It seems a late comeback by the Xbox One S towards the end of the year was not enough to erase the sales lead of the PS4 in USA, according to Amazon’s 2016 gaming sales charts.
Their full year numbers show the PS4 as holding the top 3 out of 5 slots for consoles and bundles sold at the online retailer, placing the console overall well ahead.
PS4 Slim 500GB Uncharted 4 Bundle
PS4 500GB Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Bundle
PS4 Pro 1TB
Xbox One S 500GB Battlefield 1 Bundle
Xbox One S 500GB Minecraft Bundle
The larger installed base of the PS4 is also reflected in the sales of accessories, with the top 5 out of 10 items being Playstation related:
$20 PlayStation Store Gift Card
$10 PlayStation Store Gift Card
$50 PlayStation Store Gift Card
1-Year PlayStation Plus Membership
$60 PlayStation Store Gift Card
Xbox $10 Gift Card
$100 PlayStation Store Gift Card
Xbox One Wireless Controller
Nintendo 3DS AC Adapter
3-Month PlayStation Plus Membership
The Games sales chart is more of a mixed bag, but the Xbox One is still only 4 out of the 20 titles, versus 12 for the PS4
Pokemon Sun (3DS)
Pokemon Moon (3DS)
Final Fantasy XV (PS4)
Uncharted 4 (PS4)
Madden NFL 17 (Xbox One)
Madden NFL 17 (PS4)
Skyrim Special Edition (PS4)
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Legacy Edition (PS4)
FIFA 17 (PS4)
The Division (PS4)
Battlefield 1 (Xbox One)
Skyrim Special Edition (Xbox One)
Battlefield 1 (PS4)
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Legacy Edition (Xbox One)
Grand Theft Auto V (PS4)
No Man’s Sky (PS4)
The Division (Xbox One)
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD (Wii U)
Sony announced in early December 2016 that it has sold more than 50 million consoles to consumers worldwide, and expected to sell another 20 million by the end of March 2017. Microsoft has touted some monthly wins in USA and UK over the last 4 months, but overall has declined to release any sales numbers.
Microsoft has seen a good response to the Xbox One S however, despite pre-announcing the Xbox Scorpio, and this may have instilled some confidence in the company, with head of Xbox marketing Aaron Greenberg saying 2017 will be the year of Project Scorpio.
It is 2017, the year of PROJECT SCORPIO, are you ready for the beast!? 🔥♏️🔥 pic.twitter.com/25SKDZMXfK— Aaron Greenberg (@aarongreenberg) January 1, 2017
The console will outmatch Sony’s own next generation console and deliver true 4K gaming, while still being fully backwards compatible with the current library of Xbox One games. It is however only expected towards the end of the year, and it remains to be seen of the Xbox One S momentum will be sustained over the course of the year till then.