NPD: Xbox One and PS4 running close race

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Sony's console continues to lead the pack, but Microsoft's device is closing the gap.

Microsoft's Xbox One is trailing Sony's PlayStation 4 in the US with 90 per cent of the latter's total US sales, according to the NPD Group's figures for February.

While various media and industry reports had shown the PS4 take a strong early lead since last year's next-gen launch, these new figures suggest that the Xbox One is closing the gap.

"PS4 led hardware sales in February 2014, but by a narrow margin with Xbox One selling over 90 percent of what the PS4 sold in terms of unit sales," said Liam Callahan, an NPD analyst. "With Xbox One’s higher price point it led hardware sales on a dollar basis."

Microsoft jumped in to say that it had sold over 258,000 units in the US during February, which is 61% of Xbox 360 sales at the same point in its life-cycle.

Additionally, the NPD report showed that Xbox One games were selling well too, with an average of 2.75 titles per console, adding up to 772,000 titles.

NPD's January figures had shown a much stronger lead for the PS4, with Sony's console reportedly outselling Microsoft's by a ratio of two-to-one.



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