Sony’s PlayStation 4 console has topped the retail charts in US for the month of January according to NPD stats, but Microsoft has created a record too
The NPD stats for the month of January have been out, and it’s PlayStation 4 that has topped the retail chart for the first month of the year. The full monthly reports will be out next week, but both the console manufacturers have released statements on their initial performance.
Despite being positioned behind PlayStation 4 in January, Xbox One has achieved something during the month which Microsoft can be proud of. Accordingly, Xbox One is the only console from its generation that have managed to grab a year-on-year profit for the month of January.
Microsoft has revealed that there was a whooping year-on-year growth of 21% in the time spent playing Xbox One games for the month of January. Clearly, the month has also proven to be the best January for Xbox One in its run.
The achievement sounds even successful when recalling the fact that there wasn’t any big Xbox One exclusive in January. The biggest release of the month was Resident Evil 7, which was released simultaneously on PlayStation 4 with the benefit of PSVR support.
As per the Sony statement, four of the five bestselling games of January have been PS4 releases, which should be referring to a single-format chart where the PS4 and Xbox One SKUs of a game are tallied distinctly.