Xbox One S Helped Microsoft Beat Sony In August
(Last Updated On: September 9, 2016)

Microsoft has been desperately trying to get a clean win over Sony and the PS4 for months. They managed to egg out one victory or another during the holidays but after that the PS4 usually goes back to stomping a mudhole into the Xbox One’s rear-end. Well, for two months in a row now the Xbox One has managed to clean house thanks to the Xbox One S.

According to GamingBolt, they picked up quotes from the marketing head of Xbox, Mike Nichols, who mentioned to Venture Beat

“Thanks to our fans and their excitement for new Xbox One games and the recently launched Xbox One S — which is the only console available this holiday with built-in UHD 4K Blu-ray, 4K video streaming, and HDR for video and gaming — Xbox One was the best-selling console in the U.S. in August, according to NPD Group. In addition, we continue to see strong engagement on Xbox Live — the fastest, most reliable gaming network — with total global gaming hours on Xbox One consoles increasing 42 percent year-over-year.”

Unfortunately, no actual hard numbers were released, but that seems to be the order of the day for the NPD when it comes to monthly reports this generation.

According to Venture Beat the summer dry spell is always the worst time of the year for game sales. They believe that this could be considered a fluke on Microsoft’s end unless they can rebound with strong sales in September, October or November. If Sony manages to win back the crowd during the next three months, then Microsoft’s gains may have been for naught… or to put it more aptly, the Venture Beat article states that the PS4’s reign would be under no threat.

Given the less-than-enthused responses from a lot of gamers across the community, it appears as if the PS4 Pro isn’t quite on their wishlist just yet.

In fact, the general chatter seems more negative toward the PS4 Pro than the Xbox One S, and more positive toward the Xbox One S than the PS4 Pro. If this forum chatter and discussion board console warring actually translates into movable SKUs, then I think Sony will need to start worrying because three months in a row for Microsoft could be just the right amount of momentum they need to start focusing heavily on taking back the market with the Xbox Scorpio next year.


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  • XbotMK1

    Correction: Xbox One outsold the PS4 for the month of August in the U.S NPD. But most likely lost wordwide.

    No doubt it was thanks to the Xbox One S which rabid Microsoft fanboys were eagerly willing to foolishly trade in their old Xbox Ones for. They’ve been waiting for a slimmer console with an internal power supply for years.

    • Rhys Richards

      Why do you keep going on about the power supply like it’s such a big deal? It sits behind the TV, is it that much of a big deal?

      • XbotMK1

        It’s not a huge deal but I do think having one less useless plastic box taking up room is better.

        The reason why I mentioned it is because I think it is just idiotic and a waste of money how they defended the power brick for years but cheered when the Xbox One S was announced and repurchased an Xbox One when the Xbox One S is about the same size as a launch PS4 which already had an internal power supply.

        • Rhys Richards

          Who defended the power brick, what are you even talking about, do you even hear yourself sometimes?

          • XbotMK1

            Don’t pretend ignorance.

          • Rhys Richards

            Lol you are unreal, to be fair I do enjoy reading your rants/comments more than reading the actual articles, never change haha

          • XbotMK1

            I figured you did and I’m very real. lol

    • They’ve been waiting for a slimmer console with an internal power supply for years.

      Everyone knows slimmer is sexier.

  • C G Saturation

    I really don’t see the whole point of these console upgrades when there seem to be so few games worth getting, or that even take advantage of the upgrades.

    It alos seems like the start of a worrying trend where we’ll see slightly improved reiterations of consoles being pooped out over a relatively short period of time, like revisions of tablets and smartphones.

    • Not only that, but the majority of the notable games on the XB1 and PS4 are ALL remasters of the already HD Xbox 360 and PS3 games. They’re not even full HD most times or barely scraping by with 30fps!

  • JimboDeadite

    I’m so glad I’ve traded in my ps4. It was useless after beating uncharted 4. I pre-ordered the Xbox One S Red 2TB Gears of War 4 Bundle! And I can’t wait to get my hands on it! After watching videos of upcoming Xbox One games, I got excited!

    • I hate to say this… but the Xbox actually looks like the better console these days. Sony has squandered all their good will on stupid stuff. Paltry exclusives, hardly anything worthwhile on PS Plus in months, lots of lame updates and lots of price-gouging on content not worth it (PS Now).

      If Microsoft continues to not screw up I could see them easily catching up next year with the Xbox Scorpio. Nintendo’s NX is also sounding kind of interesting as well… at least it’s not trying to mimic a poor man’s, mid-tier PC.

      • XbotMK1

        “Paltry exclusives”

        That is a strong opinion but metacritic and sales seem to show that many don’t agree. At least it has exclusives while most Xbox One exclusives went to PC after Microsoft lied to everyone. I’m sure Microsoft milked the games for what they were worth on Xbox One and got as many Xbox One sales as they could before putting them on PC to further their agenda with Windows.

        “hardly anything worthwhile on PS Plus in months”

        Xbox Live definitely isn’t any better. We all know Microsoft ripped off PS Plus and has been desperately trying to catch up to PS Plus after Microsoft spent years charging $60 for multiplayer without free games.

        “lots of lame updates”

        At least they add new features on console. When was the last good Xbox One update that wasn’t ripping something from the PS4 or trying to play catch up with the PS4?

        I’ll agree with PS Now, but don’t try to praise Xbox 360 BC. We all know why Microsoft backtracked and added it. It was because of PS Now.

        “the Xbox actually looks like the better console these days”

        Stop trolling. lol

        • LOL Strong opinion but metacritic and sales seem to show that many prefer them over Xbox One games.

          No one’s denying that. Xbox this gen has ever weaker exclusives than PlayStation.

          Xbox Live definitely isn’t any better. We all know Microsoft ripped off PS Plus and has been desperately trying to catch up to PS Plus after Microsoft spent years charging $60 for multiplayer without free games.

          Paying for multiplayer sucks butt. But I’m not gonna sit up here and lie and say they don’t have good games available with Games With Gold, because some of them have been titles I’ve been waiting to buy for a while. There’s a pretty steep library of worthwhile games that they’ve made available with a Gold subscription. I still think paying for multiplayer is about as attractive as a hooker with protuberant rectal fungus, but at least the free games are good.

          But when was the last good Xbox One update that wasn’t ripping something from the PS4 or trying to play catch up with the PS4?

          I don’t even know. I gave up paying attention to most updates because they’re trash.

          I’ll agree with PS Now, but don’t try to praise Xbox 360 BC. We all know why Microsoft backtracked and added it. It was because of PS Now.

          LoL… who cares what the reason is for them adding it? It’s there ain’t it? Good enough for me. Sure beats paying to rent games I already own.

          Stop trolling. lol

          Nah.