this part out

"When Piscatella says Xbox One is contributing to the growth, that means that the platform’s hardware is selling better than it has in the past — or at least, that it’s making more money. But it isn’t outdoing its competition."

wonderfulmonkeyman82d ago (Edited 82d ago )

“Sony’s PlayStation 4 was the best-selling console hardware platform in March"
"The Nintendo Switch 32GB with Neon Red/Blue Joy-Con is the best-selling hardware item of March"

Am I missing something, or is this article saying that both are the best of March? [which is logically impossible as one has to have outsold the other.]
Are they talking different regions or something? Like, Switch in Japan and PS4 in USA?

darthv7282d ago

you have platform as a whole (slim, pro, base unit [if still available]) and then you can have the single item from within a platform like the switch with the multi-color vs the solid color one.

Everybody gets a participation trophy but the winning team is PS4

wonderfulmonkeyman82d ago (Edited 82d ago )

Wait, so you're telling me that the PS4 had to tally up all of its different forms to get the numbers, yet Switch is just a participation trophy despite out-selling it on a 1-to-1-form basis?
Yeah, no.XD
Let's just agree to disagree and say that both are absolutely killing it in sales right now.

darthv7282d ago

No, I'm not telling you that. you chose to use those words. all i said was

"you have platform as a whole (slim, pro, base unit [if still available]) and then you can have the single item from within a platform like the switch with the multi-color vs the solid color one."

Everybody gets a participation trophy (meaning all 3 did well in their own right) but the winning team is PS4 (in terms of platform units sold overall)

Does that make more sense now?

wonderfulmonkeyman82d ago

Yeah, it does. Thank you.
The way you phrased it sounded off at first, but that's it.XD

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FallenAngel198483d ago

Nice to see everybody succeeding

lxeasy83d ago

Funny how you got for disagrees just for saying it's good to see everyone succeed. Smh I agree with you fallen angel it is good to see everyone succeed

Eonjay83d ago

The biggest lie in the world is that Microsoft, Nintendo, or Sony HAS to succeed. Utter corporate pandering lies. We are the industry, not them. Its almost gross to insist that either of them HAS to be there. They don't.

Sayai jin82d ago

Yes, the rabid fanboyism on this site is pathetic. Anyone know of a mature gaming news site?

gamerzero83d ago

PS4: 354K
NS: 308K
XBO: 299K

WeAreLegion83d ago

I'm glad everyone is doing so well, but why are people buying Xbox Ones? It just makes absolutely no sense to me why someone would get one right now. Maybe as a 4K Blu-ray player?

drpepperdude83d ago

All the consoles have plenty of stuff to do but I think Xbox specifically still has a good amount of Xbox 360 gamers who are interested in the Xbox One and with low console prices why not?

RpgSama83d ago

As a PS4 Pro owner I can only imagine that there are more people upgrading from the Xbox 1 to the Xbox one X than PS4 to PS4 Pro, which means the PS4 is selling more to actual new customers, while xbox is selling by double dipping to the same crowd (you can see this when you see the hardware increasing in numbers but software sales barely improving or in a lot of cases decreasing)

sd1183d ago

The x is the most powerful console would be a reason. Maybe others like backwards compatibility, the 4k blu ray player, possibly cross play or windows anywhere ( a few pc gamers might be tempted by this) . Regardless as a gamer it is good all 3 are doing well.

The 10th Rider83d ago

I've thought about picking one up to function as a 4K bluray player. I'd probably game mostly on my gaming PC, but a few of the games would have play anywhere and so they'd be accessible on both. Around Christmas time you could work some deals to get one for like $200 with Forza Horizon 3 with the expansions. Since I wanted the game and the controller anyway for my PC that would have eaten like $60-100 of the cost. A 4K Bluray player is still around $100 so that would have been most of the rest of it.

In the end I just grabbed the controller and FH3 separate. If I'd had more money and a nicer TV to really make use of the 4K player I probably would have gone with the bundle. But either way, at least there's some reasoning as to why someone might pick one up.

XxExacutionerxX83d ago (Edited 83d ago )

Maybe because it has
Player Unknown Battleground
Xbox 360 Backwards compatibility
Xbox Original compatibility
Best Online Servers (Xbox Live)
Yes, it plays Ultra 4K blu rays
Makes some backwards complatibility games run at 4K on Xbox One X
Has Great Game Series (an argument I will never understand, when someone says Xbox has no games)
Halo Series (this systems lcon like MARIO is to Nintendo)
Gears of War Series
Crackdown Series
State of Decay Series
Sea of thieves
Fable Series
Forza Series
Minecraft Series
Killer Instinct Series
Xbox Game Pass
(Oh but they haven’t gotten a 10 out of 10 like God of War, really. But they sell tens of millions of copies and they put their games on Game Pass for 9.99 a month)
I had issues buying a PS4 pro because it’s not native 4K and doesn’t have 4K blu Ray player.)
I know I will get banned and hated on N4G because I said something against Sony.
I have played more games between 3 console generations on Xbox One without having to rebuy my games every time.
Xbox One is one of the best consoles because it has a lot more value.
Every E3 Microsoft, proves me right every year.
I have never seen a company console maker follow their fan base closer than what Microsoft has done with theirs.
Everyone complained that Xbox One not being the most powerful console, check
Everyone wanted backwards compatibility, check
Improvements on Online streaming service Mixer, check
They need more first party games, when Microsoft gets that, what we be the next complaint?
More Japanese software, they’re working on that too

AmstradAmiga83d ago


Maybe there are lots of cross platform titles people want to play on console at the highest possible setting. I can't wait for RDR2 on the X. I have a PS4 pro for Sony exclusives and the X for everything else.

Lennoxb6383d ago

I don’t understand how people watch golf. All I know is that people like it and they have the right to liking it. And I just leave it there.

Christopher83d ago

To try the old exclusives they haven't played? When the consoles are cheap as are the games, people might dip in to try the games they don't normally have access to.

Sunny_D83d ago

“It just makes absolutely no sense to me why someone would get one right now. Maybe as a 4K Blu-ray player?”

Ironic you say that considering so many people wanted to criticize PS3 last gen in the beginning as a glorified blu ray player. Well well, how the turn tables.

marloc_x83d ago

..better controller, honours your old catalog, nicer looking machine..

bluefox75583d ago

Brand loyalty maybe? I can't think of any other possible reason.

bluefox75583d ago (Edited 83d ago )

@sunny That would have been a fair criticism in the beginning, but then they started getting the best game library, as usual. Too bad Xbox hasn't improved it's library.

UKRsoldja83d ago

Maybe people want the most powerful console to play third party games on?

Maybe they like xbox exclusive games?

Maybe they like xbox live?

Maybe they don't have a gaming pc?

Maybe they like having the ability to play 4k blurays?

Maybe they like the ability to play their old games with enhanced graphics and performance?

Common sense is crazy, yo.

JEECE82d ago

To play some old titles with great emulation. Upscaled BC across two generations is a pretty great feature. Plus you have to think how many people have a PS4 already, so for many it's probably a second or third console, rather than a choice over the other options.

wonderfulmonkeyman82d ago

I dunno about the original, but for the One X, I guess it would be because they want their multiplats [and Microsoft's few remaining exclusives like Halo] as close to PC visuals as they can get without actually going PC, since that can get even more expensive.

Best logic I can think of for it.

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Moonman83d ago

That is the closest I think I've ever seen the big three. Congrats to all. :)

gamerzero83d ago

This is just America. Globally PS4 is selling close to 3x and Switch is selling 2x xbox.

Moonman83d ago

I am well aware of Microsoft's position I was trying to be nice....

ocelot0783d ago

It has a cheap entry point. Personally I would invest into a half decent pc and get best of both Xbox games and the 20+ years of pc games and consoles emulators and play all games at 60fps.

However, The Xbox one s is what £200/$250 that's a very good entry point. With the price rise of GPU and RAM lately it will cost about £500/$600 for a decent 60fps gaming pc.

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PhoenixUp83d ago

“B-B-But the console market is dying” said ignorant media outlets at the beginning of the decade.

Pennywise13883d ago

Just about to say the same thing. It's funny to look back on old articles and see just how way off people can be while trying to sound like they know everything.