Xbox One Sales Up 14% In Second Quarter 2014
Even in the wake of controversy surrounding the Xbox One's lack of true 1080p games, forced Kinect bundling (which was later removed), and numerous other complaints, the system appears to be gaining ground on the Sony PlayStation 4. A quarterly financial report released by Microsoft reveals sales of the Xbox One Sales are up 14% in the second quarter of 2014. That's a pretty substantial jump given the criticism Microsoft faced for its handling of the next-generation gaming system.
So, why are gamers choosing the Xbox One? There are several factors contributing to its recent success, one of which is the price drop. When the system was originally launched last year, gamers were forced to purchase a "bundle" that included the motion-sensor device Kinect. Microsoft was betting on the Kinect system taking over the average family's home, but gamers viewed it as an unnecessary feature. On June 9, Microsoft released a Kinect-less version of the Xbox One for a Benjamin cheaper, placing it on par with the $399 Sony PlayStation 4.
With the Xbox One now $100 cheaper, more gamers can justify buying it. Granted, the PlayStation 4 has outsold the Xbox One for the past 6 months -- including June -- Microsoft is slowly but surely gaining ground on its competitor.
Another factor contributing to the Xbox One's recent success is Microsoft's frequent, major updates. Sony rarely makes updates to its PlayStation 4 platform, and when it does, they are minor updates that target bugs and fixes. In fact, Sony has yet to update the PlayStation 4 to support MP3 playback -- a feature that was included in the original Xbox and PlayStation. Microsoft, on the other hand, is constantly rolling out new features and functions through major updates, such as new voice commands, Snap Mode for achievements, and more.
When you take a step back to look at the big picture, you'll see the entire video game industry is experiencing a "growth spurt" of sorts. According to industry analyst Liam Callahan, sales of video game consoles and hardware have risen 106% since June of last year.
"The 106 percent increase in hardware sales (vs. June 2013) was lifted entirely by console hardware sales, which were up by over 200 percent. The strong sales performance of console hardware helped to offset the declines seen in portable hardware," said Callahan of Edge Online.
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