Xbox One outsold the PlayStation 4 in October, continuing the console’s four month streak of holding the sales top spot in the US, Microsoft has confirmed.
While no sales figures have been provided, Xbox marketing boss Mike Nichols told VentureBeat in a statement that Xbox One was “once again the best-selling console in October in the US, UK and Australia according to NPD Group GfK Entertainment,” adding that “Xbox One has been the best-selling console in the U.S. for the past four months, and in the U.K. and Australia in each of the last two months.”
Again, without all the raw data, there’s no way of knowing how far behind the PS4 is in the sales race, but Sony will no doubt be hoping that this week’s launch of the PS4 Pro will help to bolster its numbers. Interestingly, the launch of the PS4’s Slim model doesn’t appear to have put a dent in Microsoft’s continued reign, but that could well change as we head into the holiday season.
Ultimately, Nichols attributes the strong performance to the Xbox One’s strong line-up of first-party titles, specifically Gears of War 4, which was the “No. 1 platform-exclusive title for October” in both the US and UK. What’s more, the Forza series continues to be a hugely successful asset, with Forza Horizon 3 having been this year’s “best-selling and highest-rated” racing game.
Microsoft’s answer to the PS4 Pro – Project Scorpio – is due to launch in late 2017.