Xbox One vs. PS4: Microsoft Loses Bad in May

Sony has been going hard to make its reign over the battlefield of current-gen consoles known, and it’s not stopping.

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admiralvic2502d ago

I don't know why the author thought the "even to the Wii U" was needed in the title. I mean, what did you expect to happen with Mario Kart released?

aceitman2502d ago

So everyone knows xbox one numbers where at those low numbers weeks before kinectless xbox was announced.

admiralvic2502d ago

"those low numbers"

Ignoring the fact that VGchartz isn't the most reliable source of information, your comment screams ignorance. For starters (note, all info is pulled off the same source as the article), every week besides the last week (where the Xbox One sold 52,XXX) the Xbox One has sold something in the 40,000 range with the Wii U only falling 10,000 - 20,000 short. The last week of May, which is also the week Mario Kart 8 released, Wii U numbers went up 489%, which despite the Xbox One seeing a 27% increase, was not enough to bridge the gap that one week in sales gave the Wii U.

So the data is saying that the Xbox One sales aren't low, but the Wii U sales are high (so high that the Wii U probably would have outsold the months total of Xbox One's in the last week of May if Mario Kart released on Tuesday instead of Friday), which is why the reference is unimportant. Just pointless flamebait meant to make the Xbox One look bad, instead of making the Wii U look good (I rather see the title "Mario Kart increases Wii U sales by nearly 500%," but sadly sites want to perpetuate the console war / hate).

UltimateMaster2502d ago (Edited 2502d ago )

"In March, The PS4 outsold the Xbox One and Wii U combined, with 655,518 consoles sold to Microsoft’s 433,940 and Nintendo’s 154,227 — that’s over 50 percent more than the Xbox One."

"It outsold both combined once more in April, with 579,850 PS4 units sold to Microsoft’s 335,101 Xbox Ones and 120,568 Wii U consoles."

"In May the PS4 sold 577,092 consoles to top the Xbox One’s 178,481 sales by 223 percent and the Wii U’s 276,396 sales by 108 percent"

So the Wii U outsold the Xbox One in May by more than 100k units.
Since Mario Kart 8 was release in the 31th of May. It'll be interesting to see the sales for the Wii U post-release.

UltimateMaster2502d ago

With all the "Wii U is DDDOOOOOMMMEDDD!" and "The Vita Is DEEEEAAAAADD"
I wonder if it won't the Xbox's turn to suffer the same treatment as pro-xbox sites have been bashing both the Wii U and the Vita.
Fair. is. fair.

morganfell2501d ago

Those that think a Kinectless SKU is going to generate massive X1 sales and are excusing low May sales on the basis of those persons being in hold mode until said Kinectless SKU launches are in for a rough June.

Pogmathoin2501d ago

I guess then if MS numbers jump, some usual trolls here will be in for a rough June, or else will be the usual, thats cool, I once owned a 360..... BS we hear from some......

4Sh0w2501d ago (Edited 2501d ago )

vgchartz is fine for ballpark predictions but taking them as gospel to write concrete statements for hits is just poor journalism, but its obvious the author was aiming for a thought provoking professional newspiece.

Also why wouldn't it be a fair statement to assume announcing a new sku with a lower price point will lower sales somewhat prior to the month in which that sku will be released. That's common sense, something in fact I heard many times last gen when sony offered a new lower priced ps3. I mean ps4 has been outselling X1 by a slim margin in the US and I'm guessing a bigger margin only in April, although I don't recall any official numbers for sony from any reputable site, all we know was that ps4 sold more but maybe I missed the official numbers.

Now again for the month of May I think naturally it will be at least a bit lower for X1 but looking at the actual official numbers X1 sales thus far the console says are good, as micro themselves note they are still better than 360 was in the same timeframe, it just ps4 is selling so well that some want that to mean the X1 is doomed, lol that's just the way fanboys think.

That said I've commented before that I don't believe removing Kinect is going to bring a massive sales boost some think it will help but I see over the next year as many more transition for last gen consoles to next gen that will really help the X1 sales over the longterm and will bring it neck and neck with ps4 in the US when its all said and done. When X1 does eventually outsell ps4 in the US and the headlines are reversed I wonder if much of this same type of "news" will be approved over and over again? I see a few of those silly blog-quality random negative ps4 news stories are quickly reported here, lol and the mods do a good job of failing them, some deleted altogether, but that's n4g so I say keep it coming. karma

morganfell2501d ago

"...some usual trolls here..." says the guy that just wrote this:

alexkoepp2501d ago

Xbox One again won the battle of my living room in May. That's now 4 months the PS4 has been sitting in my closet gathering dust, using the X1 right now as I type this.

BX812501d ago (Edited 2501d ago )

I hear that. My ps4 has been collecting dust as well, until 3 days ago. I just got bound by flames. I'm having fun so far with 4 hrs in. You should give it a try.
@ ultimate master
MS's turn? Where have you been since xb1's announcement? I say the last month to 2 months the xb1 has had a steady stream of positive articles here. Before that was the doom and gloom. The vita seems kinda lost in the sauce at the moment, the focus for the vita seems to be more as a secondary screen. As for the wii u I said a while ago that a couple of games could turn things around for nin. MK being one of them and if they announce a new Zelda... Wel I'm sure u know.

amiga-man2501d ago (Edited 2501d ago )

alexkoepp, I seriously doubt you even own a PS4, your comment history confirms that, but even if it were true you can't ignore the battle for the living room in the majority of homes is being won by the PS4

Back to the story, the xone couldn't have got off to a worse start, MS were so far off with their ideas for next gen they have had to backtrack on pretty much everything they built it around, even kinect.

the machine has no identity with weaker specs and it's showing in poor sales, what were MS thinking?

gaffyh2501d ago

Is this supposed to be worldwide data? Because VGC has proven to be quite unreliable at times when the NPD is released. Not that I don't think PS4 came top though, because this is the month MS announced the diskinect.

larrysdirtydrawss2501d ago

kinectless xone is a worse value than the 450$ titanfall bundle... ppl just had it with its bad graphics and no games and are going over to the ps4 and even(lol) Nintendo,a kids console

Azzanation2501d ago (Edited 2501d ago )

People tend to forget (Not that Sales means anything to gamers) XB1 is only sold in a small fraction of the world and it has been announced that theres a cheaper model on the way.

XB1 could only sell 20 million total sales in its life span. At the end of the day there just sales. That system is going to have some of the best games on it like Halo 5 and the next big Rare Title.

This sales race honestly has gone down to the immature kids of gaming claiming (If one system sells better then the other then its a superior gaming platform with better games) No I found the 360 a better console then the Wii (My opinion) because it had the better games i liked, yet the Wii killed the 360 and PS3 in sales.

N64 was the best console I brought that generation because its games were outstanding and some of the best iv ever played yet the PS1 destroyed it in Sales.

See where I am heading with this? Let me guess one of you are going to bring up "Derp better sales means better support" No it doesn't, its who pays who more $$$ for games. Why does the X1 have a bigger 3rd party games library then the great selling PS4? Money talks. The only reason that statement would be true is if 1 system is a incredible flop in sales. This gen all 3 are successful enough.

aceitman2501d ago

@azzanation, umm how do u think ms has better third party support, only ea gave them$$$$$$ titanfall. And only timed exclusive for plants vs zombies gw , and peggle2 and its running better on ps4. And almost all 3rd party games have run and looked better on ps4 .

jsslifelike2500d ago

Shouldn't it read, "Microsoft Loses BADLY In May"?

jebabcock2500d ago

Well, I really hope the X1 did better than that. Watch Dogs release appears to be sending a very strong signal to developers...

1.8million units for PS4
.8million units for X1

Watchdogs sales for the PS4 matched TitanFall lifetime sales in its first week.

It appears to have moved a significant number of units for the PS4 as there is no other explanation for the large spike in ps4 sales.

The X1 struggles to move consoles when they release exclusives but the PS4 is having consoles being moved by multiplat games. Sony has to be pretty dang happy about the system right now.

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truefan12501d ago (Edited 2501d ago )

My goodness you people that frequent this site are the most irrational people ever. The ps4 is in 72 countries, I repeat 72. Xb1 is in 13. If XB1 just sold an average of 4000 consoles in one month per country for 50 countries that is 200,000 extra consoles for the month.

I'm not saying XB1 would be outselling ps4 by any stretch, but you can't honestly ignore the fact that the margin wouldn't be as wide. You people have the most shaded views ever, you guys never look at the complete picture. So in September if XB1 outsells ps4 worldwide, I don't want to hear crap about XB1 launching in additional countries. Hell XB1 might sell the most in June if they knock it out the park at E3. You mention the Titanfall launch, but there was a large influx of ps4's + infamous after holding back stock for March.

Not to mention all the gaming stores have been advertising the $399 XB1, so I'm guess one would be willing to wait a few extra weeks if they wanted a kinectless XB1.

Chaostar2501d ago

Massive irony followed by dodgy math wrapped up with a tired argument and false hopes.

I do so love untangling the half-truths, misleading pr speak and twisted logic in your posts.

Gives the old noodle a work out.

Keep up the good fight lol.

memots2501d ago

My goodness you people that frequent this site are the most irrational people ever.
Xbo is sold in 13 country and getting outsold in each of those country.

SpinalRemains1382501d ago

In your imaginary fantasy land, MS doesn't manufacture as many consoles as they can, so selling in more countries means more sales.

Except it doesn't work that way. If they cannot sell out where there is demand, why on Earth would you assume that demand flies high in areas where PS dominates to begin with?

Do you even think before you just say things? Seriously? Do you honestly think you can solve all Xbox One's woes by barging into a MS board room and proclaiming "Guys!!!! I HAVE THE SOLUTION! Sell in more countries!!!"

Bathyj2501d ago

You know what's irritating. How you cling to this only in 12 countries thing like it's going to make the slightest bit of difference.

Just so you know 75 percent off all Xbone sales, that's right 3 quarters, come from 2 countries. US and UK.

It's already out in the only countries it's going to sell in. It will enjoy a small sales bump when it releases in Bulgaria it Sweden or whatever else you think all these magical sales numbers are going to come from, but the truth is Titanfall made a bigger sales bump than all those other countries are going to make, and Titanfall didn't make that much difference, even when the game is free.

I'm not trying to stop you from enjoying your Xbone, have fun with it, but give up this notion that it's only trailing behind because it's in less countries, it's talking behind cos less people want it. Get used to that out get used to disappointment for the next 8 years.

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AndrewLB2501d ago

Also, don't forget Xbone games are outselling PS4 games here in the US. The only way to explain that is a lack of decent software for the PS4.

HeWhoWalks2501d ago

@ Andrew: X1 games are outselling PS4 games in the US? Really? I'd advise to have a second look, ESPECIALLY at WATCH_DOGS!

T22501d ago

Hahaha! They should release in Japan then lol your math is hilarious... That would net them what another 1000 per month? And Japan is a larger country... They arent going to sell another 200 K even if they released in 200 countries, you are delusional

Mr_Writer852501d ago


The number of release consoles is irrelevant.

MS CHOSE not to release in those countries as the demand is clearly not there and it's better to release your stock in places where demand is high.

Why would they spread themselves thin to have stock sitting around, not that it doesn't sit around anyway, but it's in the places where demand is high.

Europe is (other than the UK) is Playstation dominated. Do you really think that if MS could of got a foothold there they would ignore most of it?

No only an idiot would. If MS where any threat in Japan do you think Sony would of launched so late there? No they wouldn't have.

The reason MS havnt released in the same amount of countries is because it would make very little impact.


X1 - 5 games that sold over 1million - 0 over 2

PS4 - 6 games over 1million - 2 games over 2million

The world doesn't revolve around the US you know...

rainslacker2501d ago

If MS thought they could move an additional 200K a units a month in those extra countries, they'd have released them there by now. It's not like they're in short supply. The reason they aren't there is because they aren't countries where MS sells many consoles last gen, so they're focusing on the more lucrative markets.

Chevalier2501d ago

Again Truefan, give up. Which ONE country can you name where Xbone beat PS4?! None. Also you know exactly how many units are shipped to each country with a comprehensive breakdown proving your idiotic statement? The most units will ship to Tier 1 countries. You think Xbone will instantly sell more in Tier 2 and 3 countries even though 2/3 units sold of MS products were in 2 countries (U.S. and U.K) where they're currently getting beat. There are so many units available sitting on shelves that MS could recall and start releasing to those countries if they wanted too.

kenshiro1002501d ago

You're probably the most irrational around here.

Clarence2501d ago (Edited 2501d ago )

Out of those 72 countries how many of those can compete with NA? The point is M$ released the xbone in the countries that mattered.

Half of those countries that your barking about can't even come close to what NA can put out.

pyramidshead2501d ago

This whole comment is ironic to moronic. Clever girl!

You're comments are going to be amusing to read this coming week. I don't think I'm going to able to handle all the nonsense you'll be typing.

So much assumption and faux-math. Not even realising it doesn't matter that the Xbone is in fewer countries because the countries that it is out in are its primary selling areas, not to mention all the countries it hasn't launched in are unofficially selling them anyway.

Reach higher, wider, stronger, Truefan1.

Jubez1872501d ago

I'm pretty sure they're on in 13 countries because they don't have a MARKET in those other countries. Sony has always been more global.

MysticStrummer2501d ago

"I do so love untangling the half-truths, misleading pr speak and twisted logic in your posts.

Gives the old noodle a work out"

Yes it is entertaining, but my question is always "Should I bother responding?" because I know all too well that this same person will spout this same drivel at some point, probably later today, no matter how many times someone else corrects them.

"I'm not saying XB1 would be outselling ps4 by any stretch, but you can't honestly ignore the fact that the margin wouldn't be as wide."

If Sony had kept up with PS4 demand early on and XB1 had been released in the same number of countries, PS4 would have an even bigger lead.

Dueling hypotheticals… Fight!

DoubleM702501d ago


Rational thought don't count here. More countries and a cheaper Xbox will change things. If you don't think that you are a true Pony. To be honest I'm hoping Sony will be the leader the Whole generation. Reason for this it make Microsoft pushing even harder with great games and Network.

Knushwood Butt2501d ago

Oooh, just you lot wait until the Xone is released in Japan!!

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XiSasukeUchiha2501d ago

Is anyone else sick and tired of the console wars?

Ch1d0r12501d ago

It's funny to read all the comments from both sides. Another thing is hasn't really been a war. SONY keeps dominating every month.

SH1ELD2501d ago (Edited 2501d ago )

nope. just engage yourself on something else and not just on videogames

SegaGamer2500d ago

Yes. All these fanboys bickering about consoles, it's pathetic. It doesn't help with all these type of articles coming out.

I can't see why these people feel they need to back one console over the other. Surely as a gamer you don't want to miss out on anything.

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Magicite2501d ago

With current progress X1 might not even make it to XBOX180 sales, xoxoxo.

Chevalier2501d ago

So half of the 360 sales? Lol.

Steppenwolfmother2501d ago

Actually with current progress if it is maintained it will outsell 360. The xbox one is the third most sucessful console launch in history, after wii and ps4. Its currently outpacing where 360 and ps3/2 where at this point in their lifetime

MysticStrummer2501d ago

"Actually with current progress if it is maintained it will outsell 360."

Looking at just the total is a bit different from the reality that most of XB1's sales happened between launch and the holidays. It's sales pace plummeted after that.

If XB1 continues at it's current pace, 360 will be back in front.

WilDRangeRrfc2500d ago

And Sony might not make it to next year mmm Samsung Station nice ring to it don't you think xoxoxoxo

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imt5582501d ago

I will just copy/paste myself from another thread.

PS4 version have sold a ton. For now, ~50% of all sales are the PS4 version in UK. PS4 hardware sales up 94% in UK.

PS4 (49%)
Xbox One (27%)
Xbox 360 (13%)
PS3 (9%)

Waiting for NPD results for US market.

Well, this time VGChartz numbers are OK.

showtimefolks2501d ago

not many were gonna buy a xbox one because they can wait few weeks and save $100. wii-u should have and most likely will do a little better with mario kart 8

i don't expect the ps4 to stop selling, even at $399 xbox one will stay a distant 2nd to ps4. Phil Spencer is the right guy to lead the xbox brand but its gonna take some time for the xbox brand to show it means business and cares about gamers for full trust from consumers

its still unbelievable how much damage was done to the biggest brand in USA(xbox360) in matter of one year. E3 is a good start for phil spencer and ms to show they mean business. this time there needs to be one straight message.

ps4 is the better consoles(not an opinion, tech wise its better than xbox one) so it will sell better. In this day and age where consumers are more aware of the products they buy, many will do their research and the research will show that ps4 is and will continue to be the better console. But that doesn't mean xbox one will fail, i believe it will be very successful.

wiiu will stay a distant 3rd and most who buy it will own a 2nd console to play majority of 3rd party games. Nintendo really needs to wake up. One more year like last year and time to cut your losses and make a powerful console with developer feedback

kenshiro1002501d ago (Edited 2501d ago )

You're so full of it alex. You don't own a PS4. Stop before you embarrass yourself further.

I see the PS4 is still going very strong. Microsoft better pray for a miracle at E3.

360ICE2501d ago (Edited 2501d ago )

Still though. It's Wii U. Has it ever "lost" to Wii U before?

MeterBreak2501d ago

No major console that launched over a year ago should sell a console that just recently came out. I think that's why there's some surprise that the WiiU outsold the Xbox One. I'm not trying to fan any flames - just think about the situation rationally.

Steppenwolfmother2501d ago

Apart from the fact that most consoles launch with average software lineups. Mario kart 8 is a huge boost for the wii u

MeterBreak2501d ago

New tech is new tech. Fanboys will make excuses no matter what, however. And pile up the "disagrees"

TAURUS-5552501d ago

i believe...the xbox1 is dead.

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Lawboy22502d ago

First off vgcharts
Second off- new kinect less sku announced in may as well as new bundles announced in may that won't release until june

AngelicIceDiamond2502d ago

True though the X1 still had some pretty bad sales in May.

PS4 simply outperformed it, again.

You are right and like I stated MS had to bite down on the pain of slow May sales in order to prepare for that Kinectless X1 SKU this month.

Eonjay2501d ago

There is a sense going into E3 that everyone knows what the numbers look like. Most importantly is the fact that the PS4 is up over XBO in the US by over half a million units. The US is responsible for the majority of Xbox sales. Worldwide, the PS4 is leading by more than XBO has sold in the US, so in order for it to catch up, it has to sell double what its selling now and or it need to find two more USAs.

This is the task that Phil Spencer was given by Don Mattrick. He has to effectively outperform the competition which is doing very well. Now the XBO would have to break the PS4's historic pace substantially in order to catch up.

xDHAV0K24x2501d ago

And still no matter how u spin it, XB1 is a success

Godmars2902502d ago

X1's numbers, because of the new SKU and its early announcement, wont be accurate till after June.

patsrule3162501d ago

I think you mean that the amount of trend of sales for Xbox One will change lower between the announcement and the release of the Kinect-less sku, and then will change higher after the release. That has no bearing on the accuracy of the numbers, and doesn't mean the sales numbers will be inaccurate.

Visiblemarc2501d ago (Edited 2501d ago )


If,and likely when, you're proven right, the Xbox fan(boy) base will team up with Microsoft to go into permanent denial.

Copen2501d ago

People like you make me laugh. They were packing in Titanfall and gift card bonuses for 450 back in April and it didn't move xbox ones like they thought it would. Why would people buy the 399 without the Kinect or Titanfall or gift cards now? They won't that's the truth. Simply matching the Ps4's price isn't a good enough value proposition. Even at 399 it's still the weaker system with worse multi plat games now if it were say 350 then it would still be the weaker system with worse performing multi plat games but at 350 it's easier to swallow.

ZodTheRipper2501d ago

This and people forget all the time that Xbox is and always was the weaker brand. Playstation made a comeback and it's as strong as ever, there is pretty much no scenario where the X1 can outsell the PS4.

TheFallenAngel2501d ago

They had the xbone with titanfall included for like $450 through several retailers and it still was outsold by the ps4.

Copen2501d ago

Exactly...People championing the X1 are conveniently forgetting this while believing 399 is some magic price point that will give it traction and when the sales stats come out and the PS4 is still outselling it then what?

Lawboy22501d ago (Edited 2501d ago )

@ Copen and friends

First off ur a little late tot the article at first it was in reference to the wii u... And my comment was in reference to this not to the ps4 sales....some ppl so invested in he console war I swear....smh

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Kemo_Spear2502d ago

@ admiralvic
My bad. Was not too sure on that part either. I went back and corrected it.
Please give me a little slack as this was my first posting here. And thank you for the positive input.

NatureOfLogic_2501d ago

admiralvic is wrong in this case. You were correct using the original title. I wouldn't pay too much attention to the fanboys on this site.

admiralvic2501d ago

"admiralvic is wrong in this case. "

How am I wrong? I didn't report them for using the wrong title, I reported them for having "read more at: url" in the description, which is against the rules.