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PS4 Tops In US In January, Nearly Doubles Xbox One Sales

Before the new generation even began, the most pressing question was obvious:

Sony should be able to win the major territories outside of North America, but can the PlayStation 4 win the US region, too? A region completely dominated by an Xbox product throughout the previous generation?

Worldwide, the latest tally was 4.2 million for PS4 and 3 million for Xbox One. Microsoft revealed that they had the top-selling console for December in the US, though...did that carry over into January? Nope. In fact, it wasn't even close.

According to the NPD results for January 2014, the PS4 is "the #1 selling game console in the US in January, still #1 worldwide. In fact, Sony boss John Koller elaborated on that statement over at the PlayStation Blog: He says the PS4 nearly doubled the sales of the nearest next-gen competitor (presumably the Xbox One).

Hell, the PS4 even overtook the previous front-runner, Nintedo's 3DS handheld. This means the PS4 led all game hardware units in January. This all being said, Microsoft did issue a press release that said the Xbox One and Xbox 360 combined to "sell the most games across all console platforms." Well, that's some consolation, I suppose. But man, the PS4 is just tearing it up right now.

Tags: ps4, playstation 4, ps4 sales, xbox one sales, next gen consoles

2/13/2014 9:32:09 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (58 posts)

Dell Taco
Thursday, February 13, 2014 @ 9:45:18 PM
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I'm glad that the ps4 is doing well so early on. Go Sony!

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MeXiCaNFiGhTe12
Thursday, February 13, 2014 @ 9:55:49 PM
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Enjoy the lead while it lasts :)

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FatherSun
Thursday, February 13, 2014 @ 11:04:50 PM

Oh ye of little faith.

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slow and smart
Friday, February 14, 2014 @ 7:22:08 AM

That where the thoughts of MS in the usa before the ps4

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SaiyanSempai
Thursday, February 13, 2014 @ 10:21:44 PM
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Nice work Sony! Next week the PS4 releases in Japan! I expect those worldwide sales will skyrocket even higher.

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FatherSun
Thursday, February 13, 2014 @ 11:08:55 PM

How many units you think we are looking at? 250,000? 500,000? A million? Did they ever give a ballpark on the amount of preorders?

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PC_Max
Thursday, February 13, 2014 @ 10:44:55 PM
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I have to say it... but thats a shocker to me. Well there is nothing else to be said except.. bring on the games!

Mind you I still need to buy a PS4. Will Xmas 2014 come any sooner?

Keep playing and enjoying!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, February 13, 2014 @ 10:54:13 PM
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The world begins to make sense again.

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Axe99
Friday, February 14, 2014 @ 2:57:06 PM

You've always made sense World ;).

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, February 14, 2014 @ 4:59:07 PM

Thank you :) Though that's probably not always true lol

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FatherSun
Thursday, February 13, 2014 @ 11:03:14 PM
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Is going to be a field day on the internets. Lol..

Ben, this is what you thought wouldn't or probably couldn't happen considering Microsofts hold in the US. It's still early in the game but do you think this is sustainable?

This is what I meant when I stated a few weeks ago that MS is about to come on real strong in this battle for console dominance. If they find themselves behind they will do whatever it takes to make consumers see some value in their entertainment package. But if TitanFall FALLS then it's a wrap.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, February 14, 2014 @ 12:14:13 AM

It's sustainable as long as the PS4 is $100 cheaper. When the systems become the same price, I think things will even out. I know Sony will win the other territories, no matter what, and they'll continue to lead in this country so long as their console is cheaper.

Things will get much more interesting when the Xbox One drops in price. And from what I'm hearing, that could be later this year.

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daus26
Friday, February 14, 2014 @ 1:16:08 PM

Ben, are you referring to the rumored disc-less Xbone?

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, February 14, 2014 @ 4:03:06 PM

Not necessarily. I do believe the Xbox One will be available at the $499 price point later in 2014, but I don't know how Microsoft will do it.

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ZettaiSeigi
Saturday, February 15, 2014 @ 12:50:22 AM

I agree with Ben that the PS4 lead is sustainable if it keeps that price advantage. The good thing for the PS4 is that it's manufacturing is said to cost less than the Xbone and that should allow Sony some leeway in countering a price drop.

But that said, I'm just as surprised like a lot of people are that the PS4 basically sold twice as much as the Xbone. In America. Oh wow.

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tes37
Thursday, February 13, 2014 @ 11:11:37 PM
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Call it a one and a half sense, but I had a feeling this would happen.

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ulsterscot
Friday, February 14, 2014 @ 12:29:58 AM
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Let's not forget - Titanfall month is looming - and this game will sell systems

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Underdog15
Friday, February 14, 2014 @ 12:52:51 AM

Doubt it. If it does, it will be at a small scale. It's on PC. That's where most sales will be, I'll wager.

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FatherSun
Friday, February 14, 2014 @ 1:29:10 AM

I call it Infamous month!

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paulinacio
Friday, February 14, 2014 @ 9:31:06 AM

Titanfall is over hyped and looks like COD with Mechs, so I don't see people spending 500$ on Xbox One, to play it in a lousy 792p res. when they could just get a PS4 and play a ton of great exclusives and better looking 3rd party games. + Titanfall 2 will most definitely come to PS4 next year

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SaiyanSempai
Friday, February 14, 2014 @ 11:32:59 AM

I wouldn't downplay Titanfall too much. You may not want to admit it, but Titanfall is a BIG anticipated game that will definitely sell systems.

The 360 was usually the preferred system for people that mostly played FPS's and those people are still out there. Halo made a huge splash for the Xbox.

People who want variety and top quality go with Playstation, no doubt, but don't get too cocky. ;-)

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Underdog15
Friday, February 14, 2014 @ 2:28:30 PM

No one's cocky. Titanfall is a multiplat not released on PS4 or WiiU. That's all. It will not move significant numbers of XB1's. If people don't have an XB1 and they want this game, most people will either get it for PC or their 360.

That's the point.

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Fabi
Friday, February 14, 2014 @ 2:28:35 PM

A lot of the times hardcore gamers underestimate the casual crowd. I have nothing but hardcore gamer friends so I start thinking that the whole world thinks like us when it comes to games, then I start talking to the Xbox crowd or the crowd that moved on from the PS2 to the PS3 just because of Blu Ray or a certain game like God of War and they have no clue of what is going on in the industry.

There are so many people that literally own a console just to play COD or Battlefield and haven't even heard of TLOU.

I really think Titanfall is gonna turn the tides, from the hands on impressions sites are putting out, it's as good as they say.

I personally don't play online, so I don't care, but I know I'm in the minority.

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ulsterscot
Friday, February 14, 2014 @ 3:40:01 PM

I am playing the Titanfall beta right now on the PC with a PS4 controller - the graphics are ok (it is a beta) but the game play is fantastic - its fast paced the way COD used to be and its a ton of fun. MS did well keeping this from the PS4.

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FatherSun
Friday, February 14, 2014 @ 4:32:10 PM

@ulsterscot That is what somewhat bothers me regarding TitanFall. Or rather how MS acquired it. They did not create it, produce it or developer it. The sole purpose of making this game exclusive was to keep Sony from making it available to is users. I know how the game is played.. And MS plays it well. But it just doesnt sit right with me.

I am not too interested or impressed by it but I can see the fun factor and I feel everyone should be able to play games created by 3rd parties. This "purchased" exclusivity is a load of corporate crap. No matter who does it.

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ZettaiSeigi
Saturday, February 15, 2014 @ 1:00:33 AM

MS is counting so much on Titanfall to reverse its current situation and it will definitely help the Xbone. But whether it will be able help the Xbone completely outsell the PS4 and help keep it doing that in the succeeding months remains to be seen.

Completely anecdotal but my friend who has an Xbone said he'll be getting his copy on the PC and he even thinks that delaying the 360 version (for "finishing touches") seems more like an attempt to prevent sales cannibalization at the expense of the Xbone version. His thoughts, not mine. I'm not really keeping tabs on this game after all.

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Underdog15
Saturday, February 15, 2014 @ 10:53:02 AM

Bros, I'm not saying Titanfall won't be a huge success. I'm saying that when it's coming out on 360 and PC as well, I don't think it's going to move a tremendous amount of $500 XB1's and "turn the tides". It simply will not move systems to somehow catch the competition instantly.

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Shauneepeak
Sunday, February 16, 2014 @ 4:17:01 AM

I'm more hyped for Destiny, admittedly still not very hyped for that, and I know from what I have seen IRL most shooter fans seemed to be hyped for this while it is mostly only true Xbox fans that seem to be SUPER hyped or wanting Titanfall.

Destiny may be multiplat but PS4 is getting exclusive content for it and will most likely run much better on it, compared to the X1.

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Gamer46
Friday, February 14, 2014 @ 2:21:00 AM
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Considering PS4 really does have no games I'm wondering what exactly people are buying for it and how exactly it's doing this well. I didn't think PS3 had the greatest first-year lineup ever, but it was a hell of a lot better than what PS4 has had up to this point or what is scheduled for the rest of the year. The morons can't even get MLB out on time for PS4, doesn't bode well for the rest of the year. The big 'exclusive' will be a port of the one-year old Last of Us. The PS4 should seriously be pulling in Wii U 2013 sales numbers or worse.

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kokoro
Friday, February 14, 2014 @ 7:38:30 AM

Um, no.

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Underdog15
Friday, February 14, 2014 @ 10:34:30 AM

PS3 had a better first year lineup?

LMAO... yeah.... no.

Gamer46, you're -really- wrong about a lot of stuff there, man. Like... just... where are you getting your info?

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paulinacio
Friday, February 14, 2014 @ 10:50:29 AM

Did I just seriously just read this?!? lol What a joke!! PS4 is offering so much more than the X1, such as.. Better looking 3rd party games, Better exclusives IMO, PS+ and just a overall better experience. What does X1 have that PS4 doesn't? PS4 might not have many exclusive out but neither does X1.. but, PS4 does have a overall larger game library, since it has huge indy and F2P support.
Sony doesn't release have finished games like Microsoft!!

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Underdog15
Friday, February 14, 2014 @ 11:31:48 AM

Great point Paulinco, on PS+.

That alone is adding more value that what XB1 is offering so far all together.

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SaiyanSempai
Friday, February 14, 2014 @ 11:38:29 AM

And seriously, how many games can you really play all at once? Assassin's Creed IV alone could occupy someone's time exclusively for months.

The variety and mass quantities of games will come, but even then, I can only devote my time to a select few each year.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, February 14, 2014 @ 12:06:22 PM

Did you just say the "big exclusive" will be a one-year port of The Last Of Us?

...did I miss something? Uh...inFamous: Second Son? You know, in March? And you think that's the only PS4 exclusive on tap for this year? I mean, really?

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FatherSun
Friday, February 14, 2014 @ 4:42:07 PM

86 gamer46!

Seriously, I respect everyone's opinion but you either just don't like PlayStation exclusives since you are disregarding I:SS, which will be the big "EXCLUSIVE" in March. Drive Club if fully realized has significant potential and the Order which also sets a precedent for the future of PlayStation games on PS4.

No one can see the future but if these games hit hard gamers will be very satisfied with their decision to purchase a PS4. And the are the known.. I wonder what Sony has up their sleeves?

Or.. You are trolling.

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Gamer46
Friday, February 14, 2014 @ 10:30:13 PM

Looks like I ruffled some fanboy feathers. Lets just clear a few things up, this is a PlayStation website so why would I come here and talk about Xbox? I don't give into the fanboy bs and slandering other companies and all that nonsense, I will say, I don't own an Xbox One nor do I have plans to own one anytime in the next 3 or 4 years, maybe ever if MS goes stupid and brings the original policies like a 24-hour online check-in back. Second if I didn't like the PlayStation brand why is the PS2 my favorite console of all time and why do I own over 50 games for PS2, 30 for PS3, probably well over 30 with physical and digital combined for the Vita and a crapload of games for PSP as well? Yeah, true hater of right here.

When I said the big exclusive I meant for the fall season figured I didn't have to mention inFamous, clearly I was wrong. Still no official date on DriveClub and still not much info on it either, a very vague 'fall 2014' window for The Order and I've seen rumors circulating that could be pushed to 2015 and given the delays, that have happened it wouldn't shock me and I still have a hard time believing Uncharted is this year. Now I'm in no way saying PS4 won't get games, obviously they will, but I'm not sure 2014 is the year, so to me PS4 doesn't deserve this huge sales numbers yet. Is it a better system than X1 and even Wii U right now? Yes, but that's more because of what MS and Nintendo are not doing as opposed to what Sony is doing. This entire generation is off to a slower start than I expected.

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ZettaiSeigi
Saturday, February 15, 2014 @ 1:05:27 AM

Off to a slow start? Aren't most console launches are? It's only been 2.5 months. And try to remember how long the PS3 had to wait before it got its first big game. Launched in 2006 and it was the "it has no gamez" console until 2007. That's a full year. So you might want to hold off on that. Also on calling people fanboys when they have logical stuff to say.

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Underdog15
Saturday, February 15, 2014 @ 10:54:27 AM

>.< Gamer... buddy.... no. just no. Slow start? PS4 is off to the fastest start in console history. The XB1 isn't off to a slow start, either. I just isn't as good as the PS4 start.

Fanboys ignore objectivity. You are the only one doing that here.

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Underdog15
Saturday, February 15, 2014 @ 11:04:51 AM

To illustrate my point (and prove it's speed of sale) remember how amazing the PS2 was? From when it released in October to the end of it's first March, it sold 1.41 million units worldwide.

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Caanimal
Saturday, February 15, 2014 @ 4:37:24 PM

All I want to know is... WHERE is Gamer46 getting his stuff? It needs SHUT DOWN AND QUICK, they are selling some seriously heinous stuff if it's making people THIS stupid...

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Beamboom
Friday, February 14, 2014 @ 3:54:03 AM
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Ok, there's nothing more annoying than "what did I say" posts but I can't help myself: What DID I say!
This is what the polls told us, Ben. And I suggested to you all, "let's wait till we get into the new year before we draw any conclusions about the first couple of months".
:)

Sorry, I just had to. But go Sony - this is in my opinion WELL deserved. You made a system that I personally was greatly in favour of since day one.


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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, February 14, 2014 @ 11:53:23 AM

Beamboom: No, this is NOT what the polls said. Where'd your memory go?

The polls said 8:1 or 9:1. That's what the polls said, especially that much talked-about Facebook poll that was taken down early because it was so lopsided.

All I ever said is that it was ludicrous to believe the PS4 would sell eight or nine times as many systems. It was ludicrous it would sell even twice as many systems all told (and of course, it still is ludicrous to think that'll be the final sales tally for this generation).

Those polls weren't showing us a 60/40 split, like the current worldwide tally is, they were showing 90/10. And after the Xbox One sold most in December, PS4 and Xbox One sales are probably very close in the US overall. So...no, you're really not remembering it right at all. :)

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FatherSun
Friday, February 14, 2014 @ 4:48:16 PM

Yeah those pools were crazy. Entertaining as hell though.. Lol

Ben, I think those lopsided polls were the result of scorned gamers who were shellshocked by the nuclear DRM bombs MS dropped when they revealed the XBoxOne. ALL my XBox friends were dumbfounded and some vowed never to return. Every last one of then stated that at first actually. If the 180s didn't happen we might just have seen something closer to those 8:1 and 9:1 ratios.

Not to mention the super fanboys and trolls..

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, February 14, 2014 @ 5:06:50 PM

Oh, I'm sure that was the reason. But after MS rescinded those policies, the polls were still very much the same. And I just said they weren't even remotely close to accurate, because the PS4 could never end up selling 8 TIMES what the Xbox One sold, especially not in this country.

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Beamboom
Sunday, February 16, 2014 @ 4:42:24 AM

Hehe - again you are projecting opinions onto me that I don't have Ben, and argue against that. Like you have done oh so many times before. It's just too dumb. You can't possibly have such a bad memory. You are doing this on purpose.

I have since DAY ONE said that we should not take the polls literally. Only a fool take online polls like that literally - they *must* be interpreted. Still, that's what you argue against over and over and over again.

The polls indicated a massive shift. That's what I have always said. In December you said the sales were 50/50 - I said we should wait until we're into 2014 before we draw any conclusions.

The massive shift has happened, and we see that now. End of discussion.


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Underdog15
Monday, February 17, 2014 @ 12:37:17 PM

I pretty clearly remember Beam saying the PS4 would more than double sales in the US, too.

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Breadlover
Friday, February 14, 2014 @ 6:38:58 AM
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Go PS4! Quality games coming up!

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slow and smart
Friday, February 14, 2014 @ 7:29:09 AM
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Fantastic news,but this is just the beginning of the new generation of gaming consoles.
i hope that ps4 will hold the number 1 position in the usa,but it is also good that there is competition for Sony ,go ps4 go

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Knightzane
Friday, February 14, 2014 @ 12:02:22 PM
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Awesomeness.

Played the Beta for Titanfall on my computer and uh... Like I believe the Sage Naruto said up above, its Call of Duty with mechs. If that sells systems, than its just the cod players wanting to move to a new franchise, one that will be coming to ps4 with its sequel. System seller? Nope. People who currently own an xbox one seller? Yep.

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telly
Friday, February 14, 2014 @ 12:50:40 PM
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That they managed to do this while struggling to get enough supply to meet to demand is really impressive. The buzz is great, it's a $100 less, and they haven't shown us many of their cards yet at all. What a launch so far.

Titanfall looks like a great game that will get lots of traction, but I still think that $500 price point is a huge disincentive. $500, plus a $60 Live subscription, plus $60 to play a game is awfully steep. And if you pay any attention to these sorts of things, the game creators (and perhaps Sony themselves) have all but promised later versions of the game will hit PS4, too. Interesting times, indeed...

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daus26
Friday, February 14, 2014 @ 1:18:44 PM
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The only reason, I believe, Xbone took over December is simply because of availability. It was nearly impossible to get one for me. January it became more possible, and it's also the month I got mine. :)

But yes, it's still early and MS can still make moves. Just remember, that if any company take a risk with $$$, it's Microsoft. Sony risked huge with every early PS3 sold with about $100 loss each. I wouldn't be surprised if M$ will take that same risk.

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FatherSun
Friday, February 14, 2014 @ 4:57:52 PM

MS is going to take more than risks. They are going to go full blast if Titan doesnt bring the X numbers up to par with PS4. One thing I can say about MS. The are very good at corporate warfare. Misguided sometimes but you simply don't make that amount of money without knowing some things.

If Sony dominates this gen then the Xbox will be jettisoned with the quickness. On the other side of the fence. Sony NEEDED this. They played their hands excellently so far. I just hope the can keep it up.

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Alejandro562
Friday, February 14, 2014 @ 8:19:17 PM
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easy to predict that sony ps4 is dominating the bone , anyone who sees it in any other light is a hopeful soul.

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stealth
Saturday, February 15, 2014 @ 9:07:30 AM
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No system sold well. Not even ps4

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Underdog15
Saturday, February 15, 2014 @ 10:57:15 AM

PS4 is off to the fastest start in console history... what exactly are you hoping for?

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stealth
Saturday, February 15, 2014 @ 9:08:11 AM
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Also globally the 3DS was still in first place, so really, in the end what does one region matter?

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Underdog15
Saturday, February 15, 2014 @ 10:56:57 AM

3DS is a handheld. They are considered separate from home consoles by ALL market analysts. It's almost a completely different market and market trend.

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