Xbox One wins April NPD
The publisher has confirmed its Xbox One was the top-selling system in the United States last month. This comes from industry-tracking firm The NPD Group, which will release its full report for April later today. Since launching in November 2013, PlayStation 4 has continually dominated the sales charts, and so this is a big win for the Xbox One in the console market. With the $55 billion worldwide console-gaming market up for grabs, Sony’s approximately 20 million PS4s sold is still helping it capture a bigger piece of that business than Microsoft’s estimated 12 million Xbox Ones.
Microsoft provided GamesBeat with the following statement.
“As the best-selling console in the U.S. in April, fans set record April sales and engagement for Xbox One last month,” Xbox marketing boss Mike Nichols 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. We are grateful to our fans for their passion and support and are looking forward to sharing more on the best game lineup in Xbox history at E3.”
We also reached out to Sony for a comment.
“We would like to thank fans around the world for their continued support of the PS4,” a Sony spokesperson said. “According to NPD, PlayStation continues to lead software sales for April 2015 and PS4 remains the cumulative sales leader in the US. We are looking forward to an amazing E3.”
It’s important to note that Sony is saying that PlayStation as a whole, which includes PS4, PS3, and Vita, is leading software sales. That isn’t surprising considering how well new games are selling on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 and lead Sony’s system has over the competition.
Xbox Cant Fit Everything in at E3, Saving A Lot for Gamescom
With E3 just a few short weeks away, we’re excited to start sharing some of our plans for the gaming industry’s biggest showcase. Today, we’ve announced that the Xbox E3 2015 Briefing will take place Monday, June 15, beginning at 9:30 a.m. PDT. During the briefing, you’ll have a chance to check out everything from in-depth looks at previously-announced games to trailers for our unannounced titles coming in 2015 and beyond. You can stream the Xbox E3 2015 Briefing live beginning at 9:30 a.m. PDT on June 15 on Xbox.com, via the Xbox Live Events Player, on Xbox One or Xbox 360 consoles and on Windows Phone globally. You can also watch the Xbox E3 2015 Briefing during “Xbox: Game On” on Spike TV in the U.S. and Canada at 9:30 a.m. PDT / 12:30 p.m. EDT.
We’re also bringing back Xbox Daily: LIVE @ E3, our live show that covers everything Xbox happening at E3 – breaking news, exclusive announcements, trailer reveals, game demos, and interviews with game creators. The one hour show will be hosted by Larry Hryb, Xbox Live’s Major Nelson, and Graeme Boyd, Xbox Live’s Acey Bongos, and will include guest stars and industry elites, including Head of Xbox Phil Spencer and guests from 343 Industries, Turn 10 Studios, Crystal Dynamics, and others. Xbox Daily: LIVE @ E3 will air on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 4-5:00 p.m. PDT, and can be streamed live on Xbox One, on Xbox.com (both on your desktop and on mobile), and on Xbox 360. Each show will also have interactive experiences created just for fans watching live on Xbox One.
Finally, if you’re in the LA-area, we’ve got something even bigger for you. Xbox will give 500 lucky fans a one-of-a-kind ticket for E3 Week, the gaming industry’s biggest showcase. The Xbox FanFest: E3 2015 is from Sunday, June 14, through Thursday, June 18. Tickets will include:
- Entry into the Xbox E3 2015 Briefing at 9:30 a.m. PDT on Monday, June 15, at the Galen Center in downtown Los Angeles.
- Invite to the exclusive Xbox FanFest Party on Monday afternoon, June 15, where fans will get to play the best exclusives and biggest blockbuster games this holiday and beyond.
- VIP access to the Xbox esports Celebrity Challenge and Twitch Party sponsored by Xbox.
- Meet-and-greet with some of the industry’s top developers, leaders and influencers.
- Even more surprise events during the week.
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