Although Sony hasn’t revealed the exact sales figures, the announcement is based on NPD data that tracks retail sales.
The original announcement of Sony’s hardware sales doubling that of Microsoft’s came from Spike TV presenter Geoff Keighley, who discovered the news from Sony’s Senior VP of Playstation Marketing Guy Longworth and tweeted about it.
However, Sony then confirmed the news on its own PlayStation Blog, as well as reminding readers of its initial 4.2 million sales announcement.
“In the US, PS4 was #1 in sales for next-gen consoles in January, nearly doubling the nearest next-gen competitor. And PS4 remains the cumulative leader here based on today’s report from the NPD Group”, wrote Sony America Marketing VP John Koller.
Sony used the sales figures to explain why the PS4 stock shortages still rage on, both in the US and here in the UK.
“Since we launched on November 15th, we’ve sold every PS4 available in the US. It’s clear that PS4 is seeing strong appeal all over the world, and we’ll continue doing our best to provide additional inventory in all of the 53 countries where PS4 is available.”
However, Microsoft wasn’t going to let Sony take all the glory. In an official Xbox Wire post, Corporate VP of Marketing at Xbox Yusuf Mehdi revealed Microsoft is beating Sony in terms of software game sales in the US.
“January NPD Group figures released today revealed Xbox sold the most games across all console platforms in January with 2.27 million units sold, making up 47 per cent of software market share,” said Mehdi. “Fans continue to show their excitement for the new generation Xbox One games, with US consumers purchasing an average of 2.7 games since launch.”
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