Microsoft‘s straggler, the Xbox One, has finally outsold its PlayStation 4 competition in the United States for the month of April, which ends a long streak for Sony and its once commercially indomitable gaming machine.
As the NPD report would have it, it wasn’t because the Xbox One reinvented itself — it’s primarily thanks to Mortal Kombat X, which led software sales. There was an absence of exclusive title launches during this time too, which makes the feat even more impressive. Console and game sales are up a slender-but-still-impressive 3% over the same period last year.
It’s small steps, but it’s definitely a triumph for Microsoft, who has been struggling to push consoles beyond its front door recently.
Xbox One sales picking up steam
According to a comment gained by VentureBeat, the company experienced a sales boom of 63% for the console in terms of year-on-year US sales, with Xbox Live users jumping by 24% in the same period.
Recently, Sony celebrated cumulative sales of the PlayStation 4 which topped 22-million earlier this month (pdf). While the Xbox One’s hard sales figures isn’t quite available as yet, we should imagine that the company has a long road before it reaches the likes of Sony this generation. Nevertheless, it’s the little wins that count as gamers will tell you.
This sales milestone also provides an important boost in morale for Microsoft who is working hard to salvage several of its service and product lines simultaneously. With the recent preview of its highly innovative augmented reality headset, HoloLens, and with the impending release of Windows 10, Microsoft is feeling the pressure to release services and software that reassert its relevance in markets Microsoft once handily dominated.
And it’s not like the Xbox One is in its own solitary category. A significant part of Microsoft’s vision is the integration of Windows across multiple platforms and devices. Microsoft needs to convince users of the advantages to be had in using all Windows services if they hope to revitalize their brand identity.
Arguably, so far so good.
(This article has been republished with permission from Gearburn.com, and has been amended by Tech Gen Mag editor Kristian Markus)