GAMES CONSOLE MAKER Microsoft is bragging about the number of Xbox One units it sold in February, although the games console's sales are still lagging behind those of the Sony Playstation 4 (PS4).
Microsoft has picked over the latest NPD Group sales figures and spoken of the Xbox One's record-breaking sales pace. In February it sold 258,000 consoles. It said that this was higher than the number of Xbox 360 units it sold in the comparable period.
NPD Group: PS4 is #1 again for the month, and cumulative sales, in the United States. Thanks for your support!— PlayStation (@PlayStation) March 13, 2014
Despite there being a next generation replacement that costs around £200 more, the Xbox 360 continues to see sales. In February Microsoft sold about half as many of the old console as it did its new one, 114,000 units.
This has been a bold and brash week for Microsoft statements, and it spent the former half of the week bigging up Titanfall, its large robots combat shooter.
Titanfall was launched in the UK last night, having already gone on sale in the US to a warm critical reception. Microsoft is still waxing merry about that, and it reckons that when Titanfall pops up on the Xbox 360 it will lead to a splurge in sales.
Microsoft said that NPD reported "impressive software sales", an average of 2.75 games per Xbox One console. This added up to 772,000 Xbox One games and 2.46 million Xbox 360 titles.
While Microsoft is celebrating a good month for Xbox One sales, the Sony PS4 is still leading the next generation console sales race.
The PS4 sold approximately 287,000 units in February, 30,000 more than the Xbox One. µ
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