Microsoft Clarifies Xbox One August NPD: Sales Only Doubled for Last Week of Month

CraveOnline: "Yesterday, NPD Group revealed its figures for software sales during the month of August. As usual, Sony and Microsoft responded with statements about hardware. The most eye-catching fact was that Madden NFL 15 sold better on PS4 than Xbox One, despite a strong partnership between the NFL and Microsoft and the introduction of an Xbox One Madden NFL 15 bundle.

The second big item was Microsoft’s statement that the Xbox One doubled in sales for month-over-month from July to August. However, the numbers didn't quite add up."

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Sev1501d ago

I've been a PS fan for a long time, but I'm really surprised by how large the gap is growing between PS4 and Xbox One.

JonnyBigBoss1501d ago

In the information age, how a company presents itself means everything. Even hiccups aren't forgotten.

denawayne1501d ago

In the Information Age, people don't think for themselves. They wonder around like a heard of sheep.

DLConspiracy1501d ago

Popularity determines our interest in the information age. Experience and preference seem to come second. Besides most people who play games occasionally/casually (which make up a larger portion of gamers) buy what is a hot seller. Including games and any sort of electronics. Just the way it is. Both are great systems.

Illusive_Man1501d ago

Well those that don't want to forget are missing out on a awesome and constantly evolving user experience, vastly improved multiplats, and an extremely good fall lineup of exclusives.

uptownsoul1501d ago

@denawayne "They wonder around like a heard of sheep" ? You mean they "wander" (walk or move in a leisurely, casual, or aimless way)…If your going to insult somebody have the decency to spell correctly

quenomamen1501d ago

By hiccups you mean straight faced lying right ?

Mr Pumblechook1501d ago

Microsoft are finding that the PR tactics they used last generation (saying whatever they wanted the press to believe regardless of truth) just won't wash. Gamers and Gaffers are checking the veracity of their claims.

Too many times on Xbox Wire they have made bold claims and then used the asterisk to qualify them. Eg claiming certain multiplats are exclusive, claiming 5 million units sold to customers then withdrawing the claim - now this. Mistakes are understandable but how many times can they claim it's an error?

Dee_911501d ago

Umm no.. their faces weren't straight.. they had a slight smirk which made it worse lol

gameon19851501d ago

Yet, you people manage to forget about Sony's hiccups for the PS3. Including the disastrous launch and the hacked that gave away peoples personal info. People just hate Microsoft because the media tells them to, they are unwilling to think for them selves when it comes to things like that.

RiPPn1501d ago (Edited 1501d ago )

@gameon1985: It took Sony an entire generation to get back half of their customers from the previous generation because of their missteps. It hasn't even been a year for Microsoft and yet people expect everyone to already forgive and forget. And when you compare, all Sony did was bring out a high priced console, claim rumble was "last gen" and have arrogant PR, these things all pale in comparison to the crap Microsoft tried to pull and also Microsoft as a company has a history of pulling in most other areas of business they compete in.. but again we should just forgive them because of a couple of games and because they do monthly updates..? Not this hombre.

badz1491500d ago

first, Greenturd evaded the question about NPD numbers by giving BS answers and then when the numbers are out, they straight up lying about it too?! WTF MS? you think people and investors are THAT stupid?

patterson1500d ago

For Microsoft, it sounds better to say "sales doubled" rather than, "we sold 100 last month and 200 this month". Just sayin'

QuickdrawMcgraw1500d ago

Just sayin...has been over for a while now...can you dig it...

gamer78041500d ago (Edited 1500d ago )

It's best to judge a company by its actions, not what they say. We are now in the Customer Age anyways, the Information Age has passed.

fr0sty1500d ago


so by being more informed, by more sources, it is making people people more sheeplike? That logic doesn't work. People have always been like sheep, however now there are many ideas that never would have taken root 20 years ago that are thriving. The information age has changed us, and in some ways for the better.

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lelo2play1501d ago (Edited 1501d ago )

Not surprising. Microsoft made too many mistakes with the Xbox One.
One of the X1's biggest problems is that Microsoft lost one of the X360's biggest assets, gamers that only buy multiplatform games (COD, BF, Assassins creed, Madden, FIFA, GTA, etc). Those gamers are purchasing the PS4. The only way Microsoft can outsell Sony now, is with more exclusive games (big exclusives that sell consoles), but unfortunately for them, their library of exclusives consists only on Halo, Forza and Gears. Those exclusives sell consoles, but it's not enough. They need more...
At this moment Sony doesn't need many exclusives. Multiplatform games are selling the console.

Viryu1501d ago

Actually, they have a bigger library of exclusives, but those are all games that were supposed to be multiplatform which Microsoft bought exclusivity rights for. On the other hand, Sony instead of spending money to limit the fanbase of third party games, creates games with their first party studios. It's this gen that people finally noticed, one way or another, that Microsoft is playing cheap and dirty.

lelo2play1501d ago (Edited 1501d ago )

"It's this gen that people finally noticed, one way or another, that Microsoft is playing cheap and dirty."

If you want to discuss something, discuss it... but please stop with your fanboy crap.
What exactly did Microsoft do "cheap and dirty" that Sony or Nintendo haven't done?

gootimes1501d ago (Edited 1501d ago )

"One of the X1's biggest problems is that Microsoft lost one of the X360's biggest assets, gamers that only buy multiplatform games"

Very true, good point! It was a bigger deal than people think last gen. I had a PS3 and it didn't bother me that certain multi plats had a bit of an advantage on 360. I wasn't a gamer that cared, but many did care, alot.

aceitman1501d ago

And not to mention some people where left with a sour taste in there mouth when ms kinda left out the hard core gamer for the kinetic casual games

gfk3421500d ago (Edited 1500d ago )

How many clarifications have been given by MS? So many spins that the majority of time spent by MS is with the clarifications.

How about MS focus on games and exclusives. They have less than half of what Sony gives to PS4 owners.

How about decrease the price such as to correctly reflect the power difference.

How about give to early Xone adopters a free game for deceiving them that Kinect would not be ditched.

How about ask forgiveness to all X360 customers for buying 3-4 X360 because MS could not accept RROD, for the fact that all the money they cashed have not been invested in new dev studios and new IPs (same Halo, Forza, Gears) etc.

So many things could be done by MS instead of releasing spins and confuse people. MS still believes that we are stupid.

Oner1500d ago

Was going to say the same exact thing.

TheWatercooler1501d ago (Edited 1501d ago )

Sigh... Why is it that Microsoft always end up having to clarify things. Nothing has changed with them

HappyWithOneBubble1501d ago

I'm not surprise. Every Sony console have blown the competition away except for PS3 and that's because 360 had a year head start and good advertising. The economy was bad too. People couldn't buy a $600 PS3 at the time. Wii and 360 was the best choice. I'm glad Sony learned from last gen mistakes.

PS3and4_HAS_GAMES1501d ago

Everything you said was correct except one thing. Ps3 was actually the better choice out of the wii and 360. Sony had the best exclusives last gen and best graphics. No regrets with my 600 dollar purchase at all.

jmac531501d ago

Economy wasn't bad till the beginning of 2008. Sony was arrogant last gen much like how MS came into this gen. Assuming gamers will buy whatever you give them and whatever price is their downfall

Oner1500d ago

Maybe for YOU or where YOU lived the economy wasn't bad until 2008 but where I live currently (South West Florida) the economy started taking a hit around late 2005-early 2006 when the Real Estate crashed all around here.

HanzoHattori1501d ago

I'm not surprised at all. The gap is only going to get more noticeable over the next 6 to 8 months.

Magicite1500d ago

MS with their damage control again.

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Funantic11501d ago

As long as the X1 beats the 360 sales, which it is doing, then it'll be ok.

wodan1501d ago

lol Xbone sales had been lower than the X360 for while now but some people are still in denial.

OT: MS still tries to spin and mislead people i see.

ABizzel11501d ago


The spin is real, because these people are only looking at total sales, and not what each console was selling weekly or monthly during the same time.

In total sales yes the XBO is doing better than the 360.

In weekly and monthly sales the 360 DURING THE SAME TIME PERIOD IN IT'S LAUNCH (aka 2006) has been selling better than the XBO since January with only the first week of January, and the week before and during the release of TitanFall has the XBO outsold it during the same period. And the 360 sales were consistently much higher generally by 20k units, and in several cases 2x - 3x as much as the XBO.

So no it's not peachy for the XBO right now, but that doesn't make it a bad console, and as someone who owns all 3 consoles, both handheld, and a gaming PC I can say that none of the platforms are bad.

XBO is a good console. It's hardware isn't as good as the PS4's, but it's good enough. MS completely ruined the legacy the 360 built, but the XBO is still a worthy successor. The XBO may not be able to do 1080p in the majority of games, but resolution isn't everything, gameplay and fun factor are (then framerate). The XBO may be the size of 4 Wii U's lol, but it won't have a RRoD incident like the 360 did (hopefully).

The XBO does have a great OS (software), it does have some good games, it has come a long way since the reveal, and it's pretty much worth the asking price, especially if you've been able to get one of the promotions they've offered such as:

Trade in any game get $10 Microsoft store coupon (up to 5). Aka $50 gift card towards an XBO.

Trade in your Xbox 360 (or PS3, which is silly to me), and get $100 off any XBO console. $399 SKU, becomes $299 and if you have that $50 gift card $249 (that's more than worth the asking price).

Buy an XBO console or bundle and get 1 game of your choice free, + $50 gift card. So if you get a bundle that 1 game + the console + you get to pick your game free + $50 gift card = $399, and if you had the $50 gift card from trading games in you get all that for $349, which again is a goo deal.

There's no reason to hate the XBO anymore. MS tried to pull the DRM fiasco, but they've learned there lesson, and their sales are suffering because of it. It's all deserved, but if you you're remotely interested in an XBO, it's still worth it, because at the end of the day it's still a good console.

Cryptcuzz1501d ago

"As long as the X1 beats the 360 sales, which it is doing, then it'll be ok"

Why? Do you have stocks or shares in MS?
Why would you be okay? I....don't get it.

lemoncake1501d ago (Edited 1501d ago )

Maybe you should properly read someone's comment before typing such a reply.

@the disagrees "it'll be okay" is not the same as "I'll be okay", sorry if you cannot grasp that.

PS3and4_HAS_GAMES1501d ago

So it's ok they are in last place just as long as they do better than their last gen console..ummm ok if that makes you feel better.

mcstorm1501d ago

He is right as long as it sells more its good for anyone. Look at the psv its not selling well and that was because Sony messed up with it and the line up of games is also poor. Yet I remember this site going on and on about how it would out sell the 3ds.

MS messed up with the Xbox one and the numbers show that but Microsoft are also trying to make things right again with the updates, exclusives and more. Sony did the same thing last gen with the ps3 it got off to a slow start had a bad name and Sony built up its ip's and ps3 name and it did well in the end.

There is nothing to say the Xbox one can't do the same. Ok it may not sell more than the ps4 but selling 100 milling Xbox ones is another great feet by Microsoft who hit 85 million on the 360.

Spotie1500d ago

Well, relatively speaking, it's not. It WAS, but that was some time ago, before the XB1 had a worse March(or was it April?) than any month the 360 ever had. Since then- and possibly even prior to that point- the XB1 has been selling so poorly that its total isn't even beyond the 360 anymore(relative to time on the market).

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IndoAssassin1501d ago

You Spin my head round baby right round.

Tetsdah1501d ago

Like a record baby round round round round

Kurisu1501d ago

*Right round, round round =p

Master-H1501d ago

Anybody else feeling dizzy ?

Cryptcuzz1501d ago

Dizzy, no, nauseous yes!

Macdaddy711501d ago

I hate all this BS dang they so many 360 gamers not bought X1 yet, And NO!!! 360 gamers not buying ps4 the ones that does buy both like me

OculusRift1501d ago

Call and have your English teacher fired.

MasterCornholio1501d ago

There are a lot of 360 owners who bought a PS4 instead of an Xbox One.

How else would you explain the gulf in sales when the previous systems sold about the same?

isa_scout1501d ago

I think he's saying 360 owners are cheap bastards that refuse to upgrade because they're absolutely rolling in quality exclusive games that are keeping them wrapped What was the last quality exclusive? Halo 4... I had a 360 and it felt like a Barron wasteland these last few years(with the exception of Halo 4 which I loved).
If anything it's the PS3 guys that haven't switched over to new-gen consoles as they actually have exclusives still releasing on the PS3. Some people are to far gone, and beyond saving. As hard as it is MasterCornholio we need to learn just to walk on by the guys with their heads in the sand. I do wonder though, what their excuse will be in a couple years time when the PS4 is throwing haymakers at the XboxOne reminiscent of the PS2 era?

Themba761501d ago

actually im a 360 gamer and an original xbox gamer who didn't buy a ps2 and I didn't buy both. ps4 only here microsoft screwed up real bad.

CaptainObvious8781500d ago (Edited 1500d ago )

When a long time xbox fan that has had nothing to do with playstation, ignores the xbone for a PS4, you start to get a glimps of just how enormous the abyss is that MS created for themselves.