PS4 outsells Xbox One for eighth consecutive month in US

Ben Parfitt
PS4 outsells Xbox One for eighth consecutive month in US

There's no sign of Xbox One closing the gap on PS4 in the US next-gen console sales race.

Sony's machine once again outsold its rival in August – that's the eighth month in a row.

"PlayStation 4 was number one in hardware sales for the eighth consecutive month and remains the cumulative leader for next generation game consoles," Sony's American senior marketing VP Guy Longworth said. "For the third consecutive month, PlayStation [PS4 and PS3] was number one in combined home console hardware sales."

He added that Diablo III: Reaper of Souls sold more on PS4 than Xbox One and that The Last of Us: Remastered was the month's best-selling first party title.

None of which stopped overall US software sales declining year-on-year, with consumers abandoning last-gen consoles in their droves.

"Deep declines in seventh generation software (Xbox 360/PS3/Wii) of 57 percent were not offset by growth in eighth generation software, leading to a net decrease of console software sales of $47m [22 per cent]," NPD Group analyst Liam Callahan said.

Madded NFL 25 was the month's best-selling game.

The US hardware market, however, grew 116 per cent year-on-year with PS4 and Xbox One accounting for 70 per cent of the market – a record high for both machines.

In fact, ten months after their release next-gen consoles are tracking 70 per cent up on the first ten month's sales of PS3 and Xbox 360.

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