Sony’s PS4 has been merciless beating its arch-rival Xbox One almost every month for more than a year now much to no one’s surprise. However, it’s worth noting that against all odds Microsoft was able to catch a break every now and again, with the month of April being one of these rare occasions. Word has it that the Xbox One vs PS4 confrontation of last month ended with the former’s proud victory and the latter’s shameful defeat, although by what margin we do not know. Needless to say, neither Microsoft nor Sony were keen on discussing actual figures with the common folk, however, the companies did reveal the numbers to The NPD Group, which in turn made a few interesting statements in regards to the matter.
As I’m sure you’ve probably gathered by now one of these statements was related to Microsoft’s victory over Sony, which was provided by Xbox marketer Mike Nichols. “As the best-selling console in the U.S. in April, fans set record April sales and engagement for Xbox One last month,” he said. “Xbox One console sales in the U.S. increased 63 percent in April 2015 compared to April 2014 and Xbox Live comparisons showed the number of active global users (Xbox One and Xbox 360) grew 24 percent.” Sony didn’t take this minor setback lying down mind you and wished to remind everyone that the PS4 still reigns supreme at the end of the day. “PlayStation continues to lead software sales for April 2015 and PS4 remains the cumulative sales leader in the U.S,” according to the company.
Since no actual figures have been shared we’ll have to look elsewhere if we want to find out how many Xbox One and PS4 units have been sold by now. According to VGChartz, we’re looking at a difference of more than 9 million consoles in favor of the PS4. Specifically, as of March 28th the PS4 was leading in the console wars with 21.4 million units sold versus the Xbox One’s 12.1 million. Unfortunately, these statistics do not account for the month of April so all we can do is speculate for now. What seems certain though is that the Xbox One was able to close the gap somewhat thanks to last month’s victory, although I think it’s safe to assume that the PS4 is still at least 8 million ahead of its nemesis. Hardware aside, below you can find the top 10 most popular games of April in terms of sales.
- 1.Mortal Kombat X (PS4, Xbox One)
- 2.Grand Theft Auto V (PS4, Xbox One, PC, 360, PS3)
- 3.Battlefield: Hardline (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3, PC)
- 4.MLB 15: The Show (PS4, PS3)
- 5.Minecraft (360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4)
- 6.NBA 2K15 (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3, PC)
- 7.Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3, PC)
- 8.Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)
- 9.Super Smash Bros. (3DS, Wii U)
- 10.Borderlands: The Handsome Collection (PS4, Xbox One)